When I was seven, my brother got a Ladmo Bag. A Ladmo Bag is a lunch sack full of junk food, coupons, and toys, given to lucky recipients by Ladmo, half of the famed Phoenix morning kid's program, "Wallace and Ladmo."
My mom once taught the kids of a local country music disc jockey, W. Steven Martin.
When I was in high school, I was in Spanish class with a girl that made the U.S. Olympic Trials for Gymnastics.
My senior year, a local weatherman from the CBS affiliate joined our church.
During college, I saw Adam Sandler in a bar. The Mad Italian, to be precise.
Also during college, my windshield was broken by a member of the Brazilian National Soccer Team. They swear that a soccer ball, kicked at high velocity by a world-class player (training at NAU's high altitude training camp) could not break a windshield. I don't buy it.
My friend, Sunshine, partied with The Misfits, a punk band.
At the HORDE festival, I told Ben Folds that he put on a good show.
While teaching, one of my students showed me pictures of him posing with his family's friends, the members of REO Speedwagon.
Also while teaching, a student, whose mother worked for Canyon Ranch, (a fancy-pants resort) shared that Leonardo DiCaprio and Sharon Stone were "really nice" while they were in town filming, The Quick and the Dead. Apparently, though, Mike Myers's (now former) mother-in-law, Linda Richman, was a real bitch.
I worked at a summer camp with a man whose brother taught Kirsten Dunst.
My sister-in-law, an occupational therapist, had a patient whose mother trained animals for movies. Thus, I held the kangaroo from an Avis commercial.
A student's father piloted Air Force One, and flew George Bush to Iraq for his surprise Thanksgiving Day Feast with the troops.
My aunt has a friend whose daughter works for Oprah.
Barack Obama spoke at my cousin's graduation ceremony.
A friend of mine saw the actor that plays John Locke at a Whole Foods on the Eastern Shore. She said, "I kept babbling to him about chutney."
And finally....today on Facebook, I found out that a friend of mine used to work with Sterling, the boy who played Young Benjamin Linus on last night's episode of Lost.
I'm surrounded by greatness, eh?