I know that you think your other blogs love you like I do, but seriously - who brings you stories like this besides me?
Evan and I were hanging out at my place last night. The neighbors were having a party, as they often do, and we could hear it in my room. For some reason I can never hear the blaring music, but it sounds as though the "clip clop" of the hot girls' stilletos are in my place.
I normally don't really like parties, but my neighbor has transformed his condo into a high end club, complete with hot tub on the roof and large granite bar. He always has at least two girls to every guy, and the girls are always pretty. It's tough not to like that party.
Evan and I stop by to say hi. I saw the faces that usually show up at the party as well as the two girls who had found their way to my condo the night before and tried to ride my electric skateboard. I chatted with my neighbor in the entrance for a minute when he said, "Tynan.... let me introduce you to someone".
We walked into the living room and two girls parted to reveal Mel Gibson standing facing them. I shook his hand, as well as the hand of the star of his new movie, "Apocalypto", Rudy Youngblood.
"I hear you have a swing set up at your side."
Everyone who goes to the parties hears about the swing. I guess it made quite an impression. I like it because it gives me something to talk about.
After explaining the swing he asked about my hat. This lead to a spirited debate about my hat. Everyone loves it, except for Evan, who tried to convince people it was hideous. Mel was on my side.
He was a great conversationalist. He never bragged, had really interesting stories, had lots of charisma, and was extremely friendly. I got the impression that he would be the center of attention even if he was a plumber rather than an actor.
We stayed at the party for a few hours. At one point everyone came over to my backyard because Mel wanted to try the swing ("I jumped off of a 175 foot building for a movie - I can try the swing"). However, when I set it up he declared, "No offense, but your setup is shit." He meant it in the nicest way possible, and talked to me about how it was a good idea but should be done safely.
I wandered back to the neighbor's to rejoin the party. I talked with Rudy, which was very interesting. He's never been in a movie before, but now he's the star of a huge movie, and is about to be catapulted into stardom. I've known a reasonable number of famous people, but I'd never met someone who was on that cusp of fame before. The blend of pride, anxiety, and confusion was fascinating. "It hasn't really hit me yet," he said.
He loved talking about the movie and told me a lot of interesting things about it, and the industry. He talked about being chased by a jaguar for the movie, about being in the jungle, and about how Harry Knowles is important to Hollywood.
After a while I decided to head back to my place to see what was going on there. Mel Gibson was on the couch with his knee against a girl's back.
He was performing some chiropractic maneuver on her. He wasn't faking, either - he knew a lot about it. He cracked Evan's back and she said that he was as good as any chiropractor. The girl whose back he was re-aligning was smitten, but it was obvious he wasn't interested in her - just in his chiropractics.
He left to go get a red bull (he doesn't drink anymore), and there was a silence as Evan, that girl, and I looked at each other.
"Yeah, so I'm pretty sure Mel Gibson just cracked my back," said the girl, starstruck. She went back to the party and followed him around like a puppy dog for the rest of the night. He would do funny things like sit in a chair with no adjoining seats to try to get rid of her, but she didn't get the hint. She would sit on the coffee table.
At one point some girls dragged him onto the dance floor and he showed off some really crazy irish dancing. The girls would try to grind and club dance with him, but he wasn't really having it.
Eventually I went back home and fell asleep to the arrhythmic clomping of high heels. What a strange life I have.
i am a huge huge mel gibson fan. i would have kept extreme "getting to know u" conversation going. i have always wanted to meet mel. i am a big fan. being the big star he is, i can't imagine him just fitting in at a party or hang out session. but i have heard before that he really does act normal and friendly around non movie star type people
Yes Ty, a precise illustration how the night played out...How glorious it is to be one of "the girls"! Great seeing you and of course your lovely hats!
P.S. - Loving the website...keep us updated
Haha I was one of the blondes at your house and the one that brought Mel over... Someone sent me your blog and Its great! It was good meeting you and Your hats are GLORIOUS!!!
"He would do funny things like sit in a chair with no adjoining seats to try to get rid of her, but she didn't get the hint. She would sit on the coffee table."
Hahahah Such a PUA thing to do :)
Wow. I would like to know what you eat in the morning that leads to such intriging situations; I don't really think that it comes from Cheerios though. Perhaps it's because you take so many opportunites to do crazy stuff?
When I was younger, I loved playing on swings. My best friend Ryan and I would spend all of recess on the swings, making up new tricks and seeing who could jump further. Eventually it got to the point where ankles were being sprained and we had both perfected the backflip off the swing.
Now, many years later, I still love swinging despite encountering fewer opportunities to do it. One of the distinctive features at my new building is a large metal terrace hanging over the rooftop patio. Since moving in I've wanted to build a swing on it so that I could swing over the edge of the building.
I'm not sure why, but yesterday inspiration struck and I decided that it would be that day I built my swing. Evan and Jonah were with me. Evan was upset by the idea, worried that I might die. Jonah was also eager to swing, and helped me assure Evan that I did stuff like this all the time, and that I wouldn't die. She wasn't wholly convinced.
I attended an event at Kicklabs tonight hosted by Girls In Tech, which was an interview of Twitter CEO Evan Williams by Claire Cain Miller of the New York Times.
Twitter has 300 people and is adding 25 to 30 people per month. Evan says that he now "doesn't know all the people in the company anymore" as Twitter has grown. When asked about his experience as an entrepreneur, Evan said when he started Odeo, he was "too anxious" to be an entrepreneur but the business passion didn't come from within.
Interestingly, there was no Twitter hash tag defined for the event, and and only one audience question was asked via Twitter. Claire, the interviewer, really grilled Evan on Twitter's hiring practices & approach towards women at the company, and in tech in general. So, a question for the comments - do you think he responded appropriately? Should he have to be fielding those types of questions in an interview setting like the one last night? Evan mentioned that Twitter hires women when it can, but Twitter won't hire someone "just because she's a woman." Is that the right approach or the wrong approach? Should there be a quota for women in tech?
I attended an event at Kicklabs tonight hosted by Girls In Tech, which was an interview of Twitter CEO Evan Williams by Claire Cain Miller of the New York Times. Twitter has 300 people and is adding 25 to 30 people per month. Evan says that he now "doesn't know all the people in the company anymore" as Twitter has grown. When asked about his experience as an entrepreneur, Evan said when he started Odeo, he was "too anxious" to be an entrepreneur but the business passion didn't come from within. Interestingly, there was no Twitter hash tag defined for the event, and and only one audience question was asked via Twitter. Claire, the interviewer, really grilled Evan on Twitter's hiring practices & approach towards women at the company, and in tech in general. So, a question for the comments - do you think he responded appropriately? Should he have to be fielding those types of questions in an interview setting like the one last night? Evan mentioned that Twitter hires women when it can, but Twitter won't hire someone "just because she's a woman." Is that the right approach or the wrong approach? Should there be a quota for women in tech? In the video below, Evan comments on: The emphasis on hiring women at Twitter (he says 25% to 30% of the Twitter workforce is female) Michael Arrington's post about the dearth of women in tech Twitter's business model: Promoted tweets are the main initiative for generating revenue on Twitter. Promoted tweets may be inserted into people's regular tweets based on "what you're interested in, where you are, and what you write about" about "Early bird tweets" , which were an experiment, and while still going on, although it's a "side project" now. how "90 million tweets were written today" whether or not Twitter could become a public company. "Seems like there's a chance," Evan said Whether he can remain CEO as the company grows Twitter's main challenge currently, which is "to give you the best tweets. We want to think of more ways for you to opt in" Twitter just added a corporate marketing person What it's like to manage a rapidly growing business (50% of the workforce has been at Twitter for less than 9 months) Evan says the main reason "big corporations suck" is because people don't trust each other. Twitter's attitude towards its role in the Iran elections, and how Twitter doesn't do anything to impede tweets unless illegal or impersonation How they decided on the 140 character limit, and how SMS was a "total hack" by the characters. Fun fact: At first, Twitter was 160 characters, minus your user name, minus 2 characters. What it was like to get married and become a father while balancing being an entrepreneur How Twitter tries to offer a balanced work environment, with yoga, pilates, gym memberships and food An upcoming focus on location & events Bill Gates' usage of Twitter & Facebook (and specifically the frustrations Gates had with Facebook) Thoughts on the new iPhone & iPad applications, and the changing attitude about the importance of mobile, and why Android is not in Evan's top 10 list of priorities How Twitter "imports" employees from outside Silicon Valley and outside the US