This is Petrea Burchard of Pasadena Daily Photo fame.
I believe Virginia at Birmingham Daily Photo nudged us in each other's direction and Petrea's blog's mixture of culture, local politics, ecology, wit and plain good writing somehow struck a chord.
And we like Pasadena anyway.
We tried to arrange to meet up in March together with Ms jb on the way back from NZ, but the only timeslot that WE had didn't match HERS so....
Fast forward to last Wednesday.
I flew into LAX on the way to New Zealand with 11 hours to kill, so we arranged to meet at Intelligentsia Coffee on W. Colorado.
From her profile photo, I was expecting someone very reserved, every utterance mentally inspected 5 times before it passed her lips, every movement considered at length before a muscle fibre even twitched.
'Aloof' is what I thought.
What I didn't expect was such vibrancy and fun.
Mind you, you never really know where you are with these actor types.
Especially ones with their own Wikipedia entry
The nonchalant slipping in of "And who's going to hire someone over 50 anyway?" when it's PATENTLY obvious that she's barely 40. Despite what Wikipedia says,
Feigning interest in my geriatric ramblings.
She's a real flatterer, for sure.
There's probably actually a deduction on IRS form 247a for 2 hours spent humouring strangers.
The only thing she DIDN'T do was to surreptitiously smear some Tiger Balm near a tear duct to induce lachrymation.
But I played along as if I was I was REALLY ENJOYING myself (which I was, actually), knowing full well that her acting coach was at the next table observing the performance and recommending her for a leading role in the next George Lucas film.
And OF COURSE we're going to meet again when I'm next in Pasadena and I just HAVE to bring along Ms jb.
And the brush of a kiss on the cheek as we part.
I have to give it to her - she's really good.
An email saying that she couldn't have enjoyed the afternoon more?
And a corroboration from Virginia, too?
Maybe she really DID enjoy meeting half as much as I did.
But you never can tell with these Hollywood types....
PS I liked her untold. Does it show?
PPS Maybe we can do lunch sometime. So Hollywood....!