Shopping for Fuzzy Bear Hats with My New Friend Bill Murray

comments (21) October 21st, 2008     

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VictoriaNorth Victoria North, product manager
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Yes, I am wearing a furry bear hat, and, yes, that is Bill Murray.
Here is Nikki looking super hot (literally and figuratively) in her awesome new Foxy Monster hat.
Now picture Michaela, Nikki, and I wearing the hats while singing Rick Astleys Never Gonna Give You Up at the top of our lungs.
Yes, I am wearing a furry bear hat, and, yes, that is Bill Murray.

Yes, I am wearing a furry bear hat, and, yes, that is Bill Murray.

It all started with a bear hat. This past weekend I attended Maker Faire, Austin with Michaela and our coworker Nikki. I was able to meet a lot of great people, some of whom are probably reading this. "Hi!" We ate a lot of fries, listened to Rick Astley A LOT, and then...we found the fuzzy bear hats from Foxy Monster.

There were many cool exhibits and booths at the fair, one of which was the Foxy Monster table. Nikki decided to get a green fuzzy bear hat to keep her warm on those frosty winter days in Brooklyn. After hearing the first three lines of "Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley coming from the loudspeakers for the fiftieth time that day, I think I finally snapped and claimed Nikki's hat as my own.

I think this is what first caused Bill Murray to stop and say hello. Just a few minutes earlier we heard the rumored sightings that were spreading quickly, "Bill Murray is at the fair." When I looked up from restocking the free magazines on our giveaway table, I found him looking at me curiously. He inquired as to why I might be wearing a fuzzy bear hat on a beautiful sunny day in Austin. I really had no response to such a logical question except that the hat was awesome, and so my afternoon with Bill Murray began.

Moments later he was stealing my French fries, and I thought it was only fair to ask for a photo. He suggested we take a walk as to avoid a stampede, and so Michaela and I took a stroll through the Bazaar Bizarre with our new friend. We spoke about his reason for visiting Austin (Maker Faire, actually), CraftStylish (he requested more Macho Crafts), life in Connecticut, knit ski masks, and of course, the bear hat. We took a couple of photos and we both moved on with our lives, or so I thought.

Throughout the afternoon, Bill kept coming back to our booth and chatting with us, culminating with our trip to the Foxy Monster table to purchase our very own fuzzy bear hats. This of course required us to try on every hat on the table, discussing the pros and cons of each. In the photo above you can see our final choices. They are also reversible in case you were curious.

The strangest part about the whole experience was that it didn't feel strange at all. I met a lot of great people at the fair and my experience with Bill was just an extension of that. It was great to chat with him and I had a lot of fun picking out my hat (which I am wearing as I write this at my desk in Connecticut). Later that afternoon, Bill gave me a call to mention an interesting place he might be heading for dinner. Unfortunately, the dive bar closed early on Sunday and so my story does not end with us having dinner with Bill, but instead with a voicemail explanation of how bingo can be played with a chicken.

To an outside observer, this might seem like a brush with celebrity in the strangest of places, but for me it feels more like a chance meeting that led to a very fun afternoon buying bear hats.

posted in: event, Maker Faire, Austin

Comments (21)

gooseontheloose writes: OH MY GOD.......
I LOVE Bill Murray - I'm going to print the photo, hang it in my workspace and look to it for inspiration while I work to make more 'Macho' Jewelry. I'm so envious, Vicky - you little devil:)
The hats are fabulous by the way!
Posted: 11:50 am on December 13th
Callie9461 writes: Sounds like a great time with Bill Murray. He is a wonderful actor, I enjoy in all his movies.
Posted: 1:43 pm on October 25th
MineFull writes: Curious, did Bill mention his reason for selecting a blue raspberry icee colored bear hat?

Posted: 11:41 am on October 23rd
CandyPurse writes: My sister and I were at the Maker Faire. We were working the Duncan Tulip Fashion Paints booth. We were on the side of the craftystylish booth. My sister says to me, "Hey look, there's Bill Murray!", I was like "Oh my gosh, lets go talk to him." We went over there, and I said to him, "I totally loved you in "What About Bob.! He was like (in a condesending voice) "Oh, you liked that one did you." Then he walked off. I was so we were so embarrassed. I know, I know, I should have said I like him in Lost In Translation, or Charlie's Angels or Rushmore. But guys, my mind went totally blank. All I could think of was What About Bob. I felt like such a moron!!
Posted: 11:11 am on October 23rd
Average_Jane_Crafter writes: Hooray! I'm so happy to see this story. I heard such buzz about Bill Murray, but never saw him and have only seen random fuzzy pictures from far away. HOW AWESOME! What a fun experience!

And, man! I'm bummed I didn't get to hang with you guys last weekend. Next year!

Bill Murray and Fuzzy Bear Hats. Just a perfect way to spend the day. :)
Posted: 11:35 pm on October 22nd
DingusMcPhee writes: These hats make you all look like fashion-forward Ewoks.
Posted: 6:03 pm on October 22nd
VictoriaNorth writes: It was great to meet you too Abby. The hat has caused quite a stir at the office. I think we have more photos with hats at this point than without. I only had one respectable photo of the three of us out of 70 photos.
Posted: 11:57 am on October 22nd
abbywright writes: What a great blog! I love the hat (I got one myself!) and it was nice to meet you at Maker Faire Vicky!
Posted: 11:39 am on October 22nd
pinsandneedles writes: Thanks for the photo! I love Bill (and CraftStylish, of course!).
Posted: 7:55 am on October 22nd
JenniferStern writes: Does Bill Craft??? Maybe some Macho Manly crafts wouldn't be a bad idea.
Posted: 7:26 am on October 22nd
Jen_W writes: You really do need to put this photo on your Christmas card.
Posted: 12:45 am on October 22nd
kaytet writes: that is totally totally amazing!!!
so jealous! i want to walk around wearing fuzzy bear hats with bill murray. did you guys make a date to meet some time in the future?
Posted: 9:45 pm on October 21st
VictoriaNorth writes: That is incredibly random Michaela, but I guess I can wait until you come to town in a couple of weeks.
Posted: 9:37 pm on October 21st
MichaelaMurphy writes: I want to watch you watch it
Posted: 9:32 pm on October 21st
VictoriaNorth writes: I've never actually seen Lost in Translation. I guess I should try to rent it now.
Posted: 9:27 pm on October 21st
MichaelaMurphy writes: I have to say having witnessed (and photographed) this amazing experience that it felt like we were living in a remake of Lost In Translation starring Vicky and Bill Murray and instead of Tokyo it was the Maker Faire--fuzzy hat and all.

Posted: 9:00 pm on October 21st
ashleyakafoxymonster writes: VICKY! Thanks girl, for being so cute, wearing your friends hood, and bringing Bill to my booth! Highlight of my LIFE! you two were hilarious! great post. you rule!
Posted: 8:37 pm on October 21st
susanstars writes: how cool! and very VERY Lost in Translation.
Posted: 8:05 pm on October 21st
Jen_W writes: I almost want to kill you. That is such a good story that I want to weep that I didn't go to Maker Faire. What was Bill doing there? So Lost in Translation.
Posted: 6:32 pm on October 21st
erika_kern writes: Jealous doesn't begin to describe how jealous I am!
Posted: 5:52 pm on October 21st
LindaPermann writes: wow! that's pretty awesome. and i love the bear hats.
Posted: 4:33 pm on October 21st
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