“There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.”—Rogers at Kung Fu Monkey, via Ben Odell
Is it me being jaded? I just don’t give a damn about celebrities anymore. Certain ones I do (Britney is my girl!) but for the most part I don’t care about seeing anyone famous. What’s the point? You see them walking, eating, drinking… and then what? Are you going to talk to them? Are they going to talk to you? And what’s the point in trying to talk to them other than them being famous? I can understand walking up and hitting on someone you find attractive, but purely because of their fame? I don’t care.
In LA you can’t ask for an autograph or photo without looking like a douche or a tourist (though tourist is perfectly acceptable IMO) - but even if you get one, then what? A photo is nice, but an autograph seems weird to me. At least with a photo you can have a little bit of bragging rights, feel that bit of excited *squee*, and be done with it. An autograph is just scribbles.
Oh, but ask me two years ago and I would gladly tell you who I saw and was so happy to meet. Ask me two years ago and I would spit out all the latest celebrity gossip. Ask me two years ago, and I would tell you all the hotspots in Hollywood and which days would be best to go.
Now I just don’t give a damn. It’s not worth my effort. I suppose it’s fun ocassionally - but it’s not my life goal to meet famous people or be famous myself.
Congratulations :) You’ve taken your first step to becoming an Angeleno.
“I think that to suggest that God might intervene to protect us from the corporate folly of our practices is as unchristian and unbiblical as to suggest that he protects us from the results of our individual folly or sin.”—Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury
“Long experience has taught me this about the status of mankind with regard to matters requiring thought: the less people know and understand about them, the more positively they attempt to argue concerning them, while on the other hand to know and understand a multitude of things renders men cautious in passing judgment upon anything new.”—Galileo Galilei
“America imprisons 756 inmates per 100,000 residents, a rate nearly five times the world’s average. About one in every 31 adults in this country is in jail of on supervised release. Either we are the most evil people on earth or we are doing something very wrong.”—Senator Jim Webb, “Why We Must Fix Our Prisons”, Los Angeles Times Parade, 29 Mar 2009
“Looking back on it, I can see that what filled me with anger and despair was not the fact that a teenager had tried to kill her baby. Mental illness and desperation are often a lethal combination. What filled me with despair was that seemingly sane people were discussing whether or not flushing a baby down the toilet was acceptable, as if the conclusion might be in doubt.”—Amy Tuteur, M.D., “She tried to flush baby down the toilet; then it gets weird”, The Skeptical OB, 2009 Mar 20
“But wait a minute," you say to them. "No one ever asked you to stay up all night eight days a week trying to get filthy rich shorting what’s left of the American auto industry or selling $600 billion in toxic, irredeemable mortgages to ex-strippers on work release and Taco Bell clerks. Actually, come to think of it, why are we even giving taxpayer money to you people? Why are we not throwing your ass in jail instead?”—Matt Taibbi, “The Big Takeover”, Rolling Stone, 19 Mar 2009.
“We’re fools, protagonists in a kind of gruesome comedy about the marriage of greed and stupidity. And the worst part about it is that we’re still in denial — we still think this is some kind of unfortunate accident, not something that was created by the group of psychopaths on Wall Street whom we allowed to gang-rape the American Dream.”—Matt Taibbi, “The Big Takeover”, Rolling Stone, 19 Mar 2009.
“How selfish soever man may be supposed, there are evidently some principles in his nature, which interest him in the fortunes of others, and render their happiness necessary to him, though he derives nothing from it, except the pleasure of seeing it.”—Adam Smith
“I think maybe the best question is for you to ask individual Republicans whether they agree with what Rush Limbaugh said this weekend. Do they want to see the President’s economic agenda fail?”—Robert Gibbs, in response to a reporter asking for a response to Rush Limbaugh’s keynote address to CPAC this weekend, in which he said this:
“What is so strange about being honest and saying, I want Barack Obama to fail if his mission is to restructure and reform this country so that capitalism and individual liberty are not its foundation?”