I started off the day flying Southwest with will.i.am from The Black Eyed Peas. Surprisingly, this was on my flight out of Burbank to Oakland. Yup, he flew out of the Bur, and he flew coach. You know how at the end of the flight, the attendant says, “we know you have many options when you fly, thank you for choosing Southwest.” Well, will.i.am definitely has options. I think he knew that is what everyone on the plane was thinking. When we landed in Oakland, he even stopped at a “free flight” kiosk to talk to the sales rep and fill out a card. It was amusing and very funny.
I didn’t mean to stalk him. He had an entourage of seven or eight people including a bodyguard, but when I went to the CPK to pick up lunch, he was right in front of me. I was standing there holding a chartreuse, turtle pillow pet with no makeup and unkempt hair. I looked like a weirdo. I wanted to take a picture with him, but he was on a call. Nevertheless, I was a foot away from will.i.am! And, he looked right at me like, “aren’t you too old to be carrying a pillow pet?” I just bought a salad and watched as he left the area with a guy who was probably a member of the Far East Movement. Shyness does not pay off. This was better than eating breakfast next to Jake Gyllenhaal at Square One.