Please Leave Me Alone!!

Several years ago, Monica Seles was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. She grunted in appreciation.

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There are various levels of fame. Sometimes, a person may be famous within their field of work, but not a household name. I had a boss once, who was very well known in one segment of the business world. If you mentioned his name to someone in that field, most knew of him.

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I gained some level of fame in showbiz in the nineties, although fame was never my goal. I really enjoy my privacy and with fame comes no privacy. I remember one time, in an El Pollo Loco restaurant in Southern California. I had ordered, found a table and sat down to read the newspaper, something that I really enjoyed. Suddenly, I could feel the presence of another person. I lowered my paper and there stood the manager of the restaurant, holding my food.

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As she placed the plate down in front of me, she said, “You’re a comedian, aren’t you”? “Yes”, I replied. She went on to say that she had recognized me from television. I politely said “Really? What show”? She told me, and after reading her name from the badge on her shirt, I told her it was nice to meet her. She said, “That is very healthy”, referring to my lunch. I told her that I was aware of how healthy it was and that was the reason I ordered it.

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The woman would not leave. She just stayed there. I finally had to ask her for some privacy. She got angry and walked away. I really was being nice, but she didn’t get the fact that I really didn’t want to eat lunch with a stranger staring at me the whole time.

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Another time, I had to meet my agent in another restaurant. I was very sick that day, but she said it was the only time she had available that week. So, off I went, fever and all, to meet her. I arrived before she did, so I was sitting in the lobby, feeling horrible. A family walked in and one of the men recognized me, pointed at me and said, “Hey, there’s that comedian”! He came over to shake hands and talk, but I told him that I was really sick and probably contagious, so I didn’t shake his hand. He was furious. He cursed at me and rejoined his family.

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The manager of the restaurant came over and said he was so sorry, and offered to let me sit in the back of a secluded part of the restaurant. I was more than grateful, so I thanked him and walked back and sat down. He sat down with me and did the same thing the other gentleman did. He wouldn’t leave me alone, so I talked to him. Sometimes, you just can’t win.

See you tomorrow.

Facebook: Jerry Mabbott
Twitter: @jmabbott
Web: http://jerrymabbott.com

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