Good Golly Miss Molly

This morning I was escorting my mother to John Wayne Airport for her return to the wet and dreary weather of the Oregon Coast when what to my wandering eyes should appear? No, it wasn’t a sleigh and eight reindeer. Instead it was Little Richard and eight members of his entourage. What exactly does one do when Little Richard flags them down and shouts “Merry Christmas! How’re y’all doin’?”

In my line of work I bump into celebrities often enough, so it’s rare that I’m at a loss for words but in this case his verbal outburst took me off guard. Of course on the inside I was screaming “YOU ‘INVENTED’ ROCK AND ROLL” and “OH MY GOD HOW MUCH PLASTIC SURGURY HAVE YOU HAD ANYWAY?” but outwardly I was wearing a thick layer of elegant distain and vague disinterest.

Normally the OC-rule-of-celebrity-encounters dictates that you treat them like anyone else (especially if they are A-Listers) and let them go about their business. After all they deserve their privacy and this isn’t exactly a paparazzi hot spot. Also, based on our proximity to LA you can expect to see them pretty much everywhere you go.

However, when the (non A-List) celebrity is wearing a big fur coat, sitting in wheelchair surrounded by an entourage and is yelling at you to come say hello, then I suppose you should oblige. So we did just that – essentially we wished him a Happy Holiday and went on our merry way. My mom was thrilled and I was amused.

So Merry Christmas to you Little Richard and thanks for being so friendly and making my Mom’s day! You rock (literally).

3 Comments so far

  1. jumpcut (unregistered) on December 23rd, 2007 @ 1:56 pm

    What was he doing in a wheelchair? Did he look like he was in bad shape?

  2. jumpcut (unregistered) on December 23rd, 2007 @ 1:58 pm

    What was he doing in a wheelchair? Did he look like he was in bad shape?

  3. Jon (unregistered) on December 24th, 2007 @ 6:44 am

    He seemed to be in good spirits. This article notes that he was using a walker at Ike Turner’s funeral last week:,2933,317966,00.html

    I think he’s just getting old. He’s 75 ya know…

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