Tonight I had the pleasure of meeting Jennifer Weiner up close and personal, in real life~we were already Facebook and MySpace friends, but you know, that just isn't the same. As one of my fav authors, who actually inspired me to write my first book, told from a very candid and real point of view, it was great to hear her speak. Her voice in her novels is great, but in person she has so much vivacious, fun energy that even a gentleman walking by decided to stay for the whole reading.
This is actually what this blog is about...this man.. who I don't know and will probably never see again has made it into my blog.
Are you curious?
Are you dying to know what happened?
To tell the story properly and to have you understand why I was so happy with him I have to tell a short story about how the Q & A sessions after any writer, (actor, director, producer, plumber, mailman-okay maybe not the last two, but I am just seeing if you are paying attention), usually drives me COMPLETELY INSANE!
It is always the same questions: What is your process? How did you get started? How do I break in? What about this or that, or whatever...really boring people. What is worse than the same stupid questions-yes there is a such thing as a stupid question-is that there is always at least one, if not more, person that does the, what-I-like-to-call-ass kissing-bragging-portion of the question which usually goes something like this.
"OMG, first of all, I have to say that I LOVE you, you are a genius and I just love...(insert show, book, etc here) and I am in the middle of a huge deal right now with my screenplay that I came in 72nd in three contests, and everyone loves it and tells me that I am also a genius".....
Seriously? After all that you ask about process? Hrm? Are you really a writer?
But I digress.
Tonight was THEE BEST QUESTION in the history of questions.
I may not have it exactly as it was said, but what I am about to say is the truth and hilarious.
Jennifer was answering questions and this older man, old 70 or young 80 in coveralls-yes I mean overalls, white hair and all-stuck out like a sore thumb in a room of women, so I give him credit, raised his hand and what he said was this (or something like it)
"I wasn't going to stay more than 5 minutes, but you are so engaging, funny and (some other great compliment here), that I decided to stay."
Jennifer, "Thank you."
and then. . .
"I was wondering if you would ever consider having an inappropriate one night stand with a man old enough to be your father?"
He was sweet, but it was too funny and by far the funniest thing I have heard in a long time.