Called on account of rain

 Blog called on account of rain.  Mostly because it’s Texas and when it rains here the whole State shuts down.  But I’m not entirely MIA because I’m doing a giveaway today.  See the eyeball necklace on my left sidebar?  That’s my friend, Dr. Brassy and she makes awesomeness with her own little hands and she’s giving away a few gift certificates here today so you can have your own little piece of fantasticness.

Want one?  Just leave a comment and a few of you will be randomly chosen.

Also, I realize that I’ve given you nothing pertinent to comment on so here’s a random topic:  They say you should never meet your heroes because they’ll never compete with what you imagine, but that’s not true because I met Neil Gaiman once and we ended up wearing sock monkey hats and telling stories of beauty pageants.  I guess the moral here is that you should always meet Neil Gaiman, and carry your own monkey hat just in case he forgets his.  (Which is unlikely because the man is magic and I think he carries a suitcase of bad-assery with him everywhere.)

So here’s your question…which of your heroes would you still like to meet?  Or, which have you already met?

Spill, people.

UPDATED:  My God, I love you people.  You seriously pick all of the best people and I think we should be friends forever.  However, only two people can win so using (Random Number Generator) here are the winners:

“You know, I’m going to go with Wonder Woman. I had her UnderRoos and I felt like a badass when I wore them.” ~ Jenbug

“I ran into Joe Piscopo and his ex-wife at a grocery store years ago. Never having seen a celebrity before I followed (OK … stalked) them from the frozen food aisle to the bakery then check-out. A few weeks later I was in a bowling alley and Joe (I figured we were on a first-name basis since we shopped together) was playing pool. I made a beeline for him and shouted “Hey JOE … It’s ME … CHRISTY … Remember? From the grocery store?” To this day I can’t understand why he downed his beer and went out the back door.”
~ Christy 

Also, for being such amazing sports I’m going to pick a few of you to send signed copies of my book, so check your email.

We now return to regular programming.

1,499 replies. read them below or add one

  1. 1
    Katherine Garretson

    I’m with you on Neil Gaiman. He seems like the kind of hero that never disappoints.

    Like

  2. Houston’s motto should be “Its always mushy here….and fucking humid”. That would make an awesome bumper sticker.

    Like

  3. I just realized I never said who I still want to meet. Way to follow directions, me. David Tennant and Amy Poehler. They both reek of awesomeness.

    Liked by 1 person

    Jenny the bloggess recently posted Called on account of rain.

  4. I met Larry Byrd, total disappointment. He’s 80% asshole, 20% snobby jerk. I would still love to meet Jon Bon Jovi. That man wouldn’t let me down.

    Like

  5. I wanted to meet Jim Henson. Opportunity long passed.

    Like

  6. Neil Gaiman, duh. And David Tennant because even if he’s a jerk, he’s still fun to look at.

    Like

    charliegreenberry recently posted Heartbreaker in the Laundromat.

  7. YOU! I met you!!

    Like

  8. I’d like to meet Rosalind Franklin. She was an amazing scientist, driven and extremely smart. I don’t think that will happen though, she died a while ago.

    Like

  9. FDR, but that’s gonna be tricky cause he’s dead as a doornail. Somehow I know he wouldn’t have disappointed though, unless you were Eleanor (ziiiing!)

    Like

  10. I’d love to meet Apolo Anton Ohno and it has everything to do with learning more about speed skating and nothing at all with touching his rock hard thighs.

    Like

    Sharon recently posted Want A Total Mind F*ck? Have Kids.

  11. I met Ed Roland of Collective Soul, a band of which I absolutely ADORE and he told me that he would not sign my breasts because skin freaks him out. Even though he wouldn’t sign my cleavage, he is still totally a favorite idol of mine! (P.S. My boobs are still young and magnificent, so I don’t think it was fear of bad boobage)

    Like

    Jess recently posted Long Time Friends.

  12. Want Want Want!

    Like

    Bob the Water Cat recently posted Back in the USVI (part 2).

  13. Jenny, I saw your interview with Katie last week and I do believe it’s my turn with the RED DRESS!!!! Send it to San Antonio! I need some awesomeness in my life and red is just the color to do it!

    Like

  14. YOU Jenny. you are one of my heroes that i desperately want to meet. now that probably sounds like sucking up, and i’m okay with that doing a little double duty, but it’s the absolute truth. i fell in love with your hilarity early on, then came to respect and idolize you for your frankness about pretty much EVERYTHING, but especially things are particularly personal and difficult. you make me feel like my flaws aren’t as big of a deal, and that it’s okay to tell everyone to go fly a kite while i get myself together. love love love you!

    Like

  15. I met Neil Gaiman once, he told me I had a Very Good Name and I was delighted.

    I would love to meet Alton Brown, even though he seems sort of crotchety, because he’d a food nerd and I am a food nerd.

    Like

  16. 18
    Wendi Thompson

    OMG! I have a sock monkey hat!! I’m ready to get in on the bad-assery with Neil and Jenny!!!

    Like

  17. Christopher Hitchens. Seems unlikely now.

    Like

  18. The entire cast of TNG. Which I got to meet at Comic Con in Calgary this year. They were jamming us through the line as fast as possible, but I stubbornly chose to speak to every single cast member. Highlights? Wil Wheaton and Brent Spiner.

    Also, Amanda Tapping. Met her a few times, she is awesome. She has MY autograph in her house. This tickles me to no end and I giggle to myself frequently because of it.

    My heroes don’t know me from a hole in the wall, but I still love them.

    Like

  19. How’s about you wearing your aligator glove-purse-thing to go w/ your red dress?

    Like

    Shannon recently posted How I lost 40lbs and Smelled AWESOME doing it..

  20. Grant Imahara seems like a guy I’d totally just love to sit down and have coffee with. And maybe plot the takeover of the world with evil robots.

    Like

    Wendy recently posted Spring Leaves Polymer Clay Necklace in Pastel Colors Yellow, Peach, and Blue by NerdyNecklaces.

  21. Terry Pratchett. Because TERRY FUCKING PRATCHETT BITCHES.

    He is a HERO of mine.

    Like

    Anninyn recently posted Talisman of El by Alecia Stone.

  22. Oooh, yes, David Tennant… I met Neil Gaiman once, and he was lovely!

    Like

    Mary Ellen recently posted Ow..

  23. I really think the only people I would be really excited to meet in person are you and Daniel Quinn. I have already met The Yarn Harlot. So I guess one third of my life is complete.

    Like

    melistress recently posted The Age Of Anxiety.

  24. I desperately want to meet Bruce Campbell. I love love love him. He is the king of B movie fame and revels in it.

    Like

  25. I dunno. Not sure I have any heroes per se. My wife is my biggest hero and Im her biggest fan.

    Like

  26. I would love to meet Tom Waits, but I’m sure it would be disappointing because he is so incredibly bad-ass-cool that I’d just come off as a super dork and have nothing to say.
    Still. Meet him, see him play music live. That would be a dream come true.
    Thanks for a chance to win!

    Like

    monstergirlee recently posted Sunshine at the Puyallup Fair.

  27. I want to meet Bruce Campbell! I ha ve high hopes every year that he will show up at Texas Frightmare Weekend. Maybe this next one will be the one.

    Like

  28. I still need to meet Stevie Nicks

    Like

  29. Johnny Depp….based purely on his looks….call me shallow, i don’t care

    Like

  30. I would love to meet Stephen King. He is my favorite author, tied with The Bloggess, of course, and his writing as always inspired me. Oh, inspired me to write, not try to bring back animals from the dead, or chop up my wife, or anything else creepy like that. Thought never crossed my mind. Plus, he’s a New Englander (like me) and a Red Sox Fan (like me). Aaaaannywho. Yeah, Stephen King.

    Like

    Pixie recently posted Girls in the ‘hood.

  31. Stephen King, probably. “On Writing” was amazing. He seems like he would be fun to shoot the sh*t with.

    Like

  32. British musician Jamie Cullum. That man blows my mind musically, and I would love to pick his brain.

    Also, in regards to the “never meet your heroes” train of thought, I’ve found that sometimes you shouldn’t follow your heroes on twitter. There are some celebrities that I enjoy and appreciate, but MY GOD I can’t follow their twitter accounts. Some of them are just so… unintelligent and child-like that it breaks my heart.

    Like

    Amanda recently posted that time I went to Europe: part one - Barelona.

  33. I would like to meet you, of course, and bask in your awesomeness. But because that sounds like sucking up (even though I can suck up w-a-a-a-y better than that), I would like to meet Anne Wheaton and trade vandaleyes.

    (I’ve met her and I can attest that she is just as amazing and sweet as you’d suspect. ~ Jenny)

    Like

  34. Hmmm … I’ve never really considered who my hero is, which is kind of sad.

    But I guess I’d say my maternal grandmother was my hero. She was tough, kind, raised five kids, buried one, lost others before they were born, had a fantastic sense of humor, could rock some hot pink lipstick, and made a mean lasagna and fried chicken dinner. (They totally go together.)

    It’ll be 10 years since she died the end of this month and I still miss her every day.

    Like

    Jaime recently posted Tired Mama.

  35. I used to be a big ballerina fan. I met Karen Kain (Canadians will understand), and she was a cold brick of ice. No warmth from her. She glared at me when I asked her for an autograph as I stood in line with others getting her autograph.

    Like

  36. Met Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman (briefly!) at a signing after one of Amanda’s shows in London.
    Heroes met🙂

    Like

  37. I met Neil Gaiman years ago and he was pretty damn cool. I want to meet David Bowie. Don’t have to think about that one for a second.

    Like

  38. I’d like an awesome eyeball necklace!

    I want to meet Neil Gaiman, although the fact that I couldn’t speak in the face of meeting an editor who worked on Sandman makes me think that I’d just embarass myself if I did

    Like

  39. I think meeting Stephen King would be fascinating. You would probably be pretty fun to hang out with, too🙂. There’s lots of people. Do we have to stick to living/real people? Because if we can meet dead or fictional people, too, that just opens up a lovely can of worms🙂.

    Like

  40. I would love to meet Neil Gaiman–he seems like…well, magic–well put, Jenny! I’d also love to meet…well, you. Could I just meet you and Neil Gaiman and then eavesdrop as you two wear Doctor Who hats and swap stories of awesomeness? Please and thank you.

    Like

  41. 43
    kelly williams

    Sam Waterston. I refuse to believe you
    can write such mischief and not be fun as hell.

    Like

  42. Holy crap, Pixie and I just simulposted Stephen King. That belongs … in a Stephen King novel!

    Like

  43. I’d really like to meet Neil Gaiman too… he’s coming to my alma mater soon, but I won’t be in town. Heart=broken. I would also love to meet Wil Wheaton… another wonderful person you have met! You lucky duck!

    Like

  44. I would love nothing more than to meet Randy Pausch. He was such an inspiration but sadly, I think his book is the closest I will get to actually being able to meet him. I think he would live up to every expectation I have for him, and then exceed it by 100X. I wouldn’t mind meeting you also!! Your just so totally and completely awesome I think I would pee my pants a little :}

    Like

  45. I would love to meet Chuck Yeager. He broke the sound barrier in 1947. Bad ass – test pilot, fighter pilot, POW, damn near honey badger-type bad ass. Probably had rock hard thighs at one point in his life.

    Like

  46. I’m not sure I have a hero. I have tons of people that I admire but a hero, nope.

    Like

  47. I would have to meet Ghandi and learn his chill-out techniques, or well… I’m fresh out of people. Is it odd that I don’t really have a “hero”? I more look up to local heroes that do the right thing, every day, and go out of their way when no one’s looking!

    Like

    Caitlin F. recently posted Recipe: Blueberry Oatmeal Scones..

  48. also, suri cruise. not the real one, the one that writes the blog (http://surisburnbook.tumblr.com/) because that kind of snark is a work of art.

    Like

  49. Stephen King. My dream is to impress him so much when he meets me, that he names a character in his next book after me. Preferably a character he kills off in some horrific horrible way😀

    Like

  50. I’ve already met Jacqueline Carey, so I’d have to go with Neil Gaiman. Ha! Original, I know. I almost walked up to him and introduced myself at Worldcon, but I had an attack of The Shy, and was reduced to hyperventilating in a corner. By the time I recovered, he had been whisked away by his handler. Boo. You handled meeting him much better than I did!

    Like

    Sarah recently posted Context 25 Schedule.

  51. I deeply want to meet Sir Terry Pratchett before he ends his life. His work has helped me find words for the way I see the world and has served as a platform to make my dreams come true. I hope we can connect before it’s too late.

    Like

    Ellie Di recently posted Looking for my tribe: The 10-year search for community.

  52. The Bloggess of course! But if she turned me down I’d be hard pressed to pick someone else… Maybe, the Me I was before I realized I had to act like a grown up and be all responsible and stuff so I could be a good example for my daughter because her dad certainly wasn’t going to. I’m sticking with The Bloggess.

    Like

  53. We spent yesterday jumping in puddles, too.

    Like

    Keitha recently posted Rainy Weekend.

  54. I would ask The Doctor to introduce me to Dr. Suess. He taught me to be myself because those who matter don’t mind, and those who mind, don’t matter.

    Like

  55. Google investigation is essential. Be sure your potential heroes are completely full of awesome before you invest yourself.

    Like

  56. I want to meet the RED DRESS!!!

    Like

  57. I think Tim Gunn would be awesome! Also, Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert I think would provide an awesome conversation :o)

    Like

  58. I would love to meet Kim Kardashian!!!

    ….yeah, just kidding.

    I have been reading Nora Roberts books since I can remember. I would love to meet her and tell her how amazing her books are. They have always been the way I escape the awful things that happen in life.

    Like

  59. I TOTALLY WANT TO MEET NEIL GAIMAN!!! I’ve wanted to meet him for a very very long time.
    I did once meet Amanda Palmer after a show in New York and it was one of the most magical things that ever happened to me. I got to hug her and tell her how much her music means to me and she was very kind and wonderful. I’m pretty sure I flew away from the venue after.

    Like

  60. Henry Rollins: he’s smart, he’s funny, he’s ripped, and he’s not afraid to say anything as long as he believes it to be true.

    Like

  61. I would love to meet both Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer. They are both so damnably talented and inspiring. Dreamt I met them the other night actually and was so disappointed when I woke up.

    Like

  62. Papa Smurf (Think of the pointers he could give me on how to run my own cult! He had everyone of those little blue acolytes living in Mushrooms. MUSHROOMS!) and Skarsgard (Because he is my nice-ass-and-height hero).

    Like

    Synnove recently posted Your Monday Balls....

  63. 65
    ChristineNord

    Would love to have dinner with Hilary Clinton. I think she would be fascinating to talk to.

    Like

  64. Emma Thompson. She does all the things I really want to do act and write plus she has an Oscar. Plus she just seems like a kick ass lady. I think we’d get on like gangbusters that or she’d think I was a silly person but I doubt the second.

    Also so true about Texas shutting down for rain. I skipped class on Friday and stayed on all weekend. So did my whole family.

    Like

  65. Garth Brooks. Before I met him, he seemed passionate, vividly charismatic and genuinely grateful for his success. Had to be an act, right? Then I met him. And he was passionate, vividly charismatic and genuinely grateful for his success. I’m sure there are days when he’s as insufferable as the rest of us can be, but having expectations met by someone who created high ones was lovely. Then, of course, there would be meeting you (*blatant flattery* *also true*).

    Like

  66. hmmmmmmmmm….Jim Henson, and I would only allow him to talk to me as Kermit. The Muppets were my FAVORITE growing up and I still tear up when I hear “Rainbow Connection”….oh, and also Jenny Lawson😛

    Like

  67. Honestly, this is just too tough a question. I want to meet everyone! There are so many actors and writers and creative types I see or hear about and think, dang, I bet they would be a kick-ass friend to have! Neil Gaiman certainly being included in that group, lol. I want to meet all the bloggers I’ve befriended and hug them (not in a creepy way) for helping and inspiring me. I want to meet The Simple Dude, just so I could be one of the few who knows his true identity. I swear I wouldn’t tell anyone!

    I’d love to meet JRR Tolkien, but yeah, that wont happen. I did meet the son of a man who was Tolkien’s friend and fellow Inkling. This man I met was a boy when the Inklings were meeting and sat in on some of those sessions, knew Tolkien to a degree, and that was, despite the degrees of separation, SO VERY cool.

    That was not, I believe, the kind of answer you wanted, but it’s what I got for you right now😛

    Like

    @bluenotebacker recently posted Remembering.

  68. At this exact moment in time, my hero is this author named Nicholas Basbanes. He writes books about books. Anyone who stands up for books is brilliant to me – I’m an archivist/librarian and let me tell you, that is a hard career path these days. Plus, he’s met a million other fascinating people during the course of his research, so I’m sure he has great stories to tell!

    Like

  69. My hero is Amanda Tapping and I have met her several times – she frankly gets more fraking amazing each time. I still have to have tea with an awesome writer known as The Bloggess, I am pretty sure she’s as ass-kickingly amazing as I think she is.

    Like

  70. Aside from you? (and Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer) I’d love to meet uh… Okay then, apparently just you three. We should do dinner sometime.

    Like

    Ginny recently posted In which I might have made a tactical error.

  71. Unfortunately my person I would like to meet has passed on. Anne McCaffery was my all time favorite writer and just recently she has passed on leaving a legacy of incredible science fiction in her wake. My other woul love to meet, was Beezie Madden, who turned out to be a bit of a snob and not at all what I had envisioned her to be. Third & fourthly, are you, Jenny the bloggess who has made
    My depression and anxiety much more bearable by simply reminding
    Me that depression lies, and Lauren Filing Jointly, because she too has made me laugh on the days I’ve felt there was no light left in the world… So thank you. And I hope you decide to make a stop on your next book tour in your neighbor state of Louisiana.

    Like

  72. I had a crush on Jarvis Cocker for years. Bloody loved him, but always said he was one person I’d rather not meet, just in case he fell from the pedestal I’d put him on.
    Then I met him, and he was bloody awesome. It was freezing cold (we were backstage at a festival) and he tried to convince me that we could ‘think ourselves warm’, whilst wrapping himself in a crocheted granny shawl. Lovely, lanky, naughty man. I’m thinking of keeping him as a pet.

    Like

    Violet Fenn recently posted Post mortem / memento mori, group photo.

  73. I’m ALWAYS afraid I’ll be disappointed, or act like a fucking moron.

    Like

  74. My heroes are the people who make me laugh the most. I’d love to meet, in no particular order, Jim Carrey, Robin Williams, Demitri Martin and (I swear I’m not sucking up here) THE BLOGGESS (I was seriously bummed I couldn’t make your book tour segment when you were here in Sam Antonio)!

    Like

  75. Scott Adams–I admire his intelligence and willingness to p*** people off. I also love the fact that he managed to produce such a following on a comic strip without being being able to draw.

    Like

    Morgan Eckstein recently posted MDE artwork--The Master (Roger Delgado).

  76. I would totally meet Cruella De Vil if she wasn’t so…unreal.:/

    Hmm. Besides her and my parents (who I’ve met numerous time, and always exceed expectations) I don’t really have any heroes…OH STEVE IRWIN but he’s dead.😦

    Like

    Amanda recently posted Fall dye time.

  77. Wow… this one takes some thinking. I wouldn’t mind meeting Leo Tolstoy, if only to smack him upside the head for what he did to me with “War & Peace” while I was in grad school (wordy bastard!).

    I’m sure there’s someone else I’d like to meet more, on peaceful terms… but I can’t think of them right now… clearly this “War & Peace” scar runs deep.

    Like

    L-Diggitty recently posted when tragedy strikes....

  78. I would love to meet John Douglas, the FBI serial killer profiler. His work and his books are just so inspiring and completely fascinate me. And if he were still alive, I’d love to have a chat with James Stewart. I’m pretty sure we would disagree on everything, but at least I’d get to look into his wonderful eyes.

    Like

  79. Met my childhood idols Simon Le Bon, John Taylor & Roger Taylor of Duran Duran (for the 3rd time) just last month! I would love to meet Zachary Levi – he’s too yummy.

    Like

  80. I’ve gotten David Tennant’s autograph twice (by reaching over a bunch of other people seeking the same at stage doors), and even got some of his spittle on my hand (that’s what happens when you sit in the front row of the theatre when DT’s emoting Shakespearean dialogue in that Scottish brogue of his), but I don’t know if that counts as “meeting” him. I would officially like to some day, though.

    But I think the person I’d really like to meet these days is Stephen Fry. I’d probably act and sound like a total idiot in front of him, but it would be such a thrill. He’s the dapper, intelligent, funny, gay uncle that everyone should have.

    Like

  81. When I was a kid, I love Mike Webster beyond reason. I went to an autograph session to meet him and took a cassette recorder so i could record him talking to me. Years later, I met him as an adult & told him the story and he remembered it. I nearly died of happiness. Then the next year, I met him again, and when I walked up to him, he said Hi Gina! because he remembered me from the year before. He was pretty awesome and I am sad he;s gone.

    Like

  82. Oh, very nice jewelry!

    I’d love to meet Phil Plait (of Bad Astronomy fame), because I’ve had a nerd-crush on him for over 10 years now.

    And I’d love to meet Lois McMaster Bujold, because she’s an amazing author (and she’s the only one of my three fave authors who’s still alive).

    Like

  83. Wil & Anne Wheaton (they count as one). I guess they’re not your typical eternal earth-changers or anything, but they seem so kind and fun that to play a board game with them would be fricken awesome. Plus they rescue dogs and help other dogs get rescued, so yey.

    Like

    prin recently posted Multipolar..

  84. 86
    kelly williams

    Um, make that Bill Watterson. Wow, me, way to get your hero’s name wrong. That’s why I shouldn’t meet him. That is exactly the kind of horrifying mistake I would make.

    Like

  85. As a writer, meeting Stephen King would complete me. As a Geek, if The Doctor arrived in my front yard – I wouldn’t complain.

    Like

  86. I met you! Your blog has always brought me up on my downest days. I know that’s a lot of responsibility, but you’re obviously handling it beautifully. I’m hoping to meet the little bun in the oven I just found out about. Shhh no one knows!

    Like

    Bailey recently posted The joys of bipolar.

  87. I was totally thinking Jim Henson and someone else already said it. I think he would be awesome to hang out with. Because honestly, how many people think in Muppet? Since he’s not an option I’d go with you! I think you’re hilarious and inspirational. Come to Ohio sometime. We have all sorts of fun weather here but that’s about it.

    Like

  88. I would like to meet Dr. Thomas Starzl. He gives life and hope.

    Like

  89. I’ve met and lost my hero, my grandmother. She was kind, strong and always made me consider my actions. She was a big hearted, big haired Texan that wanted to be the boss of your food intake and couldn’t understand that I knew when I needed a bathroom break. 30 yr old grand kids don’t need reminders, but I didn’t mind. She was always thinking about me, even if it was whether I needed to just “try” once more before we went shopping. I miss her terribly.

    Like

  90. I too, would love to meet a legend that’s no longer with us: Jim Henson.

    Like

  91. Wow let’s see. P!nk, Kirstie Alley, Niecy Nash and you Jenny. To meet women who accept who they are would be awesome.

    Like

  92. Not sure I’d call him my hero. But I met Gerardo Rivera once. He was super sleazy! I was in high school and he was hitting on my teacher. I also met Ben Johnson once. I didn’t have any paper so he signed a $20 bill for me.

    Like

  93. I want to meet Terry Pratchett, while he is still with us.

    Like

    HomesteadJen recently posted Book Review (and an interview!): These Girls.

  94. I met you in Toronto… you were pretty bad ass and I still have all of my illusions of your awesomeness.

    Like

    Heather recently posted 2 in 6.

  95. I have met Kip Winger three times. The first time I met him, I confessed to him that I used to have his name plastered all over my Chevy Cavalier’s dashboard in tiny little labelmaker stickies. He stared blankly at me. I determined he was an ass. The second time I met him, he tossed me out of the backstage area. I suppose he might be a smart man. BUT! Still I judged him assy. The last time, he had dinner with me! He is awesome.

    Like

  96. That is an awesome necklace of awesomeness. I would look awesome wearing one.

    I’ve never gotten to spend time with anyone I would consider a “hero”. I’ve met famous people, but only for brief encounters. Nothing long enough to get any sense of what the real person is like.

    Like

  97. I would like to meet my husband’s dad. For some reason his mom has kept dad’s identity a secret all these 41 years. Hubs is pretty a’ight and I’d like to thank dad for his contribution.

    Like

    Jocelyn recently posted This is your brain.....

  98. My hero is Suzy Hotrod…Does roller derby count?

    Like

  99. J.K. Rowling.

    Like

  100. Tina Fey. Although, I’m such a shy introvert I would always worry I would have nothing to say.

    Like

    Carrie - Cannibalistic Nerd recently posted Super Friends Season 2, Episode 7, Storyline B – “Runaways”.

  101. 103
    SnarkInfestedWaters

    Tamora Pierce. She wrote ALL my favorite childhood books. Well, I mean mostly of them.

    Ooh, or Clive Barker. That madman has written some of the most messed up, crazily imaginative, funny dark and creepy light stuff EVER. And his drawings! I die!!

    Like

  102. I met Pee-wee Herman after decades of wanting to. He was lovelier than I even imagined (both physically and personality-wise).

    Like

  103. John Cusack – he seems intelligent and a great conversationalist. I think he would be troubled if I constantly referred to him as Lloyd Dobbler…

    Like

  104. I would love to meet Douglas Adams, because any mind that could create The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is someone I would worship. Unfortunately, he is no longer on this planet, but I hope he’s at the Restaurant at the End of the Universe, and that he’ll wait for me.

    Like

  105. I want to meet Neil Gaiman QUITE badly. I’m going to hear him speak again soon (9/28!) and until then, I will fantasize about running into him in a hallway or something and actually get to tell him how much his books fill my heart with glee. I know the chances of that are beyond slim but I can dream.

    I also really want to meet Jay Kay (lead singer of Jamiroquai. I would also settle for just getting to see them perform live but they never come anywhere near DC), David Tennant, and Betty White.

    I got to meet Alton Brown at a book signing a couple of years ago. He was incredibly nice and very gracious (at one point I asked him why they hadn’t given him a chair to which he replied “well, you all have to stand so I’ll stand too.”)

    Like

  106. I’m with sheri here- YOU!!! I think we can all agree you are awesome beyond words. I was mowing my yard last week and there were a few mushrooms in it and I thought, you know, if there was a boob-shaped mushroom in my yard would I even notice it? I probably would but would I blog about it…..? No. The fact that you can find the most random things and make those things so entertaining fascinates me.
    I got to meet Michael Buble once. He was so nice, sat on his bus steps for as long as it took to sign something for everyone waiting in line in the rain.
    I want to marry Dean Cain but that fact that I’d tell him that promptly after meeting him would kinda ruin my chances.🙂

    Like

  107. Ewan McGregor. He’s just beautiful. And not just on the outside. He seems like he’s quite beautiful on the inside too. He does all this amazing work with UNICEF, seems lovely to his fans and looks badass on a motorbike. Did I mention he sings like an angel? Plus, he’s replied to two of my tweets on Twitter. One of them involved me not drooling in his coffee. I think I should have been a little insulted but I guess no one wants a stranger drooling in their coffee. Actually, I personally wouldn’t want a friend drooling in my coffee so, you know. There’s that. SO my answer is Ewan McGregor. And not to kiss ass, but you’re right there as someone I’d love to meet as well. I mean, you’re full of awesome with what you’ve done with the Traveling Red Dress, and random, spontaneous charity events held on your blog. Plus, you’re incredibly brave and very inspirational. So there. Take that.

    Like

    Lady Ruthless recently posted Coffee talk.

  108. Any (or all) of the ladies that make me laugh the most on the internet:
    Jen Yates – Epbot/Cakewrecks
    Hannah Hart – My Drunk Kitchen
    Allie Brosh – Hyperbole and a Half
    You (and HST of course)

    Like

    Jordan recently posted Review: Sophie's & Ajumama.

  109. I want to meet Leslie Kinzel so she can bitch slap me into loving myself and Terry Prachett so I can show him my pile of books held together with rubber bands (I have read them THAT much) and tell him how comforting he can be.

    Also, in dead people land, I wish I could hang with Grandma Cornell. She was eight separate kinds of bad ass, and I inherited all of her crazy. I want to show her I am using it well and introduce her to Xanax. She woulda LOVED it.

    ~M~

    Like

    Morgaine Fey recently posted An Open Letter.

  110. I have recently had the mega-hots for Tom Hiddleston (Loki from the movies). So much so that I’m re-reading The Great Gatsby (because he’s also F. Scott Fitzgerald from the movies).

    I started following him on Twitter and… it’s kind of tedious. I’m so upset about it that I’m considering replying to his “song of the day” tweets with my own “sandwich of the day” tweets. Just to be obnoxious.

    Like

  111. I’d love to meet John Prine someday. His music makes me laugh and cry and think. I’d also very much like to meet you, because you have such a tremendous example of dealing with mental illness with humor and grace. You’ve changed the way I perceive myself, much for the better.

    Like

    jennie lynn recently posted Bean and Corn Salsa Salad.

  112. Added to that though, husband is an entertainment journalist. Sadly, I learned long ago that some of my musical heroes are douchebags. Some are awesome. It’s balanced thing here.

    Like

    Heather recently posted 2 in 6.

  113. Most of the people I’d want to meet are pretty long dead, and I’ve already met Edward Ka-Spel of the Legendary Pink Dots. I guess I’d have to go with Juan Carlos II, of Spain, for having been given a dictatorship and turning it into a popular democracy against his supporters will.

    Like

    David recently posted Holiday!.

  114. I would love to meet Michelle Obama, as I have a serious girl crush on her.
    In real life, meeting Nora Ephron was a real highlight for me.

    Like

    thedoseofreality recently posted My Top 10 Wedding “Pins”.

  115. Sir David Attenborough. As a biology student, he has narrated most of the naturalist television programmes I have ever watched. Such an inspiration, he’s 80+ years old and still going strong.

    Also, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, all those funny and inspiring women. And Stephen Fry.

    Like

  116. I’ve recently come to the realization that I’d be one of those people who would completely freeze upon meeting anyone even remotely falling into “hero” status for me. And then I’d have to move to a deserted island where there was no chance of ever running into another human being again, on the off chance that they knew about my epic fail. That being said…
    David Tennant is the only actor to make me cry through both a TV show AND a Shakespeare play, so it’d be cool to meet him and tell him how awesome he is. And if death were no object, Freddie Mercury and C.S. Lewis. What can I say, I’m a versatile chick.

    Like

  117. Anthony Zuiker – read his digi-novel Level 26 which started my on-line social interaction where I made a bunch of friends I’ve never personally met. Which in a round about way lead me to your site, kinda like 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon.
    Anyone who walks into the casino where his mama works with his first big check to tell her her working days are over as he carries her out the door is good people.

    Like

  118. I know this sounds ridiculous, but I’d like to meet Jenny. I introduced a friend of mine to the site today with the Katie Couric video and was surprised at how passionate I felt when I talked about how reading the site everyday can make such a difference in a hard day.

    Also, Justin of http://www.animalstalkinginallcaps.tumblr.com which is pure delicious goodness. Another light during what has sometimes been a very difficult year.

    Like

    Sandy recently posted Temporary Leave.

  119. I would love to meet chuck palahniuk. I saw him do a reading once but didn’t get the chance to actually meet him.

    Like

  120. Jesus. My mother used to tell me “Knock it off or you’re going to meet Jesus!!” I never did. But still want to.

    Closest I cam was meeting Paul Newman. I was 8 yrs old and he offered to buy me a beer.🙂
    Worst encounter, Philip Seymour Hoffman. BIG jerk. But still love his work.

    Only one left on my list, besides, well- Christ, is JENNY!!!

    Like

  121. I would still love to meet Robyn Hitchcock. He signed an autograph for me once, but I don’t really consider that “meeting.” And he seemed annoyed that all I had to sign were the back of my hand-written directions to the venue from my pocket.

    I think the biggest problem with meeting any of my idols would be having anything interesting/witty enough to say.

    Like

  122. Meryl Streep and/or Nicolas Cage. Because I think they’re both Brilliant.

    Like

    Deb recently posted Spouse Shaming.

  123. I’d like to meet Aaron Sorkin, Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse, Steven Moffatt, or any other awesome screenwriter.

    Like

    Heretic Husband recently posted Privileged? Who, me?.

  124. I would love to totally bask in the glory that is Alton Brown. I am sure he is a bit of an ass, but I kind of love that about him.

    Like

  125. I met you, which was totally awesome, but I just fangirled and thanked you over and over for coming to the book festival, which was totally not awesome of me, but you took a picture with my sweet (some call them creepy) dolls, which was totally awesome of you.

    I, too, would love to meet/wake up next to David Tennant, though I don’t think I could put words together if ever I were in his presence.

    Like

  126. I did get to meet you in Seattle, which was AWESOME. I’d like to meet Geek God Wil Wheaton, and Paul McCartney.

    Like

  127. I’ve met the band Phoenix…a couple of times. They are so nice, sweet and fucking hot!! So I guess the only other person on my wish list is….George W. (hate comments can commence….now… Ha!)

    Like

  128. Jenny,

    Today is one of those days where I didn’t open my shade until three in the afternoon. I couldn’t get out of bed, except until my bladder almost burst. I snagged my computer and knew to read your blog because I knew you understood, and that whatever it was you were talking about today would help make me laugh, or it would help make me feel better because of the community you’ve built.
    You are one of the people I hope many choose as their hero.

    Like

  129. You are the hero I would like to meet, Jenny. xo

    Like

  130. Oppa is Gangnam style! knock knock!

    Like

  131. I’d love to meet Steve Martin and Jon Stewart. There’s nothing I love more than dudes who are both smart and funny.

    Like

    Danielle recently posted Things I Bought – Facing the Inevitable.

  132. 134
    Lynae Curtis

    I would love to meet Tim McGraw. He’s such a great singer and a good husband. It’s nice to know that even famous people can make their marriage work!! I love what he and Faith Hill have and if u believe the stories they are even raising really good, grounded, children!!

    Like

  133. Sir Terry Pratchett. I’m not really sure why. I mean, I love his books and an author I’ve read other than him, has Mr Pratchett to thank.
    I also hate the fact that he is, in a way, becoming less the man that wrote the first book I ever read cover to cover as the days pass.
    Not that I would have anything to say other than I adore his books. Then I’d say something that I would regret until the day I die, whatever that would turn out to be.

    Like

  134. Hrm. I’d like to meet Neil Gaiman, for sure, and Terry Pratchett, preferably at the same time so I can ask them about Good Omens. Also Melissa McEwan of Shakesville, because she’s amazingly inspiring. I hate I had to miss your book tour when you came to Dallas, but life conspired against me. Yes, you, Jenny are on my list of heroes.

    Like

  135. I want to meet Hunter S Thomcat – mostly because he got to ride a unicorn and I want to ask him what it was like.

    Like

  136. Joss Whedon. Or Tina Fey. I feel that their awesomeitude is way greater than I have ever even imagined.🙂

    Like

  137. Living: Paul McCartney, Robyn Hitchcock, any of the actors who played the Doctor, Peter Buck, They Might Be Giants, Trey Anastasio, Colson Whitehead, Questlove…

    Deceased: John Lennon, George Harrison, Frank Zappa, Douglas Adams, David Foster Wallace…

    Like

  138. Barbara Loe Fisher from the NVIC. I have a vaccine injured son who nearly died at 13 months and she speaks up for parents like us. I’m almost afraid to post this because i’m not trying to start any nasty debates. I would name someone else, but she’s honestly the first person who comes to mind as someone i’d love to meet. You can delete this if you’d like.

    Like

    Peanutlayne recently posted I like hobbits.

  139. I want to meet Paula Deen. I could show her my new eyeball necklace while eating something made with just a little too much butter.

    Like

  140. i already met you, so i guess now everything else is downhill. i want to meet the most interesting man in the world. maybe he can teach me something?

    Like

    monica recently posted Prove I'm not a robot? But, it's MY BLOG!.

  141. I make sockmonkeys, so I’m thinkin’ Neil and I really do need to hang out. Also Kate Winslet, to see if my girl crush works in person, too.

    Also, @Sarah, sorry, but Jon Bon Jovi WOULD let you down. I heard a painfully lame story about him from a friend who worked with him when he was a celeb ambassador for Habitat for Humanity.

    Like

  142. I’ve met one of mine, Terry Pratchett, three times now. Last time, about three weeks ago, I gave him some Salmiak (salty liquorice), in fact. Strange things happens at Discworld conventions…:-)

    Like

  143. Stephen King, because well, Stephen King. DUH

    Like

  144. Pete Townshend and David Letterman.

    Like

  145. I’d really like to meet the Dutch artist Theo Jansen. He makes these gigantic, kinetic sculptures that look too freaking awesome for words. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcR7U2tuNoY

    Like

    jecca recently posted Probably on the moon..

  146. Ugh I have like so many heroes I would love to meet. Terry Pratchett, um, Laurie Penny because she is fantastic and I literally want to be her, and Caitlin Moran because she kind of introduced me to feminism and as such I owe her a ton

    Like

  147. Already met – Christopher Moore, several times. Just as nice and funny in person as online and in his books. Bowling for Soup – really nice guys.

    Want to meet – This one has stumped me. I don’t guess I have a wish list of heroes I want to meet. I guess since I’ve met my favorite author and favorite band I’m good.

    Like

  148. I would like to meet Batman but then again my dad is like my own personal Batman so maybe I have already met him? My mother is my hero too but I can’t quite pick a super hero to match her… mostly because to my knowledge there aren’t any roller derby super heros.

    Like

  149. Steve Martin. I think he would be funny, smart and interesting.

    Like

  150. I met Christopher Moore but i was too busy having an anxiety attack to be able to talk to him😛

    Like

  151. Sadly many of my heroes are no more. I think that running into them as zombies would definitely leave me in the category of their being unable to live up to my imagination in that they no longer live. I just don’t want the burden of being known as the person who killed the undead reanimation of Douglas Adams.

    Like

  152. It would be aweome to play a game of settlers with Wil Wheaton.

    Like

  153. 155
    Queen of Snark

    I’d love to meet Stephen King. He’s my favorite author…

    Like

  154. I got to meet Parachute (a band, for those of you that may be wondering why a skydiving tool was cool.) and Kate Voegele for my 21st birthday.

    I’d have loved to come to a book signing to meet Jenny. That would have been pretty awesome.

    Id also love to meet the cast and crew for Leverage. Everyone seems so awesome and funny and just plain cool.

    Like

  155. If he was still alive, I would love to meet Theodor Geisel – Dr. Seuss
    “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

    Like

  156. I had always wanted to meet Patrick Swayze, now I can’t. Sad. Now I would like to meet Chris Burke, as I need he is my (and many that I know) inspiration that life can be great for our children with Down syndrome (despite what some doctors tell me). Oh and John McGinley!! For many the same reasons!

    Like

  157. First, you are too awesome for words. Thank you for sharing not only the funny parts of your life, but also the stuff that’s harder to talk about, like your depression. You truly are an inspiration. God Bless You!!

    Second, one of my idols is Joss Whedon. He is just so freaking brilliant. I would love nothing more than to sit and have coffee with him and discuss Buffy, Angel, and Firefly. Especially Firefly.

    Stay AWESOME!!!!!!!!

    XOXOX

    Like

  158. Neil Gaiman’s blog is right next to yours in my bookmarks toolbar, and when I meant to come here to yours a minute ago, I accidentally clicked on his. So I read one of his posts anyway (because it would be rude to land on someone’s site and not read anything, kind of like when you push the wrong “contact” button on your phone and you know it an instant later but you don’t want to be that one-ring hang-up-call person so you wait for the person to answer even if it’s just to tell them that you called them by accident) and then just as I was back up in my bookmarks clicking the URL for your page I thought, “Don’t Neil Gaiman and The Bloggess know each other? I thought I remembered reading someone’s post about — ” and Lo and Behold on your page you’re talking about Neil Gaiman. Magic!

    Like

    Variable X/0 recently posted Color Wheel of Glop.

  159. Might be lame… but I want to meet George Strait more than anything!

    Like

    Mary Beth recently posted More Deets Please!.

  160. I think an eyeball necklace would be a huge help for my job interviews. Because I could then say that MOST employees can only keep their TWO eyes on making sure the business runs well but I have THREE (with the necklace), which makes me a superior candidate!

    I don’t have many heroes, but I did get to meet you and that counts 100% in my book. Plus, in the couple hours before I got to meet you, I got to meet many of the Tribe of Intellectual Misfits and felt, for the first time in, well, EVER, that I “fit in” with a group of people.

    I WOULD like to meet Christiaan Van Vuuren (of “Fully Sick” fame) some time and think that having the opportunity to meet Wil Wheaton would be fabulous. In fact, having dinner with you and Wil Wheaton would pretty much be the best dinner ever!

    Like

    MsDarkstar recently posted Window Shopping (via the Internet!).

  161. I would love to drink with Neil Patrick Harris, even if he doesn’t really drink like Barney Stinson.

    Like

  162. I got to meet Wil Wheaton who was as charming and decent as you well know. No disappointment there. I would love to meet Amanda Palmer. Pretty sure she wouldn’t disappoint either. Come to think of it, if anyone is my hero, I’m certain they’re all gracious and lovely, which is why they ARE heroes.

    Like

  163. I just realized that one of my dearest friends is actually my hero — she’s in the Foreign Service, and if you think it’s a bunch of embassy parties and taxpayer-funded jaunts, well, that’s not what happened at the embassy in Libya. My friend wrote a powerful tribute to the ambassador who lost his life there, and to the thousands of Foreign Service workers who are just doing their jobs. So now she’s my hero (and yes, I did tell her that!)

    Like

  164. I met Neil Gaiman once and discussed translations from British to American English, how libraries are “the best place”, and then he drew me a robot. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=439310482100&set=a.424771632100.231075.653147100&type=3&theater Later that day I dressed up as the Tooth Fairy and menaced him with a pair of pliers. True story.

    Like

  165. Hmmm…hard choice. If I had to pick one I’d say Nick Offerman, because Ron Swanson is my hero (and who doesn’t love BACON?). If Megan Mullaly and Amy Poehler happened to be about when this happened I wouldn’t complain…

    Like

  166. Was looking for the necklace in the side-bar and saw cat and dog wigs. What about my rabbit? He needs a wig as much as anybody.

    Re: heroes…people I know (such as my family) are pretty much my heroes. Plus teachers n people who answer 911 calls n EMTs n the folks who take care of nursing home residents.

    Like

  167. David Tennant.
    Catherine Tate.
    Stephen Fry.
    Wil Wheaton.
    Patrick Stewart.
    Neil deGrasse Tyson.
    Michio Kaku.
    ** My list could go on forever. I will stop here for the sake of brevity.

    Like

    karifur recently posted I’m sure all the terrorists hide their explosives behind their elbows..

  168. Khaled Husseini… would love to meet him.

    Like

  169. George Washington Carver has always been my hero. i think if i asked him to my home he would be a humble guest and thankful for whatever i had available to serve him to eat or drink… i think he would appreciate that i buy organic peanut butter. i believe he would delight in enchanting my family with stories of his simple, yet extraordinary life. i think he would also be a charming listener and would ask about our lives as well. The time would end with gratitude that our path’s had crossed, and my children would be forever changed.

    Like

  170. Being that I was 10 in 1988, I was very much into a little band out of Boston called New Kids on the Block. Time passed, the boys broke up, I graduated high school, I became an adult. In 2008 NKOTB announced they were reuniting and some part of me that will always be 10 years old rejoiced. I have now met them all and I am happy to report that they (my favorite, Donnie Wahlberg, especially) are warm, pleasant, personable, and very sweet to their fans.
    As Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors, I would love to meet him one day and somehow figure out how to hug his brain!

    Like

  171. You mean BESIDES The Bloggess? Bono.

    Like

    Julie recently posted Whole21 results.

  172. 174
    Shelley Jones

    Stephen King!! He wouldn’t dare disappoint would he??? I. Think. Not. Imagine a conversation with him over coffee and doughnuts. Interesting.

    Like

  173. I want to meet/hang out with/ drink a lil bit (a lot) with JK Rowling. Hands down for serious. And also Jenna Marbles.

    Like

    Meghan recently posted Ohmygosh I have a one year old..

  174. Since Neil Gaiman is already taken I’m gonna go with Peter Vankmen of the Ghostbusters… not the actor Bill Murry… Peter Vankmen the Ghostbuster… and I want to go on a ghostbusting trip with him… and bust ghosts.

    Like

    Invader_Stu recently posted Voting Card 2012.

  175. PS – I did not put Neil Gaiman on my list, only because I was fortunate to meet him twice when I worked at a Barnes & Noble.
    And the only reason you aren’t on my list is because I already briefly met you at your book signing in Mpls.

    Like

    karifur recently posted I’m sure all the terrorists hide their explosives behind their elbows..

  176. 178
    The Other Jamie

    I would have loved to have gotten a smile and a hug from Mr. Rogers. Pretty sure it would have made everything all right — no matter what — for the rest of my life.

    Like

  177. i dont believe in heros. unless you count cartoon superheros and if that is the case, then i totally want to meet superman just to play with that little black curl in the middle of his forehead.

    Like

  178. neil gaiman and gabriel garcia marquez. hopefully not in the same place at the same time, though. that would just be weird.

    Like

  179. Um, I want to meet the Bloggess. And I promise I didn’t just say that because I’m in the comments of your blog. I assume we could wear red dresses together and go thrifting and give depression the middle finger.

    On second thought, there might be too many people who ALSO want to do this, and if we all came to visit at once it would be like crashing the internet, except instead of the internet it would be your house, and that’s probably not okay. But I still like the concept.

    Like

  180. 182
    Erika Iverson

    Emma Thompson. Ira Glass. Anne Lamott. And, given a time machine — Jim Henson. : (

    Like

  181. I met Douglas Adams once. He was doing a booksigning, and he didn’t bring a pen. It was poorly advertised so there were few other fans there at first, and I got to chat with him briefly.

    Like

    Stephanie recently posted Zombie Tree Bush.

  182. OooOoh man. I’d SO love to meet Neil. Moffat. Gatiss. Matt Smith. Benedict. I’m not sure they qualify as heroes tho. Meeting Neil and Amanda at once would likely result in my brain becoming unicorn hooved zombie sludge… LOL

    Like

  183. I would like to meet Bruce Campbell, Wil & Anne Wheaton and Jenny Lawson.

    Like

  184. Note to self: get sock monkey hat…

    as for meeting my hero anyone from my twitter feed would suffice!
    And I know dreams can come true cause I already met Jenny! So I am well on my way!!!!!

    Like

  185. I don’t have any heroes, per se, that I’d like to meet. I think I have an absurd understanding that we’re all just people and no matter how much I try to inflate someone – I always remember that they’re just human. I do, however, thoroughly enjoy how you always seem to make those that I admire come out at good sports.

    Like

  186. I second meeting David Tennant, I am mildly obsessed with him. Like every other woman of good taste and class.

    Like

  187. Aside from you, you mean😉 (to clarify, that is totally a creepy old man wink. I may be a 19 year old girl, but I have it down). God, it would be so hard to choose. Probably Amanda Palmer.

    I totally missed an opportunity a couple weeks ago for a proper Famous Person Anecdote. I almost walked into Ian Mckellen and I SAID NOTHING. Because really, what the fuck do I have to say to Ian freaking Mckellen?

    Like

  188. I met Douglas Adams many years ago, and that may be my allotment of awesomeness for this life. But if David Tennant wanted to eat crackers in my bed, I wouldn’t kick him out. Provided he cleaned up the freaking cracker crumbs.

    Like

    Chuck Baudelaire recently posted Mid-life Crisis vs. Retail Monkeys.

  189. I’ve met several celebrities but the best was Simon Pegg, at his book signing. When he saw my name he asked if I was Irish, and when I said yes we had a five minute conversation about how beautiful Ireland was and he was adamant that I go there, as soon as possible. It was so unexpected I could barely speak in complete sentences. He was absolutely charming. I have a laundry list of authors, actors, and musicians I’d love to meet but top of the list would probably be Conan O’Brien and Patton Oswalt, because they never fail to make me laugh.

    Like

  190. I just read that Neil Gaiman post and OHMYGOD. Brilliant. I love Mr Gaiman (except for Stardust, the movie was actually WAYYY better (c’mon, Robert Deniro as a gay pirate?!?) but I adored American Gods and Anansi Boys and Coraline but Neverwhere was the best one still) so I would have fangirled out too.
    But as to the current post….I would never want to meet Eddie Izzard because he probably wouldn’t be in drag. He’s best as an executive transvestite🙂
    But I think it would be AMAZING to meet Bill Murray–I’ve heard the stories. And I believe them!

    Like

    Ashley recently posted kit-tehs.

  191. I met David Tennant once. His father lives in the same town as my parents. He was very nice and did indeed smell of awesome, although I think in shops they call in Hugo Boss. Who I’d like to meet…Charlie Brooker cause he’s a miserable git.

    Like

  192. This is going to sound ass-kissy (it IS a word).. but you. Because of you I recently became very open about my anxiety and bi-polar disorder, knowing that someone has the same thought patterns and has the will to share them gave me the ability to do so. Plus you liked my “Viva la Crustacean!” shirt. Another awesome person was Robert Downey Jr. That man was fun, full of life, funny and easy to talk to. We talked about how Iggy Pop was all vein-y and ropey and gross.

    Like

  193. I never want to meet my heroes. I like to keep them on the pedestal as long as I can.

    Like

    Tracy Kaply recently posted I have two settings: Obsessively enthusiastic or completely indifferent.

  194. I want to meet The Bloggess too. I’ve read her book twice, and it’s my favorite ever.

    Like

  195. Most of my heroes are dead – C.S. Lewis, Daphne du Maurier, Alfred Hitchcock, Gene Kelly, L.M. Montgomery, Oscar Wilde, Barbara Stanwyck – but of those living I would LOVE to meet Joss Whedon and Alan Alda. Joss’ creative genius has been an huge influence in my life and I have always appreciated his portrayal of women. And, while I may be mixing my love of Alan Alda with my love of Hawkeye Pierce, from what I know of the guy – he’s awesome. And frankly, Mr. Alda could just talk all day and I’d be happy; I love his voice.

    Like

  196. I think I would like to have tea with Julie Andrews. Tell her about the time in college when I was snowed-in with really lame roommates in a Freak-in FREEZING apartment (the walls could have been made with cheap cardboard) and the only way I made it through the weekend was drinking hot tea while in bed under 3 covers wearing my coat, (three pairs of socks, two sweaters and hand warmers) and watching Mary Poppins, Sound of Music, and other Andrews Classics. Plus, I’d like to know how she does the Umbrella trick.

    I’d also like to meet Bill Nye the Science Guy and Dr. Seuss. (Lets have a talk about Tweetle Beetles…)

    Like

  197. Beautiful necklace BTW, I want to meet Samuel L Jackson… Something tells me he’d be down for some good food and some football watching… Also Christopher Eccleston/ Tom Hiddleston because I am a nerd and they both seem pretty cool.

    Like

  198. Nobody has mentioned Adam Sandler!! He’s my favorite!!!!!!!!!! And NPH…and Anderson Cooper.

    Like

  199. I want to meet my own eyeball necklace. Does that count?

    Like

    bzzzzgrrrl recently posted ...and it feels so good.

  200. YOU! But we already met at your book signing in Chicago, so does that mean I have to pick someone else? If so… Is anyone still on the Hillary Clinton banwagon? Because I still think she would make a fabulous POTUS.

    Like

  201. I think, for the most part, police officers and military personnel are heroes. While I’ve had the opportunity to meet people in these positions before, I’ve never had the nerve to tell them I think they’re doing a wonderful thing and that I’m thankful for their service – for some reason they make me terribly nervous – which I know makes no sense (as I’m a law abiding, non-threatening sort). So, before I list off any far-fetched heroes I may or may not meet one day, I’d like to be able to woman-up and actually thank an everyday hero.

    Like

  202. I would like to meet all the people who are willing to go public and say “hey, I have depression and it’s not because I’m weak.” The first two people who come to mind are of course The Bloggess and Wil Wheaton — mainly because they are the ones I know have said “fuck off depression. I’m gonna live a full life.”

    Like

  203. 205
    Wyatt Draggoo

    I’ve met most of my heroes (except for you!) but I’d really like to talk with Chris Hardwick, Felicia Day, and Wil Wheaton for a more-than-a-quick-photo-op length of time.

    Like

  204. Neil Gaiman would seriously be at the top of my list.

    Like

  205. I like to tell the story about how I once ate pancakes at a church with Neil Gaiman.

    Like

  206. 208
    Keely Tolbert

    I love to meet John Cusack – he made one of my fav books (High Fidelity) into a kick arse movie and I suspect (and hope) he’s similar IRL. I’d also like to meet Jimmy Fallon, because he’s a funny dude and fantastic at impressions of musicians…

    Like

  207. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. There is part of Bossypants about Amy chewing out Jimmy Fallon for being sexist, and I just adore it. Strong, funny, smart, beautiful women. Which means I would likely pee myself and run away if I ever saw them irl.

    Like

  208. i LOVE Neil Gaiman,i am so jealus now. also Dr. Brassy coupon would be awsome<3<3<3

    Like

  209. I’ve always been too scared to put myself in situations where I get to meet people I admire because I get scared and anxious over how awkward I’ll be and what I should say (if anything at all). But, I met YOU last month, and it was awesome! You were so genuine that I realized I had nothing to worry about, so thank you! 🙂 The only other person I want to meet, and have wanted to meet for years now, is Alyson Hannigan.

    Like

  210. Since everyone is saying Neil Gaiman, I feel like I shouldn’t say Neil Gaiman. But, you know, Neil Gaiman.

    Also, AFP, because I just wrote about how I sickened/chickened out of going to her show on Friday, and Kurt Vonnegut, because yes – badass, plus now I want to know what kind of hats he carries in his suitcase.

    Like

  211. I would love to meet my favorite bloggers. You’re at the top of the list of course, then maybe Heather Armstrong, Alice Bradley, Maggie Mason, etc…

    Like

  212. I really need to meet Trent Reznor. **sigh**

    Like

  213. I would love to meet Pamela Des Barres, the famous group and writer of I’m With The Band. I feel like she would have so many interesting stories to tell of Rock gods from the past. Plus, we could talk about rockstars’ wankers!

    Like

  214. Vincent D’Onofrio, Neil Gaiman, Felicia Day, you, Craig Ferguson… I have a social anxiety disorder and hardly ever go out, so I’m pretty happy when I meet anyone that’s nice & seem cool, but these people would be very awesome to meet.

    Thanks for the neat giveaway.

    Like

  215. Heros are so elusive. Atticus Finch. I’d like to meet him. Cause he would never let me down.

    Like

    M&Co. recently posted The Owl Morning-Addendum Added.

  216. Stephen Fry and JK Rowling

    Like

  217. Hmm… Still to meet? Geez. I would have said Jaime Escalante, the famous teacher who inspired “Stand and Deliever” only I’ve just now discovered he’s dead. That would make lunch awkward. I suppose I’d love to meet Buzz Aldrin some day (soon). I’ve often joked that he was the “Smart One” in that let Neil go first to be sure everything was safe. 🙂 Wow. That has so many more meanings now…..

    As to heroes I’ve met?

    I did meet Sir Patrick Stewart. I was able to be the last question of his last panel at Dragon Con a few years ago. The exchange went like this:
    Me: I’m probably going to get mugged on my way out. I’m going ‘waste’ your last question of the convention on something that’s not about Star Trek.
    SPS: You know, I’ve had a very long and wonderful career that has included many things besides Star Trek and I enjoy talking about all of that as well. I’ll tell you what. Anyone here gives you a hard time, you send them to me and I will personally sort them out.
    Me: ~faint~
    (no, actually I asked him about his production of King of Texas, a retelling of King Lear he did that went straight to TBS and was bloody brilliant)

    After the panel I got his autograph and invited him for some wine and/or beers to talk about the show more, but he had to politely decline as he had a train to catch. I’m very positive that if he had not had a train to catch he would have taken me up on it. ~nodnod~

    Like

    Rob Osterman recently posted Chapter 14.

  218. I’ve always wanted to meet Kermit the Frog so that I could ask him to do that thing he does where he throws his arms over his head and runs away screaming.

    Like

    Darcy recently posted Imitating Art.

  219. 221
    Glenn Hendricks

    Met Jimmy Carter. What a mensch.

    Heroes? Mmmm…most are either dead or fictional.

    Although Scott Carpenter would be nice.

    Like

  220. 222
    Kristy Turner

    I live near a military base, and am a military spouse, and have fire fighters in my family, so I can cross all of them off the typical hero list. Not to suck up, but the hero I would like to meet most is you. I am not going to go into a bunch of reasons on a comment, but I would be happy to email them to you if you let me know how to get you one. It would be fun for you to read, and would also maybe inflate your self esteem bubble a bit for a moment.. and let us face it, who can’t use a little inflating? of their bubbles.. I know that no physical part of me could use inflating.. well…almost no part of me… okay. Thanks!

    Like

  221. I think I’d like to meet Stephen King. Or if I was allowed to meet imaginary people I’d like to meet a lot of characters from books. Not the people that play them in movies but the actual book characters. Honestly, there are too many of them to list.
    I’d like to meet my kidney that I gave to my uncle, I think that organ is a lot stronger than the rest of me, but it’s in my uncle now so that’s pretty impossible. Plus, it can’t talk.

    Like

  222. My pick would be the artists Julie Speed and Paul Lafolley. Actually, I had the chance to meet Julie Speed at the opening of one of her exhibits here in Austin about 7 years ago, but I chickened out. I might chicken out if I got the opportunity to meet Paul Lafolley, but it would be awesome to meet him with his lion claw foot (he actually uses it in place of his foot that he lost in an accident, I shit you not.) Both are wonderful, delightfully strange artists. My kinda people, even if I’m too chicken-shit to meet them.

    Like

  223. Neil Gaiman is on the bucket list, along with Alton Brown, Keith Olbermann and Bill Clinton. But I would be afraid I wouldn’t know what to say besides fan-girl gush. Gushing is unbecoming at most ages (tweens and teens can get away with it), but even more so when one is in late middle age.

    Like

    Phaedra Bonewits recently posted The Great Oregon Road Trip Crowdsourcing Experiement.

  224. Well I missed my chance to meet you when you were here on your book tour, but I bet you were busy and didn’t have time for sock hats. After you, I would say Chrissie Wellington. She is the female Ironman world champion and such an inspiration!

    Like

    TriGirl recently posted Will Run for High Fives: ChelanMan Sprint Tri (the run).

  225. I’d like to meet Whoopie Goldberg.🙂

    Like

  226. Isaac Asimov…but of course, he’s dead.

    Like

  227. Tina Fey is my favorite famous person. Her book helped distract me from my early pregnancy when I was scared shitless something was going to happen (nothing did, healthy baby boy, thank God!). I’m afraid to meet her because, much like me, I don’t think she’d be super friendly.

    Like

  228. I would love to meet David Tennant and Neil Gaiman. I would like to meet Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. I have met YOU and Anne Rice and Felicia Day. Ooh I also met John Barrowman!

    Like

  229. I know, it is too easy to say that I would like to meet you Jenny but it is accurate. We all hoped you might make it to Kansas City or some where in the midwest on the tour. SIGH.

    I would also love to meet David Tennant, Jon Stewart and Bruce Campbell because – well who would not?

    I can tell you that Alton Brown is wonderful in person. Funny, kind, entertaining and smart! Besides – the man cooks!

    Like

  230. I want to meet the whole of Arcade Fire; there are so many of them, I would blend in on stage.

    Like

  231. I’m afraid to meet my heroes. The one that, although I haven’t met him per say, I have had a conversation with him and he turned out to be a bit of an idiot. Very disillusioning. However, if the opportunity came to meet Andy Bell or Vince Clarke from Erasure, Janet Evonovitch, or (this will sound like a butter up) you, The Bloggess, I don’t think I could pass up the chance. I’m sure there are others that I would love to meet given half the opportunity, but those are the ones that came to mind.🙂

    Like

  232. I would love to hang out with Steve Moffat and Neil Gaiman. And Phil Plait. And you of course.

    Like

  233. I met Stephen Colbert for about 2 glorious seconds in 2007, and when I was waiting tables in NYC after college I served a slew of celebrities (though that isn’t exactly “meeting” people, it’s more like, “Hi, here is this terrible cappuccino I just made”). I’d really love to meet Bill Murray, in addition to my very long list of people on my fantasy brunch team.

    Like

  234. Aw…. I scroll all the way to the bottom only to find that Becky stole my comment (or thought of it first). I’m not “star struck”, so generally the people I’d like to meet end up being the people I get to know on a daily basis through their blogs. I’d love to hang out with you, for sure!

    Like

  235. Without a doubt I would like to meet Bill Clinton and Eddie Vedder

    Like

  236. I want to meet Robin Hobb, my all time favourite writer. As it is, I WILL meet her. Her calender contains the note of a coffee date with me in March, 2013. No girl should be that lucky.

    Like

    Nat recently posted This. This is the reason I am single..

  237. I met Neil Gaiman and it was awesome! He was so polite, signed about ten books for me, and let me read his palms. He did not disappoint. I also heard him read once from the Graveyard Book, and it was lovely. He is a sweetheart.

    Like

  238. If we can say dead people, I’ll say Andy Warhol or Freddie Mercury because of their creative genius and ability to affect us all long after their deaths.

    Like

    Sonal recently posted Wonderland Promotion.

  239. Want to meet: you. Cause with your train of thought an mine combined we could take over the world or confuse the hell out of people.

    Met: Singer/songwriter Anna Nalick. You know that song ‘Breathe’ her. So real and down to earth and open…

    Like

  240. You, Bear Grylls, and some fictional people like Stephanie Plum, Jax from Sons of Anarchy, Junie B Jones, and a hot vampire of course.

    Like

  241. It’s a toss up between Martha Stewart and Amanda Palmer. Two amazing entrepreneurs.

    Like

  242. Tina F**cking Fey, that’s who.

    Oh okay, and Arthur Darvill. Because, duh, Rory.

    Like

    Krisann recently posted More Appealing.

  243. I’m with auroragyps on Vincent D’Onofrio. He’s always been ‘Vinnie Boom Bah’ to me and have enjoyed his protrail of a very complex and haunted person on Law and Order, Criminal Intent.

    Like

  244. Joss Whedon would be awesome to meet.

    Like

  245. Neil Gaiman, partially because everyone else seems to think he’s the man to meet and who am I to say otherwise? Plus also he reeks of awesome. And you (book tour to England? yes yes?)

    Like

    Amanda recently posted A Portrait of My Daughters, in words.

  246. I don’t know if “hero” is the same thing but I’d just like to meet anyone famous. But my ultimate dream would be to hang out with Kevin Smith because he seems like one of those people that it would be great to know. Also Ryan Reynolds just so I can stare at him; preferably shirt less.

    Like

  247. Where I work I end up meeting a lot of “famous” people and so many of them turn out to be dicks that this is difficult to answer. How about Wil Wheaton, you make him sound cool. Or Stephen Moffet I would love to know what is going on in that mans mind. And you of course!

    Like

  248. Texas shuts down for ice/snow too. But hey, I’m not complaining a bit, because when it snows my agency shuts down!

    Like

  249. I would love to meet you. I also want to meet Lance Armstrong. And, I wish I could have met Freddie Mercury. It would be so great to sing a song with him!

    Like

  250. I want to meet Craig Ferguson. I watch his show every night and I just think we’d have so much fun together.

    Like

  251. I don’t know if I’d want to meet one of my heroes. I mean, Amy Poehler seems so so so amazing… Also Tina Fey and Mindy Kaling and Jenny Lawson (that’s you, not some other Jenny Lawson- the name is kind of common, you could be confused.) But. Well, when I was in high school I was in LOVE with the lead singer of Silverchair, Daniel Johns. They did a meet and greet in Chicago for their album release and my friends and I went. But when I got up to take my turn at getting autographs, I couldn’t even speak. I said not one single word to any member of my favorite band. Maybe I’d be less socially stunted since I’m no longer 16, but I kind of doubt it. I’m like Troy on Community, “I just want an autographed picture of LeVar Burton! You can’t disappoint a photograph!”

    Like

    Katie recently posted Airplane Reading: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

  252. I met Wil Wheaton at Dragon*Con 2011. He borrowed my pen during two separate panels, including one time to sign Colin Ferguson’s chest. When I went through his autograph line later, he remembered me, and was gracious enough to take a picture with me. The kindness and respect that he had for each and every fan was astounding, and far exceeded my expectations of how someone would be after having to talk about a show they did as a kid twenty-five years ago.

    Still on my list are Neil Gaiman, Matt Smith, and Elijah Wood. These would be vastly different interactions, but I hope they would all be as awesome as meeting Mr. Wheaton.

    Like

  253. I had the opportunity to meet one of my heroes, pre-astronaut Joe Kittinger, when he spoke at an assembly at my daughter’s elementary school last week. I would dearly have loved to meet Neil Armstrong before he died, but never had the chance.

    Like

  254. Met: Sarah Vowel, she was super nice although very shy, and Penn & Teller who were both quite amazing.

    Want to meet: Mayim Bialik (whose blog I love though I am not Jewish nor a mother), Jason Mraz (because he seems like the ultimate awesome coffee/tea date), and Doris Kearns Goodwin (an amazing author who loves history and baseball as much as I do).

    Like

    Lynn recently posted Religion and Tolerance- Part II.

  255. Paul Farmer is my work hero. I would love to pick his brain so much.

    Like

  256. 259
    Nicola Murray

    Man, that’s a tough one.

    My father is one of my heros. I haven’t seen him in 6 years now. I’ll go with that one.

    Like

  257. I’ve already met my hero.

    My dad.

    My dad is a Stage 3 lung cancer survivor. He is an 11 year lung cancer survivor.

    I used to think that my problems were the worst in the world. Nowadays, I don’t sweat the big stuff anymore considering what he had to go through and what we went through as a family.

    He is here today. Husband. Father. Grandfather.

    Here’s my dad:

    Thanks for having the contest, Jenny.

    Duke

    Like

  258. I need to meet Tim curry. Because. That’s why.

    Like

  259. David Thorne…actually I want to be his next door neighbor. Then I could help him terrorize the neighbors…and Simon…and help find Missy’s cat…

    Like

    Christina Matyas Tucker recently posted Big shoes to fill....

  260. I never freaking win any of these giveaways. 😐 As for who I’d like to meet … Pitt, Clooney, Gosling. Any of them. Course I’d be an incoherent slobbery mess all over them. Probably not good idea.

    Like

  261. I’ve met you, but I’d love to have a meal with you, April from Regretsy, and Jen from Cake Wrecks. Our awesome menfolk could cook/serve/pour.

    Like

  262. I’d love to meet Joel McHale. He seems like a fun guy to have a few beers and be snarky with.

    Like

  263. I met you! Which you are way at the top of my hero list. Kristen Wiig & Mindy Kahling are on it too. Or Sedaris.

    Like

  264. Heroes for me depend on what going on in my life at the time. they are ones I can look to and gain strength from. Lately it has been you Jenny. Especially you Depression Lies Video.

    I would love to meet you someday.

    Like

  265. Colin Firth because, well, he’s Colin Firth.

    Like

  266. 269
    Missy Ojibway

    Neil Gaiman lives in the next town over from me. I hope to run into him one of these days.

    Like

  267. You. I want to meet you!

    Also I would love to meet Emma Watson and Mila Kunis.

    I’d say Channing Tatum but I know he’d disappoint me by being an ass, I’m sure.

    Like

  268. I’ve met Tom Baker and Colin Baker (of Doctor Who fame) and Eric Idle from Monty Python. I wanna meet Emilie Autumn next! And maybe Terence Zdunich….

    Like

  269. I’d totally want to meet Ian McKellan!! He’s portrayed the best of the best characters and has a grumpy grandfather aura about him, so he seems to be the kind of person that could be super nice one day and sarcastically nasty the next😉
    I’d also love to meet Christopher Lee. He’s just pure awesomeness!!

    Like

  270. 273
    Pat F from MA

    I want to meet Jon Stewart. I worship him (of course, you are my first choice but I am assuming that you and I are going to meet Jon Stewart together!

    Like

  271. Jenny – I have to admit, you are one of my heroes and I may squee a bit if I ever get to meet you!

    Stephen King – because, well, the man’s a God. Yeah, I said it.

    I tell you, I’ve met a LOT of people that I really look up to and – thank the gods – they’ve all lived up to my hopes. (Thankfully, I’m inclined towards expecting real people with real warts – makes for much less disappointment.) But yeah, you and Stephen King – those are my bucket list right now.

    BTW Jenny – you should totally come to Dragon*Con next year!

    Like

  272. who do I want to meet? Tom Hiddlestone, dressed as Loki. Because I love Loki probably a bit too much. And David Tennant, dressed as the Doctor.

    However, that eyeball necklace is ace and I want one

    x

    Like

    Sam recently posted I'm An Actual Robot.

  273. 276
    Anna Flowers

    Gaiman was just in our fair city on the Unchained Tour – he is an awesome speaker!

    Like

  274. So many people I would like to meet. In theory. In reality I worry that I’d just stand there stammering incoherantly, because that’s what I do when nervous.

    Like

    Patti B recently posted Another project complete!.

  275. 278
    Jennifer Rice

    You, Neil Gainman, Amanda Palmer, and Wil Wheaton all at the same time for an evening of debauchery and asshattery. We shall call it “Bob”.

    Like

  276. I would give anything to meet Rachel Maddow. And if I met her I can pretty much guarantee that it would never be disappointing.

    Like

  277. I would like to meet Beyonce. The metal chicken-not the person-ew. And you of course! That would be neat.

    Like

  278. I must admit that when I met Wil Wheaton (sorry, so clumsy, let me pick up this name I just dropped) he was an utter delight. I mean that. De. Light. We talked about acting and writing: he quoted Neil Gaiman while I agreed with him by citing Philip Pullman. He signed my friend’s copy of Stand By Me, but since I’d just moved to the city (Portland at the time), I had nothing but an Isaac Asimov book with me. I debated asking him to sign that, but then got caught up in TALKING with WIL FUCKING WHEATON (WFW for short). To this day I am amazed that words came out of my mouth and not a bunch of consonants or a single unending squee.

    Whoever said that bit about not meeting your heroes had some jerks for heroes.

    Like

    Beth recently posted There is Literally Nothing I Don't Like About This.

  279. I met Matt Nathanson last year after seeing him open for Train, and the man is a sweet, charming, friendly, afroed pillar of awesome. An article came out a few days ago about why he meets his fans, I think it fits this discussion.🙂
    http://articles.boston.com/2012-09-14/magazine/33836248_1_matt-nathanson-folk-singer-fan

    And I want to meet Brent Spiner, because I love him and his singing voice rocks my world.

    Like

  280. Most of the heroes I want to meet are authors and I been slowly doing it. Other than that I would love to meet David Tennant.

    You’re also not making me miss Texas. I lived in Austin for a few years and have a love/hate relationship with rain. Loved when it did rain because it meant things got watered, hated it because everyone stopped driving like it was the end of the world.

    Like

  281. Dead or alive? Dead… my grandmother. I never got to meet her, but I’m apparently so much like her. It would be nice to have been able to see that for myself. Alive… David Tennant. Should I need a reason? Okay fine. He’s the best doctor, and dead sexy. More actors should be as awesome as he is.

    Like

    Posy Palette recently posted Going Gluten Free.

  282. I’ve never actually met Neil Gaiman but I went to an event for the 10 year anniversary of American Gods and I was in the front row, so I’m pretty sure that since he must have saw me and thus, by now, I must have ended up in one of his dreams. And that makes me happy.

    Like

  283. I would probably lose my mind if I met Neil Gaiman, because he’s been my hero for ages! I also love Wil Wheaton, and Felicia Day.

    I met Robin WIlliams when I was a kid, and he was very quiet, and nice. Not what I had expected at all. Woody Harrelson and I had a flight together out of Amsterdam, and we joked about how we’d both forgotten to brush our teeth that morning because we’d been out way too late the night before. He was AWESOME!

    Like

    Kat Rowley recently posted Goddamn Bananas.

  284. I met the guy who played Herb Tarlick on WKRP in Cincinnati when I was a teenager. I can’t imagine it gets better than that. Of course, I wouldn’t be opposed to meeting Warren Buffett.

    Like

  285. 288
    Virginia Gribben

    I would honestly like to meet you. If not you, then the people behind MST3K!

    Like

  286. Benedict Cumberbatch. That’s a name that just screams for ALL the respect. Also on the list – Matt Smith, David Tennant, Christopher Eccleston, Billie Piper, Karen Gillan, John Barrowman, Eve Myles, all the cast of ‘Firefly’, ‘Buffy’, ‘Angel’, and most of the people from ‘Scrubs’. Then there’s a ton of artists/writers that are dead (boo, death!), Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Kristin Wigg, Patton Oswalt, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Amanda Palmer, Ben Folds, and John Cusak (and his sister, Joan), Amy Sedaris, David Sedaris, Chelsea Handler, Augusten Burrows, Oh, and last, but not least, is the Bloggess. I have a kid and obligations, and the book tour stops didn’t mesh with real-life for me, so I missed my chance to see her when she was her closest to me at about 6 hours away. Maybe next time. I hope there’s a next time…

    Neil Gaiman and April Winchell were on that list, but I’ve met them both, and they more than lived up to expectations… Oh, and I got to meet Boba Fett. The real one. And the new one from Ep. II. Not at the same time. Because that would be weird.

    Like

  287. 1. I love that necklace.

    2. I really want to meet Mindy Kaling because her book read like my daily inner monologue (only more Indian…and successful…)

    Like

    Meg recently posted Dragon Training.

  288. My hero has always been my Grandfather. He was a good man and taught me so much about life. I miss him everyday. Love you, Grandpa!

    Like

  289. Lady Gaga. Who wouldn’t want to know if that FANTABULOUS creature is all that she appears to be?

    Like

  290. I would love, love, love to meet Eddie Izzard. I actually had my picture taken with him once, but it was after a play in London. Even though he was nice enough to stay until the last fan had gotten an autograph and a picture, I’m pretty sure he was really just trying to shake off the gaggle of fans so that he could meet his family for dinner.

    Like

  291. I would want to meet Henry Cele, the actor that played Shaka Zulu in the TV-miniseries. Because there was a period where every African-American stripper with a huge dong would use that as their stage name. That’s got to be pretty cool if everyone with a big schlong uses your name. I bet there’s some German guy named Schlong – that would be cool too.

    Like

    furiousball recently posted Monday.

  292. I would meet Willie Nelson if I could meet anyone. He represents the old outlaw country persona and values that I love.

    Willie for president!

    Like

  293. 296
    Stephanie Cheshire

    I’d like to meet Neil DeGrasse Tyson because of physics and awesomeness. Or Bill Nye.

    Like

  294. The writers of Friends. That show never gets old.

    Like

  295. I love being chosen at random!

    Like

  296. The second I get home, I’m starting my sock monkey hat!

    I want to meet that one hot celebrity guy who’s really into slightly chubby, non-celebrity types. Oh yeah.
    🙂

    Like

  297. 300
    Veronica Thomas

    I would love to meet JK Rowling – because of Harry Potter I have the most amazing friends all around the world

    Like

  298. Sir Elton John!! He is friends with my friend’s brother, so it’s a possibility, right?

    Like

  299. OHHH neat necklace

    Like

  300. I feel like I’ve told this story all over the internet, but I once got to meet Weird Al. For his concert (and courtesy of my awesome BFF who got to dance as a cheerleader in Smells Like Nirvana that night), I had an excellent 6th row Aisle Seat and during “I Wanna B Ur Lovr”, he comes down into the audience. Well, I was the lucky girl that got Weird Al in her lap during the song! I was so giddy and excited, and forgot that I got to meet him after the show too.

    So by the time we’re waiting in line for autographs after, I become a walking tornado of anxiety. I can’t figure out the PERFECT THING to say to someone I’ve been listening to and worshiping since I was a little kid. I probably came up with something like “Hey, Al, so great to meet you, I’m a big fan…”, but when I got to the front of the line, what came out of my mouth was: ‘THANKS FOR THE LAP DANCE’.

    Al, thankfully, was gracious and laughed and took a picture with me anyway.

    I’d probably pee on myself if I got to meet Neil Gaiman, so maybe I should stop while I’m ahead.

    Like

  301. I would want to meet Crispin Glover!

    Like

  302. Schroedinger and Tesla.

    Is that weird?

    It is.

    Like

  303. Sheldon from Big Bang Theory. Not the guy that plays Sheldon, but the actual character. BAZINGA!

    Like

  304. I would have loved to have met Audrey Hepburn. Her idea of how to live life by giving to those in need and what beauty means (resonates from within) are powerful messages for anyone, but definitely women. And of course her style was classic and timeless.

    Sadly, I don’t think Audrey Hepburn would look good in a sock monkey hat, though.

    Like

    Naked Girl in a Dress recently posted Lucky Me.

  305. 308
    Scarlett Angell

    I’d love to meet Neil deGrasse Tyson…I don’t think he’d disappoint! And that necklace is all kinds of badass…

    Like

  306. I don’t have any heroes that I’d like to meet. Although I’d like to meet a few authors. Terry Pratchett for one. I would have loved to met Agatha Christie. That would have been awesome.

    Like

  307. The image of Neil Gaiman wearing a sock monkey on his head really makes me happy.

    Like

  308. Of course I want to me you! I met the comedian Gabriel Iglesias and, while not really a hero of mine, he is one helluva nice guy!

    Like

  309. I’d love to meet Mr. Gaiman, and by the same token, Amanda Palmer is high on my list!

    Like

  310. As an aspiring author, my heroes are female authors. I have a list of wonderful ladies that I’d love to meet one day. Cassandra Clare, Julie Kagawa, Maggie Steifvater, Lauren Kate, Kelley Armstrong, EL James, Kami Garcia, Stephenie Meyer…and who could forget JK Rowling…just to name a few. I had also hoped to meet the wonderful Bloggess when she was on tour, but darn if the activities of my rugrats didn’t get in the way.

    Like

    Christine Manzari recently posted Tine vs. Kissing.

  311. I would love to meet one of my favorite authors. You would be delightful to meet. I also love Neil Gaiman and his wife, Amanda Palmer. I would also like to meet Alexander McCall Smith because he is Scottish, he write happy stories and he is Scottish, in a totally platonic way. Thank you if I am a chosen one. You are an incredible person.

    Like

  312. I love you. True Story.

    Like

  313. Bloggess, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler are who I would like to meet. You three are my idols. Love you all.

    Like

  314. I would like to meet Neil Gaiman, too. I have always loved his books, but then I saw the bit on the “Making of Stardust” where he was talking about how he felt bad that actual people were having to do actual work for long hours to create a flying pirate ship just because he sat at a desk and thought wouldn’t it be fun for his characters to get picked up by a flying pirate ship. He was so charming in that clip. *sigh*

    I would also like to have lunch with Elton John (but that might be a side effect of being raised by gay men). : )

    Like

  315. I have met one of my heroes. It’s my mom. She was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer earlier this year and is currently going through chemo. This battle has been tough but she has tried to stay upbeat through out everything. Her last PET scan showed that the cancer was going away. She is one of the strongest women I know. I would love to meet you Jenny, you keep me laughing with every single post. Thank you!

    Like

  316. I have already met Nathan Fillion (no, while he was willing to pose for a pic with me, I could not get him to hold twine) and Wil Wheaton (at the bank, just doing some banking), but I have yet to meet YOU! I would TOTALLY love you (and probably freak you out, because of all your, you know, what-nots and other anxiety issues) but I would do my best to NOT freak you out because you’re my damn HERO!

    I don’t even need to win the giveaway. I love you anyway.

    Like

  317. Would love to meet you. You are your own brand of bad-assery and are too cool to even realize it. But, if we did meet, I would sit there silent and awkward because the shyness takes a while to fade. SO, it appears we are going to have to hang for a while until the shy, weird goes away and the fun, weird comes out. I am rambling. Anywho. Love you. Eye thing is bizarre in a way that it must be loved too. Hugs. Because in the South – we hug damn it!

    Like

  318. Anne McCaffrey. That isn’t going to happen because she died last year. She was my favorite author as a child and is one of the main reasons why I love to read so much today. I also love Robin Hobb because her books are amazing. My top pick for a living person would be Pink though. She is completely bad-ass, kind of intimidating, but seems like such a “real” person.

    Like

  319. Doonesbury artist GB Trudeau. I’ve enjoyed his work practically daily since I was in middle school.

    Like

  320. I’ve met Anne Lamott and Ayelet Waldman. I knew Dave Eggers vaguely in college (friends of friends type thing). I’d still like to meet Hilary Clinton and Madonna. I’m curious as to whether Madonna is interesting or a complete B*%*H in real life.

    Like

  321. Geeze, heroes? That’s a hard decision. I mean, let’s face it, people can be very judg-y when it comes to who you say is a hero. With that being said, though not necessarily true hero status, I would love to meet J.k. Rowling. She gives me hope that someday my ramblings will amount to magic.

    Like

    Joanna recently posted A Frugal Girls Fail.

  322. I don’t want to meet anyone. Everyone I’ve ever encountered (which isn’t many, thank God) has been an arse and totally let me down in some way. Thus, I prefer to live my life of delusion and imagine they’re all great and I wouldn’t cock up the conversation in any way.

    Like

  323. I met you in Minneapolis, that was fantastic because you’re as awesome as I thought you’d be! Ditto for Dave Barry. I’d like to meet Jim Parsons, Harry Connick, Jr. or George Brett. Kind of shallow, I realize.

    Like

    Jennifer recently posted My Little Pun’kin.

  324. Dustin Pedroia (Red Sox 2nd baseman) he is awesome and hasn’t let his size keep him from doing what he loves AND he does it so well.🙂 My list could go on forever but I will leave it at that.

    Like

  325. Stephen Colbert – he cracks me up.

    Like

  326. 329
    BluePlasticJess

    About seven years ago Neil Gaiman signed my copy of Good Omens. I always wanted to have Terry Pratchet sign it as well, but I fear I will never get the chance. I would love to have the opportunity to thank him in person for all the joy he’s brought me over the years.

    Like

  327. Not to sound all kiss-uppy, but I’d totally want to meet you because you’ve made it ok to be imperfect and quirky and fuck the world if they can’t take a joke. Also Ann Richards. Apparently I have a Texas thing.

    Like

  328. I want to meet Beyonce…and I don’t mean the singer one either. I want to meet the metal chicken Beyonce. Since she spends her life hanging around in the yard annoying someones husband. Thats hero material to me!!

    Like

    joee recently posted What's New on the Easel? Captain America!!!.

  329. I would love to meet you and omg i love that necklace!!
    PS I “bumped into” Pierce Brosnan on a family vacation in California circa 1998. He smiled at me and I smiled at him. I was way too shy to even mutter a hello but we had a total moment!

    Like

  330. Hmmm… let’s see… I’ve already met YOU🙂 Then there’s my biggest hero LisaLiscious… she married me, so that’s pretty cool. My Dad’s my hero, know him pretty well. My grrrrrrrlz DangerMuffin and Peanut The Destroyer are my heroes, I met them when they were born, so I’m good there. There’s my wife’s cousins Debbie and Lyn, oh wait, met them… Met a bike racing hero of mine, Seanna Hogan, she married my hero from college, Pat. Hm.

    Oooh oooh, Brad Warner. Punk, Dr. Funk, and Buddhist Monk. No wait. Met him a year ago.

    Tell ya what: I want to meet a hero who doesn’t know he’s a hero yet. That’ll do it.

    Like

  331. You Jenny. I would love to get drunk in a fabulously weird bar with you and sing made up songs then go home and watch doctor who. My perfect day. *sigh*

    Like

    cassie recently posted snickerdoodle blondies.

  332. You, Jenny! You’re definitely one of my heroes! I’d also like to meet JK Rowling and Dwayne Wade from the Miami Heat. JK Rowling brings me Harry Potter, which is my world.❤ And Dwayne Wade is such an inspirational person. AMAZING father and follows his dreams.❤

    Like

  333. I’ve met Neil, briefly, a couple times. I think I’d like to meet Wil and Anne Wheaton, because they seem like my kinda nerds.

    Like

    Mels recently posted Beer Weekend.

  334. I haven’t really thought about “heroes” per se – is that weird? I don’t know. And I don’t want to get all philosophical on anyone, especially myself, on account of the fact that I’d have very little material to keep an intelligent convo going. But someone I’d like to meet related to your blog is WIL WHEATON. Why, you ask? Well, because I first thought he was so cool for his great since of humor and playing along so nicely with your good-natured antics. Admittedly, I had no idea who he was. Just generally a Good Guy who had a Good Sense of Humor. And then I started following him on Twitter, still not sure who he was, and then I decided it was time to consult Wiki. AND THEN I FREAKING LEARNED HE WAS GORDIE ON STAND BY ME and I seriously wet the couch a little bit. I love that movie so much and have the soundtrack on cassette tape to prove it. And then Wil made me start thinking about s’mores and how much I love those too. So yeah, it’d be cool to meet Wil Wheaton.

    Like

    Melisa @ Just Begin From Here recently posted healthy me! THE PLAN OF ATTACK..

  335. Terry Pratchett. One of my fav authors and he actually co-wrote a novel with Neil called Strange Omens. Very good!

    Like

  336. The hero of mine I’d like to meet is You. Because you are full of awesome and have saved my life more times than I can count. Really.

    Like

  337. Nathan Fillian so I can persuade him to meet you. By whatever means necessary.

    Like

  338. My list is long but always at or near the top is Joss Whedon. Always.

    Like

    Shannon recently posted Recipe: Cherry Almond Chocolate Snacking Cakes.

  339. I’d like to meet David Brin, who I have sort-of met on G+. He replied to one of my comments.

    Same thing happened with Amanda f-cking Palmer on Twitter, now that I think about it. I’d like to meet her in person as well.

    Like

  340. Paul McCartney. He has a reputation of telling people wanting pictures and autographs to F*ck Off and really having Paul McCartney tell me to F*ck Off is on my bucket list.

    Like

  341. OOh me want me want. I love free things and cool ones…even better.
    In California, we have “storm watch 2012” with mood music, “1/4″ rain possible, bring in the pets and plants and throw on a sweater, it will be downright chilly in the day time, 65 degrees folks”. No joke. But I got so used to it, that when I went to the Midwest I almost got taken by a tornado. It was sunny, a poofy cloud here or there, drove half an hour to the lake and suddenly the skies were pitch black, severe winds, pounding rain ,and tornado sirens. It was, as I tell my hubby” all…la la la BAM! DEATH!”.

    Like

    GDavies recently posted does this make my feminazi look big?.

  342. I always dreamed of meeting one of my “heros” until I actually did and then well not so much. He was 110% asshat pure unadulterated jerk. He broke my heart and to think of all the money I spent on him and his band as a teenager it kinda sickens me to think of really. I live with my new hero’s my kids they amaze me every single day and I honestly don’t know how they got to be so stinkin awesome but I am sure glad they have. AND omg that is a beautiful necklace. ^_^

    Like

  343. I have a list. Here goes:

    Jon Bon Jovi (because Bon Jovi is one of my favorite bands & has been forever)
    Donnie Wahlberg (because he adores his fans & because I’ve heard he gives amazing hugs)
    Ami James, Megan Massacre & Chris Garver (because they’re awesome artists & I love their work)
    Misha Collins (because he’s crazy in the best possible way)

    I could keep going, but this would get really long, so I’ll stop.

    Like

    Courtney recently posted Musically speaking, I’m still in junior high..

  344. I had someone in mind but as I read through the comments I was all…”Oh yeah! Them! That would be cool!” and “Oh my gosh, how could I forget them?” So I guess I will leave it at I would love to be there when everyone got a chance to meet their heroes and see how it all turns out.

    Like

  345. Is it entirely to geeky to say you? I am still working on writing my 8 yr old books and overcoming my multitude of mental issues so meeting you would make my day. Also I used to share your blog with my sister and we would laugh our asses off. Last month she passed away now coming here is bittersweet.

    Like

  346. I already met you, sort of. And that worked out pretty great for me. Though I’m massively in love with Felicia Day so if anyone could hook that up for me, that’d be great.

    Like

    Sarah Elizabeth recently posted I'm An Adult Now, Mommy!.

  347. Neil Gaiman is right there at the top of my list too.

    Like

  348. Note to self: Take sock monkey hat to Neil Gaiman’s reading here in town on Friday. Or maybe a hat with a taxidermied squirrel on it, since if the ones in my attic don’t leave pronto, I’ll be forced to become creative.

    Like

  349. 352
    Shannon Morris

    I would love to meet Maya Angelou. Her book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings changed the way I thought about people and life in general when I read it for the first time in 11 th grade. The good news is she is coming to Virginia Tech (somewhat nearby) but the bad news is I probably can’t find a baby sitter for my 3 kids. Alas, our meeting may have to wait.

    Like

  350. Johnny Morris. Met him, got his autograph. #childhoodicon #animalmagic

    Like

  351. I’d love to meet Ed McMahon. But i’d rather he brought a real check, instead of that big fake one. Oh…and they can skip the confetti and balloons. They probably contract that out like the government and I’d rather that chunk of money just come directly to me. :o) Besides, I’ve worked hard to alienate my neighbors, and have no plans to bring attention to our house and give them a reason to start trying to socialize with us.

    Like

  352. I would love to meet Neil Gaiman too. I kinda sorta accidentally started a shrine to the man and his work. If I win, I’ll send you a pic. I didn’t mean for it to be quite so fan girl when I started. Oh well I enjoy seeing it.

    Like

  353. I’m going to meet my hero, author Tim Powers, in January. I’d love to think I’ll be charming and that we’ll sit together talking brilliantly about each others’ writing. I’m pretty sure that in reality I’ll be babbling incoherently, and he’ll be giving people the eye to say, “Get me away from this crazy woman, anyone!”

    Like

  354. 357
    Ginger Sarah B

    I would want to meet Liam Neeson, father of all badassery.

    Like

  355. I would like to meet you and Wil Wheaton.

    Like

  356. Oh, I also got to work with Betty Garrett and Lee Meriwether and Beau Bridges and who knows WHO ELSE that passed through the portals of Theatre West in Los Angeles. All very cool people. Betty was a hysterical nutjob who could limerick better than any; Lee is still just so damn elegant; Beau (when I worked with him) was genuinely genuine.

    Still wanna meet you, tho.

    Like

  357. I have always wanted to meet Ellen Degeneres. I don’t have cable, so sadly, I don’t get to watch her show, but I watch clips from her YouTube channel all the time. I find myself both laughing and crying as I watch the clips. She’s an amazing humanitarian who truly, genuinely cares about the happiness and well-being of others. She is constantly using her fame and fortune to help others rather than herself. Additionally, fighting for LGBTQ rights/equality is something that is near and dear to me, and I know it’s something important for Ellen, as well. In particular, I’d love to work with Ellen on some sort of charity or special cause. She is definitely someone I look up to and admire.

    Like

    Tiffany recently posted West Hills Sunrise (Sorta).

  358. That’s a hard one to pick honestly. I suppose I’d love to meet Nichelle Nichols, Bette Midler because she can sing and is also hilariously inappropriate and I love that, and if he was alive I’d love to talk with George Carlin.

    Like

  359. I know it sounds like something you’d expect to see someone say but I’ve always wanted to meet you. (since I missed you when you did the book signing in Miami) You inspire me to be myself and that it’s okay to be a misfit. Thanks to you I know I’m not alone in this world. I’m sure other people feel the same way

    Also Jen Yates from Epbot she’s an undercover hero to the nerd world with her crafty knowledge.
    David Tennant… who wouldn’t and various Doctor Who actors
    There’s a bunch of heroes I’d love to meet honestly.

    Like

  360. I love the jewelry and would definitely flash it around town if I won😉

    I met Michael Buble and really loved him! He is down to earth, realistic, and just plain nice. It made me promise myself that if/when I hit it big, to always be humble and kind like him!

    Like

  361. OH, and while I’m thinking about it…

    I would really like to meet Wolff Blitzer. No, not the news guy, the dead wolf. I would like to offer him an all-expenses paid trip with me to Burning Man 2013. I would ensure a very good time to be had by Mr. Blitzer. I can guarantee public adoration, but I cannot promise that I can monitor his sobriety at all times. I would also make sure he made it back home, safe and sound (complete with souvenir playa dust… lots of it…. that will never, ever fully come out, but whatever! That’s Burning Man). He would love it. Seriously, Jenny, let’s talk😉😀

    Like

  362. I’m not sure I have a hero. I have lots of people I’d like to meet. Da’Vinci, Jamie and Adam from Mythbusters, all my favorite authors etc.
    🙂

    Like

  363. Guy Feiri. He’s not really my hero, but he knows all the good places to eat.

    Like

    Kirsten recently posted I’m grateful for Reagan.

  364. Hmm hard question…
    Want to meet:
    1) Ben Folds, because he makes explicit lyrics sound pretty.
    2) Elinor Dashwood, because she is probably my favorite heroine of all time

    Already met and want to re-meet:
    1) Jasper Fforde, cause when I met him I didn’t know who he was and how much I would love his books.
    2) Joshilyn Jackson, because the one dinner we had together was incredible and I want a repeat!

    Like

  365. If I had to find a hero who would not disappoint, then it would be WIL WHEATON! Because we could collate together and I like to collate plus I had a crush on him years ago. I’ll bring the paper!

    And if you joined us then I would get to meet two heroes, although your lack of pics of yourself collating leave me to believe you would not be partaking. But I would let you wear a monkey hat and watch.

    Like

    Sara recently posted Creating Healthy Habits.

  366. The Pet Shop Boys. They’re my favorite group, and they have the freakiest wardrobe ever. Who wouldn’t want to be in the presence of someone who makes striped dunce caps and cardboard sunglasses look good?

    Like

  367. Amy Poehler, pre-SNL 2000, during Upright Citizens Brigade’s brief run on Comedy Central. She was performing with the UCB gang at an Austin comedy club, and although we were destitute and living in a motel at the time, we scrounged to buy tickets, as that show was my ex’s and my VERY FAVORITE. We told ourselves we’d just enjoy the show and forgo drinks to save money. Amy just randomly appeared in front of us at the bar, and turned to see our mouths agape at our comedy idol. Without missing a beat, she chirped, “Hi guys! I’m Amy! What are you two drinkin?” and bought us a round. Pretty soon the other members of the troupe gathered around, and we asked about their recent trip to Amsterdam, and they sat down with us and told us all about it like we were all old friends. Now that Amy’s got her own network TV show, I watch it and tell people, That’s how she really is in real life, like Leslie Knope. She cares about every person she meets and it shows.

    Like

  368. I would have loved to meet Ray Bradbury.

    Like

    Adriene recently posted Waiting on Wednesday – The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton.

  369. 372
    Ashley Kochkanyan

    I would LOVE to meet Chuck Palahniuk. Because he is awesome and twisted. And also because I would like to know if the story about his intestines being sucked into the drain of a pool is true.

    Like

  370. I really wanted to meet Hunter S Thompson. And also, I would like to meet Megan Fox so I can convince that bitch to change her name and stop making the pizza delivery guy laugh at me when I try to order a pizza. She’s not my hero, but I’m just sayin’. Also, she has toe thumbs. I don’t have toe thumbs. This Megan Fox’s thumbs > that Megan Fox’s thumbs.

    Like

  371. I got to meet Katha Pollitt, which was amazing. Oh, and this year I got Margaret Atwood to wish me a happy birthday on twitter and nearly died.

    Like

  372. i would have loved to have met katharine hepburn. she is just rad.

    Like

  373. 376
    Christine Lively

    Annie Lennox. My main life goal is to one day be half as cool as she is. I don’t think I have enough time to get that cool, but it’s still my goal. I feel certain that she’s as brilliant as I think she is.

    Like

  374. This is going to sound cliche but you are one of my heroes, Jenny!
    And I was so glad I got to meet you at your book signing in Los Angeles🙂
    You were just as awesome in person as you are on your blog, because you were just being YOU

    I just got married Aug 25th and honestly, all I wanted was to stand in the back of the room and pretend like it wasn’t my wedding because I have severe crowd anxiety even though I was deliriously happy to be marrying my soul mate. It makes me feel awful that I have such a hard time enjoying moments like those but it makes me feel less shitty knowing that even if it’s not “normal,” it’s okay and to accept who I am. And that makes it easier to take a deep breath and get back out there.

    So thank you.

    Like

  375. Unfortunately, most of the people I would really like to meet are long deceased- John Hunter, who was the Father of Modern Surgery; Thomas Jefferson (who I kinda met as in I met the man who interprets him at Colonial Williamsburg and is probably about as close to Jefferson as I’ll get while roaming the earth); and other historical figures like that. I kinda feel like those are givens.

    I would love to meet Harrison Ford (on one of his ‘lucid’ days- because really have you seen some of his interviews?), Maura Tierny (who played Abby Lockhart on ER, because I think she’s an incredible actor and person), and Jude Law, because he’s yummy.🙂

    Like

    Mea recently posted On the march again.

  376. I have a long long list, but I’m gonna go with Matthew Gray Gubler, because he is adorable.
    Also, you of course. But under a table, not in a bathroom. Because I don’t think it would be appropriate for me to be in the opposite sex bathroom. I guess unisex would be acceptable, but that would mean increased bathroom traffic, and thus the whole bathroom escape possibility would perhaps be made redundant.

    Like

  377. Ronald McDonald. Because it is impossible to be creepier than that in person.

    Like

    ilikebeerandbabies recently posted Puppy Dogs and Rainbows Friday.

  378. Dead person I’d like to meet: Walt Disney… I’d love to know if the movies that have come out in the last few years would meet his approval. I’d love to know what he thinks of all the parks too.

    Live person I’d like to meet: My mother’s estranged half-sister. My mother always knew she had a half sister who was just six months older than me but never got an opportunity to meet her. I found her on Facebook a few weeks ago and was shocked that she looks just like my mom! (Mom passed away 8 years ago). I sent my aunt a note asking to meet but said that if she didn’t want to meet, that I’d never contact her again. I’ve never heard anything. I have to let this go but I still wish I could meet her.

    Like

    Amanda recently posted Hurray for Hollywood Studios!.

  379. Crap. I am terrible at following directions, no wonder it took me an hour to install a cabinet safety latch today.
    Never met my hero, author John Taylor Gatto. But not to sound brown-nosey but Bloggess is my hero too. I did meet Dan Haggerty, Grizzly Adams, in second grade which I thought was beyond awesome, but still one level below Soleil Moon Frye or any Full House character.

    Like

    GDavies recently posted does this make my feminazi look big?.

  380. I had my chance.. I met YOU, and I totally blew it.. by losing the capacity to speak words or know any kind of language. >.<

    Like

    meg recently posted I really don’t recommend it..

  381. Based on the story and many comments, Neil Gaiman moved to the top of the list, but he’s up there with Terry Pratchett and Michelle Obama.

    Like

  382. All this talk about meeting famous people makes me feel anxious because every time I meet someone famous, I always end up acting weird. I suppose if we were talking about meeting them in some kind of ideal casual situation, I’d second other people’s suggestions of Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Wil Wheaton – seriously, pretty much everyone that other people have listed because we’re all internet nerds of a feather.

    I’ve already met Bruce Campbell and I have an incredibly blurry camera phone photo to provide it. Don’t hate.

    Like

    Average Jane recently posted Average Jane Gets Caffeinated.

  383. I met a local weather lady at a county fair when I was a kid. I had a panic attack went she asked me to read the forecast live on the air. My sister (who was too young to read) screamed like dirty hobos where kidnaping her because she couldn’t be on tv.
    This is why I never want to meet any of my heros for real. I’m perfectly happy watching them on YouTube.
    Although if I wasn’t married or panicky I think I would have a shot with Stephen Merchant.

    Like

  384. Samuel L Jackson – no explanation needed.

    Like

  385. HH the Dalai Lama for more reasons then I can list

    Like

  386. I hate to say it, because it sounds like I’m sucking up, but after reading the chapter on the blog summit in your book, I’d like to meet you, Jenny. Or Jeffrey Sachs. Or Billy Collins.

    Like

  387. I would love to meet Neil Patrick Harris someday…or any of the Firefly actors. Yes, I am a fangirl. But hopefully not in a bad way.

    Like

  388. I would very much like to meet my hero, Loren Walker. She’s not a celebrity, or anyone remotely famous, though she should be. She works with restorative justice models and mediation practices in Hawaii, and is one of the most inspiring people I’ve ever had the pleasure of emailing. I want to learn everything I can from her so I can help others like she does.

    Like

  389. St. Francis of Assisi. Why? 1.) Because he was a saint and from what I’ve read of them, the saints were mad as hatters; being a fellow depressive and anxiety sufferer, I can identify. 2.) He chose to be a border-dweller, away from the masses. I can relate. Last but not least, he loved animals; I like that.

    Like

  390. Well, I DID get to meet you…we even took a picture making angry panda faces in which my friend was all blurry because the book store guy couldn’t work my phone. It’s awesome. Now that I’ve already met you though, I’d love to meet Salman Rushdie, J.K. Rowling, Neil Gaiman, Patrick Stewart (okay, I’d like to meet EVERYONE who has ever been on any version of Star Trek ever) and about a hundred other people!

    Like

  391. bon jovi, totes. and opha mae johnson. And, um maria callas.

    Like

  392. I would love to meet the Art Guys, because that would only take a car ride to Houston. Amanda Palmer, because I think she would be fun to hang out with. Terry Pratchett, because he’s awesome and funny in a very British way.

    If I met David Tennant, I would just embarrass myself. Probably the same for Neil Gaiman. Even though I love them both, I would turn into a tongue tied fan girl.

    Katy

    Like

  393. I would have loved to meet Douglas Adams. His effortless (seeming) humour was an amazing gift to the literary world.

    Like

  394. Not to be suck-uppy, but quite honestly, I don’t have many heroes. There is one person however who sticks out as someone to look up to who truthfully overstepped my imaginary heroicness…She wrote this amazing book and often writes things that everyone can see that I can’t get out myself, and it feels so good to know that someone feels somewhat like I do sometimes, even though I can’t express it.
    I met you in Edina, I wish we were best friends. We kind of are anyways in a strange way. You’ve honestly pulled me through some hard times and for that you are a hero.

    Like

    Tyna recently posted First Anniversary.

  395. I always wonder if Marilyn Monroe would have been any fun, but barring that I’d love to meet Madeline Albright cause she’s just a badass and smart and funny and probably has the best gossip about world leaders, right?! Her story, accomplishments and genuine-ness always inspire me.

    I’d like Javier Bardem to teach me Spanish too. Then I’d go back in time and totally stalk Pablo Neruda cause he is the romantic hero of all romantic heroes for sure! No one can say I loved only fish! Many things conspired to tell me the whole story!

    and I did meet Michael Caine on an airplane once when I was about 9 with my mom. He was cooler than cool and my mom was in some kind of transfixed unreality, but I remember he had a definite effect on everyone. He was a bit demigod-like … !WHO IS THIS CHARMING MAN CREATURE?

    Like

    Caroline recently posted Root Planing.

  396. Stephen King!

    Like

  397. You obviously, Adam Levine(because of the hotness) and my grandfather(passed away when my dad was 9) he sounded like a total badass.

    Like

  398. I don’t want to meet anyone. I would only like to spy on them. Because if I had to meet them, I’d lose all the parts of me that are normal and I’d get creepy weird. One time I wanted to tell a politician in the store that I voted for him and I was sorry he lost, and I stalked him for 20 minutes, finally got near enough to talk to him, laughed creepily and blurted out random caveman words…. ‘voted, me, you.” I don’t want that to happen to anyone, much less those I admire, like Mo Willems, the genius that wrote “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus.”

    Like

  399. 402
    Melissa Saltzman

    The Doctor…yes I know suposedly not real but I don’t care I still choose The Doctor b/c really who wouldn’t want to meet The Doctor.🙂

    Like

  400. I really want to meet John Waters. To me, he’s fearless. I mean, you have to be fearless (and a total badass) to rock a pencil thin mustache and not only get away with it, but make it look good.

    Like

  401. Hillary Clinton because she is a bad ass.

    Like

  402. I would like to meet Buster Keaton, but he is no longer alive, so I do not want to meet him.O_o No zombies!

    Like

  403. Well he wasn’t ever really a “hero”, but I don’t have heroes so he’ll have to to do.

    I’ve been to a handful of Violent Femmes concerts, the last one being in 2007. I was in that slutty single girl phase, so I had no problem flirting it up with the security to let me into the backstage area. So I’m at the side of the stage, and probably drunk and showing my boobs. Brian Ritchie sees this, and takes a break during a song and gets off stage. I’m assuming he was coming to see if I was legal or not.

    So anyway, I’m totally fucking excited because it’s BRIAN RITCHIE and even though he’s old enough to be my father I still think he’s the coolest thing ever. We talk for a few minutes (about what, I have no recollection), and then I ask if I can get a photo with him. As soon as my friend snapped the picture, the weirdest thing happened. Brian-fucking-Ritchie sniffed me. A big long inhale from the top of my head to my shoulder, then he whispered, “Mmm, you smell gooood.” I instantly sobered up and got the fuck out.

    Like

  404. I got to meet Isaac Asimov at a signing for one of his Foundation books. They were hustling people through the line so I didn’t really get to say more than “Hi”, but he seemed quite nice. As for who I would like to meet, there are many, but I’m sure I would freeze up and stand there looking like an idiot. Which would be fun for both of us, really.

    Like

  405. 409
    Beth Plemmons

    I’d like to meet John Denver.

    (Although not in his current physical form which I’ve heard is a bit…um…disjointed…bless his heart.
    Or his jawbone. I think they found his jawbone at least.)

    If I met him now my FIRST question would be “What the HELL were you thinking?? There’s a reason they call them EXPERIMENTAL aircraft—don’t go buzzing people’s houses in an EXPERIMENTAL aircraft or you’ll end up in bits and pieces in the SF Bay!”

    If I met him pre-incident, I’d wanna know if he was truly as simple and human as he seemed to be.

    And also– how in the hell those Muppet-masters were able to make it look like he was truly amongst Kermit, Piggy, Animal, et al, without gooching him in the butt. Or his manly parts. Although…well I probably shouldn’t go there. He is a nice man. Or was. Till the breakup. (Literally.)

    Where did I put the vodka?

    Like

  406. I’d really like to meet Def Leppard. All of them. Or Allie Brosh or Jenny Lawson. Any of those. Or all of them. That’d be cool.
    Oh, and maybe Lady Gaga.
    Crap. Just bring me everyone and I’ll decide if I want to meet them.

    Like

  407. Good question

    Answer

    – from my ‘Old Heroes’ I still would love to meet David Bowie, at the time I was pretty sure we met before in another lifetime and the meeting him now would not be too much of a disillusion i guess.
    As right now I would only like to ask him if he actually got my letter 20 years back in time , as someone from our royalty passed it over to him as in those days she was a friend of mine.

    Much more intriguing I would find it if I were to have a real lovely meet and greet with Annie Lennox, as she is both on top of my lists of roll models for girls as an independent career woman as well as I do simply adore her songs, text and music and her enormous efforts for humanitarian causes – and I realized when opening your blog, that hers is a close call to your playfulness – have a look for yourself, I think you will enjoy it, if you didn’t peek before.

    But yes, I would love to chair hats, couches and beds with her!
    great blog you have – discovered it last month

    Like

    Carolien Geurtsen recently posted Hoopvol verdwalen – Fiets me erin.

  408. And all of the monkees…I was convinced that if I met them in real life that would be my friends and let me sing with them.

    Like

  409. If I could break the space/time barrier? Molly Ivins. Hands down. I’d say that I’d like to go drinking with her but I know that she’d totally drink me under the table. If we are confining ourselves to currently living people, Jon Stewart.

    Like

    SharonCville recently posted Nostalgia.

  410. I’d love to meet Wil Wheaton. I’d even bring my own non-collated papers.

    Like

  411. Maynard Keenan from Tool. He’s a genius.

    Also I’d like to meet Chris Evans. And when I say “meet” I mean “maul like a dirty zoo animal”.

    Like

    Kat recently posted One Year Later and The Giveaway To Celebrate It!.

  412. 416
    Kimberli Nelson

    I always wanted to meet Brett Favre… but it used to be because he was my hero. Now its because I wanna see if he’s as big a douche as they say he is. I don’t really have a thing for famous people…. I’m sure they’re all dicks. I’d like to meet Jenny Lawson, I suppose…. she’s gotta be cool & down to earth, right?!😉

    Like

  413. That’s a tough question! But I would say old school: Truman Capote, he was just awesome. And new school: Tina Fey, she has crazy girl power!

    Like

  414. I dont really have celbrity heros… i would LOVE to meet you and a few other bloggers that rock but other then that I think i am really dull in the hero aspect!

    Like

  415. Well….you, of course. And Sting…I love that guy.,

    Like

  416. You are my hero(ine)! Iwould love to meet you and I have several of my own monkey hats so i can share with you. My sons may get jealous, and my husband would enthusiastically roll his eyes, but it would definitely be worth it!

    Like

  417. I would want meet you!

    Like

  418. I sat and stared at the computer for at least 3 mins *gasp* trying to decide who I would want to meet that is a true inspiration/hero in my life. I think I have met them already tho. My family!! Who else would have the gumption to stand beside me through all my ups and downs. My crazy moments and my not so bright moments there was always someone “family” related beside me reminding me that it would all be ok!! And they were right. Each time I thought I couldn’t get back up in the saddle… I did it.

    Although I wouldn’t mind meeting you Jenny.. simply for the laughs and the inspiration that you provide without knowing the lives you impact!!

    Like

  419. I ran into Joe Piscopo and his ex-wife at a grocery store years ago. Never having seen a celebrity before I followed (OK … stalked) them from the frozen food aisle to the bakery then check-out. A few weeks later I was in a bowling alley and Joe (I figured we were on a first-name basis since we shopped together) was playing pool. I made a beeline for him and shouted “Hey JOE … It’s ME … CHRISTY … Remember? From the grocery store?” To this day I can’t understand why he downed his beer and went out the back door.

    Like

  420. F.D. Reeve who I didn’t know was my hero until I meet him. Not only was he the most fantastic literature professor I ever had but also had a super smart and dry wit. Not to mention it was Superman’s dad (though he did not find it amusing and would not discuss it with us).

    Like

  421. 425
    Ashley-Marie

    I believe that anyone who reads this blog has awesome heroes, so wonderful in fact that they can be met and will not let you down. Just saying.

    Like

  422. there are heroes and then there are people I’d like to meet. I can’t think of any in the former but in the latter:

    you, (not a suck up but the truth)
    Peyton Manning (cause he seems like a great guy)
    Wil Wheaton (another great guy)
    Dwayne Johnson (just so I can hear him say my name, so say the lusty hormones)
    Vin Diesil (Same reason)
    Patrick Stewart (so that he could quote some Shakespeare)

    Hmmm this is all my headache addled brain can produce…I’m sure there are more. Some more females even…

    Like

  423. I’m a HUGE horror fan, and I got to meet Gunnar Hanson at Texas Frightmare Weekend last May. He was SO incredibly nice, even though he looked kind of gruff and grumbly. He talked to my boyfriend and me for about 15 minutes about the convention, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and horror fans. He signed the tiny plastic chainsaw that my Leatherface doll holds. Then he looked at me like I was weird (or maybe it was concern) when I said that I keep the Leatherface doll on my bed, chainsaw in hands, even while I sleep. I tend to say inappropriate things to celebrities when I meet them. I also told Norman Reedus he had soft hands. And I told Steve Niles that he smelled good and gave great side hugs. Neither really had any response to those things.

    Like

  424. I had Christmas dinner with Annie Lennox (and a smattering of British dudes) in England in 1991. She brought pajamas for the host and after our vegan turkey we all watched gay porn and took a walk!

    Like

  425. Tina Fey!!

    Queen Latifa is pretty cool, according to my sisters. They were in an airport in Egypt and she was there. They were eating McDonalds or something like that – some American fast food of some sort – and she walked up to them and asked them if it was as good as back home. She walked up to them. Pretty awesome.

    Like

  426. I would like to meet David Bowie or Tom Hiddleston! I admire them both so much!

    Like

  427. I always carry a sock monkey hat with me. Just in case. Now I have another reason–in case I ever meet Neil Gaiman…

    Like

  428. 432
    Amber Appleyard

    My hero is my grandfather. He always told me “you haven’t lived until you’ve seen naked hookers snowshoeing threw cornflakes! ” True story

    Like

  429. 433
    Jerilyn Millard

    Neil Gaman gets around! Am I the only person who hasn’t met him??? I would love to have drinks with Tina Fey and Ellen Degeneres- funny, brilliant ladies!

    Like

  430. I would like to meet YOU! I feel like I know you already, so we could totally hang out.

    Like

  431. Well, MOST of my heroes are dead – but it’d be badass to meet Elizabeth I.

    I already got to meet you on your book tour – so that is all checked off my heroes-to-meet-list (which is totally not a real list, because it’d just be two people [who are alive] and a bunch of dead people). And you were totally great.

    The other living person on the list? Alton Brown. He’s made preparing food both entertaining and educational.

    I bet he’d live up to the hype too.

    Like

  432. I would like to meet Charlaine Harris. Hands down I need to know that amazing southern woman who has created all of my dream men…. Also- Zoe Deschanel…cause she is the most adorably funny person ever. And Tina Fey. Since she is amazing. Goodness, the list is long….. Maybe I could end it short by saying, Jenny Lawson, because I love you.🙂

    Like

  433. I would be too nervous to meet any of my heroes. I would probably say the stupidist thing and make a fool of myself. 🙂 So I will just stalk from afar. 🙂

    Like

  434. So many choices … Barack, Oprah, Nelson Mandela, and you, of course … oh, and I’d also like to meet Elvis should he still be alive out there somewhere, because his Hawaii movies were all kinds of awesome. And speaking of awesomeness, Dr. Brassy’s necklace would look amazing hanging around my awesome little neck.

    Like

  435. One time I met the Bloggess…not to brag but we (my fiancee & I) had her draw a bunny picture and take a bunny-ears picture! All I could think was, “So being famous means doing whatever other people ask you to do…kinda sounds like it would suck.” Sidenote: I’d never really heard of the Bloggess before meeting her but have become a fan since (much to the delight of the above mentioned fiancee).

    Like

  436. would love to be in the kitchen with Julia Childs cause of her independence. and not taking no for an answer….

    Like

  437. I’m a children’s bookseller and I recently met an author whose books I have admired for years. He happened to be stuck in my town for the weekend, so I was lucky enough to get to show him around! There were drinks and jazz and fancy meals and I only remembered that he was a ridiculously talented author/illustrator when he lamented not having won a Caldecott medal yet. Yet. Also, he is working on a book with animals in people clothes. Proper, three-piece suit-type people clothes. My. Favorite. I could not have imagined a nicer person.

    Like

  438. 442
    Shane Wickerd

    I already met my hero and you were awesome.

    Like

  439. 443
    Flatlander in VT

    I’d love to meet Terry Pratchett!

    Like

  440. I met Zahi Hawass and Jimmy Carter. Those are my nerdy famous people, and I was very excited to meet both of them. I would still like to meet you!

    Like

  441. i’d love to meet Jane Goodall, and i’ve been lucky enough to meet Ken Burns once. He’s pretty cool. I then met another woman, Geraldine Brooks, who didn’t start out as a hero, but after hearing her speak i was pretty amazed.

    Like

  442. Isaac Asimov – my favorite sci fi author. He wrote a lot of other things too, but he lived in interesting times and I think he’d be fascinating to have a conversation with.

    Like

  443. Rachel Maddow. Only Rachel Maddow.

    Like

    Jane recently posted Why I’ll Never Vote Republican Again.

  444. I always wanted to meet Coretta Scott King, since I was little. And Shel Silverstein. Too late now, though😦

    Like

  445. 449
    Shanna Herndon

    I have always wanted to meet John Cleese. I have never met him, but I can dream. He’s brilliantly funny! I loved him in “Monty Python’s In Search of the Holy Grail”, and the British tv show “Fawlty Towers”

    Like

  446. I want to meet the tardis.

    Like

  447. My hero was my father. I would love to see him again…. he died in 2002 and I miss him every day.

    Like

  448. Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant

    Like

  449. I finally got to meet my hero/greatest inspiration, Brandon Boyd (lead singer of Incubus). I told him how much his words have touched me and how much his music has gotten me through. His poetry book has also gotten me through so many bouts of depression when all I wanted to do was hide in the closet and never come out. He was so kind and it actually felt like he appreciated everything I was saying. Then my idiot friend asked him for his shirt spilling to him that I was his biggest fan. Such an embarrassing moment since I work in the music industry and hate looking like a groupie but he actually started to unbotton his shirt to give it to me before I told him she was kidding. Ugh, why did I say she was kidding!? But anyways, I would also really like to meet the person or people who started the To Write Love On Her Arms campaign. They are amazing folks. P.S I am loving those necklaces. Totally creepy but beautiful at the same time. Keep Rockin Jenny. You bring hope and strength to alot of people, myself included.

    Like

  450. Mark Twain . . . Yeah, I know he’s way dead and all, but, hey my odds of meeting him are just as high as my odds of meeting any other hero, right?

    Like

  451. 455
    Elizabeth Allen

    Chuck Norris! Just because he supposedly has all the answers and doesn’t put up with #*(()@#$#. Or that Dos Equis guy that you see in the TV commercials. Though I’d still go with Chuck Norris. At least then I’d be able to fight off my own chupachabre. Otherwise, I’d have to hope that it liked beer, and that I had enough handy to liquor up the beast into slumber before my escape.

    Yeah. Chuck Norris. That’s the ticket…

    Like

  452. I once met the members of this rock band called Breaking Benjamin, it was a 50/50 heartbreak. Mainly the heartbreak was because the lead singer and the lead guitarist were alcoholic assholes. The other members, Jeremy and Mark, were awesome though.

    If I had to meet one of my hero’s it would probably be Brandon Boyd from the band Incubus because he’s an amazing artist, both in writing and drawing.
    Oh, and Matt Damon.

    Like

    Rebekah Mae recently posted This Place is Fucking With My Head..

  453. I have a list of people I would risk being let down by, simply because I highly doubt they would let me down.
    NPH (well duh, he is just amazing)
    Emma Stone (She is a goregous and classy ginger of my generation and hilarious too)
    Willie Mother Fucking Nelson (no explaination needed)
    Eli Roth (anyone that twisted could entertain me forever)
    Jared Allen (#69 Minnesota Vikings – makes being a redneck look AWESOME)
    Jenny Lawson (I read your blog daily. If you dont post new shit, I go through your old shit. Beautiful, funny, and you let me know being quite odd, complete understatement for people like us, is ok. And when someone as awesome as you are shares thier deepest secrets with the world about depression and anxiety, it helps those of us who arent brave enough to do that ourselves feel like weights have been lifted knowing we are not alone. thank you <3)

    p.s. I have been eyeing that necklace ever since you posted it🙂

    Like

  454. i really want to meet you and matisyahu. you know, the jewish rapper/reggae guy. preferably both of you at the same time. i don’t even know how that would happen but it just sounds awesome. and like i’m describing a bizarre dream i had once. and then we’d all sing a song together. although, admittedly, i am kind of afraid of meeting matisyahu because i don’t know what to say to him. i feel like i’d have to plan it out first. but for you, i know i could just say the first thing that popped into my head and your security wouldn’t swoop in on me and drag me away. mostly because you probably don’t have security.

    Like

    holly recently posted mitt is $hit.

  455. I met Nick Rhodes from Duran Duran and for being so posh – he was really lovely. And maybe drunk. Or that could have been me. That was for certain me. I also met Damon Albarn from Blur/Gorillaz. And oh. We shall not talk about that out loud.
    @

    Like

  456. i would like to meet terry pratchett before alzheimer’s disease takes away one of the greatest storytellers the world has ever had.

    Like

  457. I don’t have too many heroes…The only person I can think of that I would like to meet is you…Also maybe johnny depp.

    Like

  458. I’m sure this has been said in at least half of the comments, but I would love to meet Jenny Lawson🙂 I do not personally have to deal with anxiety and depression, but I know how real it is. You never cease to amaze and inspire me.

    Like

  459. I don’t like to meet famous people I admire because I blather on like a complete idiot and say the weirdest things and they probably think I’m nuts. But if I could keep my yap shut, I’d want to meet Maggie Smith. Amazing actress, and I bet she has some awesome stories.

    Like

  460. I’d like to meet you so we could discuss taxidermy, anxiety, and depression and say hilarious and unladylike things. Anyone who copes with this BS and lives such a vibrant life is a hero to me.

    Like

  461. Honestly, hero-meetings scare the bejeesus out of me.

    Like

  462. Would have loved to have the chance to meet Lucille Ball. I met Geena Davis on several occasions and she was super nice and down to earth.

    Like

  463. I’ve also met Neil Gaiman and he IS made of magic and stories and Good Things (and some Weird Things and Odd Things, which are also Good Things to Be).

    I’m not sure that there’s one person I’d like to meet. Mostly I’d like to get a bunch of people I find fascinating Like Neil DeGrasse Tyson and You and David Tennant and Wil Wheaton and Neil Gaiman and Alice Notely (poet) in a room together and just talk. With a room to the side for the time when those of us who get overwhelmed need to step out. And a well stocked bar. And good food. Yep.

    Like

  464. I would love to meet Kristen Bell — I’m a huge fan since Veronica Mars and I love all the work she have done for animals charities. I love her sense of humor, and I wish she could be ultra mega famous and make big bucks, because that kid definitely deserves it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5jw3T3Jy70 This is just one of the reasons why I adore her — who else have a meltdown over a sloth?

    Like

  465. I don’t even KNOW who my hero is. Seriously, all these people the world considers “heros” are totally awesome, don’t get me wrong, but to me, my heroes are the every day folks doing their thing. (Standby for blantant but sincere ass kissing) I actually love how you’ve built a whole career out of just being a real person (an awesome real person, but a normal(?ish?) person). Those are the kind of things that inspire me.

    Or I’d like to meet Chris Hardwicke. He’s not my hero, but he’s smart, nerdy and hot as hell. I’d sure love the chance to shamelessly pimp myself out. Just in case you happen to want to have me and him over for dinner sometime soon. (I’d probably awkwardly lose my shit and then be too awed to speak and just mumble incoherently, but it would be the highlight of pretty much my whole life.)

    Like

    Jodi recently posted A Vision in White.

  466. I want to meet Dame Maggie Smith (aka Professor McGonagall) because WHY WOULDN’T you want to meet professor McGonagall? And also because she battled cancer while shooting the Harry Potter films and I think that is incredible. And also she just seems especially badass to me. I’d like to confirm that in real life.

    Like

    Tarasview recently posted What is PTPA all about? #PTPAinsider.

  467. There are so many awesome people out there, but I would love to meet Penny Marshall. I bet she is great in a bar.

    P.S. Totally jonesin for that necklace.

    Like

  468. Amanda Fucking Palmer. And if I were lucky, I could meet Neil at the same time.

    Like

    Nena recently posted Progress – and I Found More Clay!.

  469. I’d love to meet Rachel Maddow. Specifically, I would love to drink gin and tonics (or gimlets) with her. She seems like she’d be an excellent drinking friend.

    Like

  470. I would like to meet the real me. I hear she’s pretty fucking awesome.

    Like

  471. I love rain and sock puppet monkeys. And eyeball necklaces. Plus a lot of other stuff too numerous to list, but you get the point. And I would love to meet Hunter S. Tomcat and Ferris Mewler.

    Like

  472. My first true love, Leonard Nimoy. Without a moment’s hesitation. Sigh.

    Like

    Robin recently posted Sometimes Monday Is All Weird And Stuff.

  473. i should’ve mentioned Alan Rickman, but i’d probably wet myself in his presence – a small price to pay to meet him – i heart everything he does (everyone should watch Snowcake)

    Like

  474. I would love to meet either my culinary idol, Paula Deen or my movie/director idol Bas Luhrmann because he is just a movie genius.

    Like

  475. I want to meet Jim Parsons. But I want him to pretend to be Sheldon Cooper.

    I saw Jack Hanna in an airport once, and I saw the girl that played in Hot Shots Part Deux and did the “steamy” sex scene where they cooked bacon on her stomach…mmmmm….bacon…..at Mann’s Theatre , and I’ve met a slew of sports athletes. But as God as my witness, if I ever get to meet Keanu Reeves…..

    Like

  476. Right now, my hero is one of my best friends, going through a round of MRIs and biopsies and other nasty things to find out what the shadow on her mammogram was. Tomorrow she’s going through yet another test and I wish I could be with her, not hundreds of miles away, stuck in my office.

    Like

  477. 481
    Sue Zellweger

    I would like to meet Stephen King, although I probably shouldn’t, at the risk of acting like a moron. I met Jen Lancaster this summer at a signing and was stricken by stupid fan-itis. All I could do was grin manically and say”hi.” That’s it. It was pathetic.

    Like

  478. Of those dead, I think it would have been nice to meet Marion Zimmer Bradley. I love her books and can’t walk by them without giving a little fan-girl squee (much to my boyfriend’s dismay ^ ~). Of those still around, I think speaking with Zhang Ziyi would be spectacular! She has played so many beautifully strong characters.

    Like

  479. I’ve met Neil Gaiman & Tori Amos. I don’t know which one of the two is nicer. They’re incredibly gracious people.

    I grew up in Texas & now live on the East Coast. I’ll never forget talking to my sister who had the day off from work because the temperature was “around freezing”. Texas isn’t crzay about any season other than the season known as “Hot”.

    Like

  480. Jumping in puddles is far more important than just about anything, most days.🙂

    Like

  481. Wow, I don’t even know who this Neil Gaiman fella is! I’m Googling him up right now. I met you a few months ago – and you didn’t disappoint! You were fabulous and delightful to everyone.

    Like

    Kristin recently posted Breaking Up With Awesome.

  482. Today I think my hero has to be you. And I don’t mean that in an Eddie Haskell kind of way. It’s just that I was having a really bad day, a really bad could of days actually, and what got me out of bed this morning was “Depression Lies.” So, today, you are my hero. For getting me out of bed. (Which is ironic since I’m re-reading Let’s Pretend this Never Happened before bed and the opportunity to curl up and read is often what gets me into bed as well.) (That’s a lot of you and me and bed in one post. I think I should get a prize just for that!)

    Like

  483. Would have loved to meet Nora Ephron before she passed away…

    Like

  484. JK Rowling or Nathan Fillion.

    I adore and admire them both greatly for particularly different reasons, obv. Jo is one of my all-time fave authors, hands-down, and I love her to bits. And Nathan, he’s just adorable and I’ve loved him since he played Joey Buchanan on One Life to Live (Yeah, I’m THAT old).

    Like

    Heather F recently posted Keeping it Real.....

  485. I would love to meet Michelle Obama. She just seems like a super classy, down-to-earth, confident, awesome lady.

    I’ve met Neale Donald Walsch, and he was a pretty normal guy. Which actually inspired me because I hope to someday be someone’s hero.

    Like

  486. 490
    John Kirkpatrick

    When the TARDIS shows up at my house, I’d like to meet Ben Franklin.
    He might not think much of me but I’d be traveling with someone who would get his attention.

    Like

  487. 491
    Maggie Boerner

    What a coincidence…I just started my veterinary ophthalmology clinical rotation today. And we did an enucleation (removal of the eyeball) on the cutest little spaniel today who lost a big dog vs. little dog battle. This is clearly a sign that I need one of the necklaces of eyeball awesomeness. Pick me, pick me! Thanks Jenny, you are the best.

    Like

  488. Ohh! I met Neil Gaiman a few years back and he was spectacular! There are so many wonderful people I would love to meet. Joss Whedon is high on my list as is Felicia Day. And it sounds corny, but I am sad I missed you on your book tour and would love to one day meet you. Your book and your blog have helped me in ways I can’t even begin to describe. So thank you

    Like

  489. I think Bill Nye the Science Guy would be full of awesomeness! Plus I am a science geek so of course I would see it that way🙂

    Like

  490. Double suck-up warning….still here? Goody.

    I got to meet YOU (the Bloggess) and Lauren (Filing Jointly…Finally) at the Dallas book signing and hopefully didn’t embarrass myself TOO much by gushing all over the 2 of you! That was the height of my day/week/month/year!

    NOW, if I ever got to meet Sammy Hagar or Josh Hamilton in person, I would GLADLY embarrass myself, on purpose, in the most inappropriate way possible. Totally worth it.

    Like

  491. Stephen King. No question. I’ve seen him speak/read, and it was enough excitement for me to even be in the same building sharing air with the man. I want to meet him, but only in a hypothetical way; I’m sure if I actually ever got the opportunity to talk to him I’d wet myself, cry, and probably have a heart attack. In that order.

    Like

    Kelly recently posted Changing from self-help to management.

  492. I wanted to meet the hotness that is Chris Daughtry and I got the chance a couple of years ago. I fumbled for words like an idiot and hubby had to tell him my name because I couldn’t remember it (he reminds me of this every time the subject comes up)…lol. I would love to get the chance to meet you when you are in the area to swap “hubby” tales…my hubby and Victor seem to have a lot of the same issues regarding the “normalness” that comes with marrying into a fun-loving family. ;-P

    Like

  493. I think on my fantasy list, meeting Joan of Arc would be amazing.
    I’ve met Holly Near, a folksinger of amazing courage and heart. That’s a pretty precious memory. 🙂

    (To Rachel, comment 364..isn’t Gunnar lovely? I was charmed when I had the opportunity to meet him!)

    Like

    Dusti recently posted Work snippet.

  494. 498
    Jennifer Becker

    I would like to meet my daughter when she’s all grown up. I am sure she is one of my heroes and since I have to live with her (she’s 13 now), it’s hard to tell. But I’m sure she is now and I am just blinded by the horrendousness that is her bedroom and etc. I would also like to meet myself when I accomplish what I need to accomplish in therapy. I am pretty sure it will take heroics on my part to get through it all and I am determined. I would also like to meet John Stewart and Colbert. They have to be awesome in person. They just have to.

    Like

  495. I want to meet Shirley Jackson, Waylon Jennings, Hunter S Thompson or MFK Fisher, but all are dead and I don’t really want to meet a ghost. . IRL I would like to meet Johnny Deep because it would kind of be like meeting HST. But not today because I have both laryngitis and pink eye. Obviously I’m highly contagious and I really don’t want to go down in history as Typhoid Marie for giving a celeb a big dose of the ick that I currently have.

    Like

  496. I’d love to meet Jane Austen. We’d have tea and riff on the boobage shown by her contemporaries then we’d laugh and laugh. But she’s dead so I’ll sit here and drink tea by myself.

    Like

  497. Wow, that’s a good question.

    First, you! I’d love to meet you. Wil Wheaton seems like an awesome guy same with Chris Hardwick. David Tennant would be amazing to me, even Matt Smith and Karen Gillan.

    I’ve been pretty blessed and I got to meet Chris Carrabba (Lead singer of Dashboard Confessional) He’s an amazing guy and was so sweet. We talked to him after a show for like hours, then at a later show (like a year or two later) he recognized me in the crowd and came over to say hi. I’ve also met the lead singer from Save Ferris, Monique. She was super sweet too.

    Like

  498. David Tennant is my favorite doctor as well!!!! Once in an interview someone asked him how he gets in character for the doctor and he said, what do you mean? I am the doctor. Love him. I’m currently watching the library episode.

    But the answer to the question is my great grandfather. He was brought here from Italy at the age of 12 and had to survive on his own. I feel like he would have great stories and wisdom. Plus I have his recipe for some awesome tomato sauce. I’d love to cook with him

    Like

  499. Oooo, I don’t usually read the comments on your posts because there’s SOOOO MANY of them– and I very rarely comment myself– but I started scrolling and reading and just couldn’t stop, because everyone’s comments just made me SMILE… and also made me completely unable to answer this question because so many times I kept thinking “Oh yes! Them too!” I mean, sure a lot of heroes may be disappointments in real life, and I can’t speak for any of the people named here (well, ALMOST any– I’ll speak for Fred Rogers even though I met him only briefly in passing– I’ve also known people who knew him very well who vouched for his complete wonderfulness in his real life, too)– but just THINKING of the POSSIBILITY of so many wonderful people just filled me with joy!

    Oh, speaking of Fred Rogers, I HAVE had more interactions and proper meetings with Mr. McFeely, and yes, he is an incredibly nice man, even when not in costume.

    My disappointing-meeting-of-heroes incident was Lois Lowry. I don’t know what it was, but she INTIMIDATED THE CRAP OUT OF ME.

    I love how many people here picked Jim Henson. He’d probably be my answer if you get right down to just-one-answer, too. Except I’m not sure a passing meeting would do for me– my Unattainable Dream Job would have been to work for him. I’m not sure doing what! I just want to work for Jim Henson!

    Like

    rockinlibrarian recently posted This Little Light Of Mine: Thoughts on Dancing.

  500. I would want to meet Chuck Palahniuk, but I have a feeling he would be so badass that I wouldn’t be able to talk around him and he would think that I was weird (which I am).

    Like

  501. 505
    Farah Chherawalla

    Hey Jenny,
    I am a regular reader of your blog. You are my writing inspiration. Just wanted you to know that. I want to comment, specially respond to your question of the day because I want to share it with everyone who will care to know. My hero is an English comic: Eddie Izzard. He is bananas and hilarious. My friend and I went to New York (I live in DC) to see a play he was performing in, but it was too expensive so we waited outside for the show to be done with so we could meet him. He is such a sweet man. I wanted to talk to him just generally but was all over myself with nervous glee. We took a picture together and I asked him for an interview (which I he couldn’t give then) but he was like we could go for like an ice cream or something! and then he was called away. I DIED HAPPY THAT NIGHT!

    Just wanted to share. I met my hero and he lived up to my expectations.

    Like

  502. Ironically, the first time I met Neil Gaiman, it was at a combination sci-fi/sex show in New Orleans. He did some great readings, I think from Coraline and a few short stories, and was a fun fan fixture at the bar during the show. In reflection it seems not all that unlikely, and also at the same time something that could have just as easily happened to you. But probably didn’t. Unless you were there too – but I think I’d have remembered the sock puppets.

    Like

  503. I currently don’t have a living hero. I would love to have met George Bernard Shaw. Or Noel Coward. At this point I would very much like to be my own hero. Extract myself from an unhappy marriage and get on with my life. I’m not getting any younger.

    Like

    Susan recently posted Getting our redneck on.

  504. I would love to meet Paula Deen & you. At the same time would ROCK.

    Like

  505. At the moment, Felicia Day. Although, I passed up a chance at Origins Game Fair this year to meet her and get a picture taken. I was afraid she would turn out not to be as cool or nice as I imagined. I’d rather keep hold of my imaginary her.

    Why Felicia Day? I both fascinated and impressed by how she has managed to turn her “Queen of the Geeks” status into a thriving industry.

    Like

    Jenn recently posted Another Reason To Get Out Of Debt.

  506. Ok, well, obviously I would like to meet you — in a non-stalker/non-creepy way. However, I wouldn’t exactly call you my hero (no offense but you haven’t quite gotten there yet, your application is still being processed). My favorite hero is Wolverine. Mostly the Hugh Jackman version. Ok, I would like to meet Hugh Jackman while he was in character as Wolverine (and horny and pretty drunk. NO, I do NOT have any ulterior motive! Ok, fine, I TOTALLY have an ulterior motive but don’t tell HIM that). Also, I would probably like to be at the same dinner party as Jane Austen, and I do enjoy me some Patrick Stewart with some Jonathan Frakes on the side.

    So, yeah, you should pick me (if you want your application to rise to the top of the hero pile). Just sayin’.

    Like

  507. Alton Brown. I don’t have the motivation to cook anything complicated, but that man’s twitter account is one of the funniest things I have ever read.

    Also, Anne Lamott. I don’t know what it is with all the A names, but she is a gem.

    Like

  508. Best necklace ever…wish I had one! I would have loved to have met Marilyn Monroe or Lucille Ball or both, but since that is pretty much impossible I would give my left nut (well, if I had a left nut or any nut really) to meet you. Are you coming to Ohio any time soon?

    Like

  509. I already met my hero…he’s my grandson Asher who was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor at the age of 11 months and now, almost 3 years later he’s tumor free and still fighting the after effects but he does so with a smile..best hero ever.

    Like

    Ashers g'ma recently posted Brain Tumor clinic.

  510. I definitely do not miss the flash flooding in Texas! I remember the first time it rained when I moved there, I kept waiting for Noah to cruise by on his Ark!😀

    Like

  511. The two people I really want to meet are P!nk and Joss Whedon. I want to thank them both for the influence they’ve had on my life. Their work brings me so much joy.

    Like

  512. I’m with Sarah — Jon Bon Jovi. Even if he let me down, I wouldn’t notice because I’d be too busy crying and wetting myself.

    Like

  513. I would love to sit down with you and share a couple bottles of wine!

    Like

  514. I’ve met all the members of Barenaked Ladies, my favorite band, several times. They are all mensches. And I’ve met a couple of the drag queens from “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” which by golly if that’s not enough to inspire my life then I don’t know what is.

    Still left to go: Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart, blessings and peace be upon them.

    Like

  515. Dammit, Jenny. You took one of mine. David Tennant is amazing.

    Ok…truth be told, I’ve met a few of mine…George RR Martin (though I was a complete idiot and I’m sure he just rolled his eyes) and Robert Jordan (at a very sad, pathetic booksigning in a Meijer, which is way less cool than a Costco signing, mostly because of lack of samples. And tires.)

    So….that said…JK Rowling. Mostly because I want to be her. Bitch has a castle.

    Like

  516. J.K. Rowling, hands down. Or Neil Patrick Harris. Or Katharine Hepburn if she were still alive.

    Like

    Leah L recently posted plot twist: you wake up for school fully rested and ready to socialize.

  517. I’d love to meet Neil Gaiman. If I couldn’t meet him, I’d love to sit down and talk to Alanis Morissette and pick her brain about her songs and why she was so angry when she was younger. And even though she’s passed already, I’d love to have met Shirley Jackson and find out where all those scary-ass stories came from!

    Like

    Monica recently posted Books and Memories and Dads.

  518. I want to meet you Jenny! I couldn’t make it to North Carolina on a work night and I am so sad that you were so close and I didn’t get to go. My other that I would love to meet would be Sir Elton John.

    Like

  519. 523
    Claudette Turdici

    This will completely sound like I’m ass kissing but I’d like to meet you! You are my hero. (besides my mom whom I see all the time). Jenny you inspire me to do much more than I would if I had never come across your blog. I suffer from anxiety but not severe anxiety yet I have let it rule my life. Seeing you travel the world to promote your book or give speeches, or on Katie, or meet Wil Wheaton makes me realize I have no excuses. I have no reason to get out of my comfort zone and live. You are truly my hero Jenny. I am thankful for you and everything you share with the world because you inspire many, not just me.

    Do you have a tissue? I think I have some brown smudge on my nose😉

    Like

  520. I would love to meet Oprah Winfrey. She seems like such a down to earth person.

    Like

  521. i met john stockton in 1998. who’s that? right. i hear that from most people. he’s my basketball hero, and he played in the NBA for the same team for 19 seasons, which is almost unheard of. he even took a pay cut his last few years to finish out his career with the same team, which is the first time THAT has ever happened (probably not, but it sounds legit). i did a pencil sketch of him five years prior and sent him a copy for his birthday, after which he sent me a thank you note, and i about shit myself! and then i wanted to see a home game in utah before he retired, so i made plans to go (by myself). i wrote a letter to his mother and explained who i was and that i was going to be in salt lake city to cheer on my team and her son…and wondered what steps i might take to see about meeting my hero before the game, just to shake his hand. after all, he was the whole reason i started playing basketball. and dammit if i wasn’t watching the oscars in early 1998 when the phone rang, and on the other end was john stockton’s MOTHER! no shit! she said she had just read my letter and remembered who i was (from other celebrity sketches i sent her), and she gave me the contact information for the team’s PR guy to call and set up a meeting with her son. HOLY SHIT! so i did…and i met my hero after the game, and it was totally surreal because he was in street clothes and NOT in his uniform, so it almost seemed like it wasn’t him. he said he remembered the sketch i sent him and told me that i was talented. WHAT DO YOU SAY TO THAT??? those were golden words coming from my hero, so i simply told him, “right back at’cha!” it was THE best five minutes ever, and it was totally worth the trip.

    and now i want to meet tom hardy… because he’s fucking amazing :p

    Like

  522. No one. Because just thinking about it is giving me anxiety and I don’t even take meds for that. I just know it would be a complete disaster. I must submit this because STILL giving me anxiety.

    Like

  523. I’m kind of in that camp that I’m too afraid to want to meet any of my heroes. Half because I’m worried they’d be too different from what I imagine but the heavier half from me probably turning into a ball of nerves and fleeing the second I saw them anyways.

    The one that I’d most like to meet (and hopefully least likely to flee from) would be Ellen DeGeneres.

    Like

  524. 528
    Monique Hart

    Would love to meet Mork from Ork because…space egg travel,-my friend!

    Like

  525. I would like to finally (hopefully) meet MY Prince Charming!! He would be MY hero!! However, I am really starting to believe that it is all just a big effin fairy “tail’ and that some bastard made up the whole story to get a ‘piece’!!

    Like

  526. I would love to meet Tina Fey!

    Like

  527. I’ve been really wanting to talk to Emily Dickinson. Also, Voltaire. (Wait, alive you say? I … I’ve got nothing. No heroes. Hmmm. This explains a lot of what is wrong with my life right now. I’ll work on that.)

    Like

    Katy recently posted Elsewhere.

  528. Dead hero: I wanted to meet Fred Rogers.
    Alive, but not really a hero: I’d like to meet: Al Yankovic. Seems like an intereting guy.
    Alive, NOT a hero, but c’mon what a trainwreck: Michelle Bachmann. She can’t really be like that can she?
    Didn’t even know I wanted to meet: Neil Gaiman.

    I’d love to meet you too, but I think you’d find me insufferably boring. Maybe I could meet Victor while you are meeting someon else, and later he could tell you how you absolutely should have met me instead. That would make me feel less boring.

    Oh, and Christopher McCulloch! Definitely want to meet him too!

    Like

  529. I met Neil Gaiman once. He signed my copy of American Gods, “Sorry about page 54.”

    Like

  530. Honestly, the hero I’d love to meat would be you🙂 When I read your book these past few weeks I was going though an extreme bout of depression and anxiety. I thought “If she can go through the same thing and be amazing, why can’t I?” So if I ever get to meat you, my life would be made. Of course we would sit and chat over a wonderful dinner😀

    Like

  531. Would like to meet Hugh Jackman (and be coherent). Have met Neil Gaiman. Recommend to everyone to that they meet James A. Owen if they have the chance – you can get his Drawing Out The Dragons ebook for free on the Honor System here – http://coppervaleinternational.com/make-today-extraordinary/

    Like

    heidi2524 recently posted Karma Coyotes Cut.

  532. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone truly famous and hero-like. I knew my grandma and she was a great hero and would love seeing her again. If we go famous people, dead –> would be Katharine Hepburn – she just strikes me as this amazingly strong woman. And if we go alive –> I’d say you for getting the word out about the importance of getting and accepting help for mental illness.

    Like

  533. ELLEN DEGENERES! She embodies everything our world needs right now – kindness, compassion, love, light, generosity….

    I also want to meet Roseanne Barr, Alanis Morrissette, Jann Arden, Sarah McLachlan, Kristen Wigg, JK Rowling, and to balance out the estrogen, David Gray.

    Like

    Jennifer recently posted I clearly have no patience....

  534. 538
    Jes L'Heureux

    to meet David Tennant, my fav Doctor of all time…😀

    And yes I agree with Claudette above, I would enjoy meeting you, just cause you are bloody awesome and I love your blog!!

    Like

  535. Terry Brooks. I’ve met him. He’s awesome. And when my husband tried to forget our kids, it made him laugh. Score!

    Like

  536. When I was in highschool, I got to see Kim Kashkashian (a violist) in concert. She was totally my hero at the time, and just the nicest person. I also had the chance to get to know Connie Willis through helping at my local literary convention; I was so nervous when I first met her because she’s always been one of my fave authors, and she is also amazing in person!

    As far as people I want to meet goes, of the ones who are still living theres Wil Wheaton, Cassandra Peterson, Laurie Anderson, and you!

    Like

  537. I want to meet Adam and Jamie from Mythbusters. I can’t explain it right, but they’re amazing and crazy and inspirational. I hate meeting new people and going to new places, but I’d like to shake their hands.

    Like

  538. Heroes I’d most like to meet would be you, Neil Gaiman and Wil Wheaton or all of you at once 😀. I’ve never worn a monkey hat, nor owned one.

    Like

  539. I’d love that necklace for a girl I went to college with (sort of) who has an awesome blog over here: http://connorssong.blogspot.com/ She’s totally into Steampunk and I think she’d love it.

    I’ve already met you, but still on my list would be Robin Williams, Bruce Campbell and Flea.🙂

    Like

  540. Our family cat Cactus is my hero – she turns 20 on Wednesday. 15 months ago the vet gave her 6 months or less as she has cardiomyopathy. She’s still here and completely engaged in life. She’s taught me much about love, loss and life.
    Beyond that, I’d love to meet Harrison Ford. He’s a hero of a different sort🙂

    Like

  541. I’d like to meet myself when I am really, really, fantastically, grotesquely, OMG-when-will-she-die-already OLD. Because that will mean that cancer didn’t kill me, and neither did any of the myriad of people that I have probably pissed off in my lifetime. And I want to meet a woman like that, because I think I will be an AWESOME old lady😉

    and Michelle Obama because there’s got to be a secret to having arms like that…

    Like

  542. Well, you know… I’d love to meet Eddie Vedder. I’m not sure he’s a hero, he’s more like someone I want to do bad things to but in a good way. (And it’s ok with my paraspouse because he said “Well, if you think you can get Eddie Vedder into bed, you should go right ahead and do that.” We may have been having a fight about my music hobby at the time.)

    Hero-wise, Leonard Cohen or Michael Ondaatje — both of whom better be tormented poets and we could drink wine and talk about why there is no rhyme for orange or something.

    Like

    Nat recently posted Snap back to reality.

  543. I would love love love to meet Christopher Walken but am a little terrified of it turning into a bizzare “the Continental” SNL skit situation, so maybe I’ll settle for Tim Burton… Which isn’t settling at all… And I’m sure he’d have a bag full of creepy toys or goodies we could ogle over an my life would be complete!

    Like

  544. Stan Lee. While I’m in my Black Widow costume. Cuz he’s awesome and so is my costume.

    Like

  545. I’m pretty sure that nothing will compare to meeting you and getting my boobs signed. Well, maybe John Barrowman, because I mean, COME ON. I bet he would totally sign my boobs too.

    Like

    Allison recently posted What to do When a Recipe Stinks (or You Set the Kitchen on Fire)?.

  546. Eddie Izzard. Brilliant. Funny. Brilliantly funny. And it he’s in drag, even better. So, what will it be? Cake or death?

    Like

  547. Oooo good topic! Let’s see! I still want to meet you, Felicia Day (which I hope to meet next month), Wil Wheaton and Anne Wheaton, and Nathan Fillion. I’ve met plenty of well-known people but I don’t think any of them are on my bucket list of people I want to meet.

    I want to meet you and Anne (preferably together) because I think y’all are both fabulous women, and I’m sure if we got the chance to meet, we’d all become instant friends and have weekly skype calls and meet up for drinks every time we were all in LA or Austin or DFW.

    I want to meet Wil because I’ve adored him every since he was Ensign Crusher on Star Trek and then once he adopted the interwebs and specifically the blogsphere, I’ve just been fascinated in everything he does. Plus, I think if we were to meet and play D&D or Settlers, we’d be instant friends and he’d introduce me to his amazing wife (which would kill two birds with one stone right there) and then to his adorable puppies and kitties.

    I want to meet Felicia Day because to put it bluntly, I want to give her a huge High Five for showing the world that there is such a thing as non basement-dwelling nerd chicks who actually know how to carry on a nerd conversation. I think she’s just amazing and love what she’s doing for the general nerd culture and how she’s representing us to the general non-nerd public.

    And of course, though your twine-feud with Nathan Fillion is officially over… I will ALWAYS carry some twine in my pocket when visiting cons just in case I happen to run into Nathan, so I can hold up the twine in the photo. I’ve adored him since Firefly… I loved him in Dr. Horrible…. and I think he’s fabulous in Castle… but the man needs to have a picture with twine… and I WILL make that happen, whether he holds it or not! 🙂

    Love you and all your awesome craziness!!! AND, yay for rain here in Texas!!!

    Like

    Heather recently posted Baked Mac-n-Cheese.

  548. I think Neil Gaiman would be awesome, but here’s mine–I love Vince Vaughn–and he even cut in front of me in line once in a little tiny airport–but I’ve always said I’d never want to meet him because I bet I’d think he’s a jerk!! Which is why I let him cut in line. But I still love him as an actor, he cracks me up.

    Like

  549. Aside from You ( Curse my employer for scheduling an all hands meeting with the CIO during your book tour and yes, id hang out in a bathroom with you during a party in an entirely non creepy, i dont like crowds type way ), Wil Wheaton , John Scalzi, Karen Lopez (@datachick) , Sarah Pinborough (?@SarahPinborough), the acrobats from Cirque du Soleil, Alan Turing, Admiral Grace Hopper, judas iscariot (oh like you wouldn’t want to ask what was really going on there? ) , Neil deGrasse Tyson, I could go on and on and on

    Like

  550. I’m in Texas too and we reveled in the rain, it was glorious. As for my hero, I would love to meet Val Kilmer and P!nk. I absolutely love them both for their creativity and ability to tell everyone where to shove it because they won’t follow the crowd.

    Like

  551. 555
    Shawna Knight

    Well, I live with my true Hero (my husband) and who I would love to meet – Of course The Doctor🙂

    Matt Smith❤ big ol' pile of mush here

    Like

  552. I want to meet Betty White…because, well…she’s Betty freaking White. And will probably die soon, so the chance would be lost.

    Like

  553. Anthony Bourdain! I want his life!

    Like

    Karly recently posted Roasted Vegetable Salad with Fresh Herb Dressing.

  554. Oprah. Hands down. And I know she wouldn’t disappoint. She’s Oprah.

    Like

  555. I was lucky enough to meet Joe Haldeman at a NYE party and that was pretty righteous. If David Tennant would come pick me up in the TARDIS and then take me to Neil Gaiman and Robert Heinlein my nerd girl fantasy would be complete.

    And Brian May because Queen rules. And Freddie Mercury since I have a TARDIS at this point.

    And Penn Jillette because he is brilliant.

    And I want to work-out with Michelle Obama, maybe run a 5k, because she is a bad ass.

    Like

  556. i met franco harris a couple weeks ago. i squealed like a piggy. and then hyperventilated.

    Like

  557. It would be awesome to meet Stephen King or Daniel Tosh. I would also like some one on one time With Holly Madison or any of the Sister Wives, just to take them aside and ask them, “Why??????”

    Like

    The Lovely One recently posted The Zombie/Vampire Craze Books.

  558. 562
    Stephanie L.

    I met Bruce Campbell at NYCC a couple of years ago and I swear that man pisses awesome and shits swag. And ps…..SMELLS FUCKING SEXY

    Like

  559. I would love to meet Elton John, I know he’s supposed to be a real bitch, but so am I, so we should be besties. The Doctor, because I really want to travel in the Tardis. And you, because you give so many people hope and you’re just funny as shit.

    Like

  560. Tough question. I know everyone comes onto your path for a reason and if the paths don’t cross you have to accept that. But the person I’d like to meet once is John Barrowman. That man seems so kind and is talented in so many ways.
    I’d also like to meet Jim Kerr, singer of my fave band. Because his (their) music has been with me for most of my life and helped me through many dark times. Same goes for Leonard Cohen…..
    As I said, I’d like to meet them, but let’s trust providence to make sure it does or does not happen. I won’t kill myself over it if it doesn’t.

    Like

    Linnie recently posted Gone Intro.

  561. I had the chance of meeting the people that inspire me and they were better than my expectations:
    The guys from Barenaked Ladies, they were super sweet and funny, and kind, completely Canadian.
    Neil DeGrasse Tyson, is a bad-ass down to earth super-scientist.
    I met you in a line in Brookline, you were awed and overwhelmed simultaneously, which wasn’t surprising considering how long the line was!
    Bill Nye, awesomely geeky and funny!
    I would have loved to sit in a lecture with Carl Sagan, and have tea with him. He’s the reason why I love science as much as I do, and bring that love into my class every day. His words still wow me.
    And, of course my all-time favorite author, Alan Dean Foster. I would love to have lunch with him. He travels all over the world, and leads an unexpectedly different life than one would associate with a sci-fi writer. I would love to be an audience to his tales for an afternoon.

    Like

  562. Terry Pratchett. I came close once but it wasn’t to be. And you of course, that goes without saying. And David Wong because he is just so funny.

    Like

  563. I work with hot glass and a torch (I know – cool!) and have been lucky enough to meet and hang out with some of my glass idols. Some have lived up to the height of their pedestals, some fell way short…
    BTW, when I lived in Texas (two of my kids were born there), I used to say that the weather forecast of 20% chance of rain meant that 20% of the viewing area was going to be rained on at any given time. I was right much more than 20% of the time

    Like

  564. I’d love to meet Craig Ferguson. He’s hilarious and I love his type of humor.

    And I’d love to win the gift certificate. That’s some awesome jewelry.

    Like

  565. There’s several people that I’d love to meet. You of course, Nathan Fillion, Richard Linklater are my top three. There’s some that I lost the chance to meet because they’ve passed away… Ron Santo and Jimi Hendrix top the list there.

    Like

  566. I would LOVE to win a gift certificate. I’ve been lusting after the eyeball jewelry ever since I first saw them.

    Like

    Sheila recently posted SLEEP OR LACK THEREOF.

  567. I’d like to meet Maya Angelou. I’ve heard her speak, but I didn’t get to “meet” her.

    Like

  568. Well, I met you, Jenny on your recent book tour. You are one of my heroes and I was thrilled to meet you and you brought a monkey with you, so I guess I can die happy now. Of course, if David Tennant showed up, I’d be cool with that too.

    Like

  569. I’d want to meet Jim Lovell, Gene Cernan, and Harrison Schmitt – all Apollo era astronauts – and talk to them about their adventures to the Moon!

    Like

  570. Gloria Steinem. We’ll both dance naked by the light of the moon wearing large 70s hippie glasses.
    So I guess we technically won’t be naked.

    Like

    Melissa recently posted The Apartment Next Door.

  571. Lincoln. Yes, THAT Lincoln. Honest Abe. The Gettysburg Address Guy. Beause not only do I think he is still one of the sexiest men to have ever walked this planet, he was one of the smartest, hippest, coolest guys ever to hit the human race’s Fame Radar. Of course, I won’t meet him because, you know, he’s dead. But he would be the one. And I could’ve taken down Mary Todd if I’d had to.

    Like

  572. I would LOVELOVELOVE to meet Bruce Campbell. He had me with, “Gimme some sugar, baby.”

    Like

  573. I would like to meet myself at 18 years old. She has been my hero, I can’t find her anymore.

    Like

  574. Yeah—- so sappy answer but YOU are my hero…. I hope that someday my own taxidermy collection will be as awesome as yours.🙂 You do truly brighten my day with your witty and hilarious stories. My husband is now hooked on your writing as well. I’m sure you bring like a whole air steam trailer full of bad-assery with you wherever you go!🙂

    Like

  575. Ryan Adams, because his music speaks to my soul!

    Like

  576. I would meet Mr. Gaiman, because, well, you know why.
    Or Jane Austen. We’d have tea, and be all lady-like.

    Like

  577. I would love to meet Kirsten Wiig. You know you’d have a good time, she’s so funny!

    Like

    Morgan recently posted Kitty Approved Bathroom Lighting.

  578. 582
    Michelle Tew

    Um…. is it weird that I don’t have a hero? And that I’m not star struck? I think Danny Trejo is hot in his own kinda way. I’m sure it’s cause he looks so bad ass. Yep so I have nothing. Oh well.

    Like

  579. 583
    Carey Sturgeon

    I would love to meet The Bloggess. Maybe next time she does a book tour it will include Indiana.🙂 I would also love to meet authors Cassandra Clare, Veronica Roth and Suzanne Collins. I love YA novels. I am writing my thesis on dystopian novels.

    Like

  580. I have 2 heros that have been dead for a while….Gilda Radner and Princess Diana. They were both amazing women and dealt with some of the same issues as me with grace and in the public eye. When things get too hard I remember they went through the same thing in harder enviorments so I can too.

    My living hero would probably be Jennifer Saunders or Fannie Flagg. I always wanted to become a writer but didn’t think I could….then I found out that Fannie Flagg wrote 7 amazing books and had dyslexia. That was truly inspirational…also, her books are the only ones ever that made me want to live in the stories. Jennifer Saunders is just uber talented and funny and AbFab is the best! Also Tim Curry not only because he is a wonderful actor but also and mainly because he is a Sexy Beast!

    Like

  581. Like a lot of people who responded, I too wish to meet dead people. But, you know, while they were living. Nothing is stopping me from meeting their corpses…
    …except maybe the law. Vincent Price and Peter Sellars top the list

    I think I would very much like to meet Tom Hiddleston. He seems like a really stand-up kind of guy. I have this re-occurring daydream where we’re hanging out on a beach discussing armpit hair.
    We become fast friends.

    There are some people I do NOT want to meet; not because I think they’d be douchebags (which is possible), but because I figure if I did meet them, then I could die happy…and I’m too young to die.

    Like

  582. I want to meet Brian Cox. And Kim Harrison. And a few people who I can’t meet. Like Fredrick Banting. I have met Rick Steves who is sorta my hero for being the travel guy on PBS.

    Like

  583. 587
    Taylar Reilly

    Paulo Coelho, I always find something helpful or inspiring when reading his book The Alchemist. The rest of his books are great as well, but I always find something that resonates with what is going on in my life with The Alchemist.

    Like

  584. Terry Pratchett… but Neal Gaiman would still be pretty awesome! I think that I’d just want to sit there and listen to him talk… forever. lol

    Like

  585. You are my hero who I would like to meet. I am sad you weren’t able to come to Utah for a book signing. You are an amazing person who reminds me that I just have to keep on going, even when I don’t want to🙂

    Like

  586. Uncle Kracker! He is on of the only common threads that my son and I share! I love to turn his music up loud and just get lost.

    Like

  587. i would have loved to have met douglas adams. unfortunately, he’s having drinks at the restaurant at the end of the universe. if i have to choose someone currently in the land of the living it would be carl pilktington of ‘an idiot abroad’ fame. he just seems like a fun person to chat with.

    Like

  588. Mostly I have the theory in mind that if I ever actually saw a famous person, I would try to leave them alone, because I’m scared that I would just exasperate them because they are just trying to eat dinner/catch their plane/read their book, etc and why won’t people leave them alone?? However! There are some exceptions to the rule… Any of the cast of Firefly (probably Jewel Staite most of all… I love her), and any of the cast of Doctor Who… I wouldn’t be able to contain myself. I’d have to go and say hello.

    Also, Neil Gaiman is a cool dude. Wouldn’t mind meeting him, but I am suspicious that he would be intimidatingly more intelligent than me. (<– not really a suspicion and more of a fact. Not to mention I hardly ever have sock monkey hats. I'm lacking in that department).

    Like

  589. I met Weird Al when I was 14. Pretty sure he could tell immediately that I was the weird one.

    Like

  590. I’d want to meet Abraham Lincoln. I think that might seem odd (and heaven knows he is NOT a vampire slayer), but he faced the death of two of his children before the presidency, the loss of another while president, the tragedy of the Civil War and his own struggle with life-long depression. Yet, he is know for having a sense of humor and being a good story teller. I’m not 100% he is my hero, but I definitely find things in him that are heroic and therefore, I’d like to meet him.

    Like

  591. I’d love to meet you and pick your brain on how you deal so well with your depression. Mine seems almost uncontrollable anymore. A bonus would be having a red dress🙂

    Like

  592. 596
    Stephanie R.

    Well not everyone would understand but I think (don’t laugh either) Jesus. To stand up for your convictions while being ridiculed is awesome..also on another spectrum, Diane Lane because she’s Diane Lane. I wouldn’t care if she was witchy in her ways I’d still love her work.

    Like

  593. I would give a kidney for someone to come over and cook supper for me and the kiddos tonight. Oh, and go to work for me just cuz I don’t want to go.

    Someone I’d like to meet? Tom Hanks. Mundane to some, I’m sure. But he’s successful and seems so NORMAL so I’m wondering if he normal. Or if he carries his “bad-assery” with him everywhere he goes.

    Also, I like to win stuff. Just sayin’.

    Like

  594. I am really not ass-kissing here, but I got to meet you and you are all kinds of hero.

    I wish I could have met Princess Diana, but that will have to wait until the next ride around the carousel.

    Like

    Elizabeth C. recently posted You're tutu awesome!.

  595. I’ve had generally positive experiences meeting celebrities/idols. People of note are Carrie Fisher, Anne Rice, Patricia Cornwell, Sue Grafton, Pat Conroy, and of course you, Jenny. You were so nice to me when we met in Chicago.

    I did meet Patti LuPone after a concert once and she was rather rude. That was a big disappointment to me since I’d been looking so forward to meeting her. Haven’t really listened to any of her music since.

    People I would still like to meet are of course Neil Gaiman, J.K. Rowling, Emma Watson (so I can propose to her), and Kate Nash.

    Like

  596. Too. Many. Choices. I’m going to go with a duo of Joss Whedon and Terry Pratchett. But then I might explode from the awesome. And because we need an amazing cool chick in there (okay other than you) I think I would go with Felicia Day.

    Like

    Reneesance recently posted Vintage 1980s Strapless Velvet Tux front Dress Black and White sz S/M by Reneesance.

  597. I always wanted to meet Ray Bradbury. Unfortunately, that opportunity has passed. Zombie Ray Bradbury would also be fine.

    Like

  598. Well, I met you and Kathy Reichs. I would really like to meet Alan Rickman and Stephen Fry.

    Like

  599. Sam Elliot. I’ve hada huge crush on him for a long time….and he seems really nice in interviews. I imagine he’d be a pleasure to chat with.

    I met Colonle Klink from Hogan’s Heroes, once in NYC. He was great! We had cocktails and he told me stories about making the series. Quite a gentleman.

    Like

  600. Good Lord… 489 comments for free stuff… are you really going to read this far?

    I guess I have found that the closer people get to being a hero, to fame, the more I’m disappointed and I don’t actually care to know them. Thanks for keeping it real so far…

    I guess I’m in love with people that can show me they are their own damn hero. I spend a lot of time trying to convince women that they are better and stronger than they actually think they are, that anyone can inspire them, but in the end, they have to and can do what it takes to succeed. You do that too, in your writing, by sharing your story, by simply leading yourself. I guess that’s the key…

    So I don’t want to meet anyone. I just want the strength to follow my own dreams, to try to be my own hero. Aren’t we all actually just busy saving ourselves right now?

    Like

    Deb Costello recently posted There Are No Words.

  601. As cheesy as it sounds, I’ve already met my hero: my dad.

    To me, he’s the bravest, most wonderful man that I’ve ever known (or want to know). He’s been a police officer for 28 of my 31 years. He even retired a couple of years ago, only to go back for another department and work part-time. For about 30 years, he was also a volunteer firefighter. He literally ran into burning buildings for free.

    Despite the things he’s seen and gone through over the years, he’s not jaded and is one of the genuinely nicest people I know. He’ll do anything for anyone. Once, an elderly neighbor of my parents’ that they only knew in passing fell in the bathroom at 3am. Not knowing what to do, the wife came and knocked on my parents’ door. My dad, without a second thought, got dressed, helped the man up and helped clean him up, and then helped him back to bed.

    I just admire him so much and there’s no one, famous or otherwise, that could ever be a bigger hero in my heart and eyes than him.

    /cheese

    Like

  602. You, you are my hero and I would love to meet you. You kick depressions ass and you live your life true to yourself. And because of you, I have a 5 foot metal chicken in my backyard, overlooking the pool. His name is Julio and whenever we have guests over and they ask about him, I know that they have not read you yet and I get sad for them. Then I give them your website and show them your book and feel better because you are bringing joy to another person!!🙂

    Like

  603. I don’t really have heroes, but there are some people I do admire. I would be a bit afraid to meet them because they might disappoint. That being said, here is who I’d (maybe) like to meet:
    –Eric Clapton No need for an explanation there.
    –Valtteri Filppula (hockey player/Detroit Red Wing) He is just so adorable and I fantasize that if I had given birth to a son, he would have looked a lot like VF. (Both my husband and I are 100% Finnish, too.) And from everything that I’ve read, he is very down to earth and nice.

    I got the opportunity to meet Air Supply last year when I brought my oldest daughter to their concert. (She was/is a huge fan.) They were so nice to us that I felt like we were long lost friends. They are the only celebrities I’ve ever met and I was so happy that they weren’t jerks.

    Like

  604. Whoa, there are some awesome answers here. As much as I loved the Jesus and Audrey Hepburn answers, I’m limiting myself to living people. So here’s my short list:
    Jenny – because of all the reasons we all avidly read this blog
    Wil Wheaton – because he is so cool. “Don’t be a dick” should be the world’s motto.
    Hilary Clinton – Did I miss something in my speed reading? Is Cher really the only person who wants to meet her? I don’t necessarily agree with all of her politics, but the woman is fierce.
    Tina Fey – because “Mean Girls.”
    NPH – because he’s NPH.
    Paul McCartney – Living legend.

    But then I thought, “Who would I meet and just not be able to help peeing myself over?” One name came to mind.

    Dave Grohl.

    Like

  605. I met (and kissed) Steven Tyler and a whole store of people witnessed it. I was 4 months pregnant wearing my Lisa Loeb glasses and not looking even remotely at my best and he STILL made me feel like I was the prettiest girl in the world.

    I would LOVE to meet Martha Stewart – I have a recipe that I’m saving to give her when we finally meet….

    Like

  606. Stephen Colbert!

    Like

    Sharon Wachsler recently posted Summer of My Green Frog.

  607. I had a dream once that I met Lionel Richie while on my honeymoon in Chicago and he fell madly in love with me. Which is weird because I’ve never been to Chicago. Ironically, I’m now getting divorced, but I don’t think Lionel Richie had anything to do with that. And, let’s be honest….Lionel Richie is no one’s hero. I also dreamt once that I met Malcalm Jamal Warner and even though EVERYBODY thought we were a couple, we really were just great friends. I dream awesome. Just saying….

    Like

  608. I have had a rough year, as many people have, but a co-worker suggested that I started following you to help take my mind off things when needed and I am so grateful. I have turned to you over and over… I hope you know and understand how large of an impact you have made on people and that there are really people out there that consider you a hero for many reasons. I am one of them.. and I know it would be an honor, not a disappointment if I were to meet you. Thank you for everything. xoxo

    Like

  609. I would like to meet the Dalai Llama. Just because he always seems so happy! I think our first meeting would consist mainly of grins and snacks. (I like to think so, anyway.)
    Musical Hero? Jim Henson. I. WOULD. LOVE. TO MEET JIM HENSON!!! But alas. . .
    So I would settle for meeting Yoda. (And YES. I KNOW that Yoda isn’t real. What I mean is that I would REALLY like to meet THE Yoda puppet.)
    So, to wrap up, the person I would most like to meet, barring religious icons with snacks, and passed-too-soon celebrities, is a puppet.
    (You should TOTALLY pick me to win, by the way.)

    Like

    Dani T recently posted I Have GOT to Learn to Stop Taking Pinterest Personally. . ..

  610. I didn’t really meet Kurt Vonnegut, but I did hear him speak…and he was wonderful…he told the greatest joke of all time “Don’t say f**k in front of the b-a-b-y.”

    Like

  611. I met John Waters at a show and book signing and he EXCEEDED expectations. He was tired, annoyed and a little bitchy by the time I got to the signing table. The fuzzy photo of us shows him sneering and me looking like I’m sucking on a mint (for no apparent reason.) When I met you (Jenny) in Gaithersburg and Annapolis, you were gracious enough to let me have a photo of you looking disgusted by me – IT WAS AWESOME! BTW, that makes it a Collection. My niece and I were completely delighted to see you two days in a row, and we treated it is if we were going to Buckingham Palace, except that you have better teeth and weren’t wearing a hat.

    Like

  612. I’ve already met you and Carrie Fisher, so I need to come up with someone new…

    Richard Russo or Jon Stewart or Joel McHale or Kristin Wiig or Lori Lansens or Jack Black or …

    Like

  613. Kirstie Alley. Because she’s the exact kind of fucked up i wanna be when I grow up.

    Like

  614. I want to know where I can get my own suitcase full of badassery!

    Like

    Lynn Guinn recently posted I Am SO High Right Now!.

  615. 619
    Robin Amstutz

    I would love to meet my favorite authors, but for some reason I imagine doing so in the context of their stories. I want to meet Dr. Seuss in Whoville, or enjoy apple brandy with Robert Jordan at the Winespring Inn in Two Rivers. For the real/living possibility, Bernard Cornwell could show me around Napoleon’s most famous battle sites with Richard Sharpe (played by Sean Bean, of course).

    Like

  616. I really really want to say The Doctor, but we live in the real world and even though I’d like to believe he exists, I know he doesn’t so I’ll have to settle for second best…David Tennant.

    Like

    aussieforgood recently posted The Whovian Prayer.

  617. i would love to meet Kevin Smith…not sure what that says about me … my hero (my aunt) died a little over a year ago and i now am livin to LAUGH MORE OUT LOUD so he might do it for me. as for the eye thingy that is FREAKIN AWESOME….would love one. ( i am totally hooked by your writin but HANDS DOWN LOVE the audio version of your book so needed the laughs i get each and every time i listen THANKS FOR THAT!!!!)

    Like

  618. Do they have to be alive? Can we time travel to meet them? I’d like to meet Dr. Seuss.
    And thanks for the word “bad-assery”. My current fav is “fuckery” as in “What kind of fuckery is going on up in here?” and this is a good addition to my vocabulary.

    Like

  619. “Ooo ooo pick me!” she said, waving her hand wildly.
    “STOP THAT!” yelled her boss, and threw an empty soda bottle over the cubicle wall at her. Because her boss is just that cool.
    Well, that’s what might have happened if you’d done this contest BEFORE my boss got her dream job 5 miles from her house and left me here all alone. 😉

    At this point, I’d like to meet George Takei. Not only is there the whole Sulu coolness, and his glorious off-the-wall sense of humor on facebook, but I would like to shake his hand and thank him for writing “Allegiance”.

    I learned of the internment camps in 1976 from my sixth grade teacher, whose family was of Japanese origin. He was born in Hawaii…but that didn’t satisfy the hate-mongers who treated them all like spies, even the ones with children serving in the US military. It boggled my little suburban white kid mind that that could happen in America. It was the Bicentennial and we were all marching around in little Colonial outfits for Halloween — and this fantastic man had been sent away from home because of where his grandparents were born. WTF.
    So yay Takei!

    Like

  620. I’m a SUPER FAN! You inspire me everyday.

    Like

  621. Since I am completely intimidated by almost everyone, I might as well say Stephen Fry, who is the ultimate in intimidating man. Also, I would love to meet Craig Ferguson and Russell Brand, though not at the same time because I would be overwhelmed and have to go hide in the bathroom.

    But The Bloggess might be in there, so it would be cool. Xanax and wigs for everyone!

    Like

  622. I’d like to meet Hillary Clinton. I want to know how she came out of Lewinsky -gate with a better, brighter future than before.

    Like

    Karen Sanders recently posted Static.

  623. I met one of my heroes recently. Tetusya Wakada, he is one of the top chefs in the world. He also has a world class ceramic collection. Tetsuya came into the cooperative gallery I am a member of, looking for ceramics for his collection and he was incredibly lovely and so so incredibly humble. We ended up chatting about pottery and Tasmania for about half an hour and The “great Tetsuya Wakada” told me that I was very clever and that he wished he had talent. Such a nice man. I was floating on a fan girl cloud for at least a week. I didn’t have a monkey hat in my pocket but sometimes you don’t need one.🙂

    Like

    Kim @frogpondsrock recently posted Of Pirate socks and Blueberries.

  624. Beowulf! Oh you mean like real, present-day, non-questing heroes.
    I come in late and all the good heroes are already taken!
    You are awesome, but we’ve established that.
    Dipprasad Pun or Dakota Meyer are cool, but would it be an impressive meeting?
    Ilona Staller (Cicciolina) – a porn star elected to Italian parliament who offered to have sex with middle-east leaders to stop the war? Ok, so I want her (or someone like her) to get elected here, but a meeting?
    Great. Now I’m totally bummed. I have no real heroes that are still alive.
    Oh! The Dalai Lama-Amazing story and person with unbelievable insight. I’m guessing meeting over a steak dinner is out, but that’s my answer!

    Like

  625. I love the pure joy on Hailey’s face. We should all play in the rain like that.

    Like

  626. I’ll see your Neil Gaiman and raise you an Amanda Fucking Palmer.

    Like

    snarkinator recently posted O, tiny victory (Part 1).

  627. I would want to meet the Obama’s

    Like

  628. Living in Alaska for most of my life meant that meeting my heroes wasn’t a very likely occurrence. Now that i’m in my adulthood and still living in Alaska, chances are just as slim… But in my imaginary world that I choose to live in whenever I don’t have a four year old attached to me I would meet all of my heroes and I don’t think that any of them would disappoint me. Because in my head, I don’t inflate them up to some impossible standards. They’re human. They are people. They eat, sleep, poop, face their fears, enjoy their fantasies, and occasionally say something stupid/silly/nonsensical, just like everybody else. But maybe it’s because of that knowledge that I want to meet them, because if real, everyday people can do amazing things, then so can I.
    Anywho, here’s my list of heroes I’d like to meet:
    1) Jane Goodall
    2) LeVar Burton
    3) Ellen
    4) Shirley Manson
    5) You (Jenny)
    6) Joe Sakic

    If I could go back in time or pop into some alternate reality where our fictional characters exist in reality:
    1) The Doctor
    2) John Muir
    3) Aldo Leopold
    4) Captain Picard
    5) Catwoman (90’s comic book version or Julie Newmar version)
    6) The entire crew of Serenity
    7) Ned and Charlotte and Olive and Emerson (Pushing Daisies)
    8) She-Ra
    9) Dr. Seuss

    Like

    Nita recently posted Seriously, treadmills are awful....

  629. I would love to meet Danny Elfman. I want to hear the music in his head. I’m sure at first I would be so utterly stunned to be in his presence that I would be standing there like a gaping mouthed trout statue… but eventually, I hope, I would become a somewhat rational human again, and be able to have the conversations I have dreamed of having with him.
    The other person, I have actually met; But I want to be friends with. I want to hang out with Wil Wheaton. Upon meeting him, and his lovely wife Anne, I felt such an instant kinship. They felt like my people. The kind of friends you can sit and hang out with, talk about nothing, and be endlessly amused. I’m sure it also helps that I have had a crush on him since I was 6 years old. And, he said he loved my tattoo of my birds, that I designed and drew myself. But that isn’t the point. Why can’t I be friends with Wil Wheaton?

    Like

    Sara Shelton recently posted The point.

  630. I would love to meet Mr Gaiman but I feel I would lose all ability to talk and would just blubber in his general direction, causing me to kick myself for the rest of my life that I was not in any way coherent.

    Like

  631. I always count MLK as my hero, but I would prefer not to meet him since he’s dead and that means if I were to meet him that either a) I am dead or b) he’s a zombie.

    Like

  632. I would love to meet you, (the Bloggess of course), Lauren from Filing Jointly…finally, and Allie from Hyperbole and a Half. These women have helped me laugh while depressed and even just feel more comfortable knowing that there are people out there that I relate to. I would also love love love to meet Jenna Mourey, otherwise known as Jenna Marbles, because she is my weirdness idol.
    And Channing Tatum… Those abs..

    Like

  633. I want to meet Gerard Way. He writes my favorite comic and a small bit of that story is what helps keep me from hurting myself. Wouldn’t mind more help though

    Like

  634. I met Jenny Lawson

    Like

  635. I met Felicia Day at this year’s Dragon*Con, and she told me that I’m pretty–which meant more than I could express to her at the time, because just a few years ago I weighed eighty pounds more than I do now. I was always the fat kid, and suddenly I was the girl who Felicia Day thought was pretty. Life-changing, that moment.

    Like

  636. Neil Gaiman, JK Rowling, and yourself. As an aspiring writer myself I would love to one day be in the same league. Not only excellent writers, but also seemingly fantastic people all across the boards.

    Like

  637. I’ve met a few awesome people at the Houston Comicpalooza. Sean Maher from Firefly was on his BB and I gave him grief for not paying attention to his adoring fans. I’d like to meet Audry Hepburn, she seems so fun and amazing and I hope she would be just as amazing in person. I’m sure she’ll be amazing in heaven because that’s when I’ll get to meet her.

    Like

  638. David Thorne and this chick named Jenny Lawson…

    Like

    Sherree' Scarlott recently posted More spoiled than a porn star….

  639. I’m not sure I’m allowed to meet my heroes because I might be inclined to kidnap them and make them be my friends forever. That being said I’m pretty sure Neil Gaiman’s magical mind would turn the drug clouded memories of being locked in my basement into an awesome potatoes fantasy-horror version of Misery and make millions of dollars off it, in which case everyone wins, so I guess he’s the one.
    P.S. I promise to never really kidnap Neil Gaiman, at the very least because it would take way too much foresight and energy, but if he wanted to come over for some tea bonding time I’d definately rally and put the kettle on.

    Like

  640. Other than you, (Obviously!) I will forever want to meet Neil Patrick Harris. He just seems like a super fun guy and I’m pretty sure we’d be BFF’s, and hang out forever but not in a creepy stalker way. Also Ryan Gosling, because he’s super dreamy and if he said “Hey Girl” to me, I would die. Happy.

    Like

  641. So I finally got your book last week, and last night a friend of mine was over to hook up my DVD player that’s been sitting useless for two months now because I had too many wires in the same box when i moved here. He saw your book on my coffee table and I made him read a chapter. Then he suggested we go see Raiders of the Lost Ark at the theater, so it wasn’t till today that I noticed he ‘borrowed’ your book. Very clever misdirectionand I DID get to see Raiders on a big screen, but I think he forgets I know where he lives!

    I’m on the Bruce Campbell train. Oh-and Peyton Manning because I live in Tennessee and I kinda wish we could sneak him back into school these days

    Like

  642. Jesus and Audrey Hepburn are awesome answers, but I’m limiting myself to living people. So my short list:

    Jenny – For all the reasons the other people said.
    Wil Wheaton – “Don’t be a dick.” That should be the world’s motto.
    Hilary Clinton – Did I miss someone when I speed read the comments? Just me and Cher? Really? Even if you don’t agree with her politics (I often don’t), you have to admit the woman is fierce.
    Tina Fey – “Mean Girls.”
    NPH – I don’t think an explanation is needed.

    But then I asked myself, “Who would I just not be able to help peeing myself over?” One name came to mind.

    Dave Grohl.

    Like

  643. Does it have to be a real person? I hope not because I would want to meet Jilly Coppercorn from Charles DeLint’s books. Or Buffy the Vampire Slayer (not Sarah Michelle Gellar). Oh, and if it as to be a real person I would like to meet Bono.

    Like

  644. I work at a bookstore, so I meet lots of authors. So far, most of them have held up, but the two best are Dan Wells and Jonathan Maberry.

    Like

    Sara recently posted DragonCon & a Giveaway.

  645. I would love to meet Neil deGrasse Tyson because I think he’s the Carl Sagan of our time.

    Like

  646. I totally want to meet LeVar Burton. And maybe Suzanne Collins. And Cesar Millan. And Patricia McConnell.

    Like

  647. I have met my hero’s and they have never let me down. These wonderfully awesome Women are my TRIBE and they never fail to amaze me everyday. They are my teachers, my strength, my comedy, my tears, my hopes and my inspirations.

    Like

  648. One of my friends just met Neil Gaiman and he keeps needling me with it because he finds it amusing. Stuff along the lines of “y’know, if you had just come to Con with me, I could have gotten you into the party too…blah blah blah.” grr.

    Like

  649. I had the chance to meet Neil Gaiman once but my anxiety got the better of me, I was in line to meet him and felt too nervous so I left and I’ve regretted it since.

    However, a couple of years later I got the chance to meet Terry Deary, author of the Horrible History books. I loved those books as a child and I have a copy of Groovy Greeks that I’ve been holding on to for fourteen years. My regret over not meeting Neil Gaiman drove me to fight my anxiety and not let it get the better of me again.

    I queued in line to meet him for more than an hour, I was the only adult there who wasn’t with a child and when he saw my tattered old book he hugged it and he was astonished to know I’d kept it all these years.

    I still want to meet Neil Gaiman one day and I think this time I’d have the courage to do it.

    Like

  650. I think I’d like to meet Steve Perry. But then I remember that I’m me, and I know I’d just stand there with my mouth hanging open and if I did say something it would probably be totally inappropriate. But I have a 32 year crush going on this guy so I’d like to think that if the opportunity arose, I would take it and say something witty. The 8 year old girl in me thinks that anyway. The 40 year old would probably tear up and pass out.

    Like

  651. I don’t have a sock monkey hat, so Neil Gaiman is out of the question. And, since I’ve already met tons of celebrities, if given the chance, I’d like to go back in time about 20 years to meet the younger me and tell me all the things I would regret not doing, so I would do them while I had the chance.

    Like

    Barbara recently posted I pee, therefore, I am.

  652. I would love to meet Dave Grohl because…well, he’s DAVE GROHL. Honestly, he just seems like an awesome guy and maybe he would scream some lyrics for me. Or hug me. Maybe both. I did meet Todd Rundgren once when I was a teen waaaay back in the 80’s. He was cool but his signature on my Utopia album is awful.

    Like

  653. I realize that my comment is wayyyyy down here and probably won’t be read, cause by the time you hit 300 I’m sure you’re thinking “why on earth did I ask these people a question” But I have a couple “heroes” that I would love to meet, and some I have. I got to meet YOU, and although it sounds like major ass kissing, I’m cool with that. I got to meet you in Portland, I didn’t have a book with me, I walked over 3 miles to get to the book store, got there right when it started, AND WON A FREAKING BOOK, for you to sign, you said I was awesome…mostly cause I told you to, but ya know, I’ll take what I can get! Another person I was happy to meet was Wil Wheaton, he comes through Portland a lot, and I go see him whenever I can…that sounds kind of stalkerish, but I pay for tickets to his events, and stand in line for autographs. The funny thing is , I never watched TNG…I knew him from Stand by Me, my FAVORITE movie when I was a kid. In fact when I got to the theater that was holding his W00tstock show, the man at the door said “Westley Crusher is in the house” and I said “Who’s Westley Crusher” LMAO So yeah!
    I would love to meet Stephen King though, although not a huge fan of his stories, I love reading HIS writing, when he’s just bullshitting, like his book “On Writing”..amazing!
    David Tennant is a good one too, only cause I have a huge nerd crush on the guy, plus my 8 year old would probably squeel outloud if she got to meet him!
    Sarah Michelle Geller is also one I would love to meet. I grew up watching Buffy ( I still marathon the bitch), and when I get caught in a shitty situation, I think What Would Buffy Do? In fact….I have a WWBD tattoo on my wrist to look at when I need help!
    SO there’s my pathetic rant, and attempt to win an awesome necklace cause…it’s awesome! I hope you survive all these comments, and can see straight when you get down here to the bottom of the wishing well!🙂

    Like

    Courtney recently posted Let's pretend this TOTALLY happened. A story about the day, I got to meet The Bloggess.

  654. Jack White…..because the man brought back rock & roll. But Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, David Tennant and the Bloggess would be delightful.

    Like

  655. Kurt Vonnegut, who I have always thought was just Mark Twain in disguise. Cocktails with the pair of them and Tallulah Bankhead would be brilliant. I could just listen hard and never have to offer an opinion of my own.

    Like

  656. I sort of met Neil Gaiman once at a convention I was working. We walked past each other, and he kept doing double takes at me like he knew who I was, but I think he was just confused that I was on a con floor and not attacking him.

    Like

  657. I don’t have any heroes, but I would sincerely like to meet you Jenny.

    Like

  658. I’ve met a lot of famous peeps and, yes, some are jerks but some are awesome too! I’m not going to name drop because then I’d be compelled to tell you about some of the jerkfaces and we don’t need to go there.
    I’d love to meet David Bowie, Tom Waites, Jason Statham and Brock Sampson. Since it’s unlikely for me to meet any of these people I might as well throw in my favorite cartoon character, right? Besides, I’d probably turn into a squeeing lil fangirl if I do get the chance the meet any of the real ones.

    DR. BRASSY ROOLZ!!

    Like

    Static recently posted Maneki Neko Mini Plush Pin - Custom Made to Order - happy lucky cat by SWStitchery.

  659. Chewbacca in the winter because he could definitely be like a huge Snuggie. But also maybe Josh Holloway from “Lost” because he’s hot. Not sure my husband would go for either.

    Like

    Steph recently posted Paperwork & Nostalgia.

  660. Believe it or not, I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to meet Chuck Yeager – the first man to break the sound barrier flying the experimental aircraft the Bell X-1 in 1947. He flew Mach 1 (which is 340 miles a SECOND!) And he did it with busted ribs. Then in 1953, he was the fastest man again breaking Mach 2. Simply amazing. He was a pioneer in his field, and inspired me to be a fighter pilot – but at 4’11” tall, and virtually blind (can’t see the E on the eye chart!), that dream is never going to come to fruition. Bummer.

    Like

  661. I would love to meet Michael Fassbender. He wreaks awesomness and sexiness and amazing talent. But I guess I have to meet his enourmous schlong first. It gets everywhere 12 inches before he does.
    OMG!

    Like

  662. My heroes have always been cowboys . . . Wait, that’s not me. That’s Willie Nelson. I’d really like to say you, because it’s the truth. I don’t want you to think I’m just sucking up to win the fabulous eyeball necklace, though.

    Like

    Brandy recently posted A Little Spelling Magic.

  663. Actually, I have a group of ladies that I’d love to meet in person! We all found each other in an online/mom forum back when our babies were still babies (mine’s 12 now); our “meeting site” has changed a few times over the years, but we’ve stayed in contact and have been with each other through several breakups, moves, one college graduation (soon to be two, I hope), job changes – hell, every sort of life change possible, it seems. I have been fortunate to meet a few of these ladies face-to-face, but since we’re spread out across the country (CA, TX, IN, WI, TN, GA, VA, NC), and not able to afford a big to-do, I’m not sure that we’ll ever get the chance to share some IRL facetime all together. I hope so, though…I love those gals!

    Like

  664. Dude! I was totally at that Wootstock! I was in the same room with you AND Neil Gaiman! I did not realize I was in the presence of that much awesome. Probably mostly because I was fixated on Neil. I actually babbled at him at a book signing once. And he said “Fuck” because his pen was running out of ink and there were still 100 people behind me at 11:00 at night. But other than that he was gracious and when I told him he was my third favorite living author after Susanna Clarke and Terry Pratchett, he said, “That’s wonderful company to be in” or something awesome like that. And then I sat in a dark corner and burst into tears for a while. So I understand.

    Like

  665. I have never posted anything before, nothing has been that important. I would like to me you. You are my hero! I read your book, so giggled so much in the waiting room at the doctor’s office that i was able to recommend your book to the receptionist and some of the fellow patience as well as the nurse who took me back to see the Dr. (who i am pretty sure had no sense of humor). The entire book reminded me of the times and situations i have had with my sisters – there are 4 of us!

    Like

  666. Terry Pratchett! And Dylan Meconis. Who, if you haven’t read Bite Me! …you need to do so immediately.

    Like

  667. Well, I already met you, so I have to go with the next best thing.

    I’d really like to meet David Bowie, I don’t know if I think of him as a hero per say, but I have idolized him in my mind since I first saw Labyrinth (likely right after it’s original release date). I would like him to be dressed as Jareth, that would be awesomeness. Although, I did find him intriguing as Nikola Tesla in the Prestige.

    Like

    Melodie recently posted Back Pain.

  668. I live in a place called the tri-cities, as there are 3 cities kind of grouped into one. Anyway, we live in desert land and people hear love it so much they refer to it as the “dry shitties”. 🙂

    Like

  669. 673
    Jennifer Good

    Without sounding like a but kisser, you’re definitely one of my heroes. I have battled depression since I was a teenager and just recently made my battle public. I first read “Depression Lies” on your site and I now chant it to myself every time I bottom out. Your courage to openly struggle is admirable. Plus, you’re funnier than shit and I think we’d have a great time together.🙂

    Like

  670. Is it wrong that I struggle with this? There are definately people I admire but none that I would classify as heroes……

    Like

  671. I would love to meet Neil Gaiman. Any type of storyteller, really. I used to want to meet Nathan Fillian…

    Like

  672. I forgot to mention that Michael isnt my hero or anything. I just want to be alone in a dark room with him!

    Like

  673. Jeff Tweedy from the band Wilco. He’s my secret crush. I’m pretty sure he would probably have b.o., but I’m good with that. He would make me laugh because he is funny as fuck. I would also like him to sing to me. Preferably a song he wrote for me. He is closely followed, of course, by you. I would love to meet you. The highlight of my month was when you started following me back on Twitter (whatsnewsie) I see a lot of the same twisted funny shit in you that I see in me. Pretty sure you would not have b.o. and I know for a fact you would make me laugh too, because you are the funniest fuck. Can you sing? PS – is it ok to swear in the comments section? I am Queen Trucker Mouth.

    Like

  674. You Jenny! I would love to spend a day with you. And it doesn’t even have to be one of your good days. It would be nice to be with someone who understands and gets through the bad days.

    Like

  675. Why is Hailey getting so tall? I refuse to accept this.

    Also, the eyeball necklace is creepy in a most delightful way.

    Like

  676. DAVE MATTHEWS!!! I love that man. I think he is walking sex. I love his words and his voice and his face. My friend and I go on and on about him. I want him to hold me like his guitar and she wants to be his seatbelt. She wants to sniff his pits and I want to kiss his eyebrows and lick his cheeks. Oh Dave.

    Like

  677. It’s raining in Indiana too. Only the whole state doesn’t stop when it pours, we just grill out under the carport instead. The hero I’d like to meet is the person that invented the glue stick–because that product has played a pretty monumental role in my life, and also because that person is probably just some normal dude so I wouldn’t be too disappointed. Er, wait. I changed my mind. I want to meet the person that created Tacky glue. Cuz its for crafts AND its called tacky. Win-win.

    Like

  678. I think perhaps Patty Duke. She understands what it is like to live with mental illness. And she totally livess in the same town as me. And she ralks to me on Twitter.

    Like

    Brea @ Real Housewife of North Idaho recently posted Having BPD and Professing Faith is HARD!.

  679. Michael Collins, the astronaut. He seems like a really smart, cool guy.

    Like

    Suebob recently posted Always the same.

  680. Dolly Parton. I grew up listening to her music and watching her comedy hour (and later on all the movies she’s been in). I used to draw pictures of her and design outlandish dresses for her to wear in them (I was 9). I think I asked my gramma to mail them to her but I don’t know if it ever happened. Anyways, rhinestones and down home sensibilty. I have a feeling she roots for the little guy because that’s where she started. Anyhoo, that is all.

    Like

    Jude recently posted While I was bigfoot hunting in the woods..

  681. thats a hard one!!! I would love to have met Ann Frank, but I’d settle for G.G.Kay!

    Like

  682. I want to win!
    Sadly,most of the people I’d really like to meet are fictional. But meeting you or Jen Yates would be a definite highlight of my life!

    Like

    Julia recently posted Oobleck.

  683. Awesome necklace! I would want to meet YOU because you have taught me not to be ashamed of my depression and we emailed about a situation in my life and your words literally saved my life. Also, Don Henley because he writes great lyrics and I would want him to sing to me.

    Like

  684. Adam Levine, I think he would be a great person to sit and chat with.

    Like

  685. Christopher Walken or James Lipton. A friend of mine met Christopher many years ago and said he is as weird and brilliant in real life as he is in the roles he plays – and I love just about anything he is in. James Lipton – because the man gets to meet everyone who is anyone in film — love “Inside the Actor’s Studio”. If I could go back in time…Richard P. Feynman. That man had an amazing brain, sense of humor and wansn’t too bad on the bongo either so I understand.

    Like

  686. The nicest person to meet so far -Shout out to Gavin Rossdale for being the nicest, most sincere, down to earth person ever. He let my brother hang out with him for a whole day. Bumper barraged him with questions and at no point did he ever say, security get this kid away from me. They skateboarded, played games, and he even explained that he was videotaping his bus and backstage to show his kids one day, because all the fame and riches could be gone like that and it is a good lesson to learn to be grateful in the moment. He was a great sport about allowing my brother to hang with him – likely to continue to win Gwens heart, but hey it worked.

    I would like to meet Nathan Fillion and jump into his arms as soon as the photo is taken, so he HAS to catch me and thus be holding twine. I know we were supposed to let it go…but just saying…if wishes were twine.

    Second to that, I want to meet Will Wheatons cat. But I want the cat to wear the necklace as a collar while I photo bomb in the background. Cracks me up on Twitter, that silly ole cat.

    Lastly, if I could finally get to meet you in person and we could skype with Neil Gaiman, that would be fabulous! I couldn’t go to the book signing – was SO bummed about not getting to finally see you in person. My son and I owe you hours of enjoyment because of the life sized Tardis that is now cut out onto his closet door, so that when he opens it, he is getting into the Tardis. Saved my sanity, and big liquor bills by being able to send him back in time while I pee in peace. I live close, can kill snakes, and make you a bowl of cereal that is NOT filled with eggwhites. Oh, and I can cook, and teach you to cook.

    But seriously, I have been coveting that necklace for a long time.

    Have met lots of people who were incredible and nice, and some that were my “heroes” that totally let me down. But I think the important thing I learned was they are people too. Just because I (we) put them on a pedestal does not mean they belong there. Some people I want to take a chainsaw to the F&**ing pedestal. Add to the list, I can operate a chainsaw.

    Like

  687. For me it’s a toss-up between Natalie Portman and Tina Fey. In an ideal world, they’d be BFFs.

    Like

  688. 692
    Apryl's Antics

    I would like to meet Tom Hanks and have drinks. I think he would be fun to hang around with. Of course, his wife, Rita Wilson, is welcome to join us. I’m not looking to score or anything untoward like that.

    Like

  689. I met Glenn Danzig, which was a huge disappointment because he wouldn’t let me put him in my pocket to bring home with me. Of the people I want to meet, I don’t know that I have many heroes I would like to meet. I mean, I would adore meeting you, but I am not sure you are my hero. Hero is something that should involve saving the world from scabies and bad reality TV, and I am not quite sure you qualify.🙂

    Like

    GinaP recently posted Reunion Blues: The Final Chapter.

  690. 694
    Christine Gavett

    Please let me have an eyeball necklace!! Please!! I’m an eye doctor, it’s my favorite part of everyone’s body!!… Wait… that didn’t sound right… You know what I meant, right?…. Time for another toasted almond from that frozen liquors place…

    Like

  691. Ellen DeGeneres. She seems like someone that you would just have a blast with. And Tina Fey. And you! Maybe all four of us could meet up and hang out. That would be even better. And my expectations are pretty low so you all would have to turn out to be huge a$$holes for me to be disappointed. Win-win!

    Like

  692. I would like to hang out with a few people like Jenny and few tweeters.

    Like

  693. This is a post full of love! I love rain, Neil Gaiman, and those necklaces have been on my favorites list on Etsy FOREVER!!!

    Like

  694. I met you. It was great. Too tired for more.

    Like

  695. I would love to meet Tina Fey. I love how she sees the world, and how respectful she is of others. After reading Bossypants, I knew I’d like to hang out with her sometime.

    Like

  696. I’m in the Jim Hensen camp….*sniff* But since that’s not an option I’d love to meet Stephen King – although I’d probably be struck fan-girl dumb.

    Like

  697. While my loins are furiously requesting Tom Hiddleston, my mind requests Neil deGrasse Tyson, my dreams request Neil Gaiman (naturally), my inner introvert would love to sit quietly and safely next to you Mrs. Lawson, my curiosity requests Barak Obama, and my soul is requesting the Dalai Lama. My heart is oddly silent.. I think it’s still trying to figure out who I am, before daring to tread out once more into the world.

    Like

  698. Maya Angelou. I was at a reading she gave in the early 90s. The minute she walked into the room, the positive energy…presence… whatever it was, was amazingly palpable. I would love to just sit and talk to her. And you, of course, because you make me laugh so hard. I have listened to your audiobook 3 times now and I’m laughing just as hard, or harder each time! Thanks!

    Like

  699. My mom is probably my biggest hero. She is amazing:)

    Like

  700. This is going to sound hoakie but I want to meet the Dalai Lama. That man makes me smile every time I *read* what he says. I imagine in person he’s friendly and warm and full of joy.

    Having worked at various cons and having gone to many, many book signings I’ve met a lot of people. Most notably are Ray Bradbury, Douglas Adams, Peter S Beagle, Gish Jen, Alton Brown, and you. Authors always hold a special place in my heart.

    I also met the current Governor of Maryland when his band was playing in a bookstore. You meet the most interesting people at bookstores….🙂

    Like

    Kelly at Cibatarian recently posted Great people making great beer.

  701. David Tennant, absolutely!!!!

    Like

  702. I was on an airplane with Mr. Rogers once. But I was too shy to talk to him. Lame story.

    Like

  703. Today, and the first person who popped into my head when I read that question, was Julia Child. I just loved her sense of humor about cooking and the fact that she was so passionate about it. Ask me another day, I might give another answer…..Love your site and love your book!

    Like

    Theresa recently posted Fly Like An Eagle.

  704. It’s a toss up of Stephen King or me when I was 10.

    Like

  705. My heros are my mom and my grandmother. They are the strongest women I know and knowing what they’ve been through to get where they are gives me something to shoot for, an example to live by. My grandmother had polio as a child and is a 2 time breast cancer survivor. She has been a real estate agent for over 30 years and rarely lets anything stop her. My mom raised me on her own and put herself through college while doing it earning a bachelors degree in Sociology from a great school and landed herself a good job actually using her degree working for the local Social Services department. There’s no one better that I can think of as my heros.

    Like

  706. Well, you, OBVIOUSLY. And I got to do that all-too-briefly in Denver. Katherine Hepburn, because she lived her life just the way she wanted to, and I really admire that. And Lilly the Hero Pitbull who lost her front leg when dragging her person out of the way of a speeding train. Truly. We’re Facebook friends. She’s amazing.

    Like

  707. I’ve already met you. So now there’s only Glennon Melton, Lev Grossman, and Jesus. I suspect the latter would be a huge disappointment to most people, but not to me. Because of course *my* idea of what he’d be like is correct and everyone else’s is messed up.

    Like

  708. Probably Neil deGrasse Tyson… oh and John Stewart. Together if applicable.

    Like

  709. Tina Fey. I want to go to her. Or Katie Couric’s colon. Again.

    Like

    Kathleen recently posted Made for TV.

  710. I’d like to meet George Takei…he is amazing.

    Like

  711. Neil Gaiman is definitely one of them. I *just* missed meeting him at this year’s ChiCon and kicked myself. Does it count that my husband met him?

    Like

  712. I guess now it would be zombie Steve Irwin. Or Piff the Magic Dragon. Or Jenny Lawson, I heard she was totally bitchin’ and wrote the bestest book ever.

    Like

  713. 717
    DirtyKSmama - Nikki

    I would have liked Frank SInatra to sing me a song and then call me “Babe.”

    But not like the pig “Babe.”

    “Babe” like he croons in his songs.

    Like

  714. The fact that a couple of these comments mention my name has left me flabbergasted because holy crap that is a compliment. So thanks Lauren and Paige.

    Personally I’m right there with you on the Amy Poehler thing, she’s not only funny but she seems like a really empowering person.

    Like

    Lauren@FilingJointly recently posted I Am Never Taking All Of My Clothes Off Ever Again. I Will Shower In Pants. I Will Be A Never-Nude..

  715. I recently found your blog. I love it! I want that necklace!

    Like

  716. I don’t think I have a hero, but since it’s an election year I think I would like to meet president Obama. You know, to see what he is like without a script.

    Like

  717. Absolutely Neil Gaiman!

    Like

  718. Don’t laugh- John Edwards (the medium) and Sharon Stone. Not heroes, but ran into them both (separately) in NYC. I ran into lots of celebs there, but these two were unique in that I had very long eye contact with both of them that was like an unspoken conversation. Both stuck with me a lot longer than many of the longer conversational meetings with other stars. I guess I’m just curious if it would still be weird to actually talk to them.

    Like

  719. I agree! Gaiman is a badass!

    Like

  720. Not meaning to sound brown-nosey or anything but first place would be you. Second place would be Christopher Moore, who I not only adore, but who also followed you on Twitter, which is how I found you. So, yeah.

    Like

  721. Way back in ’88 in met Lux from The Cramps at Wax Trax in Chicago. He really is that much larger in life as well.

    Like

  722. I don’t really have heroes per say, there’s several famous people that I’d like to meet but I’d probably go all mute and stupid … But that said there are people that I’d really like to be friends with… You! Jo Brand, and Sarah Millican to name a few!

    Like

  723. Hmmm….I’m pretty sure I met my hero when I went to Disney world and met donald duck. Also, I was 12.

    Like

    Mayor Gia recently posted Boyfriend’s Gone for a Whole Stupid Week.

  724. Johnny Depp – and not just because he’s delicious. He’s such a good actor, that if he was game, you could be with whomever you wanted any day. Today, I’d like to meet with an Australian anthropologist – and, BOOM, there he is.

    Like

  725. 729
    Minnesota Red

    I got to meet Count Basie, the jazz god, at Disneyland in 1981. I am a saxophone player and at that point was playing bari sax in my college big band, where we played a lot of Basie tunes. A friend of the band happened to sit by me in the gazebo; I was so surprised that the Basie Band was there I was crying for joy. So this guy takes me over to the band during a break and I got the Count’s autograph and my picture taken with him. My smile is so big I look like Steven Tyler.

    Like

  726. I’d love to meet J.K. Rowling, Channing Tatum, David Boreanaz, Nathan Fillion, John Green/Hank Green, and/or Rupert Grint. I’m not picky at all, hahah.🙂

    Like

  727. Marilyn Monroe – I’d love to hear the stories she has to tell. Oh and Queen Elizabeth – can you imagine getting her drunk and finding out what she really thinks about the royal family ?

    Like

  728. 732
    Cassandra Sanchez

    Probably a toss up between you and Tina fey. You are both hilarious women that I enjoy so much. I have meet so many other people through the conventions I gi to, but you don’t go to conventions.

    Like

  729. I would love to meet Stephen King and it is even possible some day as I too live in Maine. But I also want to meet J.K. Rowling, not as possible.
    I love you Jennie and feel like you are one of my sisters. Could I ask you a favor though? Could you put in a “jump to comment” button? You have a shit load of followers who always comment and I feel like I have to scroll forever. I know I probably don’t have a chance in hell of winning either since the odds are so bad, but I wanted to answer this question.!

    Like

    mi recently posted Summertime Fun!.

  730. As a street performer for many years at the CA renaissance faires, there is a league of actors I have admired and thought highly of for quite a long time. I am performing in my first stage show there and one of the acts( a long time force of nature) sharing the stage gave me high marks this weekend. My director is proud of us (a legend herself) and I get to be in the company of my heroes every weekend. I am bathing in performance glory for five weekends in a row!

    Disturbingly happy right now!!!!

    Like

  731. I think too many people I want to meet would be imaginary people. Like, the character Doctor Who. I do get pretty fangirly swoony over the thought of meeting one of the kpop or kdrama stars I’m always watching or listening to. Met Bruce Campbell once!! OMG HE IS SO FREAKING COOL. I totally lost it, just clammed up. Told him he must think I’m an idiot because I couldn’t talk. He told me no, I’m obviously cool because I was there. I ALMOST DIED. eeeeeeeeeeeeee!

    Like

  732. 736
    Rebecca Bingley

    I just want you to know that I loved your book so much, I have bought it four times for 4 different people. It is what I am giving people who are going through a hard time and need a good laugh!

    Like

  733. Who would I want to meet? Honestly and with a lack of ass-kissery, you. Because we are similar types of odd. Plus, I feel like after we became insta-bffs, you wouldn’t judge me for being strange and phone phobic and would be ok with the fact that I don’t call my friends. Also? Jen from epvot/cake wrecks. We could all drink copiously together.

    Like

  734. I’d like to meet – and interview – all the awesome science fiction and fantasy authors. I’ve been working on it, I have 22 audio interviews so far and and at least 9 more email or text interviews of authors as well as a handful of actors and musicians. I enjoy learning about their lives, what got them to where they are and what lessons they’ve learnt along the way. Of course when publicists hunt me down to interview their authors, it’s also with a view of spruiking their latest book, which is usually a great point of discussion too.

    One day I hope to go to the world conventions for science fiction and fantasy, but for that I need a day job. Pesky bills.

    Like

  735. From the time I was a few years old, watching Lynda Carter on the television, I knew my ultimate hero would always be Wonder Woman, and I thought that I would always like to meet her. Being a super hero, as a grew a little bit older, I I realized that my dream would never really be realized.

    Then I got even older, and some of my amazing cosplay friends formed up something called the Heroes Alliance, where they pretty much dress up like super heroes and go around to under-privileged and sick children and allowing them the amazing opportunity to do what I was never able to do, and meet their own favorite super heroes. So, I guess I would have to say, that a lot of my friends are already the heroes that I wanted to/never could/some of the most-amazing-real-life-people could ever hope to meet.

    Like

  736. wow love reading the comments everyone has such great ideas about who would be interesting to meet. I’d love to meet Stephen King, Jim Butcher, Jon Stewert and lots others that have been mentioned. and most definitly you Jenny, I mean look at the awesomeness you introduce into all our lives everything from beyonce to that wonderful eyeball necklace.
    Also I’ve always thought that sitting around a table with Adam Sandler and his band of merry comedians that are in so many movies with him would just be a wonderful and hilarious time. Any time spent laughing is good and precious time!

    Like

  737. I don’t have heros. But I liked the necklace ;o) I actually don’t care to meet celebrities either. We had a celebrity come to our community last Winter, and she was celebrity for the saddest reasons, and one lady asked if I met her at the community meeting with her. Uh, no. I chose to not ask Elizabeth Smart for her autograph because she was tortured. I chose to respect her for taking the time to support our local start up of the radKIDS program on behalf of child safety. And by “respect,” I let her speak and didn’t ask to take pictures with her and her father.

    As for you—- I might want a picture. You are pretty cool, and if the anxiety for both of us is not too extreme, I might trip over at least three embarrassing sentences. ;o)

    Like

  738. Just one? Ack. I can’t narrow it down. Neil Gaiman, Jane Lynch, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and The Doctor, but, like, the real one.

    Like

  739. Mariska Hargitay! She is not only an amazing actress, but she created the Joyful Heart Foundation which is an awesome organization for victims of sexual abuse, domestic violence and child abuse (http://www.joyfulheartfoundation.org/).

    And I’d love to meet you of course!! Missed you in Philly…maybe closer to Lancaster/Harrisburg/York, PA next time???

    Like

  740. Random!

    I would meet Joan Jett, please and thank you.

    Like