Dan South Posted November 24, 2003 Share Posted November 24, 2003 I ran a race in Central Park this morning. It was a fundraising event for an organization called God\'s Love We Deliver . They deliver food and necessieies to elderly and infirm shut-ins. Anyway, after I finished the race, I waited around for some friends who were still running. I was standing about a hundred feed from the stage where they were making announcements, and where the awards ceremony was to be held shortly thereafter. While I scanned the runners nearing the finish line, I heard the announcer say, "Let's have a word with Patrick Stewart." This guy comes up on the stage in shorts, T-shirt, a windbreaker and running shoes, cap, sunglasses, and a scraggly gray beard, and I thought to myself, "Oh, it's just some guy named Patrick Stewart, not THE Patrick Stewart." The man took off his cap and sunglasses and answered the announcers questions, and, it really WAS Patrick Stewart. I wasn't clear as to whether he'd competed in the race of not; he claimed to be a race walker rather than a runner. He talked a little bit about the play he's doing. And the crowd all but ignored him. New Yorkers take celebrities in stride, but this was ridiculous. It was as though they were interviewing the Assistant Vice President of Charitible Contributions from the Yoohoo Corporation. Mr. Stewart went on his merry way, my friends eventually passed by, and they brought the top male and female finishers up to the podium for the awards ceremony. And then they introduced a second celebrity - Joan Rivers. She didn't say anything (to my surprise), but she was part of the presentation. I was very impressed with Ms. Rivers, because at the end of the ceremony, she shook hands with each of the sponsors and hugged each of the runners who'd placed. She even took a moment to say something to each one of them. She seemed very warm and open and generous and copped no attitude at all. It was a pleasant surprise! Anyway, the moral of the story is that Trekkies don't do road races. Thank goodness. The Black Knight always triumphs! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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