We are standing outside the gates at Greer Stadium waiting on our party to arrive. The gates have already opened so not many people are milling about.
Then, a local celebrity walks by.
Recognition clicks. Make myself look like a goober. Because clearly I Am Not, Cool and Hip.
We receive our tickets and make our way in. Walking towards the tunnel, I see that all three of my favorite of my morning news anchors are sitting at a table, signing autographs.
Now, I live just south of Nashville. I live down the road (and around the bend) from where Miley Cyrus grew up. It was nothing for Billy Ray to come into the store.
A hundred years ago before I knew Big Daddy, I used to work at Cracker Barrel. There wasn't a day that someone of any kind of notoriety didn't come into the restaurant.
I knew Loretta Lynn's fiddle player.
And once? I literally walked into Wynonna Judd.
While Tennessee isn't exactly teeming over with celebs, it's not like I haven't seen any. Or served them coffee. Or used the restroom at the same time. They are just regular people, you know.
But seeing the three of them sitting there, I was totally star-struck. Big Daddy tried to get me to stop and get an autograph or perhaps a picture. I couldn't do it. So he took my phone and was going to take a picture for me.
Have I mentioned how awesome he is?
He and the boys went back for the photo op. When they get back, I immediately start searching for the picture. But I couldn't find it. Anywhere.
Finally, I found it. Only he didn't take a picture. He took a video:
Here is the part you don't see: While the boys are getting autographed pictures, Big Daddy is holding up the phone to get a picture. Neil (far left) notices and says, "Let's get a picture with the boys." When the video ends, it is because he thought he took the picture.
On Monday, I became friends with Neil and Julie on Facebook.
I wrote this on Neil's page:
On Tuesday, I gave them the link to the video on the Mob Page:
We are sitting in Steak n Shake yesterday. BD says, "Why did your phone ding at like four this morning?"
"Oh. That was Julie. Julie Kroenig. She sent me a message. On Facebook."
You know, because we are all BFFs now.
What was your most memorable celebrity sighting/interaction?