Sorry about the bad quality of the cameraphone photo above, but no one told me that the hit TV show "24" would be filming shoppers at Northridge Mall when I dashed in for a quick errand on Wednesday night.
I'm pretty used to seeing our local malls on TV and in movies - but the film crews do not usually arrive until after everything closes. It's highly unusual to see a film crew working in a mall during regular business hours, with real people milling about doing real shopping.
No, I did not stay to watch them work (which is actually pretty boring if you're not one of those involved - and even then, the hours can drag on), and I had no desire to try to get on camera. As those of you who've been reading a while know, I've "been there, done that." And I was in a rush.
But had my daughter been with me, I might have made an effort to stay.
"I want to get my picture in the paper," she tells me. "I want to be on TV." She is very impressed that I've had both experiences. I try to tell her that it's bound to happen someday, because (as alluded in the post's title), everyone in this country gets their 15 Minutes of Fame. Especially in this age of reality programming. And especially if they live in Southern California.