I sure did.
I went to Phipps Plaza after work today to watch Not Easily Broken (Bill Duke, 2009), which I’m reviewing for FilmThreat. After the movie ended, I went to Nordstrom to look at the shoes and catch up on some ESPN/NFL imagery on the TVs in the men’s shoes section. I was there for possibly five to seven minutes. On my way out, I saw Arthur Blank. He was wearing dark navy or black slacks, a brownish-beige suit jacket, an orange v-necked sweater (possibly accompanied by a white button-down shirt), and caramel hued shoes. We made eye contact very briefly.
I really wanted to say, “Excuse me, Mr. Blank. I don’t mean to bother you, but can I shake your hand?”
or something to that melody, but I didn’t. His body language suggested that he was just out for a quiet stroll and didn’t want to be acknowledged or recognized.
But, how cool is that?! I saw Vernon Jones there three years ago. And a year later, I saw him at the Perimeter Mall Nordstrom. And over the holidays, I saw him at a Starbux in Funwoody.
And speaking of Phipps Plaza, Niketown has closed.