I’m Famous ……Hmmmm!!

I downloaded Google Earth 3D yesterday and there I was in the street of my local village taking a bag of household waste to the container. Household waste is collected every night in this village. I remember seeing a car with all sorts of black towers on the top driving past. Never even knowing that one day the whole world will see me in action I deposited the bag into the container. I have to consider my options now very carefully. I will now have to go out incognito, wearing sunglasses. Hire security guards to keep my adoring fans at bay ……. you know, those ones that throw their underwear at you. I may have to also hire a PA to keep my appointments when I am asked to launch ships. Oh, the pressures of being famous ……. hmmm!!

I'll be signing autographs yesterday!!
I’ll be signing autographs yesterday!!

What is your claim to fame? Have you been in the public eye?

62 Comments on “I’m Famous ……Hmmmm!!

  1. That is funny! I haven’t seen those google cars in Bogota yet, but I understand they are down here somewhere. I wonder if they are using bullet resistant cars?


    • That sounds really scary JK. The most frightening thing in this village are the old ladies dressed in black walking slowly down the street in their slippers with their stockings down around their ankles. Now THAT is scary!! πŸ˜‰ Take care JK and I mean it. Ralph


  2. This post set me laughing! Haha.
    A very credible pose I imagine you to have been captured in. πŸ˜‰


    • Very credible Anna. I was lucky not to have been wearing my speedos at the time πŸ˜‰ Have a great weekend. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  3. There are people that follow those cars around and strategize on how to get on it. You must have worked hard for your fame! πŸ˜‰


    • Yes Katie, I trained in Spain for ten years for this one moment of fame. The highlight was removing the yellow bag from the flip-top container. Tying it up and carrying it down two flights of stairs into the street. Yes, into the STREET!! Where lie great dangers such as kids on push bikes and CARS!! Yes, cars!! And there it was, a car with lots of black thingies on the top. My moment had come!! My life will never be the same again. I had to go home and have a siesta as my day of fame was so dangerous and exhausting πŸ˜‰
      So what made you so famous Katie? xox


    • You are very welcome Clarice πŸ˜€ xox

      This is similar to the car that passed me


  4. He he he… Once when I was living in Milano, we saw a Google earth car they were taking pictures, and they took me too but I didn’t find in Google earth maybe they didn’t like me πŸ™‚ Thank you dear Ralph, you are already famous because of this blogging world, Have a nice weekend, love, nia


  5. Hi dear Nia. So that’s what Google Earth is all about. It’s just a big ruse!! The driver in Milano must have kept your picture and he is now driving around all the streets of the world trying to find you again under the pretence of Google Earth. He’s madly in love with you πŸ˜‰
    Have a great weekend. Big hug. Ralph xox


  6. Oh I am so pleased to be able to say “I knew him when” and to think I even have a personal email or two….hmmmmm wonder if I could sell them to a tabloid I could use the money to buy an apple i-pad…darn guess I will have to wait so far only the blogging world knows about you. but I am sure in a day or two you will have yourself and the yellow bag on you tube LOL… with love dear Ralph with love !!!


    • Lennnn!! Not THOSE emails!! You know. The ones with writing on! I would hate to think what headlines the tabloids would say. “The Earth moves out of orbit because Ralph walked along the street” OR ” Garbage mountain caused by Ralph”. πŸ˜‰ Big hug. Ralph xox


      • Hehehe yes those!!! oh you just have to get on you tube so I can reveal the real Ralph via those missives between us! LOL I just know everyone will gasp and plead for more…oh wait…tabloids NO! I will make my first novel about you and your sudden rise to fame yes that is the way to go an unauthorized bio. I will be on the NY best sellers list and win a Pulitizer. Oh darn the dog just licked me awake…wow what a dream!


      • A novel idea dear Len. It could be hundreds of pages long, like “War and Peace” without the “War” and without the “Peace” ….. just the “And” to titillate the reader. I will leave this dog-licking dream with you πŸ˜‰ xox


  7. Sweet Ralph, Of all the things, taking out the garbage. You could have at least been dancing in the streets, or kissing the neighbor’s baby, or hugging Sage’s friend, Selma Hayek. Next time that black car drives by, grab some better props!!!

    My worst claim to fame came in my first year of college when I was still 17. I was waiting in line with my “boyfriend” while he stood for hours waiting for student housing. Apparently the local evening TV news station thought a close up of us was newsworthy. My kind, calm, ever patient Mom was mad, no livid, at me that evening, after several of her friends called her and asked whether she knew that I was going to live with the fellow. I was clueless that waiting in line with someone would cause such an uproar!!!

    Love you anyway famous garbage man, Ralph Actually that’s pretty good husband-making advertising. “This guy’s a keeper – he takes out the trash!!! Marsha πŸ™‚ xox


    • Originality nowadays is required for fame. Like you, dear Marsha, original through and through. Most people take the trash out but not on Google Earth!! As for your other suggestions, politicians do those things all the time, usually ending up in trouble. πŸ™‚
      Your autobiography is already written in the comments of WP, just a matter of copy/paste into a book and you are made for life.
      I must work on taking the trash out chat-up lines on my next …….. well, possibly my first date. πŸ˜‰ Love Ralph xox


  8. That is so cool! My claim to fame? When I was a little girl, my parents took me to be in the audience of “Bozo the Clown” show for my birthday. I was given a cake mix package for my Easy Bake Oven. I also have a ‘praise’ self-portrait that has been on a billboard in New York, a magazine in Brazil, and on several websites. I never would have imagined.


    • Hi dear Rene. Now I AM impressed, not only with your self-portrait being so well travelled but being in the audience of the “Bozo the Clown” show. What ever next will come your way? Big hug from me. πŸ˜€ xox


  9. Ralph if you flinch from fame, there’s always a chador… just make sure it’s not the same colour as a rubbish bag… it would be awful if you went out with the garbage,
    This sage advice comes from your conscientious correspondent, Volumnia


    • No flinching or no need of a chador Vyagra. But beware, I may become a foot-stomping Diva. Your words of wisdom are always welcome and are duly noted and kept tied up in ribbon πŸ˜€ Ralph xox


    • Hi Sherrah. These were the days before fame struck me a blow. A time when I was a struggling young pensioner with just bit parts (my false teeth), but I thank you for the idea of a stunt double who would have to be specially trained for when I go shopping πŸ˜‰ xox


  10. Wow fame! That’s an interesting theme. Regarding long distance photo shoots. I guess if there were invaders from outer space taking close-ups I wonder if they be interested in the same sorts of famous people, or would they have a different criteria? And I wonder what it would be? πŸ™‚


    • OMG Penny. Aliens!! I had not thought of that. Maybe they are planning to invade and have downloaded Google Earth and found me. I could be abducted with Selma Hayek and be made to talk about awful things like Fashion, but worst of all ……. shoes!! πŸ˜‰ xox


      • You know, I never thought of that! You’d best start preparing now! And oh my gosh … shoes, well you’re on your own there my friend, anything but …SHOES! Too deep for me, wish you luck though, Selma should brighten the day however, always an upside to the downside! πŸ™‚ xx


      • Thanks for the warning of my alien abduction Penny. I will be ready for them once I put my tin-foil hat on and, of course, one for Selma πŸ˜‰ xox


    • Well, I’m just stumbling into surprises all over the blogosphere! Thank you! So thoughtful of you to mention my book. It’s been out for a few months now, but Katie’s Traveling Gnome post has taken it to new heights. πŸ˜‰



      • Hi Carrie. New heights? That’s a thought. I’ll check Mount Everest on Google Earth πŸ˜‰ xox


  11. yikes, makes me want to become reclusive!
    though I must say Ralph, we can’t tell what you’re carrying, you could be carting in groceries, LOL


    • You? Reclusive, dear Roxie? Never! You are the talk of the town!
      I was carrying the household trash ……… mind you, it could have been a bag of gold dust πŸ˜‰ xox


  12. Oh tesoro mio! I am really worried how you are going to defend yourself from those throwing their underwear at you … -:)

    As for Selma … somehow I doubt you would have ‘done the same’ … something tells me you would find a way to struck a conversation, come what may!

    Take Care,


    • Hi Daniela. That’s a comment and a half to wake up to on a fine and sunny Spanish morning. I’ll have to work on the underwear and I would have probably talked to Selma. I agreed with Sage as I didn’t want to hurt his feelings πŸ˜€ Hope you are having a great weekend in Hobbitland dear friend. Ralph xox


  13. This is so funny! It’s just too funny πŸ™‚ I think it’s a great thing, choice. It’s just funny!!!!!


    • I agree with you Noeleen. It’s just too funny!!!! But what did you think of the post and the comments πŸ˜‰ Here’s a big hug from me. xox 😎


      • I liked the post very much – just especially that you discovered it yourself.

        Didn’t read all the comments, just a few… as for Bogota… scary yes indeed.


      • Doh! I’m so damned gullible…


      • You are a lot of fun Noeleen. I love it when you are so damned gullible πŸ˜‰


  14. Ralph, your post is hilarious as always! It looked like you were actually looking at the camera.


    • Hi Rynna. I turned my head like an owl wondering why a car converted into a warship was travelling along our street where passing cars are an EVENT in this village.Love Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  15. Famous and wow I can say he is my friend! I am privileged and will never after shaking your hand wash mine…..! πŸ™‚


    • Oh, please, dear Ute, don’t become one of the great unwashed!! πŸ˜‰ Big hug. Ralph xox


  16. Google Earth, and even Google Streetview, are so much fun. Makes me feel like “big brother.”…………………lol


    • It does just that Russel !! If someone even mentions a town in an email I zoom in to have a look at it from both levels. I have been house hunting recently and found it so useful for directions and type of area the property is located. It’s also great to see the changes that have been made in all the countries I have worked in over the years. I feel more like an angel flying around. Such fun πŸ˜€ Ralph


      • When I first got Google Earth, I went back in time to look at all the houses where I had ever lived. It was quite telling. At my grandmother’s house in Kingsville, Texas, the two oak trees that I planted at the street curb in 1971, after Hurricane Celia destroyed the previous ones in August 1970, are still there.

        I’m like you. Give me a city, or an address, and I’m all over it with Google Earth.


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