Wednesday, June 14, 2006

I'm sorry, Crazy Aunt Purl!

It's official! I've gone from Normal Everyday Cute Stalker to Bonafide Scary Stalker ..... and I didn't even mean to! No, no ... really!!! I SWEAR!

Here's what happened:

So I go down to Los Angeles this past weekend for a very last minute trip to visit my mom. I mean, I didn't even know for certain that I'd be heading down until Friday afternoon. And I flew standby at o'dark hundred hours on Saturday morning. It doesn't really get any more last minute than that, right?! Right! (work with me, people! :))

I'm hanging with mom Saturday afternoon and decide to call my friends to see if they will have any time to meet up with me during the couple of days while I'm down there. As luck would have it, my friend L is available for a late dinner that night!

She calls our friend V to see if she is available as well and AGAIN, the planets were lined up just perfectly, V had time to play. Without the kids!!! (I'm tellin' ya ... it was fate!). They ask what I want to do and I say I'd love to go down to Hollywood area for dinner like we used to!

I head over to V's house to meet up with them around 6:30 pm to find them gathered around the computer trying to figure out where to go. I hear that V ruled out Chin Chins (sigh ... I love that place!) but they were talking about some place called The Abbey! I think SWEET! But L calls the restaurant and there is no hope of getting a reservation. Late Saturday night and the Abbey is all booked up!

So they ask where I want to go. I have no idea. But The Stinking Rose (which Crazy Aunt Purl (CAP) had mentioned on her blog) pops into my head and I laughingly say "have y'all ever heard of The Stinking Rose?". They immediately glom onto this idea and are all excited with the prospect because they've been meaning to go there but have never made it. I quickly say "no, no ... but we can't go there ... I was just joking. See, there is this blogger, Crazy Aunt Purl, and she's going to be there. So if I go I'll be a bonafide stalker ... and I don't wanna be a bonafide stalker!".

They stared at me with utter confusion and said "A blogger? You'd be a blog stalker?? We don't get it."

I tried to explain but they just poo-poo'd me and said "it's a big place ... what are the chances you'd see her anyway?"

Uh yeah.

So we go! And the place is a HOOT! And I see right off the bat while they're seating us that there is no CAP in sight. I breathe of sigh of relief!

Until much, much, much later in the meal. When one of them asks "have you seen if she's here yet". Without thinking, I quickly scan around and see CAP sitting at my 4 o'clock. It was only a quick glance yet .....at the exact same moment .... CAP seems to see me looking (argh!). So now I FEEL like a real stalker and can't think of how I could casually approach her without The Guilt Of Bonafide Stalker etched on my face. Even though I was still clinging to the theory that I DIDN'T MEAN TO STALK!

I mean, really, what were the chances that I'd be in LA that weekend, that my friends would just happen to be available that night, that they wanted to go to The Stinking Rose, that we would be there at the same time as CAP, and that CAP would get seated near us??!! I mean, COME ONNNNNNN!

So then the "OMG .... Crazy Aunt Purl ..... RIGHT THERE!!!!!!!!!!" ... started to seep in. And I snuck another glance behind me .... only to find, once again ... CAP seeming to see me looking.

So now, it's official. I've got Stalker written all over me!

BUT wait, it gets worse.

So there is truly this line between Casual Stalker ... and Scary Stalker. And I crossed it ... oh yes I did! Because you know me and my camera .... must take pictures! MUST. And so I errr ...... tried to figure out how to sneak a picture of CAP. (I KNOW! I told you ..... I've crossed the line)

Unfortunately, my back was to CAP so I couldn't do it on the sly. So I wrangled my friend V to try to sneak the picture since she was sitting facing CAP. But V kept saying "it's too dark ... it's too dark, switch places with me " ... and so I switched seats so I was facing CAP. I had L and V pretend like I'd be taking a picture of them but really .... they kept blocking my shot! So I had to tell them to get out of the way and I snuck a picture* of Crazy Aunt Purl.
Well, I say "snuck" ... but really, when a bright flash of light goes off in a darkened restaurant ... and you've got three women giggling like schoolgirls .... how "sneaky" is that?!! Yeah, not really, I know!

So yeah, it's official ....... stay tuned for invitations to my house-warming party for my new home in Scary Stalkerville!

And you know, it wouldn't have been AS bad had I simply approached her after dinner and told her what a fan I was. But did I??? NO!

I like to blame my wussiness on the fact that she wasn't with her group of blogging girlfriends who would have understood the "OMG! You're Crazy Aunt Purl!!!" blabberings from a total stranger! Instead she was on a date (with a mighty cute man, might I add!)! And so I didn't want to intrude! Because, what if she didn't tell him about the blog?? And and ......... what would I have said anyway?? Nothing coherent I guarantee you! (And whatever it was would have been mighty garlicky too. Just sayin'.)

So instead I slunk out .... which really kinda cements the title of "Scary Stalker", doesn't it?!

Yeah, I'll be expecting the restraining order in the mail any day now...... :)

*I'd post the picture for all y'all but apparently V was right when she said "it's too dark"! ...lol. And the grainy mess that came out simply does not capture the gorgeousness that is CAP! Sigh. I was SO hoping that picture would work out. But now I've crossed the line to Scary Stalker without being able to post any proof! (but WAIT! ... maybe no proof means I can still lay claim to "Normal Everyday Cute Stalker"??? Yeahhhhh, that's the ticket..... :))

26 comments:

Pensive said...

Wow, I'll try to avoid posting my personal wanderings from now on! Who knows who you'll run into!

Anonymous said...

no way! this is just too hilarious... i can't imagine.

Stephanie said...

Oh, my. Well at least it was an adventure!

Lucy said...

Your post is so funny! We all feel this way. I almost had a heart attack when I met the Yarn Harlot.
I'm planning a trip to LA in a couple of weeks and might stalk CAP a little myself!

Krysia said...

This story is absolutely hilarious. I would have done EXACTLY the same thing. There is no shame in this. She is a knitting/blogging celebrity. These feelings can't be helped.

Imaginary Maggie said...

I seriously thought about sending a friend of mine who lives in Malibu to the Stinking Rose to stalk her for me, since I'm in Michigan. I would have also been playing match-maker, so I'm glad I didn't, since she was already with a date (Busted!). No, I still put you in the "normal everyday cute stalker" category.

Sharon G. said...

OMG, I almost pee'd my pants...too funny.

Aura said...

AHHH! You know we're all jealous of you, even if you are nuts.

Just teasin'. I would've reacted EXACTLY the same.

laurie said...

You should have stopped by and said hello! Except of course, no mention of this "crazy aunt so-and-so" since El Date does not know of El Blog. ;)

T1 said...

As a close personal friend of the Kat-ster...I can vouch for her lack of scariness in the stalking pursuits. I have yet to see her go through anyone's trash or hide out in any bushes...

Wish I could've gone to LA! Course then there might have been some Keanu stalking...besides the CAP sighting. (Love you CAP! And you are way prettier than the picture!)

Kat said...

But Laurie ... how would you have explained to your date why some strange woman was excitedly jumping up and down and babbling incoherent stuff like "OMG!! I'm SUCH a huge fan of yours! I just LUVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV you! Can I take a picture with you?? Can I?? Can I, huh? OMG! ... You're CAP!!!!!!!" ...lol.

I think maybe we CAP fans need to come up with some Fan Excuse for you. You know, like maybe we're such fans cuz you were the 2004 National Dominoes Champion? Or the 2005 Winner of the Best Carpooler Award? Or something! You've got to be telling your HottieHots SOMETHING, ya know?! ...lol :)

Kimbre said...

That was hysterical! I'd have done the same damn thing. I read her blog faithfully and feel like I know her anyway. I don't think you're scary at all. In knitting blogland, she is a major celeb!

Anonymous said...

Maybe CAP was stalking you too....

Sis said...

I STILL can't believe that you didn't go say hi to CAP!!! I am so disappointed. You know I live vicariously through you.

Of course, I am totally jealous that you got to see her at all. I am going to try to get to LA in August. Maybe we can try another stalking then. Whatdoyathink? I may have kids in tow too. They can be mini-stalkers.

pagan said...

OMG Kat! Too funny! And I have to admit that I thought about doing the same thing. I live in Ventura County and actually tried to justify going to the Stinking Rose! You know, told myself I hadn't been there in ages, my husband is out of town and I deserve a nice meal, yada yada. Face it. You did what we all WANTED to do!

kiddiecapers said...

we could tell 'em we are members of the Mary Poppins gang. ;)

Risha said...

This is so funny! At least there is no fear of you stalking me, I'm safe here in Indiana.... right? I am safe here, aren't I? *Looking over my shoulder*

*giggle*

Rachel said...

OMG what a riot! I laughed and laughed!!!!!!

Debbie said...

Oh that is too funny and you busted her too for being on a date. To bad the photo didn't work out.

Mozart said...

That is too funny.

I'm really glad your a stalker 'cause otherwise, I would not have found your blog. You are reallly funny!

nymmy said...

That's very cute! I really like reading about someone seeing her.. or anyone that is sort of a famous blogger! You could be the page Six of the blog land! Or something.. hrmm that would mkae a good blog! ;)

I'm glad as well that I stumbled upon your blog..


:)

Kate said...

I think you are not a scary stalker, just an ordinary every day stalker and I would have done the same thing!!! I used to correspond with her via e-mail sometimes and she was one of my first comments on my blog but now she's become famous Hollywood blog woman and I'm suddenly intimidated by her. Glad I found your blog!

Jenny said...

WOW! You are famous now too! I was so glad when I found your hysterical blog a couple months back and I have been reading CAP ever since now too! You both are soooo AWESOME!! Love the CAP story. Would have loved to seen a pic of "hottie"! ; )~

I'm excited because now YOU are going to have quite the following of faithful bloggers now and are going to have write more!! : )

Ang and Minou said...

heh heh
did i just do this? i suck at security codes

Ellen Bloom said...

Hi Kat....Friend of CAP here. I think you could have gone up to CAP and just said that you admired her knitting patterns online. Isn't that our common thread? Isn't CAP's blog all about knitting?

Confused in L.A.

Longhorn Diva said...

LOL - You are as crazy (funny) as Laurie! Really fun entry.