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?