I met Steve for lunch yesterday, and we exchanged Christmas gifts. Yes, on January 14. I gave him the first two seasons of LOST on DVD, and he presented me with a baseball autographed by Hank Aaron — the real home run king.
And that baseball completed the circle of life, or something very similar.
You see… We tried to get Aaron’s autograph thirty-five years ago (give or take), when he made an appearance at a minor league baseball game in Charleston. But the man was incredibly rude, and practically knocked us down to get away. Then he insulted a girl in a wheelchair, and smoked cigarettes on the roof of the press box.
And if you think I’m exaggerating that story, you’d be wrong. Hank Aaron is probably the most unfriendly celebrity I’ve ever met, followed closely by Willie Mays. Their appearances should’ve been billed as “An Evening of Crushing Disappointment With a Baseball Legend!” Incredible.
So, after nearly four decades I finally have my Hank Aaron closure. Thanks Steve!
And since we’re on the subject of celebrity rudeness, this is an in-depth examination of the current Jay Leno/Conan O’Brien cluster-copulation at NBC. It was written by Rudy Panucci — a guy I know from good ol’ Dunbar High School, (as well as my former Daily Mail paper route).
He mentions Leno’s supposed “worst gig ever,” at Michael B’s Deli in Charleston, back during the early 1980s. And I was at that show, if you can believe it. Bill from WV, another friend, and I saw him do his standard comedy routine that night, and it was very funny, I thought.
But between sets we approached Jay, sitting alone in a booth and staring off into space, and he wasn’t very friendly. I wouldn’t put it in the Hank Aaron category — he wasn’t openly hostile or anything — but the dude clearly had no interest in chit-chatting with us. So, we just walked away.
Then he went on Letterman and crapped all over Charleston, WV… I’d liked him (he was better before The Tonight Show, believe me), but after that Michael B’s experience, and the Letterman appearance, I was a little soured on the subject of Jay Leno. And so it goes.
Have you ever been disappointed, crushingly or otherwise, after meeting someone you admired? Tell us about it in the comments section, conveniently located at the bottom of this post.
Steve and I had lunch at Cracker Barrel yesterday, and it was fantastic. I went with the sampler, a big ol’ platter of goodness. My customized version included meatloaf, country ham (salty!), chicken ‘n’ dumplings, green beans, macaroni and cheese, and hashbrown casserole. Mmmm….
Then we puttered around Barnes & Noble for an hour or so, and contemplated a nearby sports bar, called Lucky’s. However (and this is scary!) some sort of responsible attitude kicked-in, and we decided we’d better not, so early in the day. Will somebody please hold me?
But that’s why there was no Thursday update. I was out getting all casseroled-up. And I hesitate to admit this, but I’d do it again!
A few days ago I was leaving for work, and dropped my iPod into an 18-inch snow pile beside our driveway. It sank all the way to the ground, and I shrieked like a school girl. My iPod!
I snagged the thing, nearly ripped the front door off its hinges, and started toweling it off in the kitchen. I removed my loyal Nano from its airplane-metal protective case, and frantically wiped the snow away, while muttering nervous profanities under my breath.
Everything seems OK, though. I used it the next couple of nights at work, and it never missed a beat. Whew! What would I do without my Phil Hendrie Show/Clive Bull delivery device? Oh god, I just had a full-body shiver.
I’m using two new (to me, anyway) computer tools, that seem pretty cool.
The first is called RescueTime, which analyzes your computer habits and breaks everything down for you in black & white. It helps you identify where you’re wasting too much time, so you can adjust and improve your productivity.
I don’t yet have my first report, it takes some time to get a handle on things, but I’m interested to see it. There’s much room for improvement, I know. I sometimes find myself in an internet cycle, just visiting the same sites over and over again, in roughly the same order. Freaky, man.
And the second one is called TwitCleaner. That one analyzes the people you’re following at Twitter, and identifies the ones you might want to drop — for various reasons. It puts the questionable folk into different categories: Try to sell you crap, nothing but links, tweeting identical stuff all the time, no activity in more than a month, etc.
Once you have your report, you can go through it and override the ones you’d like to continue following anyway, and hit the UNFOLLOW button for the rest.
I dumped 196 people, mostly from the “dodgy behavior” category. I kept a lot of folks identified as “snobs,” though. I think that might be an unfair category. They’re Twitter users who have a lot of followers, but don’t follow too many in return. I’m not sure they should be included on the report, but whatever.
What kind of similar tools have you used recently, that you can recommend? I’m always on high alert for such things.
And speaking of social networking, if you’re not already doing so, I hope you’ll consider following me at…
I couldn’t sleep very well last night, for some unknown (and unusual) reason, and my brain is now howling in protest. I’m gonna have to call it a day. My eyes are starting to go crossed on me here.
If you have anything on celebrity disappointments, please tell us about it in the comments. And I’ll see you guys next time.
Have a great day!
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