Monday, October 09, 2006

A star is born


I do know the way to San Jose. I am here at a conference. I attended an award ceremony today and won a major award for an ad campaign. It is like the Academy Awards for public transit advertising except no one televises it and no one judges what we wear on the red carpet (thank god).

This is my sixth such award in ten years. One would think I'd be used to the spotlight by now.

I'm not. I like the trophy. But I have never liked people staring at me. It makes me want to shout, "I see dead people" and running. But I went up on stage and accepted my trophy, let them take my photo and left.

Tonight I went to a consultant reception at an adjacent hotel. Unlike the show Entourage, I had no crew to go with me to the reception. I had to suck down drinks, eat prime rib sandwiches and shrimp all alone. But I was fine. I moved around the food station effortlessly because I am a star. I have a trophy.

No one talked to me. I think they were intimidated. Being a star will do that.
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