Friday, February 15, 2008

Anything but 'super'

Well, back to business this week. What a change. And I'm retiring the use of the word "super" for a while. It's lost its significance with all the organizations that tried to ride the Super Bowl coattails and garner publicity for their own events. As Coach Taylor would say on "Friday Night Lights," what happened to it being just about football? All these parties and grabbing any NFL players to read, shoot clay targets or talk to fans on cell phones were just all over the place. Still, there were a few highlights.

-I got to shake Nick Lachey's hand at some red carpet arrival for a party he was hosting. It was so funny. It was some publicist's job to write down a celebrity's name on a piece of paper and flash it to the press line like a wrestling ring girl. This way, there would be no confusion about who was coming down the red carpet. Half the time, nobody knew who the person was. I wonder how many of the guests got that they weren't "important" press-wise as they walked the carpet without anyone stopping them.
Once the publicist held up a piece of paper that said "The Scottsdale 16" which sounds like a group of former protesters. Turns out it was just a harem of girls who were invited to be wall candy. They looked like 16 dolled-up lolliepops with cleavage.

-I managed to spend some quality time with my friend Leah at her birthday party on another side of town before hitting the PenthouseDesire Super Party where Snoop Dogg was to hit the stage. It was a low-key wine and food fest with boardgames. My spidey sense tingled when I learned we were going to play Trivial Pursuit. It was version that combined questions from the '80s, '90s and pop culture. So, I was forced to expose my penchant for knowing useless knowledge. Example: What "WKRP Cincinatti" veteran replaced the Maytag repairman? I don't know why I know this but for those who don't remember, it's Gordon Jump. I'm sort of embarrassed that I know all this stuff. Leah was funny, telling my teammates "Always listen to the Tang." I think people began to think that the cards would magically change the answer to match my guess, haha.

-I watched Snoop Dogg perform with that pimp metal glove on. After 20 minutes, I was able to reaffirm that his music is just not my cup of tea. I had more fun walking around downtown Scottsdale after and overhearing people get more testy as nobody, even the most stylish/hootchie girl, couldn't get a cab. As I easily drove away in my car, a part of me was like "suckas!"

-Spent the Tuesday primary either at polling stations or the watch parties for Hillary and Obama's Arizona-based supporters, which were at the same hotel, LOL. I liked the Obama party as there were cuter men. Not that that influenced which people I interviewed!

Anyway, this week has been much slower by comparison. But I think I'd prefer it over working 1:30-9:30 p.m. on a Sunday or a split shift of 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. and then 7-11 p.m.

Now, I'm on my knees, grateful for the holiday Monday. Time to get out of Dodge!