Spotting Jason Castro and Terrell Owens

by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

My brief encounter with Jason Castro

My brief encounter with Jason Castro

While shopping this weekend at the Buffalo Exchange, a thrift store in Dallas, I spotted “American Idol” contestant Jason Castro. No one seemed to recognize him, or they just didn’t care to approach him. I couldn’t remember his full name, but I walked up to him nonetheless.

“Hi! You were on ‘American Idol,’ right?”

“Yep, that’s me,” he said while holding up a pair of jeans.

“Oh wow, nice! Do you think I could take a photo with you?”

“Sure,” he said, brushing his dreadlocks out of his face.

I asked some random guy if he would take a photo of us, not realizing that my camera batteries were dead. One of the store’s cashiers overheard that my batteries were dead, and she ran to the back of the store and gave me some. Castro, who is from Rockwall, Texas, kept looking for clothes as I stood and wondered whether he’d think I was acting somewhat creepy. I’m not a huge “American Idol” fan, but I figured I might as well take advantage of an opportunity to get a photo of him.

While we’re on the subject of seeing semi-famous people, I should share my Dallas Cowboys experience. A couple of weeks ago, I shadowed a photographer to learn how to shoot/edit video. The photographer was assigned to shoot a video of Pacman Jones prior to his suspension from the team. Little did I know, we were going to shoot the video inside the Cowboys’ locker room. Oh my.

I walked inside and was faced with a room full of naked football players. They were all casually undressing in front of the news crews. Some of the guys are huge, and not particularly pleasant to look at in the nude. I tried to act nonchalant, but I couldn’t help but stare! At one point, I looked over and saw Terrell Owens naked. He may be the most muscular man I’ve ever seen. Pacman never showed up, but we managed to get some good footage of the other players. You never know what you’re going to see as a journalist, or when shopping.