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Television Wed Aug 04 2010

I Feel Sort of Dumb

Wow, I guess I didn't truly understand how different TV people can be from us regular folks. After a long day, I realized I had no milk or novelty junk food, so I went to the store to get some. I was walking outside, enjoying the nice weather and night views, when I saw a TV person who I'd met before and even wrote about here. So I figured they'd remember me, and if they didn't, perhaps a light bulb would go off and they would be cordial.

Not quite. I was walking right past them and said hello, and they looked at me, puzzled. So I told them my name and where I'd written about them. I even mentioned someone both of us knew. But by that time, my voice trailed off because I could tell I was being a nuisance. Not just to them, but to their companions as well, because they looked at me askance, probably because I was not only obscure, but I was wearing jeans and a t-shirt instead of the fancy duds they were wearing. And I wasn't wearing makeup. Or hairspray. Or anything else that would make me look "important."

Here I was, thinking I would be rude if I didn't say hello, and I ended up being the obstruction. Next time I won't assume well-known people are like others: whereas an average Joe might try to figure out the connection I was referring to, well-known people need a clear context to acknowledge another's presence. Such as a ballroom or some other type of important event.

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Architecture Tue Nov 03 2015

Paul Goldberger Describes the "Pragmatism and Poetry" of Frank Gehry's Architecture in His New Book

By Nancy Bishop

Architecture critic Paul Goldberger talks about Frank Gehry's life and work in a new book.
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Steve at the Movies Fri Jan 01 2016

Best Feature Films & Documentaries of 2015

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