Unfortunately, along with being deaf and scoliotic, Astro must've been color blind, too. The finished product was too ugly to wear, yet too nice a memento to discard. It remained in a drawer until we heard Sedaris was coming to town.
And Celeste decided she wanted to be the only person on earth with a shirt that had been painted by a scoliotic dolphin and signed by David Sedaris.
As we slowly made our way through the long line of fans at the book signing before the performance, Celeste nearly backed out, worried Sedaris might refuse to sign anything but a book.
Her friend Emillia Samosky went first. Sedaris asked her age and made small talk for a bit, then reached into a bag of goodies he reserves for teenagers who come to his shows. She left with a tiny bottle of shampoo he'd taken from the Four Seasons Hotel.
And then it was Celeste's turn. For a moment I worried she'd bolt, but he looked intrigued by what she was placing before him. As she explained the strange shirt, he first raised one eyebrow, then both.
Out came his little green notebook, where he jotted, "dolphin with scoliosis."
After signing the shirt, he rewarded Celeste with shower gel, also from the Four Seasons, and we went in search of our seats.
Toward the end of his performance that night -- a show so funny my jaws ached from laughing so hard -- he told about the strange shirt he'd been asked to sign earlier that evening. Seems Sedaris has had a long-held ambition to be paid to visit every state, and West Virginia had been the only state that was left on his list. But now that he's been to West Virginia and learned the people here care about scoliotic dolphins, he said he'd come back here for free.
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