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So… I Met Ralph Macchio (You Know… The Karate Kid) Yesterday @ralphmacchio

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As you know, I’m in LA to attend the red carpet premier of Iron Man 3 thanks to Marvel and Disney. I’m having SO MUCH so far. I’m part of a group of 25 and have met some really great people like Tammi Lee – my new girlfriend. 🙂

But I also met someone else for a brief moment – the… Karate… Kid.

I first saw him waiting for our plane and overheard him talking “Industry speak” to another man and assumed he was a producer. I recognized him briefly but my brain was half working and really didn’t place him. This is what happens when you have a  9 week old at home that doesn’t let you sleep.  In the end, I pegged him for a producer and let it go. Then this teenager ran up to him very enthusiastically and shook his hand and it got me thinking that I was missing something.

Come on brain…. WORK! WAKE UP.

But whatever – seats were being called and off we went.

I get to my seat and forget all about it. Until he’s standing right  next to me placing his luggage in the overhead above me. The stewardess wouldn’t let him put two bags up there and then because I’m noisy and obnoxious I hop in and tell her both my bags are under my seat so he could technically have “my spot” up there since I’m not using it. Yada yada yada – we get to talking.

I still don’t know who he is.

And then… I saw it.

And I stopped him mid-sentence and said, “Are you…. Macchio?”

And in a semi-defeated way, he replied yes. LOL! Poor guy – it’s like getting ID at a bar every single second of your life. But he was really nice. A few other people recognized him and said hello. He had glasses and headphones on once we took off and I let him be. But it was super cool to sit right next to him for the ride. I mean, I’m 35 years old folks. This man was on my bedroom WALL for a few months. ON MY WALL!

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I posted this on Facebook and got some really funny comments from my friends. I won’t show you the comments because Facebook is private and I don’t know if my friends want their comments on my blog – but everyone pretty much whipped out pop culture quotes and BEGGED ME to ask him to either SAY or POSE for a photo.  Which OF COURSE is probably another thing Ralph has to deal with.

Ok here are a few minus their names:

  •  I remember him in my Tiger Beat magazines. So long ago! Lol! My boys just studied The Outsiders in school and would love meeting Johnny. Get his autograph!!! (It’s for the kids!!!!) They were greasers for a day! Greasers Rule!
  • Sweep the Leg!
  • Would I be wrong to ask you to lick him for us?
  • Tell him women still swoon over him! LOL!
  • I had the biggest crush on him growing up! His poster was above my bed! Take a pic w him Vera! Plz!!
  • If you don’t get a photo and post to Facebook, I will be disappointed in you.
  • And ask him to say, “My cousin Vinny!” (That would go viral)
  • You need to unfriend anyone who needs that clarification that he’s the karate kid!
  • HA! Just watched that movie two nights ago!
  • Shut the front door! He was my imaginary boyfriend!

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So, in truth, I REALLY wanted to get a shot of me and Ralph like this. Not gonna lie. But I settled for the above shot once we got off the plane. Nice guy. He’s from Long Island which is where I live – so maybe I’ll see him around sometime. 😉

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Vera Sweeney, mom, blogger, social media influencer and New York resident, is the founder of LadyAndTheBlog.com. She is considered one of the top female digital influencers in today’s social media space. Her lifestyle and parenting brand helps busy women stay on top of the latest trends in fashion, food, family and travel.

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  1. That’s so awesome!

  2. Woohoo! I had a major crush on him when he was the Karate Kid. Looks pretty good for his age.

  3. in tribute to Ralph… http://youtu.be/DqFJ1auRnR4

    enjoy!

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