After a conversation with NPR's Michel Martin, and a short Q&A, everybody lined up by numbered tickets to get their books signed. There was a dessert buffet in the synagogue's fellowship hall while everyone waited for their batch--200's, 300's, etc--to be called. After roughly 10 kosher brownies, I went back into the sanctuary, took a seat a few pews from the stage, and decided to read a chapter or two of Bossypants. I laughed out loud several times. Embarrassing. But every time I'd look up from my book, there sat Tina Fey. The real actual Tina Fey. Then I'd dive back into anecdotes about her childhood or her eyebrows or her love of the gays. I'd throw my head back to laugh or swoon, and there she was again! Oh my god! It's Tina Fey!
By the time my batch was finally called up--I was 359--she undoubtedly had writer's cramp, and she'd already made trips to the bathroom--she is pregnant, after all. And I still hadn't come up with anything clever to say. So instead, in my 2 seconds in front of Tina Fey--2 seconds out of my whole entire life when I should have been incomparably cool--I failed miserably. I said "Stutter stutter" and she said "Awkward laugh." and that was it. Now, if the exchange had actually occurred exactly like that, verbatim, it would have been classic! Sadly, it did not. And I felt like an ass. Why didn't I compliment her shoes?! They were great shoes! It'd be different, yet flattering! See, I know how to talk to a lady. Every lady loves to be complimented on her shoes. Oh, well. The good news is that the assy feeling fades after a few hours, and euphoria returns. That's a lesson to take with you if you're ever starstruck by a celebrity. Also, remember the thing about the shoes.