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My new celebrity friend

So, last night I was perusing TMZ and I saw pictures of Whitney Houston and Mike Tyson leaving LAX during the day to fly to Washington D.C. for Obama‘s inauguration. I told my lady friend this and we discussed all the celebrities that were in town for this historic event and its festivities.

“We should go to Dupont Circle and walk around and see who’s there,” I said.

But my lady friend, who is infinitely more brilliant, said, “We should go to the aiport!”

Within minutes we were on the metro and after a quick transfer, we exited at Reagan National Airport where, scanning the monitors, we determined a New York flight would arrive any minute and that star-studded flight from LAX? Just two hours later.

We waited in the right area and watched as people strolled off of their planes. No celebrities.

We walked into a nearby Borders bookstore to kill time before the L.A. flight landed, but I heard a loud voice outside. I looked out and saw a famous face and even more famous hair. My lady friend and I ran after him, camera in hand. We had found our star!

Ladies and gentleman, me and Don King:

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He was standing at the baggage carousel, surrounded by about 20 people asking for pictures. One by one, he posed with them, grinning and repeating, “Only in America, only in America.”

So true. On so many levels.

What an amazing week we’re going to have here in the national’s capitol.

Hi. It’s me, Gina. (By way of an introduction).

Why the blog? Well, I’ve been writing for a living for years. A writer’s life is all I’ve ever known. Actually, I have done other things for money. Sold books (in stores and on the internet), peddled CDs (same). I worked in a health food store both during college and again after I was fired from my cushy job at a newspaper.

I owned an art gallery/music venue for a year down in St. Petersburg, Florida, but that was about as lucrative as you would imagine. 

When I was a kid, growing up in a small-town in Massachusetts, I would gather on my parent’s front porch with my friends on Sundays and direct them as we read the comic strips in character. I want to do that for a living. Or collect leaves.

I like to walk a lot, too. Did you know in her old age Greta Garbo spent hours walking anonymously through Manhattan? She would just throw on some shades and walk and nobody was the wiser. Isn’t it strange that the world’s most famous hermit, turns out, was kind of a people person?

I’m a people person, too. Hence, the blog.

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