I'm not the type to get all "googly" in the presence of an actor or singer or performer - not that I have had an overwhelming number of opportunities... I mean, after all, they're just people like me, putting on their Spanx and spending too much money for a 'Bucks Skinny Latte.
But when the phone rang at the studio yesterday and the caller identified himself as Dan Tyminski, I went silent. My brain was rushing to process and verify the name while my tongue was limp in my mouth waiting for it's next set of directions. I'm certain the pause was a short second or two but it felt like enough time had passed for me to enjoy an entire evening listening to the score of "Oh Brother Where Art Thou".
Anyone who has a taste for Bluegrass music knows of Dan Tyminski.
Certainly you've picked him out of the "Alison Krauss and Union Station" band...
I was surprised at my response, my behavior. I was scurrying around here like a 13 year old who had just gotten the autograph of the Jonas Brothers!
Turns out, our own local celebrity, Tommy Edwards, had a scheduled telephone interview with Dan. When Tommy came out of the studio, I cornered him.
"Do you know who that was on the phone, Tommy?"
"Uh, yes I do Joyce"
"That was Dan Tyminski on the phone Tommy"
"Uh, yes I know Joyce"
"You do know who Dan Tyminski is don't you Tommy?"
"Uh, yep, I'm familiar with the guy..."
"Wow...Dan Tyminski...man, this place really has its perks!"
Imagine my reaction if I actually got to say more than "just one moment, I'll get Tommy on the phone for you."!