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Celeb Sightings

On Monday, a new woman joined by Zumba class. She had a bright, cheerful smile and tons of energy and was the only person brave enough to work out in just a jogging bra and a pair of yoga pants. Although, I had other things on my mind at the time, I couldn't help thinking she looked familiar.

Between songs, I asked, "Where do I know you from?"

She smiled broadly, a twinkle in her eye, and eventually said it must be from the gym. Or perhaps from the makeup counter where she works, she suggested. I decided it must be from the gym.

After the music started up again, it hit me. She looked exactly like Nia Vardalos, although why she would be working out in a YMCA in suburban Philadelphia, I have no idea.

There are probably tons of women who look exactly like Nia Vardalos in Philly, to be sure.

Today, however, I most assuredly spotted a celebrity, and this one makes much more sense, as well. After checking the Wild Violet mail at our post office box, I was walking down Chestnut Street with Kung Fu Panda in his Baby Bjorn.

I heard a distinctive voice and looked up. Sure enough, it was Danny Bonaduce, former child star and current Philadelphia radio host. He was wearing a purple T-shirt and holding hands with an average-sized woman who had long, brunette hair. They were deep in conversation.

As I passed him, still not quite believing what I saw, I took a close look. He definitely looks like someone who's lived a bit of a rough life. Or maybe he was just tired that afternoon. Either way, he looked beat.

Although I had my camera with me, which I'd brought to get some shots while we were out, I didn't trouble him for a picture. In fact, I didn't even try to say hi, just passed him quietly and let him go about his day.

Even Philadelphia has its share of celebrities.

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Oct. 28th, 2010 10:10 pm (UTC)
He has had his share of trouble.
Our local celebs are Josh Duhamel and by extension, Fergie. I stood next to them at the downtown Christmas-tree lighting last year.
(pictures did get posted on my Facebook)
Oct. 28th, 2010 10:21 pm (UTC)
Yes, but that was a public event where they had a reasonable expectation they'd be recognized and photographed. Maybe if I'd been a bigger fan, I would have asked anyway. I hardly ever watch "The Partridge Family." I mainly recognize him as a talking head on the HLN show I transcribe, "Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell" and, of course, his shows for TruTV, as a commentator in the "World's Stupidest" series.

BTW, if you want to, feel free to friend me on Facebook. The name is, of course, Alyce Wilson, and I'm the one who lives in Philadelphia and has an icon of me holding KFP.
Oct. 28th, 2010 10:41 pm (UTC)
He owns a resturaunt here in town - being recognized benefits him.

I sent the friend request to your facebook!

Partridge Family was mostly just for swooning over David Cassidy, wasn't it?
Oct. 28th, 2010 10:42 pm (UTC)
David Cassidy was and remains a hottie!

I saw the request. Accepting it now!
Oct. 28th, 2010 10:47 pm (UTC)
My husband, who's a food fanatic, would be disappointed if I didn't find out what sort of restaurant Josh Duhamel runs. He was also a fan of "Las Vegas" when it was on.
Oct. 28th, 2010 11:06 pm (UTC)

I was only there once. It was an anniversary gift from the princessbride, to be honest. Very nice place, but far out of my price range. My price range runs to the dollar menu at McDonalds or the buffet at Pizza Ranch, not to places where a dinner and drinks for two people come perilously close to that three figure mark, and the tip takes it over. The kids live in the Twin City area, so it does not make them gasp in the same way...
Oct. 29th, 2010 02:04 am (UTC)
Looks like a nice place, and the prices would be competitive for Philadelphia. I have discovered, though, that my family, who all live in much more rural areas, think it's mighty pricey here!
Oct. 29th, 2010 02:10 am (UTC)
I expect to get change back from my twenty dollar bill when the two of us have dinner...
Oct. 29th, 2010 02:23 am (UTC)
There are very few places in Philly where you could do that. And we're cheap, compared to New York!
Oct. 29th, 2010 03:07 am (UTC)
I don't mean to butt in, but: if you like wrap sandwiches and/or french fries, hit European Republic. It's on Chestnut, between 2nd and 3rd, on the north side of the street. The front of the place is orange.

The fries are so delicious, done Belgian-style; and the wrap sandwiches are tasty. And they have a special where you get a wrap sandwich, fries, and a drink for $7! The mancreature and I ate there about once a week :)
Oct. 29th, 2010 03:10 am (UTC)
Now that place is in MY price range!
Oct. 29th, 2010 03:12 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm so there the next time I'm in Old City! Now that I don't have an afternoon transcription assignment, I thought it would be fun to take little excursions with KFP. I figured that it will be more interesting to him than sitting around the same three rooms all the time.
Oct. 29th, 2010 03:13 am (UTC)
If you need ideas for fun stuff to do over that-a-way, feel free to drop me a line. I miss my old neighborhood terribly! :)
Oct. 29th, 2010 12:52 am (UTC)
As a rule, it's best not to trouble famous people when they're not at an event.
A local TV news person had a daughter attending the same school my son attended,
and a local Radio person had a daughter on the same volleyball team as my son.
I'm just sayin'
Oct. 29th, 2010 02:02 am (UTC)
Local TV media people are fun, because they're celebrities, but only to a very small number of people. It's like having your own pet celebrities!

I, too, typically leave famous people alone unless they're at a public event or doing something related to their work. I just figure that's how I would want it.
Oct. 29th, 2010 04:53 pm (UTC)
That is really cool. In 1972, on vacation , at a beach in Hawaii, Grampy and I caught a glimpse of James MacArthur, who just passed away. This was during the original Hawaii 5-0 filming over there. I was 'star-struck" for sure.
Oct. 29th, 2010 05:12 pm (UTC)
And on the beach, too! How cool.
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