Lisa Yee (lisayee) wrote,

Seeing Craig Ferguson and Flunking A Typing Test (but not at the same time)

One of the many advantages of living in Los Angeles is that you can go to see Craig Ferguson a lot.

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We've seen Craig, as he would want me to call him, with guests Robin Williams and Neil Patrick Harris. (They weren't on at the same time.)

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And COLIN FIRTH. That's right. Me and Colin Firth and Craig Ferguson. Together. All of us.

Here's Colin visiting my office . . .

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This time Alfred Molina was Craig's guest.

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(That's not Alfred with Craig, that's Geoff.)

This is Alfred from the film AN EDUCATION. (Loved that movie!)

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Before the show, we had lunch at The Grove, which is next door to the CBS Studios.

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Why is the CBS Studios famous? Is it because many famous TV shows are shot there?

Noooooooooo.

It's famous because that's where I flunked my typing test.

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Yes, that's right. I flunked.

It was during college and I went there to try to be a production assistant. I aced the interview and was told I had the job -- and all I had to do was pass the typing test.

I was given a TYPEWRITER* and a sheet of paper to retype.

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(For those of you who are young, a typewriter is a machine that was used to make letter marks on paper. If you made a mistake, you would have to start over, or use something called WiteOut.)

When I was done, I knew I was done. I said, "I flunked, didn't I?" And the woman interviewing me said, "Well, no one flunks," and she tried not to laugh, "But it isn't good."

I typed 32 words a minute with 16 mistakes.

Oh well. The thing is, I can compose at the keyboard really, really, really fast. But when asked to type something someone else writes, then, well, I flunk.

Oops. Too long a digression! Back to The Grove.

While we were there so was Extra, the entertainment news show . . .

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There were crowds trying to see who was being interviewed . . .

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We made our way up, but still couldn't figure out who it was . . .

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Can you tell? (We we told is was one of the "housewives" of New Jersey.)

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Actually, the real celebrity is seen here . . .

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After, we stopped by The American Girl Place to visit our Kanani books . . .

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What was that? Cruise? Did someone say, "American Girl cruise to the Caribbean?"

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Oops. Digression. Okay, so then, it was time to wait in line for Craig's show. Here's our ticket and the ticket people . . .

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We weren't allowed to bring our iPhone into the studio, so there are no photos of Craig or Alfred. However, we took these photos in the parking lot later . . .

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(We were impressed by the unnecessary quotation marks.)

Oh! Before we go, thank you, New Jersey librarians! Honored that BOBBY THE BRAVE (SOMETIMES) is a 2013 Garden State Book Award Nominee!!!

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