As a NYC resident, I see a decent amount of celebrities. It’s not like Los Angeles, but still, famous people are sometimes around. Television shows and movies are often filmed in my neighborhood: there used to be a show “Person of Interest” which filmed one of it’s season finales on my block. We were treated to the glare of a light coming in our window at 11pm, which meant my apartment building was on TV…. So filming, celebrity sightings, are part of my actual day to day.
I do have one particular favorite celebrity sighting story though. Ric Ocasek lived in my neighborhood. He was pretty easy to spot, as he was tall, thin, and hadn’t change his hairstyle since his days fronting The Cars. And he lived in the neighborhood, which meant you might see him walking down the street, or at the dry cleaner, or at the market….
The market. This is where my favorite Ocasek story takes place. A few years ago I was doing my shopping, and I looked up from the frozen edamame to see him standing next to me. As only would happen in NYC, at that moment a Cars song was next up in the market musical mix.
That’s right. I’m standing next to Ric Ocasek and “Who’s Gonna Drive You Home” begins playing.
Now us New Yorkers, we try to be really blasé about celeb sightings- we try to be cool even if more often then not we’re jumping up and down inside.
They’re playing The Cars.
And he’s next to me.
So I actually look at him, establish eye contact.
He gives me a half smile, shrugs his shoulders and says “Figures”, and picks up whatever he was getting and walks away.
So RIP Ric Ocasek. I will remember your music fondly.
Eddie Money also passed recently.
I have reached that age when the celebrities of my youth are passing. It’s just another product of the aging process….and something else to get used to…