He will henceforth be referred to as Shia. Not because we’re on first name basis already, but because spelling Shia’s last name is a chore.

Anyways, after building my Pinterest scorecard to chart all my cooking goodness, I decided I’d had it with cooking for the… decade… so Jeremy agreed to meet me at CPK where we had a giftcard. I walked there, because public transportation is expensive, and as I was crossing the crosswalk, I encountered a bearded, long-haired, excessively grungy Shia. He clearly was doing his darndest not to be noticed… But I consider myself a celebrity expert (tried and failed to spell efficianado. Any help? I’ve never read it, only heard it), so there was no way he could get past me so cavalierly.

“That was Shia!” I told the people next to me on the crosswalk only I said his full name but I just don’t want to spell it again. But I still wasn’t sure, because I was surprised that ┬áhe was so short. I didn’t get a picture, obviously that would be rude when he so clearly didn’t want it, but I looked back, and he had heard me and shot me a brief wink.

Still, I thought, maybe this dude gets told that he looks like Shia a lot so maybe he’s an average citizen just rolling with it. But no, I googled on my almost-out-of-battery phone, and in its dying breath it told me that Shia was 5’9″ and I was convinced. So of course I had to brag to my server at CPK, and I said “Guess which celebrity I just saw!”

And she was like, “Lemme guess, Shia? He came in here for lunch today and drinks last night. He stays in the hotel around the corner.”

So even though she stole my thunder, she also confirmed that I had, in fact, seen Shia LaBeouf.

He looked kinda like this except his hair was down.
Also, though I am sure this is hardly the acting role for which he would want to be remembered, let’s review an old Even Stevens clip for old time’s sake.
Chicago Celebrity Count: Joan Cusack, Kristin Chenoweth, Shia.

  1. Jul 18, 2012
    Alesa

    The best part of the story is that he heard you and winked at you!!! Like you were sharing a secret.

    Reply
  2. Jul 18, 2012
    Kirsten Wiemer

    hahahaha. first of all awesome. second of all, even stevens is definitely how i remember shia. hahaha

    K

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  3. Jul 18, 2012
    Sierra

    ummmm WHAT.
    P.S. We are name twins! Yay! I am following your blog.
    And you crack me up.
    Probably because we have the same name. So we have to be funny. Ya know? haha
    xoxo,
    Sierra
    Oh, Just Living the Dream

    Reply
  4. Jul 19, 2012
    Brooke

    What the?! Cool!

    ….did his beard look better in real life?

    Also, I'd just like to say that both Sierra and Kirsten are awesome blog friends and real life friends. I second these blog friendships.

    Reply
  5. Jul 19, 2012
    Kailee

    This post reminded me of this video…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrDPPaDbrsE

    And I can't believe he has a BEARD! Gross haha.

    Reply
  6. Jul 19, 2012
    Harley

    morale boosters.
    hahahahhaha.
    funny.
    shia looks like a grizzy bear.

    Reply
  7. Jul 20, 2012
    Deidre

    You saw Joan!? I love Joan. LOVE her – Working Girl? Awesomeness.

    Reply
  8. Jul 23, 2012
    Ashley

    Shia!!!!!!!! Ew…that beard..

    Reply