Thursday, June 10, 2010

Me and Ira Glass

Listen, I'm not going to beat around the bush; I met Ira Glass last night, and it was the BEST NIGHT EVER.

James and I went to a trivia night in Brooklyn with our friends, Adrian and Dan. The event advertised a "celebrity team", but, seriously, who knows that that means. But, the event was close to our apartment, and James loves trivia, so we went.

We got there, and I saw him. Ira Glass, that's who.

Anyone who lives within a 100 mile radius of me (possibly larger) know that I begin, oh, I don't know, 90% of my conversations with, "So, I was listening to This American Life, and...". I love it. I listen to it all the time. I'm just waiting for something profound and meaningful to happen to me so I can do a profound and meaningful story on it for TAL.

It's not like I'm too cool for school, but I'm not usually starstruck. I mean, I've seen a few celebrities in my day (once, Alec Baldwin touched my arm as he passed me), but, I mean, I've never approached anyone. I wouldn't know what to say. However much I like their work, or think they're funny, beyond that, what do I say?

But, when I saw Ira last night, I knew I had to talk to him. I knew if I didn't try, I'd hate myself forever. So, I did. I walked over. I lurked for a while as he spoke to someone else. Then I approached him. He told me (politely) to hold on. And I did. My pal Adriann noted that it was getting a little awkward. I told her I was waaaaaaaaaaaaaay past being embarrassed. This was Ira Glass.

Finally, he turned his attention to me. I told him how much I loved his show, how important it was to me. He asked me (asked me) how I like the political shows, if I thought (if I thought) they should back off a bit. I told him I listened to all the shows, but the ones I loved most were the ones about people and their experiences (which, I know, is all of them). The ones that had a theme, but dealt with the people who'd had experiences within that theme. I mentioned a show in particular (which he said was his favorite) as an example. My pal Adriann said that I sounded smart (oh, I mean my good pal Adriann).

I gushed a bit more, and then wrapped it up--but first took the photo you see above. Notice how I'm cuddling up?



  1. this makes me happy for you.
    and jealous.
    but mostly happy for you.

  2. SWOON.

    You're so effing lucky.

  3. If you love him so much, why don't you marry him?

  4. i would have cried. i almost cried just reading this post.