Wednesday, July 23, 2008

I never know what may happen during my Work Day

Yesterday about mid morning a big blue and black bus pulled in. We all did a double take as it passed the front window.

It wasn't a sports team bus, so it could only be one other thing---a celebrity must be coming in to perform at a local festival.

A few minutes later I hear whispering and giggling from a young female restaurant employee. She is all smiles and saying, "It's him! He just pulled a bike out of the bus and he is riding it."

"What?", I ask. "Riding what? Who?"

"J*a*k*e* O*w*e*n!" she is nearly hysterical as she waves her hand in a fanlike fashion across her face. "Oh, my God, he is soooooooooooooooo cute! If he walks into the restaurant, you will have to pick me off the floor!"

So I went out to gawk with the rest of them. All I saw was someone in shorts bent over a bike with a bandanna on his head.

O.K., so I have never heard of J*a*k*e O*w*e*n.

Was I ever young enough to get all giddy over a celebrity? Probably, but I don't remember ever being that way.

About an hour later his bus driver came to the desk. He lost his cell phone charger and wanted to know if we might have one. He and I walked completely around the first floor to find the Executive Housekeeper to see if she had one in lost and found. We chatted about where they had been and where they were headed. Can you believe they are leaving at midnight to head to the next gig. The driver will sleep here all day so he is awake to drive through the night. It doesn't sound all that glamorous to me.

Years ago I had another encounter with a country singer. He was walking in the lobby. I nodded a hello and thought he was no big deal. At the time, I had never heard of him either.

His name was G*a*r*t*h B*r*o*o*k*s.

We've had a few celebs stay with us in the 20+ years that I have been at the hotel.

I also said a word or two to I*v*a*n*a T*r*u*m*p. I was surprised that she came down to the desk drinking coffee out of a Styrofoam cup. Ugh, even I hate to drink out of Styrofoam. I would have thought she'd have called the desk demanding a real coffee cup.

And our biggest claim to fame was when we had the cast of Die Hard 2 staying with us for weeks while they filmed the airport runway scenes for the movie. They were supposed to be filmed in Denver, but, lucky for us, Denver suffered from an unseasonably warm winter that year. They needed an airport with lots of snow. Somehow they found our little airport and the rest, as they say, was history for our little town. B*r*u*c*e W*i*l*l*i*s did not stay with us. They rented an old historic house in town for him.

I will have to find out from the starry-eyed hostess today if J. O.'s show was any good last night. She was going to wait in line at 2pm to get a good seat. The show was not until 6:30 p.m.

Enough of celebs. Let's get back to more important things.

Like this pot of basil, which appears not to be basil at all. It's just a pot full of weeds. I guess there will be no salsa in August at my house.

The deer have made a pretty good meal of this big hosta.
The first one must have done a good job filling him up, because he only ate half of this one.

I would be pretty impressed if someone would develop a deerproof hosta. Now that would be a celebrity worth getting all giddy over!


  1. If I ever saw Jake Owen on any show, I don't remember him. He's a country singer, not my cup of tea. He's kinda cute though.
    Neat having close encounters with Garth and Ivana. I, too, am surprised that she wasn't drinking her coffee out of a gold rimmed cup.
    I stick to celebs like Frank Bielec from Trading Spaces. I got his autograph and chatted with him. Very nice. Not to say I wouldn't be thrilled to see Harrison Ford in person, but what do you say to them? I guess, 'it's nice to meet you would be enough'. Bruce Willis is from right over the bridge in NJ-Penns Grove.
    Sorry about your hostas. They were pretty too. My hollyhocks and dinner plate hibiscus are pretty much history thanks to deer.
    We had a ton of rain last night, so hopefully no hand water for a few days.

  2. Oh goodness. Bad Deer. The only consolation I can offer is least it will grow back again. I wish that you lived next door to me. I would share my basil with you.

  3. Hi, I don't know how I got to your blog, but I had to leave a comment...

    Where to begin! You garden, you quilt, you cook, you decorate to the max, you're a neat freak, I'm just beside myself. What can I say... YOU GO GIRL! I'm from the southwest, I can only dream about having your garden, with our 117 degree summers it's a battle to have any kind of garden.

  4. I have no idea who Jake Owen is either! lol I do know who all the others you mentioned are though...what a shame Bruce Willis didn't stay at the hotel with the rest of the crew, he's one I'd love to meet but I get very shy and would probably hurry past him without looking at him. lol

    Oh dear...or should that be deer...hehe! I'm so glad I don't have that problem with my flowers...bad enough I'm fighting off the bugs! lol xoxo

  5. Di, I didn't know the deer ate hibiscus, too. I guess they eat just about anything.

    Hadias, I wish I lived near you, too. I sure could use a little basil. ;) you seem to be a very sweet and generous lady.

    Welcome! I have only been in 117 degree heat once. It was in Las Vegas. I hope never to experience it again! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

    Pea, you are so lucky not to have to fight the deer. I am surprised that you don't have any.

  6. Oh my..I'll take herbs and flowers any day over celebs!


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