Friday, April 20, 2018

Four For Friday - A Reader Blind

Hello fellow readers! Don’t bother to guess who I am, as I’ve primarily lurked throughout the years I’ve been reading this blog. I’d like to share a celebrity encounter from my youth that was the first of many celebrity encounters, but was definitely the most memorable. My mother, as a single parent, did fairly well for herself and as such, I was able to travel to many places as a child. Most times, we drove, but this particular trip was only my second time flying out of the country. She was able to again allow me to join her and a fellow coworker to spend a week visiting a beautiful tropical country.

We stayed in a pretty fancy hotel down the road from the Sandals that our tour guide assured us celebrities like Eddie Murphy would visit on their vacations. Even though this hotel was some distance down the road from the Sandals, we still shared the same beautiful blue-watered sandy beach as them, so I crossed my fingers on meeting any. Early in our stay – I believe the first or second full day, my mother & I started to head toward the beach. I should probably describe this a bit. The hotel was on a steep hill next to the beach and there were stairs leading down to said beach. And halfway between the beach and the hotel on this steep hill was one of those outdoor bars that so pretty common in tropical countries like this one.

So my mother and I are exploring the hotel on a beautiful clear day and decide to check out the beach. As such , to get to the beach , we have to pass this bar. And since it was her first time in this country as well, she decided we should check out this bar. So we’re sitting in this bar and enjoying the view of the water and beach. Since my chair is facing the stairs, I’m in a prime position to see anyone who passes by, and this spot does not disappoint. Within about 10-15min of us taking our seats, in walks this at the time A/A- list comedic mostly movie actor. Right now, in 2018, I doubt anyone would remember this guy, but at that particular time, he was on top of the world and it’s doubtful there would have been an American kid (or kid from this particular country) who wouldn’t recognize him. And the bulk of his fame came from his breakout role in a major Disney film partially set in the country that many people still remember today. In fact, it was heavily referenced at that major event earlier this year.

The star of the film was clearly meant to be an actor that didn’t really seem to get very far. In fact this actor, who I’ll call, “T,” has probably worked through the years, but would only truly be remembered for this particular film and another B film that also starred this D-list, but probably permanent B/C-list in his own demographic, mostly movie actor/director/producer.

Also in this film was a C/D-list mostly tv actor, “A,” who despite still resurfacing on television every few years, is probably most remembered for co-starring on a network tv series that came a few years after this film, and legendary comic/actor, “M,” who while great, was still outshone by the breakout actor that I’ll now call, “H.”

Back to the story. Me, being a kid, immediately went wide-eyed and asked my mom if I was indeed seeing H. My mother, however, has never shared my enthusiasm for the entertainment industry, so she wasn’t sure (despite having seen the film with me the year prior). I slowly approached H and asked if that’s who he was, and he confirmed that he was. I started gushing to him how much I loved his role in the major film as well as the film itself. He ended up chatting with my mom & I for about an hour or so and then said he had to leave. Before he did, he agreed to take a picture with me. I still have that picture somewhere in my belongings.

That evening, the hotel had one of its nightly parties that offered the chance to play icebreaker games. During this, the announcer gleefully announced that H (who seemed to be seen as something as a national figure for being in the film)  was in the house. As soon as he said this you could see a figure jump up and sprint into the night. And I thought that was that. He was gone and I’d never see him again. The next morning, my mom and I went to enjoy the breakfast buffet in the courtyard, when who should I see already dining, but H. I asked him if I could join him for breakfast and he permitted. We again had a nice chat for some time that morning before he once more stated he had to go. I thanked him for his time and he left.

That was that last time I saw him in person. He was in a few more Disney movies and sort of faded after that. The last thing I remember him in was that forgotten network series from the now-disgraced entertainer, and even though I forgot the details of what exactly happened, I never forgot that experience of an international star taking the time to talk to a 9 or 10yr old fan not once, but twice.

The country:
The film:
H:
T:
A:
M:

42 comments:

Unknown said...

Jamaica, Cool Runnings, Doug E. Doug (Born in NYC but has a Jamaican father)

sandybrook said...

Damn you unknown! Very good though very, very good.

Brayson87 said...

+1 Unknown

sandybrook said...

Malik Yoba for the resurrected actor in Girlfriends and John Candy

Brian said...

So the whole point of this blind item is that a celebrity was somewhere and was nice to a kid? Scandalous.

Brayson87 said...

Summary:

Privileged latchkey kid star stalks at wannabe Sandals bar. Meets Doug E. Doug, nothing bad happens. The End.

CeeCeeSays said...

Love this blind, its nice when there is a feel good story. I was sorta waiting for a bad turn and am glad there was none. :)

rosie riveter said...

Stick around til the end of the show Brian, you'll get your abusive cheating pedo filth 👍

TLT said...

In other news, Avicii passed away...

SDaly said...

Nice summary Brayson87.

Virginia Mayer said...

BORING. Why the hell is this a blind?

jessorella said...

I liked this. It’s nice to hear about people being NICE - especially in CDAN blinds!

totaji said...

Nor anything good.

Jojo said...

PLEASE STOP WITH THESE STUPID, BORING, READER BLINDS. THEY ARE TERRIBLE!

pkelly491 said...

Jamaica
Cool Runnings
H = Doug E. Doug
T = Leon Robinson
A = Malik Yuba
M = John Candy

Fun little blind.

CityGirl said...

I like the reader blinds. I like the kindness blinds. I consider this one a win win!

joshg g said...

I met Chris Sarandon, he signed something for my kid. Oh , wait he didn't rape me or tell me to fuck off. I shouldn't have told you how nice he was, only assholes count.

TrapQueen said...

+1

Melvin The Reanimated said...

T's other film, The Five Heartbeats, written, directed and starring Robert Townsend.

Stigofthedump said...

TL; DR like all Reader Blinds.

Sara, Making It Work said...

+1

Sara, Making It Work said...

The last missing piece to this is that Doug E. Doug was on Cosby. (Not The Cosby Show, but the later sitcom where Cosby was an old guy married to Rita Moreno I think.)
I always liked Doug. Nice to hear he is a decent guy.

Bumtitty said...

Perfect Brayson. always appreciated x

Bumtitty said...

"Average Days And Nights"

Sal Salington said...

"Don’t bother to guess who I am"

Done.

Didn't read the rest of dull reader blind.

Humor Me said...

....and I met Jimmy Dean at the county fair where he was the headliner. I was 4 years old. Walked into him on the Fairway by the ferris wheel. True Story.

Satan 666 said...

I sat next to Mel (Vic Tayback) from the sitcom “Alice” at Detroit Metro Airport once. He sneezed and I said God Bless You. True story.

Low Key said...

Whoa, Satan! Can you even SAY that?!?

Amy C Wright said...

FFS - Editing. Seriously. Not trying to be a jerk and the best writers need an editor. I think readers have a lot to offer and the reader blinds are sooooo painful.

Brian said...

I saw an actor, we'll call him Thanks, at a Panda Express in Pacific Palisades with his son. He's permanent A+ List. He's an Oscar nominee/winner who may have won back to back Oscars, romanced a mermaid, and dressed as a woman to live next door to Donna Dixon. He might have compared something to a box of chocolates. He ate with his son, and I left before they did. I think he ordered a Sprite. Obviously I can't reveal who it is because reasons. True story.

Southern Man said...

@Brian: Did he sit and eat at the same time? Was he wearing shoes? Did he use a napkin??

Great post and blind.
CDAN, we have a problem...

Beckett said...

My Brothers got their picture taken with Mr Wipple at Frazier Park Fiesta Days.

Brayson87 said...

Thanks SDaly and Bumtitty :)

Cee Kay said...

@TLT Who's Avicii?

On an unrelated topic, anybody else think that all the so-called "reader blinds" have EXACTLY the same writing style? Like, every single time?

Terry Teratoma said...

"Don’t bother to guess who I am, "

Not a problem.

Checking it out said...

That was the lamest thing I have ever read on this web site.

Btw, I highly doubt that high-paid celebrities like Eddie Murphy stayed at a Sandals resort.

laili6 said...

Don’t be so mean. A blind like this is more about the guessing game then scandal. And I think it is notable that a guy who’s in the limelight takes that much time to speak to a kid and her mom. I also like that she asked to eat breakfast with him. Never would have had the guts to do that at 10.

Sd Auntie said...

That is a very nice story. Getting tired of all the child rapist stories. Its emotionally draining.

luckythewondercat said...

I am glad it was positive too. If the reader blinds sound similar maybe it is because Enty re-writes and edits them.

Wonder how long before a high school or college English class will make "writing a CDAN blind" as a writing project.

Someone Else said...

OK. So can we all agree that reader blinds DON'T have to be scandalous or revealing of a dark secret and they are just guessing games through clues?

If so then I could go along with that.

Shit! I could add a tale or two, but they would be just like this one. "met celebrity somewhere, they did this and that, here are some clues, now guess who it is.

I'll even let you guess if it's me from my writing style. Cause.... so what.



Hootspa said...

Keep the blinds coming, readers. Nay sayers, just opt out of reading them. It's easy to do. Scroll scroll scroll......

I like hearing about sweet/good spirited celebs. We need the balance these days.

Dusty Fairy said...

I love the reader blinds. This is a very sweet story.

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