Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Why Nana Won't Be Joining the Paparazzo Any Time Soon

After facing a blizzard, cancelled flights, and hoards of holiday travellers with screaming children, the spouse and I arrived in Austin, Texas to spend Thanksgiving with our daughter and her family.  Today we headed home.  When we arrived at the Austin airport there was security staff clustered around two dark sedans and an SUV parked in front of the entrance door.  The security staff were dressed in dark suits and had ear pieces with those squiggly cords running down their necks into their collars.  Obviously someone important was arriving.

We checked in at Delta and discovered that our flight was delayed.  So I decided to hang around the entrance and find out who the important person was.  I asked one of the members of the protection detail who was arriving.  He told me that he wasn't allowed to say.  I asked him if it was worth waiting to get a picture for my blog.  He said he thought so.  So....I hung around and a few minutes later several of the protection detail came out the door with a tiny, white haired, elderly woman.  She looked familiar.  I'd seen her before, but I didn't have a clue who it was.

She walked by me and was ushered into the car...and then I remembered to take a picture.

I went and joined the spouse in the TSA screening line.  After having my water bottle confiscated because I had a half an inch of liquid left in the bottom, we made it through security.  I asked one of the airport security cops who the woman with all the security was.  He said that since she had left the airport he could tell me.  OMG...Sandra Day O'Conner, the first female Supreme Court Justice!!!

And that is why I will never be a paparazzi; I don't recognize a celebrity when she is two feet from me and it's a terrible photo!  I promise I'll do better if I ever run into George Clooney or Brad Pitt!


  1. Don't feel bad.
    I had no idea who that was until you told me.
    It isn't as if her FACE was familiar . . . it was mostly her name, at least to me. Even if her face had been familiar, she looks different from what I would imagine. I picture her still as she was when she was appointed!

  2. I think it's a pretty good picture, actually. And I think she's quite a personage, even today. I would have loved to be YOU. You were very smart to wait to return home past the weekend, which I understand was awful everywhere!

  3. What a great way to pass airport waiting time. I'm envious you were that close to this great woman. If it were George or Brad, you might have harder time getting that close. :-)

  4. Don't worry! Celebrities are tired of being recognized.

  5. Nice pic! I wouldn' t have had the guts to take the picture - I'd be waiting inside. Good for you!

  6. Nana is a stalker! ;)

    I'm glad you had fun in Austin. It's a pretty awesome place if I DO say so myself.

  7. At least you remembered to take the picture, if that had been me I would have been so busy looking at her & trying to figure out who she was I'm sure she would have been driven away before I remembered to extract the camera from my purse lol. And don't beat yourself up, that's a GREAT shot! Glad to read you had a fun time :-)


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