I don't easily get starstruck. (Someday, I'll tell you about the time I stood at a gas station next to Dennis Hopper and didn't know it, or talked to Lara Flynn Boyle at a party and didn't know.) But in my world, this photographer is high on the A-list.
Then last week, as Echo was walking through the door for her photo shoot, my cell phone rang. Being the polite person that I am, there was no way that I was going to turn away from a photo client to take a call, so I ignored it and greeted Echo and soon forgot about the phone. Then about 11pm that night, I was getting ready to walk the dog and I looked down and saw the new voicemail message on my phone. I picked it up and took Lucy outside and about fell over when I heard, "Hi Scott, this is Richard Renaldi calling . . . "
I didn't sleep a wink that night, thanks to my racing mind:
- He called me!
- He asked me to call him back.
- I want to call him right now, but it's one in the morning.
- What in hell am I going to say to him?
- He has a cute voice.
- I hope I don't sound stupid — or tired — tomorrow.
- How can Jay be asleep at a time like this?
- He really called me!
The next morning, I waited until what I deemed a respectable hour to call an artist and Richard and I played phone tag for a while. Then, mid-afternoon, he called and I was able to answer. He thanked me for supporting his work. I asked if he was going to be in Chicago with his exhibit next month and he said that, unfortunately, he would not. Then he told me that he was looking around my site and he complimented my Habits of Male Primates series. I gushed. He handed the phone to Seth — his business partner and "partner" partner — who took my shipping address. When Seth realized that I lived in Indianapolis, he complimented the city and said that he had enjoyed visiting here in the past, then he asked a LOT of questions about the recent Indianapolis Museum of Art expansion, and I told him about the art and nature park they are constructing now. He was impressed. I was impressed with how nice they are.
And I have an autographed book, that's like a work of art on its own.
Did I mention they are both adorable?