Thursday, July 2, 2009

Inviting a Celebrity to Dinner?

Thanks to a pair of idiots in Queensland and some boring fellow in South Australia, I did not win the $106 Million jackpot lotto prize this week. They did. The bastards.

I was really cross about it because instead of trying to find my way through the chaos in my house this week I sat here on my uncomfortable but pretty B&B sofa and planned out every last dollar. So to miss out was a double blow. A.)because I've had to cancel my Gulfstream order and B.)because I now have an entire week's worth of washing to fold and put away and I really can't be bothered.

What really annoyed me was the couple in Queensland who said they would still be going to work the next day and really had no idea what they'd do with the money. Go away. How can you not know what to do with the money? I discussed this with Alli today and she agreed they don't deserve to win on that basis alone so they should forfeit their $50M and give it to us because we know EXACTLY what to do with it and nobody will be going to work the next day.

I love setting aside some daydreaming time to imagine what I'd do if I won a huge sum of money. Do you? One thing I don't daydream about is who I'd invite to dinner if I could invite anybody I wanted, dead or alive.

You know those magazine articles that come out on Sundays, they always ask who you'd invite to your last supper. People often say -oh Oprah... Elvis...Dalai Lama... Gandhi. Not me.

I would hate to have a celebrity round for dinner. What on earth would I cook? And what on earth would I talk about? Seriously, I don't have anything clever or funny to say so why would I want some intimidatingly clever/accomplished person sitting here at my dining table eating my uninspiring cooking and listening to my boring drivel? I would hate every single minute of it.

I always cringe when I see that question in magazine interviews. Do you?

Speaking of hanging out with celebrities, lets talk about Twitter. I was late to join that party and I must admit I'm still not up with all the Twitter lingo like follow fridays and what the little # symbol means.

One thing that I find really strange about Twitter is the way you can follow a famous person and make comments to them, and then they can either ignore you or reply via a direct message instead of a tweet which to me seems a bit like the cool kid at school only talking to you when the other cool kids aren't watching.

Another thing I find interesting is that it seems to be the rather low brow/ D-grade celebs who ignore their followers and then the really bright stars are the ones who have the manners to reply. Or that is my (limited) experience of it anyway. You know what is rather tragic but true?

I got a kick about unfollowing certain famous people who ignored my tweets. Objectively I know they probably don't even read my tweets and couldn't give a stuff whether I follow them or not, but there is something empowering about clicking remove on Twitter just like hitting that button on Facebook that de-friends someone. A bit like hanging up on some wally at a call centre, isn't it? I mean let's face it, they don't give a stuff but we feel a teeny tiny bit of power when we slam down that phone, don't we? Or am I the only one who is happy to hang up on rude call centre staff?


  1. OMG I thought I was the only one who hates that question... why the heck would you care to have dinner with someone you've never met, I also feel that if you answer that question, someone, somewhere is judging you. It's so irrelevant. I am still afraid of twitter I tried once and was shocked at the speed of which followers popped up... all of which seemed more than a little dubious... so I deleted!!!!

  2. I'm with you! If they don't know what to do with the money, it should be an automatic forfeit!

    Also, I don't want celebs for dinner either! I'd have to clean my house!

  3. I think the question would be, which celeb would you like to invite *you* over for dinner. I would totally dig seeing Bono at home with kids and seeing how his brown-eyed girl keeps house. Or the Brangelinas? Who would want to see what kind of spread her cook puts out. And it's not like she's eating much these days so there'd be plenty for the rest of us.

  4. The reason the really big celebs respond to us average joe's is because they have someone who is payed to sit there all day and work their twitter, facebook, myspace, website, and all the other internet publicity they have. The D-listers don't reply cause they can't afford an internet publicist.

  5. I played the lotto last weekend, ended up winning $46. I spent it straight away. I know exactly what I would do with millions. Probably give a lot of it away to be honest.

    Twitter is kind of weird...I just can't keep up. I do follow Jamie Oliver, although I would HATE to have him around for dinner!

    I have never hung up on a rude call centre person - but have been hung up on by them and it infuriates me to no end!!!!

  6. I seriously went straight from a travel site (fantasizing over the trips I would take if I had tons of money), to reading your blog post! LOL! Glad I'm not the only one who day dreams wealthy.
    I also day dream that someone introduces some celeb to me because I am the one worth knowing, not the celeb. Then I usually blow off the celeb. Weird, huh?

  7. Maybe because I enjoy cooking I am not intimidated by the notion of having a 'celebrity' over for dinner. There are so many fascinating people in the world who I would like to meet, and I could think of nothing better than chatting casually over dinner with them. Food seems to fuel good conversation, and I would feel far more relaxed entertaining in my own home than in a fancy restaurant or god forbid, their house!

    As for those people in Queensland…I am totally with you! They need their head checked. There are so many things you could do with that money! Pay bills/mortgages, treat family and friends, travel, shop. Money is like an international passport that gives you the freedom to do the things you dream of. Without sounding like a mother Teresa wannabe, there are so many things I want to do in my life to better the quality of other people’s lives. $$$ would make such a difference in the lives of people (especially children) with the simple gesture of good food, access to medicine or a roof over their head. Whoever doesn’t know what to do with $106 million must live an extremely sheltered life. If thinking like this is too big for them, they could sponsor lots of children via Compassion or World Vision. Money buys lots of happiness. If you need convincing, just read a letter from a sponsored child. The happiness, joy and gratitude expressed in these letters is astounding. Money has bought them quality of life, opportunity, and hope. That type of purchase makes me very happy.