Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Mistaken Identity...

We're back.

I flew to Chicago nearly two weeks ago. After spending a few days in Chicago, I flew down to Palm Beach International to spend a few days with my folks in the Florida warmth and sunshine. Then, I flew back to Chicago, met up with Mrs. TBF, spent a couple of quick days visiting family and friends, and then we flew back together to Basel.

As we were getting off the plane in Basel, a British woman who was standing behind me said to me:

"Excuse me... I'm sure you get this all the time, but are you a designer?"


I had to admit that I'd never been asked that question before in my life, so I just had to find out who she thought I was.

It turns out that she thought I was Alexander McQueen.

I don't think I look anything like him, but...whatever. Maybe I'll grow a mustache and chin-beard and try to get some free meals at London restaurants.

I was once asked (when we were on our way back from Japan a couple of years ago) in the BA lounge at Heathrow by an American woman: "Did you used to play basketball?" to which I replied, "Why yes, I did." I'm sure she thought I used to be a professional basketball player, but I did, in fact, play basketball when I was a kid, so I didn't feel like I was lying. Ok, I'm tall. Yes, I can understand if somebody would think that I used to be a basketball player, but...

A designer?

I guess each one of us has a "separated at birth" twin somewhere in the world.

Who do people say you look like?


I slept for four hours yesterday afternoon, and then like a rock for nearly eight hours last night. Give me a couple of days to get back on track, and maybe I'll find, and post, a couple of photos from my trip to the U.S.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

TBF....Nice to have ya back and glad you had a good holiday in the sun. Your passport pic looks just like McQueen...are you sure he is not Cdn. and that is his passport pic. ESP

Michael said...

I know you're forgetting to tell us about all the times that people think they've seen you on the side of a bottle of Mr. Clean!

The Sour Kraut said...

...and the crazy guy from Full Metal Jacket

Years ago I used to get the Tic Tac Girl. Lately, I get Charlise Theron but either those people are humoring me or possibly blind. Maybe they mean Charlise Theron in Monster?

The Big Finn said...

Michael - I've been called Maestro Lindo in Italy, Meister Proper in Germany, and Monsieur Propre in France by strangers during past trips.

TSK - I guess I can see the Charlize Theron resemblance, but you definitely look like the original Tic Tac girl.

Dr Di said...

oooo - I like McQueen....but you will always be Mr Sauber to me. :-)

The DP said...

I used to get fat molly ringwald a lot, especially from drunk guys in college. now that she has gained weight i just get molly ringwald.
I kinda see the alexander mcqueen though, but in reality you look like someone who belongs on a random finnish tv show. you could be your own star.

Expat Traveler said...

Mr. Clean.... Now that is funny.. But the designer um no...

Yes I'd love to see a pic or two which I imagine must contain one odd face from you.