Monday, April 29, 2013

The Difference between Fan and Fanatic is a Fine Line

If you could have dinner with any celebrity who would it be?

I've been asked this before and honestly, my answer is no one. I'm a fan of many people, but, really,when you meet them, what do you say?

"Uh...huh...I'm such a fan. You're so awesome. Like, totally."

It's not like I have anything in common with Jennifer Garner or Sandra Bullock. Maybe I could give them beauty advice.
I know. You're laughing. So are they.

There is one celebrity, though, that I thought I'd like to meet. Are you ready?

(Photo credit: survivor.wikia.com)

Doesn't look familiar? Does this help?

Yes, Dawn is a Survivor contestant. She was originally on a couple years ago, and is back this year as a 'favorite'. Why would I want to meet this 'celebrity'? Because we do have things in common.
Dawn is from Utah, she is the mother of 6 kids and she's a Mormon.  (She's also a professor at BYU, so clearly, much smarter than me, but we'll overlook that.)  We cheer for her every week as we watch the show.

So, yesterday, I was at my friend's church for her son's missionary farewell.  We were early and were walking the halls looking for the bathroom.
Then, it happened.
 I turned around and found myself face to face with Dawn.  I almost choked. My heart started beating faster and then, the weirdest thing happened. My brain completely stopped working.  It sort of said, "I know you're going to make a fool of yourself, so I'm stepping out."

And, then, left alone without my brain, I proceeded to make a fool of myself.

I don't even want to tell you what happened. It was that embarrassing.

I'm horrified that my husband was a witness. He'll be able to hold this over me for years.

I will tell you that there was an awkward greeting, an equally awkward mention of how we're such huge fans (Yes, I pulled my husband into the embarrassment with me.) and there might have been a hug. (Oh, man, a hug! What was I thinking? Oh, right, I wasn't.)

Then, to make it even better, she went into the very bathroom I was looking for. So, it looked like I was stalking her. We had an almost normal exchange where I told her why I was there (she knows my friend.) She was so incredibly gracious and kind. I consoled myself with the fact that she probably gets that all the time. Probably not in church. And, probably not in the bathroom.

Thing is, I'm not just a fan. Dawn is the kind of person I'd love to be friends with. Pretty much blew that opportunity. Oh, well. At least I was memorable.

(Lia, if Dawn ever mentions this, feel free to tell her that I'm insane. She'll totally believe you.)

15 comments:

  1. I LOVE Dawn!!! I have never met her but hope to someday! How fun!

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    1. Hopefully, when you meet her, you'll keep your wits about you!

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  2. Ha ha, that's kind of great, Julie. That's how I felt around the authors at the conference! But now you're doing Listen to your mother, so you're kind of famous, too, right?! Next time I see you I'll get all tongue-tied.

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    1. Oh, yeah, I'm totally famous.
      And, you, tongue-tied? Not likely. Not over Mexican food, anyway.

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    2. What can I say? Get a few enchiladas in me and I start dancing on the table!

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  3. Oh wow! That is awesome! I want to meet someone famous too. When you do a book signing in Canada I'll be the one shuffling my feet and grinning like a maniac. I'm insane too.

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    1. You're so sweet. 'When' I do my book signing, you'd better not shuffle your feet. We crazies have to stick together.

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  4. I was all pro-Dawn until she stayed with Phillip instead of switching things up to go with Malcolm. Ok. Fine. She's a nice person. But have you SEEN Malcolm?? Now there's an island...

    No matter. How exiciting!! And I'm sure you were as warm and wonderful as ever!

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    1. Warm? Wonderful? Weird is more like it.
      (So glad when they sent Phillip packing!)

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  5. I did this to a homeschooling mom blogger that I ran into at BlogHer in San Diego. Like, I held onto her and talked and talked and took photos because, really, she MUST have been excited to meet me as I was to meet her, right? Sigh. I'm usually more "with it" than that.

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    1. Yeah, I had this whole scenario in my mind of how me meeting her would have gone. It wasn't what happened.

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  6. I interviewed Dawn for the Daybreak Utah blog http://www.daybreakutah.com/daybreak-resident-dawn-meehan-returning-to-survivor

    She was so down to earth and nice - I'd never have guessed she's famous. I bet you thought it was a lot worse than she did.

    Glad I found your blog. I'm excited to know about another blogger in Davis County (I'm in Fruit Heights, moving to South Ogden soon). I promise if I meet you I'll jump up and down, scream and grab your hand like we're the best of friends. :)

    Blog on!
    Janet

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    1. Oh! I'm gonna go check out that interview!

      (South Ogden is so near me! Yay!!)

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  7. I hate my cell phone sometimes! I tried to post a comment on this post when you first linked it to FB and it must not have posted.
    Well it was terribly smart and funny I'm sure, but I can't remember what I said.
    I do remember asking if you read Dawn's blog. She doesn't mind the attention at all. Go check out her blog....where did I put her blog address.
    I'll send it to ya.

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    1. I do read her blog. (Of course.) It's not the attention, it's the weird stalker attention she probably hates.

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