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I seem to enjoy the small things in life. Sometimes the joy is derived from something I can not actually witness or receive, so I can only enjoy it from imagining what it must be like. Confused? Me too. Let’s try to clear up the fog, shall we?

In my youth, I have to admit, I took pleasure in making a spectacle of myself from time to time. Whether it was freaking out in a fake fit of anger at a stop light, sitting naked in a park or yelling undecipherable seemingly vulgar fragmented sentences in a restaurant, it seemed I couldn’t help myself, like it was some kind of subconscious, hereditary, involuntary response to breathing.  I just liked “making a scene”, but not for the attention because ironically the adrenaline rush from having strangers looking at me made me uncomfortable.

I’m sure the reasoning behind the actions were as different as the actions themselves, but the one thing that always came to be true, assured me that the “Anonymous Celebrity” factor was indeed a constant element to my behavior.

“Anonymous Celebrity”. The greatest guiltless pleasure ever conceived.

Here’s how it works:

1. An act of strange, unorthodox, inappropriate, untimely, bizarre, or insane behavior takes place

2. This behavior is witnessed by at least one stranger

3. This behavior is so odd in nature, that it is unforgettable to the person who is witness to it

4. The witness goes about their day and later, when in contact with a co-worker, friend, lover, family member, etc. tells them of this behavior they observed

And there you have “Anonymous Celebrity”. The joy of being the star in a stranger’s story. A protagonist in the recounting of someones day and the best part is you get to use your imagination to reap the benefits of it. Also, if you conduct your behavior in a public place with several witnesses, your fame grows. Now you can star in four, five, eight, twenty or six hundred of these people’s “stories”. Depending on your imagination level you can even have different versions of their recollections in your head. “I bet the old lady was appalled and told her husband how horrified she was.” “That guy by the pop machine looked like he just swallowed a piece of glass.” “The red head was totally digging me!” The possibilities are endless and your only limitation is the time you’re willing to sacrifice swimming around in your head.

Another side to the wonderful world of “Anonymous Celebrity” is the background photograph appearance. I marvel in the delight of thinking of all the people in the world that come home from their vacation, take out the pictures to either look at or arrange in an album only to notice me in the background. Even if they don’t notice me, I’m still in the shot! I can’t even begin to put a number together of “memory keepsake” pictures I’ve been a part of, but I sure hope it’s a lot. My ultimate goal is to be in a photograph that makes it under a refrigerator magnet. Some people would tell you that a picture frame is the ultimate goal, but I think you couldn’t ask for more than a “fridge photo op”. Framed pictures just don’t get noticed or receive the traffic that an average refrigerator sees.

Finally what makes “Anonymous Celebrity” so amazing is that it’s for everyone. You don’t have to be a certain type of person, have a certain look, no experience is required, your background is immaterial, your financial status is irrelevant, it’s a true equal opportunity.

In conclusion, I quote William Shakespeare who sums it up best with, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players…” For it is people that give us the greatest entertainment day in and day out. The people we hate, love, mistrust, envy, misunderstand, judge, forget and dismiss. They are the ones who supply all of us with a lifetime of free, original, improvisational theatre to which we need only open are eyes to enjoy.

If you ever want to see something funny, the next time you go to a movie, see it when it first comes out or is still popular and try to attend a showing with a full house. Sit in the middle of the front row and half way through the movie sink down in your seat, turn around and just barely peer over the back rest and take a mental photo of all the strangers zoned out in movieland. It’s quite a picture.

Egg on,

Ramblin’ Rooster


Written by Ramblin' Rooster

September 10, 2008 at 3:58 am

Posted in Humor

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  1. So, what was the general reaction to the fake freak outs. More concern or fear?


    April 22, 2009 at 5:02 am

    • alantru, honor to have you back. In general I believe the reactions to the FFO’s were of shock and awe. I’d compare it to gossip, a nudey photo or a car wreck, just something to gaulk at or the subject of random conversation in passing between two busy people. “I saw some guy freaking out a stop light today. It was weird. You want Chinese tonight?” Thanks for the question.

      Ramblin' Rooster

      April 23, 2009 at 4:20 am

  2. Always a pleasure to visit. Speaking of Chinese. As a kid I used to spend my time in local parks doing everything I could to get into their wedding pictures.

    My favorite moment was while standing on a bridge with three a party of 30 Chinese dudes all who were wearing powder blue wedding tuxes and me in my t-shirt and jeans. As I nuzzled into the shot, I heard someone ask “Who that white kid?”



    April 23, 2009 at 4:51 am

    • alantru, that’s a nice story. I’m proud to be able to say that I’m “rubbing elbows” with a Chinese-Wedding-Anonymous-Celebrity. I feel that you’ve given us all a real injustice by not sharing your response, (or at least the consequence) to “Who that white kid?” Thanks for sharing, I needed a laugh.

      Ramblin' Rooster

      April 23, 2009 at 5:05 am

  3. I was directed to your website and the design is great. I’d like to join but I’m now an inactive graphic artist.
    And why is there no comment form so I found myself here at your weblog? Anyway, I like your suggestion in this post.
    Roost on!


    May 11, 2009 at 5:05 am

    • pochp, long time no read. Sad to think of you as an INACTIVE graphic artist. You should get scribblin’ again. Go post your stuff on for cryin’ in the night! Not sure what you mean by “no comment form”… you could have blogged, started a forum topic or left a message for me there. I’m glad you liked my suggestion and it’s good to read your comments again.

      Ramblin' Rooster

      May 12, 2009 at 2:49 am

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