This is how it goes.
I spot a celebrity. I nudge/hit/text/call Josh H. to tell him the good news, noting the time and place and the celebrity in question's most recent work. Or, if said celebrity's close proximity hinders my ability to gush freely, I shoot Josh my most urgent-looking googley eyes and mouth the celebrity's name. Without fail, Josh replies: "Uh-huh. Riiiiiiight." I know he's jealous.
But, okay, he at least took the bait. That's nice of him. Now he wants me to prove it. Easy: I just know. I'm good at these things, I tell him, if only because I'm such an avid people watcher that no one gets within 50 feet of me without my knowledge of it. (No, really. I stare quite a bit.) He tells me I'm crazy.
This happens often.
But, this time, I got photographic evidence. How do you like them apples?
Above: American Idol's Paris Bennett, a Minneapolis native, and me (Josh K.) at the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport last Thursday. Bennett was on her way home after performing in the American Idol tour in New York City. We were on the same damn flight (!) and even sat next to each other at Gate 23 in terminal 4 at JFK. And, yes – she is indeed just the cutest thing you ever saw.
Click here to watch a clip of Paris perform on American Idol. Her first album comes out in March.