This Could Only Happen To Me…

Some bloggers, like Jenny “The Bloggess” Lawson have a devoted following that shower her with gifts.

What do I get? Well read on and you’ll see…

So I’m taking a break from five hours of doing… well, nothing, quite frankly, (you gotta love the life of a bellman in the winter) and I decide to satisfy my hunger and head over to the local gambling den for lunch. No, I wasn’t planning on putting down any bets – you have to make money to gamble it away – but there is a pizzeria in the food court that serves a mean slice of pie.

I’m riding the “down” escalator, contemplating my place in this universe (seriously, I can be deep sometimes!) when I hear a voice emanating from both behind and above…

“HEY HOOK! YOU ROCK, MAN! YOUR BOOK IS THE BEST!”

I turn around and face my over-zealous fan, whose appearance, quite frankly, gives me pause:

  • He was a twenty-something, white male in full identity crisis mode: chains, a backwards hat, a tight, white sleeveless t-shirt. Very original.
  • Muscles sat upon muscles that sat upon muscles. Seriously, this guy was JACKED! I’m lucky he wasn’t able to give me a bear hug.

I studied his face hoping to see someone I actually knew, but he was a complete stranger.  His escalator reaches the top and as he steps off, he screams another message “HEY, HOOK! HEY -”

The words died in his throat as two sets of arms appeared behind him – and quickly pulled him to the floor.

My over-enthusiastic fan was then dragged away by casino security.

I had my first real fan encounter and it was over in thirty seconds.

I still have no idea who he was or just why he was dragged away, but the mystery actually adds a much-needed layer to the tale, so I can live without the answer to this riddle.

So there you have it; thirty-seconds of my life. I get praise, but no cool gifts.

So be it.

YOU OWE IT TO YOURSELF TO CHECK THIS OUT…

Le Clown and Becca are working wonders on their blogs lately. I’m going to let their work speak for itself… Just make sure you’re prepared to be wowed – and moved.

CHECK IT OUT!

SHOUT-OUT TIME…

Benjamin Wallace is a new friend but a true one. Like Vina Kent, - and Jo Bryant before her – he’s come through with helpful tips and contacts where others have  brushed me off, in a friendly way, of course. Check his site out. He’s blazing a new trail for dumb, white husbands everywhere…

TIME FOR OTHER BUSINESS..

A shout-out to my blog buddy, Kristen Lamb and her best-selling tome, We Are Not Alone: The Writer’s Guide to Social Media. Give it a try, folks. You won’t be disappointed…

ONE LAST ITEM OF BUSINESS…

A fellow bellman and artiste/filmmaker extraordinaire, Joseph Mancini, has created a new digital presence to share with the world. Show him some of that awesome devotion you’ve bestowed upon yours truly and check his work out, okay? I appreciate it, folks. Until next time, stay cool…

About The Hook

Husband. Father. Bellman. Author of The Bellman Chronicles. Reader of comic books and observer and chronicler of the human condition. And to my wife's eternal dismay, a mere mortal and non-vampire. I'm often told I look like your uncle, cousin, etc. If I wore a hat, I'd hang it on a hat rack in my home in Niagara Falls, Canada. You can call me The Hook, everyone else does.
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61 Responses to This Could Only Happen To Me…

  1. JackieP says:

    One day I too will have a fan, hopefully not one who is dragged off by security. ha! ::-)

    Also, I read Le Clown and Becca’s blogs all the time. Two really fantastic people.

  2. timkeen40 says:

    Congratulations Hook,
    You have just experienced thirty seconds in the life of Elvis, The Beattles, Mick Jagger, and every other celebrity you can name. It is an accomplishment to be proud of. ( I know, bad writing, preposition dangling and such).

    Your post is awesome as always.

    Tim

  3. Jo Bryant says:

    you are on your way friend

  4. Kim says:

    *pouts* The only place that I ever get recognized, is at work…. and that’s only because I force my coworkers to read my blog…

  5. El Guapo says:

    Maybe they were holding him down so you could sign his forehead?
    Would have been quite the treat for him!

  6. MissFourEyes says:

    It starts with a few hounding you down at your hotel. You’ll have real stalkers in no time! You’re on your way to fame, Hook!

  7. HaHA! You definitely would have fans who have to get dragged away by security. Good for you – that’s when you’ve reached a whole new level!

  8. TBM says:

    Hey, at least you have a cool story now. when your super famous, you can tell this story to David Letterman

  9. mairedubhtx says:

    Look at it this way. At least you have a fan. A crazy one, yes, but a living, breathing one. That’s more than most of us can say.

  10. That is SO awesome!!! You`re such a celebrity now!! Only major celebrities have their fans/stalker taken down by security like that.

    Now you`re one of them :D

  11. Let’s just hope that guy is only a fan and not a stalker.
    But, good for you. It’s great that people are recognizing you and your work. Must be exciting! =]

  12. jlheuer says:

    I would say free publicity and fodder for a post is a good thing. Next time get him to shout out the title.

  13. raisingdaisy says:

    Probably the beginning of a long line of fans just waiting to seek you out! :D

  14. Cameron says:

    That’s seriously excellent!

  15. valleygirl96 says:

    How cool is that! You’re going to have to get yourself a clever disguise now. You’d probably look awesome in drag. But wait, maybe then you would get hit on. At least it would be good fodder for another awesome blog!

  16. leah says:

    I am a fan…but sorry to say the security people will not be carrying me away whilst screaming your name…I am a fan though.

  17. It wasn’t me, just in case you were wondering. — I wonder what he did to get taken down like that. Or, were they your body guards?

  18. HAHA! Thank you for the chuckle!!

  19. wisejourney says:

    Cool story …. Made me smile I inside and out!

  20. A crazy fan!! Woot woot!! Throw in some hate mail and I’d say you have made it bigtime! Plus..if he was loud enough I would say that’s great free publicity! :)
    J

  21. Nicole Marie says:

    Woo-hoo!! Maybe someone will spot my short story in Apiary and ask me to sign their moob. Yes, moob. I’d be honored.

  22. petit4chocolatier says:

    This was so cute! Thank you for the humor :)

  23. Mel says:

    Awesome! Glad you found me. I’ll be checking out your book. We just got published by a children’s ebook app. No public fans yet (unless you count my dad).

    Congrats on your book and your fan!! Even if was a short time, you have a funny story to tell. :)

    • The Hook says:

      Can you let me know more about this children’s e-book app? My 14-year-old daughter is a gifted writer who has created her own series and she may be interested in this…
      Thanks for stopping by!

      • Hey, it’s often easier for kids to get published – seriously. There’s several respected digests/magazines of young writers that are constantly taking submissions. It would be so cool for her!

  24. Simona says:

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  25. dinkerson says:

    Hook!! Oh my god! That is simply too funny. Is this for real?
    Yes indeed, my friend. Could only happen to you.
    You’re awesome.

  26. giselzitrone says:

    Grüsse dich herzlich und wünsche dir eine gute Woche,und eine schöne vorweihnachtliche Zeit.Grüsse dich Herzlich Gislinde.

  27. WOW! You’ve arrived! A marginally stable stalker. Oh, more hilarity shortly to arrive no doubt. (your book would make the best movie or TV series).

  28. Lovin’ the German comment thread!!

  29. Well CONGRATS on being SEEN!!!! Soon you won’t be able to go to the mall!!!! Jacked guys will SWARM!!!

  30. I’m surprised your security were able to wrestle the guy to the floor! But I hope he’s only the first of many, fans I mean! You’re obviously becoming famous, HOok (just gradually).

  31. Michelle says:

    Ever find out anything from security?

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