I rode on a chairlift with the former mayor of Los Angeles this morning.
My dad and I were getting on the chair when we were joined by a ski instructor and an older guy, and during the usual chairlift small talk (“Where ya from?”), he introduced himself.
“Hi, I’m Dick! What’s your name?”
“Ellen, what’s your last name?”
Something in my mind clicked, but I couldn’t immediately place where I knew the name from.
Then he mentioned living in L.A., and I started to make the connection. Then he mentioned knowing Kenny Rogers and having P.R. people, and I was like…ahaaaa…
My dad had no idea who he was (until I told him later) and just sort of chatted with him about law school. I shook his hand as I got off the chair, though I didn’t mention that I knew who he was.
I realized later I should have immediately known he was a politician from the way he talked, but I guess being out of D.C. for five and a half years has killed my politician-dar.
Still, pretty damn random and amusing.