Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Could I BEEE any more excited?

One of the perks of living in Los Angeles is that, if you keep your eyes peeled (which is easy for me; I'm a born people-watcher), you will usually see one or two minor celebrities each week. Strictly B to D list--no Brangelina here, although we do live about a mile from one of George Cloony's houses.

I've chatted with Carnie Wilson at the farmer's market, listened to Jennie Garth order her coffee at the Coffee Bean at the end of our road, had a playdate with Kelly Martin (of Life Goes On and ER fame) and her little girl, and watched Ray Romano's twin boys order the most bizarre combination of icecream and mix-ins at Cold Stone Creamery, while Ray and his wife stood by grimacing at the idea of them actually eating it.

I generally tend to just make note of the celebrity, avoid eye contact in order to respect their privacy and it's pretty much become just, eh, part of the scenery. Husband and I initially had a running competition of who saw who, but we sort of gave that up when we realized that it was going to be a pretty-much-all-of-the-time kind of thing. This is the sort of place where you feel kind of lame if you get excited about seeing anyone shy of, say, the Cruises, because everyone is just so blase about it (which I knew how to make the accent mark above that e...).

But you know what? Tonight I let all of that "oh, whatever, celebrity person I've seen on TV. Big whoop," just slide right off of me when I found myself watching Matthew Perry come out of a restaurant as Husband, Ethan and I were leaving an adjoining restaurant. Can I just say big fat "YAY, ME!" for being way too lazy to make dinner tonight?

Actually, I didn't see him at first; Husband saw him and started frantically whispering, "Chandler Bing! Chandler Bing! It's Chandler Bing!!" And sure enough, Chandler Bing (or, Miss Chanandler Bong, if you like) was walking right towards us with a giant bag of take-out. And damn the ginormous jogging stroller, we had to take the elevator while he took the escalator--I was so hoping he'd get into the elevator with us because that would definitely be close enough to an ATM vestibule for me to pee my pants in glee. But alas, I had to jump up and down in the elevator while Husband shook his head laughing at me, and as soon as the doors opened, I had to jump into reconnaisance mode to locate him....going into a frozen yogurt place.

As Husband and I were walking the frozen yogurt place, I casually suggested we might want to get some frozen yogurt. You know, for dessert. Because that's what you do after dinner. Especially if Chandler Bing is also getting dessert. We stood in line behind him while he sampled a variety of flavors and settled on some combination of blueberry and vanilla (yes, I was standing stalker-close and totally ignoring Ethan as he fussed in his jogging stroller--because I aside from being a Friends fanatic, I am also an awesome mom).

Apparently many people had the same yen for frozen yogurt while Matthew Perry was ordering his, because within a few minutes the line was out the door--thank goodness I thought to be a psycho before the rest of them and had a front row spot to totally indulge the crazy-ass Friends fan in me.

I feel a little dirty for letting the teeny-bopper in me get the better of me; a 37 year old woman giggling and jumping up and down in an elevator because she just saw a guy who was on a TV show (albeit the greatest TV show ever in the history of the world--just sayin') is a pretty embarrassing sight, for sure. But another part of me is really okay with the fact that I got a little silly over it, and paid $4 for a frozen yogurt I didn't even want just so I could stand next to Chandler Bing. I figure, it's one of the perks of living in this town, so I kind of HAVE to indulge in it every once in awhile, right???

No, this isn't a picture from this evening, but tell me: Could he be any cuter?

11 comments:

Beth at I Should Be Folding Laundry said...

What a cute, fun and clever post. I would have been the exact same way and Friends is one of the greatest shows EVER EVER EVER!

Love this!

Now I want to be your neighbor so we can celebrity watch!

Sarah said...

Awesome. YOu're way super cooler than I am b/c I could not be normal about that (or even semi normal, stalkerish). I stare at non famous people who catch my eye-- I'd be a creepy weirdo in LA.

Emi said...

That's awesome...I would have done the exact same thing- jumping up and down and I would have added a little hitting and my husband would have smiled thinking, "What crazy woman have I married here" :-) I can just picture PC going "it's Chandler Bing..." You know he was jumping up and down too - just on the inside...

Becca said...

WOAH cool!! I am afraid I wouldn't recognize people! I am such a dork.

Chanandler Bong made me laugh!

Anonymous said...

so glad you got to see him! you should've thrown out your friends trivia skills to him :) i think i would have the same reaction to jason bateman.
xo
kita

Cubby's Mom said...

Love, love, love him...and this post. Sooo jealous!

lonek8 said...

I would probably have left my husband and stroller to take the elevator alone and followed him down the escalator. And maybe poked him at the Fro Yo shop to see if he was real. Cause I'm cool like that and Friends is my favorite show. My only celebtriy sighting was John Mahoney (the dad from Frasier) at OHare airport. I was about two seconds away from asking him if he needed a ride home when I realized who it was. I thought he looked familiar because he was one of my friend's dads. Whoops

Aunt Becky said...

Uh, when I come to LA to visit Heather, I am *so* coming people watching with you.

KMW said...

I sat next to Ross Geller at a restaurant once. At first I was pissed that he got to jump the line (we had been waiting for a long time) for a perfect table. I yelled at the waiter, did you just give my table to David Schwimmer??! He said, what could I do? Of course I did. I will sit you right next to him to make up for it. I said that works just fine for me. I TOTALLy understand your star struck moment. Who can help themselves sometimes.

FemaleDrama said...

I love all the Friends references- I'm standing in a vestabul w/ChandlerBing...! Friends was the best show and still is next to Seinfeld!

Jennifer Wenzel said...

That is an awesome story and post! I LOVE star-sighting stories and it makes me so jealous that I don't live in LA. Perhaps you know my friend, Gloria, (seriously - I think you do know Glo Jo!). Living in SC, she's got a story every other day and they always involve actual interaction. It amazes me as I am SO unnatural around celebrities. It's probably best that I don't see any. ;-)