I was at the LAX International Arrivals gate tonight (Oct 6) and saw a chauffeur across the terminal holding up a sign for his rider (as they do) that said GRANT SHOWBIZ. I thought it had to be a joke or a coincidence. I had no idea what Grant even looked like, but I decided to go shadow the chauffeur just in case it was true. On the short walk over to him, I typed “Grant Showbiz” into Google, and a photo of him popped up. I instantly looked up again but the chauffeur wasn’t there anymore. Then I looked right in front of me and the chauffeur and the guy from the Google image were right in front of me! I stammered “Mr. Showbiz, I’m a big fan of your work!” or something, I don’t even remember. He stopped, smiled, and thanked me. I dug an index card & pen out of my pocket (thank god I carry both at all times!) and asked him to sign, which he happily did. I told him what a huge Smiths fan I was. He seemed pleased. I didn’t have time to tell him how much I appreciate his work with Billy Bragg, or that I visited Manchester this year for the first time, and went to Sanford Lads Club; that probably would have been too much information. But I bet he doesn’t get recognized in public all that much, certainly hardly EVER in the States, so I think he was proud. I didn’t tell him that I had to Google-Image him to be sure!
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