Name dropping is not cool here in Los Angeles.* There is a whole code of conduct in place regarding the celebrity sighting and the way to handle one. I am not privy to this code of conduct, nor am I interested in becoming acquainted with it. I drop names to as many people as possible immediately upon spotting a celebrity in public.
And today, names have been falling like rain.
It was around noon when my student heard a familiar voice coming from the hallway outside the office. Being unhip, I did not recognize the voice. But my student was sure. "That's Flavor Flav." He and I suddenly needed to get a textbook from my car. Upon entering the hallway, I saw a small, unattractive man wearing a large clock. Indeed, it was none other than Flavor Flav.
The VH1 show "Best Week Ever" is filmed across the hall from my office, so random B-/C+ list celebrities are in and out of there daily. Which explains the presence of Flavor Flav during my explanation of polar coordinates.
It also explains another familiar voice I heard outside the office a few hours later in the afternoon. This one I knew immediately. It was Edgar from "24". For those who don't watch 24, Edgar is a fat, hideous, extremely likeable character on the show. He's been a prime character on 24 for over a year, so it was shocking and gut-wrenching when he died on Monday's episode. My roommate and I sat in stunned silence following the episode, and the next day we both agreed that we were still shaken up from the incident.
So naturally, I was terribly happy to see Edgar, the troll that he is, standing out in the hallway as they prepared the studio for his segment. And I told him just that. "I'm terribly happy to see you." At this, he chuckled, as only Edgar can, and explained that a lot of people had been happy to see him over the past two days.
Flavor Flav and Edgar. Just another day at the office.
*Other things that are not cool here:
-polo shirts, khaki pants, sweaters, or shorts
-a Harvard diploma
-black, 1996 Honda Accords with Massachusetts plates