Tales from the red carpet with Richard Gere, Bradley Cooper

I’m a little miffed at La Quinta Councilwoman Linda Evans.

I read her Palm Springs International Film Festival star sightings list Sunday morning with disgust. Naomi Watts, Helen Hunt, Alan Arkin, Tom Hanks and Dale Chihuly.

Who’s Chihuly?

Anyway, her Facebook list goes on and on. I didn’t see near as many stars from my vantage point across the street behind security. But, I was in great company, too.

I got to meet a kindergarten teacher from Desert Sands Unified who made her first red-carpet trip because of the Connecticut massacre. I also met a couple of red carpet pros who stake out a spot hours before the stars arrive with bags of movie posters they hope get signed. And I met a group of fans, now friends, who met on the red carpet last year.

It was a pretty friendly group, until the limos started arriving. That’s when things started to get ugly.

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Me and my god daughter, Aracely Herrera, on the red carpet. By Wade Byars/Desert Sun