Tom attended Archbishop Molloy High School, the same as mr. kenju (but much later) so he was there on Thursday night for the Hall of Fame Ceremonies. When Miss kenju#2 and I got back to the NY Athletic Club after seeing the show, we were invited upstairs to the tap room, for an after-party. I felt a little self-conscious since I was not dressed for a party, but it turned out okay, because most of the other women were not dressed up either, except for daughter #1, who looked beautiful. (no I cannot show a photo of her - she won't let me.)
Mr. kenju knew what a fan of Tom Westman's I had been when he was on Survivor. He played with integrity and intelligence, or so it seemed at the time. So at the first opportunity, he dragged Tom over to me and introduced us. Tom was very gracious and friendly, and we discussed Survivor for a bit. He said that most castmates in the previous Survivor shows do not stay in contact with each other, but his group is in touch, and some of them have even visited NY and stayed with Tom and his family. He said something to the effect of: I now have a whole group of 20 somethings as friends.
He told me that he lost 30 pounds while he was on the show. Previous to the show, he had been training for a marathon, and was in the best shape of his life when he started on Survivor. Imagine being in great shape and then losing 30 pounds. Since that time, he has put on 20 of the pounds he lost. I thought he still looked great, but he says he needs to lose it again.
After Tom won Survivor, he retired from the New York Fire Department, and now works as a financial planner (I think that is what he said). And that was my little brush with fame last week!
Tomorrow, I'll show some pics and tell you about our Friday in New York.