Okay, so several posts ago, Dustin asked me to post a list of things I have done, rather than just lists of things I have never done. Well, I'm still working on that list (I know, Dustin, I'm being lazy--I know), but since I'm about to sit down and watch the Golden Globes, I thought I would share one thing I have done:
I have crashed the Golden Globes. Eight times. With my grandparents.
Now, this was all pre-9/11, and I'm sure that the security is tighter nowadays. (It was pretty tight back then, but we always managed to work our way through it. The key is to act like you're supposed to be there and like you know where you're going.)
I have several fun Golden Globe stories. Like the time Ian McKellen told me he loved my blond hair. (It was blond at the time, so it made sense.) Or the time I got trapped in the middle of a conversation between Julianne Moore and Juliana Margulies. (This one's hard to explain, but it happened.) Or the time Allison Janney hugged me, kissed me on the cheek, and then thanked me for understanding her. Or the time Sharon Stone winked at my Granny. (They were totally flirting.) But people are beginning to walk down the red carpet, so I've gotta plunk myself down in front of the TV and enjoy.
Speaking of lists, (and I was speaking of lists, earlier, at the beginning of this post), Sheila over at The Sheila Variations has a great post today with a list of her favorite literary characters. I made my own list and posted it in her comments. But I wanted to post my list here as well:
OWEN MEANY, from A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
HUMBERT HUMBERT, from Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
SARAH MILES, from The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
MILKMAN, from Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
SOOKIE STACKHOUSE, from the Dead Until Dark series by Charlaine Harris
BENJAMIN SACKS, from Leviathan by Paul Auster
ARTURO THE AQUA BOY, from Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
PETER, from Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
MELONY, from The Cider House Rules by John Irving
the unnamed NARRATOR, from Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson
JONATHAN HARKER, from Dracula by Bram Stoker
SEMYON ZAKHAROVITCH MARMELADOV, from Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky
DANNY, from Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
DOT, from Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
ARCHIE JONES, from White Teeth by Zadie Smith
SAMAD IQBAL, from White Teeth by Zadie Smith
ALEXANDER, from Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
This list is totally off the top of my head and by no means definitive. But, as I've said many times before, I love making a list, and so I had to play along with the "favorite literary characters" game, and I'll probably keep adding to the list. Feel free to provide your own lists in the comments.