Sunday, July 13, 2008

When the housemaids scrub the floors, they get the spaces in between

I had a short conversation with Paul Mazursky who sat next to me in the Munich airport today:

PM: Is someone [sitting] there?
RM: No.

To be honest I would not necessarily have identified (director, actor, and Oscar-nominated screenwriter and producer) Paul Mazursky as himself, but I later overheard him talking to an Iranian woman about Moon Over Parador.

The night before leaving for Europe, I saw Kevin Nealon in the lobby of the Groundlings Theater. At the same time we spoke briefly with Phil LaMarr who had been performing at the theater that night.

These would be celebrity sightings respectively of the third kind (serendipitous interaction), of the second kind (serendipitous sighting), and of the first kind (predictable encounter where the celebrity is appearing professionally).

Celebrity Sighting Type

Defining Characteristic

First Kind

Predictable encounter in a venue where the celebrity is appearing professionally

Second Kind

Serendipitous sighting

Third Kind

Serendipitous interaction

Fourth Kind

Trapped in an ATM vestibule


At 3:58 AM, July 15, 2008, Blogger Richard Mason said...

I was tempted to say that routine encounters with a "celebrity" whom you happen to know personally would be sightings of the zeroth kind; they're not really a "celebrity" to you.

But then, is a prolonged relationship with a celebrity a really high-order form of celebrity sighting, or just a bunch of zeroth-order events?

At 11:38 PM, July 19, 2008, Blogger badmomgoodmom said...

Maybe you are just happy to see an old friend again?


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