Starstruck at Blogher

Come take a stroll with me down memory lane.

It’s 2:45pm on Saturday. I’ve just run up to my hotel room in an attempt to briefly thaw my corpse-like legs before the next session. I turn on the television set, realize ESPN bowling just isn’t going to hack it and grab the nearest Blogher schedule to skim over. Holy shit! I forgot about the room I’ve been wanting to visit since I arrived! The “celebrity” of all celebrities is in that room!

I grabbed my bag and walked hurriedly to the elevator. My heart seemed to beat out of my chest while thinking of the possibilities. What if I get the chance to have a short conversation? What should I say? Should I go for an awkward hug?

I had no time to think. I needed to get to this room before the next onslaught of people arrived on their break. I weaved through the hallways, staring straight ahead, careful not to catch the glance of anyone who could slow me down.

And then I arrived. The minute I walked into the room, I saw the Blogher VIP across the way and immediately started to cry. CRYING, PEOPLE. “Oh, Jesus”, I thought to myself, “Get it together, Whoorl! What am I, FOUR??”

I couldn’t help it. I was staring at such an inspiration. I wiped the tears off my face and walked straight over to introduce myself and maybe secure a photo or two.


I must say, Grover did not disappoint. I was suddenly a five-year-old again, just thrilled to get a hug from the famous puppet.


Although, Grover, are you attempting to cop a feel?


Let me help you with that hand, Grover. Okay, much better.

For those Sesame Street fans, Eric Jacobson (whose face is in the second photo) has been the only person to puppeteer Grover besides Frank Oz. (Is it just me or do Eric and Grover resemble each other?)

More non-puppet Blogher fodder to come…

  1. Mandee

    July 23, 2008 at 8:04 am

    Grover has always been my favorite. The first book I bought my nephew was the “Do not turn the page book.” I can totally understand your nervousness.

  2. Jenn

    July 23, 2008 at 8:15 am

    attempting, nothing! I’d say he’s succeeding!

  3. slynnro

    July 23, 2008 at 8:35 am

    Dude, Grover’s a perv. But you’re hot, so it’s not like you can blame him.

  4. ashley.marie

    July 23, 2008 at 8:35 am

    YAY! GROVER!!! None of this Elmo business. :)

    Yes, he does look like Grover. I love how he’s opening his mouth along with Grover in the first picture. :)

  5. andrea

    July 23, 2008 at 8:44 am

    Grover is my muppet. I spent my childhood reading ‘The monster at the end of this book’ and am now reading it to Charlie and still feel that same sense of relief when I come to the end and it is just ‘Lovable, furry old Grover’ after all. I think I would have cried meeting him too, lucky lady!

  6. feefifoto

    July 23, 2008 at 8:48 am

    My parents know a guy who actually named his son Grover in honor of Grover.

  7. Lawyerish

    July 23, 2008 at 8:55 am

    These pictures are beyond cute. I think I might have cried upon meeting Grover, too. I absolutely cannot wait to read “The Monster at the End of this Book” to Noelle.

    Grover rules.

  8. Camels & Chocolate

    July 23, 2008 at 9:09 am

    Hahaha, and here I thought you were going to say Dooce. I bet Wito loved that!

    In other news, all of my favorite bloggers posted pictures with you (another of my favorite blogettes!), and I’m still weeping over not being there last weekend. Hopefully, you’ll all be attending again next year, at which point I will drop all to be there.

  9. kat

    July 23, 2008 at 9:23 am

    i love your face in the first one – so cute!

    and the puppeteer looks EXACTLY like grover!

  10. The Over-Thinker

    July 23, 2008 at 9:32 am

    I’m glad you said the thing about the resemblance because it’s uncanny.

  11. Saerah

    July 23, 2008 at 9:36 am

    Lucky you! Grover (or Grofer, as I call him) has always been my favorite, too. I’m 44.

  12. metalia

    July 23, 2008 at 9:50 am

    That first shot is one of the cutest pictures of you I’ve ever seen.

    PS: I totally would’ve cried, too.

  13. regan

    July 23, 2008 at 9:51 am

    Grover’s handler does look like Grover. Weird.

  14. Rhi

    July 23, 2008 at 9:51 am

    Dude, Grover totally got to second base with you.

  15. ali

    July 23, 2008 at 10:34 am

    grover is a hottie. i can see why you’d be starstruck.