By Rich Figel
Celebrity sightings in Hawaii are as common as whales in winter. They're out there, but you have to be in the right place at the right time to spot them. I'd much rather see a humpback breaching though, than encounter a celeb up close and personal. However, this story involving my friend Mark Bell was pretty funny so I wanted to share it with you.
Mark is an inventor and gadget guru, who we've featured on Career Changers TV twice (the MP3 Toilet Paper dispenser music player and Cooler Scooter segments). He's currently working with SeaBreeze Water Sports on marketing their Jetlev water-propelled jet packs and a new invention created by the SeaBreeze owners. I'll be telling you more about both in future blog posts and in video segments on my show.
Anyhow, Mark was at their Hawaii Kai location when they got a request from Paris Hilton to rent out their activities operation for the afternoon so she'd have privacy. Mark was out on the platform where they launch from, and asked her boyfriend if it would be okay to take photos of Paris while she was jet skiing. He said, yeah, no problem. When she got back on the deck, however, Paris yelled at him to stop and grabbed the camera out of his hands. She berated him, saying she didn't want paparazzi shooting unauthorized photos of her -- especially since she didn't have any make-up on. Mark said she quickly reviewed the photos on his camera and stopped when she saw his picture of her shoes, which she had left on the platform deck. "My wife is really into shoes," he explained. Paris laughed and said he couldn't be a paparazzi since they wouldn't have bothered to take that kind of photo.
Then she asked Mark to take pictures of her with her own camera... after she fixed herself up and applied make-up, of course. Later, Mark got her to pose with him. As for the Paris photos he took with her camera, Mark said he saw them on the paparazzi TV show, TMZ, a couple of days later. Someone "leaked" those pictures to the media... gee, who do you think did that?