In my life before Oscar was born, I was a fundraiser. As a fundraiser, I met my fair share of celebrities. And by fair share I mean three. This, of course, does not include politicians even though if you are from or live in DC, politicians totally count as celebrities. I've met lots and lots of those.
The year before Oscar was born, I met my best celebrity. I was a fundraiser for a liberal non-profit in DC and we were throwing our annual awards ceremony/fundraiser/pain in my ass. It was only the second year, but things were really coming together. We had some amazing honorees. One of them was Tom Morello.
Oh, Tom Morello! When he agreed to accept our award I do believe my heart may have actually sang. Rage Against the Machine was one of my FAVORITE bands in high school. It was from them that I learned music could be loud and beautiful and angry and really mean something. Rage was absolutely part of my political awakening. They made being political and standing up for what you believed in cool.
Not only did he accept the award, but he agreed to actually perform at our ceremony. As stressed as I was about raising money and make the event perfect, I was really excited to meet him.
Now, normally, I do not get to meet any kind of celebrity (pseudo or otherwise) at events because I'm busy working my ass off. But I was determined to meet Tom Morello. I wasn't really sure it was going to happen, but I was going to try like hell.
Flash forward to the day of the event. It is early, during set up. The set up crew is caucusing at the site - me and about four junior staff members. I'm doling out orders and my co-worker Becky looks behind me says, "Oh. My. God."
I turn around and THERE HE IS. Tom Morello is standing RIGHT BEHIND ME. And then I died.
"Hi. I'm Tom Morello? I'm supposed to be receiving an award her tonight and I'm here for sound check?"
You know, in case a group of 20-somethings didn't know who Tom Morello was.
"Hi, we know who you are! I'm Becky!" said Becky, over my decaying corpse.
Then I came back to life and we all introduced ourselves and I gave him a CD to autograph for our raffle. And then I took him over to the stage to do sound check. And then I died again.
Okay, so he was wearing jeans and suspenders and combat boots and his UNITE hat and he had perfect skin and he was humble and he was shorter than I expected and he was a regular guy and seriously one of the most beautiful people I've ever see in real life. It was totally one of the coolest moments in my pre-mommy life and I'll never forget it.
So, tell me, have you ever met a celebrity or someone you really, really admire? How did you react?