A couple weeks ago, I attended Alt Summit, a blog conference held in Palm Springs, California. Last night, I wrote an excellent recap of our week in the desert, with highlights from speakers and links to some of the very inspiring people I met. Then, at 1:30 a.m., when I went to hit ‘publish’, the unthinkable happened. My computer died.
So this is a snippet blog post, a transcribed conversation that occurred around the pool at the hipster enclave known as the Ace Hotel.
Brooke: I think that guy over there in the pool is that famous actor.
Mithra: What famous actor.
Brooke: The hot one who bared his butt in that movie I love. The guy with great hair.
Mithra, standing up to look at all the men in the pool, some who are definitely hot but whose buttocks cannot be seen : Is he the guy floating on the pink raft?
Brooke: No… I don’t see him now.
Mithra: Was he in that male stripper movie? The one with that guy from 21 Jump Street?
Brooke: No, but he was in another movie with that same guy.
Mithra, pointing: Is that him in the shallow end? Playing catch with that kid?
Brooke: He’s sitting in the lounge chair now. He’s got a baseball cap on. C’mon you guys. He’s pretty famous for that bare ass scene.
Random Young Blogger, eavesdropping: Do you mean Mark Ruffalo?
Brooke, high-fiving Random Young Blogger: Yes!
Mithra: Mark Ruffalo is from Wisconsin. Why didn’t you just say the famous actor who’s from Wisconsin?
Random Young Blogger: I love his whiskers.
Mithra, scrutinizing the alleged Mark Ruffalo: I don’t think that’s Mark Ruffalo. He’s too short.
Brooke: I’m really good at spotting celebrities, Mithra.
Mithra, googling: IMDB says Mark Ruffalo is 5’8”. That guy is not 5’8”.
Brooke: Well he’s our age. Maybe his spine has compressed.
Paige: Maybe his publicist lied.
Petra: Mark Ruffalo?! Where? I love him!
Paige: Now he’s walking over to the ping pong table! Is that his son with him?
Tina: You Americans! You’re so ridiculous the way you fetishize your celebrities.
Paige, googling: He lives in New York and this week is spring break for all the eastern prep schools. I bet that’s why they’re here.
Mithra: I don’t get the trucker hat.
Petra: Might be he’s losing his hair. Poor guy.
Brooke: He’s got a nice swing. He was really good in that one movie.
Mithra: Which movie? The one where he plays a train conductor or something with what’s her name Patricia Clarkson?
Paige: I can’t believe he’s not hiding from all these bloggers.
Brooke: I can’t believe I don’t remember the name of the bare ass movie.
Random Young Blogger, eavesdropping: Was it The Kids Are Alright?
Brooke, high-fiving the Random Young Blogger: Yes! ! I love that movie!
I’ll be back next week with a new computer and a substantive breakdown of Alt Summit 2019. xoxo