...so I'm always going to be learning (Alex Bean)
One of the great things about living in Ireland is that any geek can become a celebrity. Use as an example the Who's and Why's who grace The Herald everyday, appear at the opening of an envelope or brave the red carpet outside The Savoy on what seems an almost weekly basis depending on what shitehawking charity is having a premiere of some equally shit film.
On one hand it gives those who crave attention belief that they someday can join the ranks of INSERT IRISH BIG BROTHER CONTESTANT HERE or INSERT SOME BRUTAL TV3 WEATHER PERSON HERE. Perhaps you too some day can join the glitterati who bow at the altar of Marty Whelan whilst taking part in Celebrity Jigs and Reels.
While it's all well and good there is a downside, particularly the fact that you can't swing a gerbil's mickey in Dublin City Centre without it rubbing off someone who's grasping at the Z-List of Irish society. I've found myself time and time again to be a victim of the mistaking some tool who thinks he's something for someone I know. One very very well known person on a DART, the other a model in Eddie Rocket's. Can you imagine the embarrassment of saying hello to someone, engaging them in conversations, asking them how they're keeping only to realise that you've never met them before or only know them from a flittering glimpse at Fair City.
Has this happened to anyone else?? Please say yes!
P.S. - While looking for a picture of a muppet I found this site, it's really very interesting.