Wednesday, January 23, 2002
Yesterday morning, while waiting for the plumber to come and unclog our bathtub drain (whee!), I was watching a little CNN. The rather foxy Anderson Cooper was on, doing some Wacky Product Roundup with two other "journalists" -- I think it was like Paula Zahn and some guy who used to be on Live at Five on NBC back in the day. They looked familiar; that's as close as I can get. So anyway, they're discussing the new Nokia Vertu, that $20,000 platinum mobile phone. And Paula Zahn is all giggling, saying "Why did they send this to us to talk about? It's so silly!" And then Anderson Cooper just stares at her for a second, grimaces, and shoots out some bitchy comment, something along these lines: "Well, dumbass, they sent it to us because they knew it would get us to talk about their company for 10 minutes. And even if people can't afford THIS phone, they CAN afford all the phones in their regular sales line, which now have a new cachet of cool, thanks to us shillling for them under the guise of NEWS. It's called free publicity, bitch, look it up."
"Paula" just kind of stared at him for a second, all glassy-eyed, and then did a quick break to commercial. Oh Anderson, sometimes you rock my socks.
I think he lives in the neighborhood near my club... I used to see him walking his dog outside with some guy (I assume it was his boyfriend, but then I'm the kind of person who always assumes that) every so often. It's too bad no one in the restaurant knows who he is; normally I rely on them to give me the scoop on celebs coming in. Thank heavens the morning bartender is a Gilmore Girls freak; he tells me he would definitely recognize the most minor of Gilmore hangers-on, like Kurt or Miss Patty, even in DISGUISE! Rock.