Thursday, March 17, 2016

(I Think This Really Might Be) Once in My Lifetime

I very rarely use the phrase "once in a lifetime."  More than once I've said, "I'll never get here again..." and then find myself in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for a second time. But I had an experience the other day that really might be once in my lifetime.

When I see signs like the ones below I stop and look for the movie or film shoot that is nearby. I saw these on Tuesday and took a picture because I thought it might be a fun post for Pink Saturday. After I snapped pictures I was waiting to cross the street at Amsterdam Avenue and West 78th Street, about half a mile from home and somewhere I walk at least twice a week. I noticed a man also waiting to cross the street who looked very familiar. I quickly googled "YDDK" and realized my instinct was correct. Dustin Hoffman and I were at the same corner.

 

We -- and the people who were with one of my favorite actors ever -- crossed the street. I made eye contact with one of the security people who noticed my phone poised for photos and shook his head. I understand the gesture meant not to take pictures or chat. Perhaps I read too much into the gesture, but I decided it was appropriate to respect Mr. Hoffman's privacy -- a unique concept these days -- and we all walked down West 78th Street until Mr. Hoffman went into the trailer below.


One of the security people turned to me and said, "I bet you don't know who that is?" My reply was quick. "Of course, it's Dustin Hoffman.

Dustin Hoffman...my memory went back to the winter of 1968 and seeing "The Graduate" twice in the same week it was released. "Midnight Cowboy," "Marathon Man," "Rain Man" and another of my all-time favorite movies, "Tootsie."

What a moment... If this is just once in my lifetime, I'm very grateful for this once.

What is your favorite Dustin Hoffman movie?
 
It's a beautiful St. Patrick's Day in New York and I'm enjoying listening to the commentary for the Parade as I type. Wishes for a very happy and bright and blessed day!
 
As ever, thanks for visiting and take good care. 

16 comments:

Paula Kaye said...

How fun! I once "happened" upon the filming of the movie Indecent Proposal in a Las Vegas hotel lobby. Saw Robert Redford running for his life with fans chasing him. And Woody Harrelson standing by watching!!

Deanna Rabe said...

I liked Tootsie very much, and Kramer vs. Kramer.

Ruth said...

I like "outbreak". Happy St.-Patrick 's-Day
LG Ruth

Simply Linda said...

Tootsie was my favorite and I met Tom Cruise many times, when he was filming in Ocala, Fl many moons ago he came in to the movie theatre where I worked...he was pretty nice back than. I'm sure I did not make an impression, LOL.

Happy St. Patrick's Day, Carol. Blessings

Olde Dame Penniwig said...

I remember one of the first posts I read of yours - I think it was Jennifer Aniston and someone else filming a movie, and you took a picture of the area - glad you got to actually walk along near Dustin Hoffman!

Kate said...

Tootsie is fun every time. I love a man who seems like a woman as a best friend. Very sweet characters and the scene where he reveals himself still cracks me up. K

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

Oh my, what an exciting encounter. When I was a girl and living in NY, I saw the late Jackie Gleason. (who I later read was very mean spirited). A few years ago, while walking around 48th Street in NY, I saw Ben Stiller directing a movie. Dustin Hoffman, though, is very special and it must have been a thrill to see him. I recently watched him on one of those ancestor shows on PBS. He seemed like a nice and humble man.

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Oh, I am super excited for you!!! :)

Theresa said...

You were right there with him? Oh my goodness, that is awesome! Enjoy your time in your City, lucky you:)

Terra Hangen said...

What fun to see Dustin Hoffman up so close.

Mevely317 said...

Wow, Carol! To answer your question, my fav was - and always will be - Rain Man.
Is it just me, or was that security guard's comment snarky?
Not necessary!

Wandering Wren said...

Dearest Buttercup - do you know what impressed me most about this post? No it was not that you were hob-knobbing with Dustin, nor that you were respectful with regard to no photographs, always a tough one for us bloggers!!! It was that you had access to the wifi whilst out and about travelling, that is impressive!!! Ok so was hob knobbing with Dustin! Looks a lot of fun!
Wren x

SpicingUpIdaho said...

What a fun moment... since he is in town, maybe you'll see him again, who knows! :) Happy to visit with you today, and hope you are enjoying a lovely day!

Susie said...

Buttercup, you were so kind ..I would have yelled hi and asked for a picture. LOL. I like Dustin 's movies. Blessings, xoxo, susie

Melinda said...

Look at you, walking the street with stars.

Well, that is a hard question, but I think it would have to be
Tootsie.

M : )

Anne Payne said...

Oh wow! That is so cool!!! I'm afraid I might have been a little too tempted to take a photo or open my big mouth and say hello ;)