Of late, I’ve been watching Sex & the City (yes, I know, I’m like 40 million years *after* the fact on this one, but they’re on TBS now!) and at this point in the series Carrie is dating “the Russian,” played by Mikhail Baryshnikov. The whole time I am watching these episodes I’m thinking to myself “he’s vaguely familiar”, but attributing that to the fact that he’s Mikhail Baryshnikov and that I’ve seen him in other things before.
(ok, the ellipses are [ellipsis is?] a complete cop-out as far as narrative structure goes, but I’m tired)
When I was at Duke, I worked in Tech Support to earn spending money. Mostly I did light hangs and sound checks, but every once in a while, Mark Kitchens, the Tech Support manager would call me with an interesting opportunity, like working a show (I saw Fine Young Cannibals, amongst others, that way).
Early1 one Saturday morning, Mark called me and said he had a gig for me that he was _sure_ that I’d want to take, but he wouldn’t tell me what it was. I trusted him though, so I got dressed and headed over to the office to see what needed doing.
There was a VCR that needed setting up. In a guest room at the Washington Duke Inn. In Mikhail Baryshnikov’s2 guest room at the Washington Duke Inn.
Yes, I met him. Yes, he’s just as …mmmmm…. in person. Yes, it took me three episodes to put the two and two together to get the four. :-)
1 Back then, as now, “early” means anything prior to 8:30am. That’s not to say that I get up at 8:30, oh no…in fact, I often get up much later than that. But when I have to *do* anything before 8:30, then I consider it “early” (and try to avoid it whenever possible).
2He was on campus doing Stephen Berkoff’s “Metamorphosis,” based on the Kafka novel.