Who cares about seeing Sacha Baron Cohen eat dinner with Rachel Weisz and Darren Aronofsky at Fiamma? That’s for those big-city jerks. They may get Christina Ricci sauntering around Soho on any given Monday, but we get annual glimpses of Ben Affleck, Mark Walhberg, and Matt Damon. They may get gossip pages chronicling Nicole Kidman’s stomach bump, but we’ve got the “Inside Track” blabbing about Jill Carroll and friends “talking their Harvard talk” at Shay’s. They may get scary people like Jocelyn Wildenstein, but we have nice local personalities like that awesome moaning Tricycle Guy. Just look at what one weekend of celebrity spotting netted . . .
| ||1) “DOOO-YOOO-HAAVE-ANY-SPAAAAREE-CHAAANGE?” GUY|
PARK AND TREMONT STREETS
Nov 24, 2006, 4:05 pm
Everybody’s favorite local panhandler is that bearded, bespectacled, Red Sox–hatted fella whose larynx sounds like it was once set on fire. And so on Black Friday, Spare Change guy was once again spotted at the Park Street station, begging shoppers for their extra coins. We didn’t see anybody cough up any cash, but one little boy threw some popcorn at him. Watching that exchange made us feel funny inside — so we left.
| ||2) “KIKI”|
Nov 24, 2006, 4:30–5:30 pm
Spent Black Friday afternoon in the newly relocated Glass Slipper, now open for your nudie-viewing pleasure next door to Centerfold’s. Got served a $9 Bud Light from firecracker bartender “Kiki.” When one patron asked where her kids were, she spat, “With my husband. I shit them out! He can do the rest.”
| ||3) JOHN FLUEVOG|
302 NEWBURY STREET
Nov 25, 2006, 5:15–5:45 pm
Wandered into the cozy Fluevog store to find the shop’s namesake behind the counter, signing shoes. Overheard him saying to one customer, “Yes, I am really Canadian.”
| ||4) BRIAN SETZER|
302 NEWBURY STREET
Nov 25, 2006, 5:30 pm
Came into the Fluevog store to meet the footwear sculptor. Threw a $200 boot at an employee, puked on the carpet, and punched the wall. Just kidding! The ex–Stray Cats frontman came into the Fluevog store with a friend wearing a black-leather jacket and blabbing into his cell phone. Didn’t look so good — he’s aged like goose liver in the desert.
| ||5) BRIAN VIGLIONE|
1760 MASS AVE, CAMBRIDGE
Nov 26, 2006, 2:30 pm
Spotted the Dresden Dolls drummer at Cambridge’s Guitar Stop buying a guitar. Initially didn’t recognize him — never seen the guy in person without a bowler hat or wearing a shirt. First thought was, “I should put this on a blog.” Second thought: “WTF is wrong with me?” Third thought: “Fuck that. I’m gonna put this in the paper where it belongs.”
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