Today, Matt Damon was spotted around the University of Nebraska – Lincoln’s campus. It must have been a slow news day, because it was the only thing reported by the area news stations. This post is NOT about us running into Matt Damon.
Today’s events in Lincoln reminded me about the time we met a major, I mean MAJOR well-known celebrity in Portland, Maine.
It has been reported that Steven Tyler (from Aerosmith) owned a house in Saco, the town where we lived for 8 years. We never saw him, so it’s still a rumor to us. A few years ago, a pregnant Julia Roberts was spotted in Old Orchard Beach, which was not far from our house, but she is not the celebrity we met. John Travolta, Martha Stewart and Stephen King all have houses in Maine, but they are not as famous as the person we met. I worked at a tourist shop less than two miles from Walker’s Point, the Bush’s house, one summer, but they never came into the store.
Anyway, I am sure you are tired about hearing about the people we DIDN’T meet, ever. Yes, the list could go on and on, as there are a lot of famous people that we have never, ever met…
When our kids were little, they LOVED the Wiggles. We spent hours and hours listening to them, singing their songs, dancing just like them. I know, we aren’t special in that respect. However, my son was obsessed and my daughter loved them too. So when they came to Portland one fall night, of course, I spent the last $40 we had that week (true story) and purchased 4 tickets in the nose bleed section to see the Wiggles do their thing.
Unfortunately, the Sunday before the concert, Ana got sick. Of course, the next day, McCartney got it too. The kids spent that week getting sick, fighting conjunctivitis and finally on antibiotics.
When Thursday, the night of the concert came around, against our better judgement we took the kids anyway. We arrived early and made our mile hike up to the top of the world, just so we could see the tiny figures dance around on stage. We were so excited!
The Wiggles put on a great show. They sang Fruit Salad, as well as our other favorites like nobody’s business. About 20 minutes into the show, the Wiggles, ran out into the crowd to read the signs that their
loyal other fans made for them. The little girl in the row right in front of us, made a big sign in honor of the Wiggles. To our delight, Murray, the red one, ran all the way up the steps to read the sign to the crowd! Once, he read the sign, he paused for a photo with the girl.
The Momtographer in me could NOT believe this missed opportunity! My kids just stared at him in amazement. Right before he ran the mile back to the stage, he stopped, looked at the 4 of us in the face and said, I quote, “Hi, Guys!” Before we knew what hit us, he was back on stage singing and dancing to the next amazing Wiggles tune.
Fifteen minutes later, Ana had an accident, McCartney was in mega sensory overload, so we left, 30 minutes into the show in order to avoid being “that family” at the concert, because not being annoying used to be important to us.
Many famous people have been so close to us or our home, but not a one of them has been as close, or as famous as Murray, the red Wiggle.
Are you impressed? Jealous, perhaps? Yeah, neither are we.