Driving and Biking in the Big City

Amy Winehouse alongside my commute today

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We know that can’t be true because we lost Amy to drugs in 2011, but this woman sure looked like her, had hair touching the ceiling of her truck and was intensely gripping the steering wheel and staring straight ahead. I tried to stay with her long enough to hear her belt a line or two from, “They tried to make me go to rehab” but driving is a fleeting activity. You only get a glimpse and it’s gone.

I saw her in profile, like in the pictured photo. She didn’t have on this much makeup but she had the big hair bump. I can’t be sure about the tattoos either.Amy Winehouse

I have a bit of a reputation in my family for sighting celebrities or near celebrities, especially along my commute. It’s my own version of the old Saturday Night Live Skit from the early days. I believe that was called “Almost Famous,” “Near Brush with Fame” or maybe it was “Brush with the Nearly Famous.” I guess it doesn’t matter because, like the faces I see, it’s not quite correct but close enough to make you think twice or look twice.

Truly, I have a good eye for facial structure and features so you can’t really blame me and many times my immediate family members have agreed with me – at least for a few moments. In fact, they always look to be sure I’m wrong again.

To this day, I believe I saw Danny Glover chasing me on a motorcycle as I sped along U.S. 59 on my way to Houston. He was riding one of those cool, jacked up from behind motorcycles, a Ducati, and he had on a lot of paraphernalia to cover his face and hands. But you’d recognize him anywhere. These few years later, I remind my family of the sighting and they name a series of action heroes – Sylvester Stallone, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis. See, they even misremember what they claim is my mistaken identity sighting. Who can trust anyone in this family as a witness?

It all started on a trip to Hollywood many years ago. That’s when I first saw Ringo waiting at a bus stop in Beverly Hills. I couldn’t get my driver (my husband) to turn around andSwarthy go check that I’d had an accurate sighting. Thus, the questions began. I saw Judith Light from “Who’s the Boss” on that same trip and later found a middle-aged Rebecca De Mornay, still wearing those same bangs from “Risky Business,” working at the financial firm where I was employed as a financial writer at the time. I frequently see the swarthy villain from “Ghost,” but that’s in other movie roles. Clearly, he made an impression.

Just last week, I saw Brienne of Tarth from “Game of Thrones” going to class in the Texas Medical Center. But, she didn’t fool me as Gwendoline Christie, the real actress who plays Brienne. This woman was a tall, really pale student in Scandinavian dress but not at all a warrior.Brienneoftarth

The bottom line of this story, these experiences, may be something clever like “keep your eyes of road.” But that can’t be true or at least is no fun. You have to keep your eyes and mind open to the many adventures and characters who crop up in everyday life on an everyday commute.


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  1. LOL! One of my IBM Communications colleagues used a photo of Reese Witherspoon for her internal profile pic because the resemblance was so close. Did you ever see her? 🙂


    June 10, 2014 at 5:32 pm

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