I wanted a few things to happen in Los Angeles. First and foremost, I wanted to spend tons of time with my best friend Jennifer, who lives there. I wanted to meet her friends, and hang out where she hangs out. SheÄôs in the movie business, so she was the perfect host in the thriving city. We had an amazing time in LA, just like I knew we would. Jennifer is just so much fun, no matter what youÄôre doing, and she took us out and about and showed us the real LA, beyond the LA IÄôm used to seeing on E! News.
She took us to LA establishments, like PhilippeÄôs, home of the first French Dip sandwich. She took us to get Thai massages, where little women step all over you and generally beat you up and, somehow, it feels totally awesome. She took us to her friendÄôs house for Thanksgiving, where we ate a certifiable feast and hung out with cool people in, you know, Äúthe business.Äù
We also had breakfast in the coffee shop at the Beverly Hills Hotel (after, of course, humming the Äú90210Äù theme song loudly on the way), which is now one of my favorite places in the world, I think. Trust me, pay the place a visit on your next trip.
The other thing I wanted to do in LA was see a celebrity or two.
I mean, IÄôm not obsessed with celebrities, contrary to what you might think after reading my blog, and I certainly didnÄôt want to go celebrity stalking or anything. I just thought it might be cool if we happened upon someone famous when we were otherwise minding our own business. Because, come on, itÄôs LA, and celebrities live there. I know whatÄôs up.
So imagine our delight when we ran into Geena Davis in the Whole Foods in Glendale on Thanksgiving Day.
J and I had wandered away from Jennifer, who was in a frantic state trying desperately to pick the right kind of chestnuts for her Martha Stewart Brussels sprout dish, and there she was, just walking down the aisle, a basket on her arm and a smile on her face, just like, ÄúHey, IÄôm Geena Davis. I shop for Thanksgiving, too.Äù
I immediately exchanged a glance with J because weÄôre not from a place where people like Geena Davis casually stroll down the aisle at the supermarket and this was big. Geena Davis! SheÄôs a pretty good one, right?
When we left the store we told Jennifer about the sighting and she said she was happy for us.
Later, when retelling the story to each other, as though we hadnÄôt both had the exact same experience, J lifted the incident to legendary status, explaining to me that the two of them had Äúhad a moment.Äù
ÄúI looked at her and I was like ÄòWhoa, Geena Davis,Äô and then she looked at me, and she was probably like ÄòYeah, that guy totally recognizes me,Äô and then I just nodded at her, like this, and then she smiled at me.Äù
We eventually got over it. ItÄôs LA, you know? You see famous people. ItÄôs, like, totally normal. But I think secretly, when ÄúA League of Their OwnÄù or ÄúBeetlejuiceÄù comes on, weÄôre going to watch with a special, new sense of admiration.