I've had a handful of celebrity encounters in my adult life.
My first temp job, I got to put Donald Trump on hold.
I've served coffee to Frank Oz. I had to shove my theater's concession stand worker aside to do it, but I did it, and managed to chat him up a little beyond "I love you love you love you."
About ten years ago, Prince hit on me on the N train in Queens. I turned him down.
Once I got to visit the late Jim Henson's office. I'm going to imagine his spirit was in the room and count that as an encounter.
And now the latest, and perhaps coolest: DaMomma approached me to ask if she could interview me.
I've been reading this woman's blog for three or four years - I know all sorts of intimate details about her life, her friends, her three children - but we have never met. The characters from her stories have become just as real to me as people I actually see in the flesh - I'll be talking to Stu, and will find myself saying, "Oh, guess what Ren did?" And in my head, DaMomma became this wise mother-figure, always coming up with some brilliant answer to whatever tough neurotypical-child parenting challenge the day had thrown at her.
But, you know, I don't know her. And she certainly doesn't know me.
But then she read some of my blog (via the link attached to my name in a comment on some post or another of hers), and decided to contact me. And suddenly there was a sort of relationship, instead of the one-way readership I had experienced the past few years. Suddenly, I felt like a I had become a character in a favorite book.
She emailed me. She said, "I've had some requests to do a bit on autism. Would you be interested in helping me with that?" Um, yes please!
That SHE contacted ME at all, let alone to ask for my help, made me feel like a freaking rock star. And having the opportunity to explain my pro-neurodiversity agenda to a large general audience is tremendously exciting to me. So please check out DaMomma's profile of lil' ole me, and catch up on her awesome adventures in parenting and in watching the last space shuttle launch in person!