When does chatting with a stranger on a plane cross the line into oversharing? When you hear the words “I was her sperm donor.”
Oh yeah…that happened.
I was flying home to New York City yesterday and began talking with a guy seated at the window in my row. He had commented on my very last-minute boarding — we’re talking, seconds to spare — and the conversation just naturally flowed from there.
We talked work and family and I eventually asked how many children he had. That’s when he dropped the s-bomb.
“Well, I have a boy in college, a daughter in high school, a step-son in junior high and a son who passed away very young, ” he replied.
“I’m so sorry,” I said.
“Oh, and then’s there’s my daughter who lives in Walton, Kentucky,” he said.
“How did she end up there?” I asked. He had already mentioned that his family lived in Ohio. “Did she go to school at UK?”
And that’s where the saga began — in great detail — of his role as sperm donor in this one-year’s old life. He told me about the mother, how they met, why she asked for his sperm, how his second wife felt about it (past and present), the legal paperwork they had to file, and the type of relationship they agreed he would have with the child.
Wow. Wouldn’t it have been a whole lot easier to tell a stranger on a plane that you had a one-year old daughter…and leave it at that?
Goodness knows I didn’t ask to be placed in such an uncomfortable position.
Well…I did once. I bought a ticket to see “The Back-Up Plan” with Jennifer Lopez.
The movie version wasn’t very good either.
Posted in Airplanes, Family, Health, Home, Humor, Life, Relationships, Travel
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Even if you didn’t watch the “MTV Movie Awards” last Sunday night, you probably got a glimpse of Tom Cruise in the show’s promos.
Didn’t see him? He was the heavyset, bald guy with the ridiculously large hands chewing Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner a new one. And during the awards show, he danced with J Lo and didn’t miss a step.
Those lucky enough to see the 2008 comedy “Tropic Thunder” with Ben Stiller and Robert Downey, Jr. no doubt recognized producer Les Grossman, the character Cruise created for the film. Some labeled it as his comeback from the whole Scientology debacle and lower-than-expected box office for “Mission Impossible III” and “Lions for Lambs.”
Well, look out — it was just announced that Les Grossman has been tapped to get his own film! Cruise and Stiller will produce and Michael Bacall, who wrote the soon-to-be released “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” is on board to pen the script.
I personally am thrilled for Cruise. If people had rejected his latest endeavors based on his talent alone, that would be one thing. But the majority of his critics attacked him based on his religious beliefs…and that burns my butt.
I don’t agree with his stance on Scientology. It sounds like a load of wonk to me. But I certainly don’t pick and choose films based on the religion — or lack thereof — of the actors in the cast. And critics shouldn’t slam actors for the same.
I’m just saying.
So, good luck, Tom Cruise. I hope Les Grossman kicks you-know-what all over you-know-where come the film’s release date.
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Tagged Ben Stiller, Humor, J Lo, Jennifer Lopez, Less Grossman, Lions for Lambs movie, Michael Bacall, Mission Impossible III Movie, Movies, MTV Movie Awards, religious beliefs, Robert Downey Jr., Robert Pattinson, Scientology, Scott Pilgrim vs the World movie, Taylor Lautner, Television, television promos, Tom Cruise, Tropic Thunder movie
Well, CNN, I hope it was worth it.
You knew it was coming, and you let it happen. Probably hoped it would. Thought the prospect of Kathy Griffin misbehaving would improve your ratings against the mega-tradition of “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” with Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest. (I mean, they put J Lo in a see-through bodysuit, for goodness sakes.)
So, you let Kathy co-host with poor, defenseless Anderson Cooper, even after she all but promised to let the profanity fly during the broadcast. I’ll admit I was interested in hearing the outcome, even though I didn’t end up watching.
She did use the F-word, as expected….but in a very pedestrian way. And only once. Anderson’s reply? “You’re terrible. Really terrible.” And then he went on with the show.
Boring, Kathy. Bor-ing. And very beneath your usual spectacle. In fact, it kinda looked like an A-lister pretending to be a D-lister.
Uh oh. Looks like Kathy has gotten too big…to act small.
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Tagged ABC, Anderson Cooper, CNN, Dick Clark, F-word, Holiday, J Lo, Jennifer Lopez, Kathy Griffin, New Year's Eve, New Year's Rockin' Eve, profanity, Ryan Seacrest, Television