Wednesday, January 09, 2008

my life is now complete

yesterday was a very surreal day, the main reason for that follows below. my man obama, obv, lost last night. either the polling was way off to begin with (which is what i thought when i heard the numbers) or the crying bit worked a fair amount of magic. maureen dowd seems to think she did it on purpose. i don't. but i agree that her swiping directly at obama, her voice cracking and her gaze outward through her watery eyes...seemed to me a bit calculating.

when i walked in the door last night the drug dealer who hangs out in the hallway was mopping the floor. either he was cleaning up evidence or the bad ass dominican grandma on the 3rd floor told him it was about time he earn his keep.

remember how i said i met those crew guys who work for NBC while i was in new hampshire? and remember how i told them i adored brian williams?

my phone rings. a 212 number. i screen it. i walk to get some water, start to listen to message, someone stops me in the hall to ask where i got my "obama 08" shirt and i hear someone say "customer service" and stop listening to the rest of the message, thinking that it was someone from steve madden calling to apologize for screwing up really badly with a pair of shoes i got there a few months back.

back at my desk i replay the message:

"hey jasmine, this is brian williams." (?!) "one of our technicians passed along your business card to me and i wanted to let you know customer service is very important to us especially if, as was told to me, you are indeed a daily reader of my blog." (which, i am, but if he saw how many other blogs joined his in my reading list he might feel less special.) he goes on to talk about how he appreciates my support, that manchester is tiring and that he's headed to las vegas on a redeye that night.

part of me wishes i'd answered the phone. another part of me thinks i might have screamed. or fainted. seeing how freaked out i am by the message makes me think he falls into the "famous chefs" category of celebrities that make me nervous and not the "paul mccartney, george clooney" group of celebrities that i've met and couldn't care less about.

another part of me is pretty giddy i have the message now to save and listen to over and over again. and to play for friends who don't believe me. but, really, how nice is that? the man is covering presidential primaries and still took time to leave this little fan a message. amazing.

AND, i just stopped by his blog and i'm mentioned in a post! although he thinks i live in manchester. maybe that's what the crew guy had to tell him in order to convince brian that he should give me a shout out. AMAZING! i actually woke up this morning thinking it was a dream. thank god i have proof saved in my voice mail box!

8 people who played with me:

Blogger Peter DeWolf said...

That is VERY exciting stuff.

I almost never call fans of MY blog.

1/09/2008 10:26 AM  
Blogger cadiz12 said...


you should try to figure out how to record it; don't those voicemail messages expire after awhile?

maybe then you can post it over here for all of us to hear!

1/09/2008 12:21 PM  
Blogger Cousin said...

Hillary's right-hand-woman isn't a lawyer, but she worked at a law school and then interned at NBC (then became her scheduler in 1991 or 92). That's close enough: send Barrack your resume!

Re: voice mails -- invaluable tool: an Olympus digital voice recorder (w/ software and usb cable for downloading). The high quality setting can even passably record music -- I used it at Monz' band's first gig for the song we posted to the blog (yes, cousin and monz are two separate people!)

1/09/2008 1:11 PM  
Blogger omar said...

On one hand, that is mad cool.

On the other hand, I've mentioned you on my blog before, and now I'm suddenly a bit offended by your lack of reaction.

1/09/2008 1:13 PM  
Blogger Becky said...

first off, FUCKING BRILLIANT, baby!

And second, I find it amusing that he calls his response to fan-love "customer service"- that cracked my junk up!

1/09/2008 2:27 PM  
Blogger Cousin said...

That message reminds me of Obama's finest (imho) moment: when he calls to appologize to a college newspaper reporter for "messing up your game" -- click on the mp3 link for the full effect. He definitely has my vote for wingman!

Click here.

1/09/2008 2:48 PM  
Blogger Former Intern Andy said...


1/10/2008 4:03 AM  
Blogger -G.D. said...

too funny!

1/10/2008 8:51 AM  

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