Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Puparazzi

Do you remember the book Harriet the Spy? I'm not sure how old I was upon first reading the book but for a time in my life I wanted to be just like her. I carried around a spy kit, took notes in a little notepad and then wrote about it.

Then I moved on from children's novels to magazines. Shiny glossy ones that displayed famous actors and actresses on the cover with brightly colored words across the front like "BETRAYAL" or "HEARTACHE." A friend and I used to walk to the local drug store down the street, shell over our hard earned money from chores, and spend the next few hours pouring over the tabloids. While it might not be reputable journalism, somewhere in my tween years, I decided I wanted to be a tabloid journalist. After all, how fun would it be to follow celebrities around, dig around for information on them, talk to people who had known them to try to uncover the big scoop. To practice, I may or may not have spied on my neighbors and wrote scathingly brilliant articles about the two doctors who had gotten into a heated argument that involved flying garden tools only to leave in the early morning hours as a last ditch effort to salvage their marriage. I thought they were genius. My mother thought otherwise and encouraged me to take up other areas of writing, preferably one that didn't involve the neighbors.

Yesterday, I caught wind of a rumor that the surrogate carrying the celebuspawn twins of Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick was from my town. I literally laughed. I live in Small Town, USA. The most exciting things that happen around here is one of the local sports teams going to the state championship, a bobble head night at a hockey game (where people go for the bobble head and promptly leave), or when summer comes and its time for a local country music festival which brings in some pretty big name people. And sure we have a few locals like Brad Paisley and John Corbet who have made it big and still come back to the area but really, the surrogate for SJP was a little far fetched. Things like this just dont happen in my small town!

After digging around on the internet for a few minutes I came across this article. I took it with a grain of salt but it took me all of two seconds to realize "HOLY SHIT, that really is in my town!" while looking at the picture of the surrogate. I remained skeptical and put a link on Facebook asking true or false. A few people weighed in but I continued to think that it was a pretty funny story. After some more researching and making a few phone calls to some friends in the police department (gotta love small towns) who have helped me out before I can say that the story is true! For real!

For the record, I am not going to revert back to my old days of spying, driving past her house on an hourly basis attempting to get a picture of this woman going to the Dollar Store unless some tabloid wants to pay me lots of money and then sure, why not. I will however be on the lookout for the paparazzi (yes, they were here too) and may drive through town a little slower scouting things out. However, if this mother gives birth at the town hospital like its rumored shes going to (I have my doubts and fully believe she will be whisked off to NYC or LA) and SJP shows up--all bets off.

Sandy really got into the spirit of the whole tabloid journalist thing and fully believed that this was the best way to follow rule number #1 of being a spy -- be incognito and blend into your surroundings.



****Edited: This was confirmed by local news stations, they are now saying the woman is no longer in my town, but still local.****

17 comments:

AntonucciFamily said...

I would definitely try to get the pictures and sell them to the highest bidder!!! If you don't, someone else will!

Fritz said...

it is so ironic that right before i read this i read an article at people.com about how SJP was concerned about the health of the surrogate because of all the paparazzi...i don't think she knows that sandy, although completely incognito, is harmless!! i LOVE it!

amanda said...

i totally wanted to be harriet the spy as well. i though she was the coolest.

that is nuts about sjp. even if now they are saying she is just local and not actually from your town. stuff like that is exciting. to me at least. and brad and john? so j! they are adorable. i'm huge fans of both...so i dig that. we have nada in my small town!

wekeepsaying said...

ohhh harriet the spy...i had a harriet the spy invisible ink pen from a cereal box that i used on my harriet the spy notebook which i got when i bought the harriet the spy movie. she was pretty awesome.

and your puppy would totally be the best paparazzi simply because nobody would suspect a thing.

Kyla Roma said...

Ha! I love the puppy in incognito. Way, way too cute. You guys make a great team ;)

SoMi's Nilsa said...
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Kylie said...

How crazy! Isn't it funny the things our small towns can be known for?! If you see SJP...I wanna see pics!! ;)

SoMi's Nilsa said...

That poor woman! If I were a gazillion months pregnant and waddling around, I definitely wouldn't want my bestest friends taking photos of me, let alone strangers trying to make a buck. Show some compassion, girlfriend! Though, your dog? Pretty smart looking incognito!

MeLaNiE said...

I love that picture! Have your camera ready at all times!

LiLu said...

STEAL THE BABIES. I'll split the ransom with you...

Maris said...

Cute, I laughed out loud at work!

Frank said...

Wait, where's Sandy? All I see is a typical sunglasses-wearing bystander and...


oh hell...

...she's good.

Bayjb said...

Wow that is crazy that the surrogate is local! Seriously. Brush with fame. Your dog totally blends in too. I was very convinced.

Auburn Kat said...

HA! I love Sandy! SO CUTE!

AND Brad Paisley is from there?!? Seriously?!? I heart him!

Andy said...

Awwwww! Sandy is SO well-behaved. My lab would have made a scandal if I had tried to make her wear such things.

Anyway, I'm jealous. And surprised you didn't know it.

amandablogandkiss said...

hahaha! I hadn't heard that celebrity news yet, but I totaly did the Harriet the Spy notebook thing to! My notebook said 'CONFIDENTIAL' across the front.

Trina G. said...

picture made me smile :) Love it.