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. Lauren

    July 23, 2008 at 10:59 am

    Um, Grover is one lucky puppet. Clearly, he is as star-struck as you are.

    Also: what’s the company that your bag came from? I can see a little hint of grey (NOT A STALKER) and I remembered a post some time ago about the Bag Saga.

  2. diane

    July 23, 2008 at 11:21 am

    Love the first picture!
    Was cookie monster there too?

  3. Isabel

    July 23, 2008 at 11:46 am

    I would have cried too.

  4. mrs k

    July 23, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    I was going to ask the same thing- is Grover or the guy who ‘directs’ Grover trying to cop a feel?

    Too cute!

  5. Kristin

    July 23, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    He totally was copping a feel. And look how gleeful his voice looks about the whole thing.

  6. Loralee

    July 23, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    Of all the things that I regret not getting to do at BlogHer this one is the BIGGEST.

    I wuv that hunk-a-hunk of blue fuzzy love.

  7. gorillabuns

    July 23, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    I would have cried too but only because puppets totally creep me out.

  8. BeachMama

    July 23, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    Awww, how cool!!

  9. Angela

    July 23, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    I got all teary, too, and my video was with Abby Cadabby! (Who?!) If Grover had been my character? Holy crap. I can’t even imagine.

  10. joslyn

    July 23, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    Sarah…i had the exact same experience when i visited grover on Friday…i was totally starstruck, yes tears. it was a high point of the conference for me too…

    i actually got quite crafty and used the experience to attempt my 4 year old daughter to finally give up her pacifier (i know, i know…four.years.old…)

    I did the little video with him and asked him to tell her it was time to let her “passie” go. Then i brought it home and stuck it in the dvd player monday morning…and SUCCESS…she’s been pacifier free for almost three days.

    I. love. grover.

  11. Lisa

    July 23, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    I love these photos so much!

  12. Angella

    July 23, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    You are totally making me regret not meeting Grover.

    (PS – MISS YOU)

  13. Susan

    July 23, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    And here I thought you were going to recap cocktails with Chris and me. BUT NO.

  14. MommyTime

    July 23, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    I am so glad you wrote that about the puppeteer! (which is a stragely hard word to spell; no combinations of letters look right) Because I was going to say EXACTLY that but felt a little weird about it. Eric looks precisely like a human version of Grover. Do you suppose that’s why they picked him? Bizarre.

  15. Assertagirl

    July 23, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    I BAWLED MY FACE OFF when I saw Grover. I had to go away and collect myself. It was so, so touching.