This evening in Busch's I noticed that the young dude talking boisterously on his cell phone in aisle 4 had the old Orioles cap on---this one , with the cartoon bird. It crossed my mind briefly to make a stab at a little Baltimore connection with the kid, but he was on the phone, and anyway there was something about him that suggested he might not be as receptive to such a thing as the average wearer of the old logo. He got his Cinnamon Toast Crunch and I got whatever I was in that aisle for (the wheat germ? check it out next time you buy: Made with Pride in Manhattan, Kansas), and we went our separate ways---only to be reunited, such as it was, another two rows down.
He was still on the phone, even louder now, and there seemed to be something about it that suggested his audience might be broader than just the party on the other end of the satellite signal. Then he said, "Yeah, I'm swimming pretty good," and went on to reference his training schedule and goals for the immediate future (oddly enough involving Super Bowl Sunday as some sort of demarcation). That's when I knew who he was, and another look at him confirmed it. Yep, it was the recent Olympic celebrity who used to frequent Pete's Grille, too, but after H & I beat it outta town.
So do you think he was trying to get recognized in the grocery store, walking around talking loudly about his swimming?