I thought I'd seen it all when it came to weird promotional events involving past-their-prime celebs. Then I saw an ad for a pair of upcoming "bottle signings" involving the comic actor Dan Aykroyd. My first impulse was that Aykroyd probably piggybacked the signings on to a more purposeful trip to Seattle, one that might involve him trying to make people laugh somewhere, with a cover charge and assigned seats involved. But no--he's just going to be in town signing bottles of vodka on Sept. 29th and 30th, a Tuesday and Wednesday.
Turns out, Aykroyd owns the vodka line he's promoting. So, okay, maybe not so weird, provided he'll be signing the bottles at peak boozing hours at some downtown hotspot like Spur, where, you know, people might actually be able to consume Dan's vodka. But that's not what's going to happen. What's going to happen is that Aykroyd is going to be hunkered down in a state liquor store in SoDo (2960 4th Ave. S) on the 29th, from the hours of 4-6 p.m.--hours when most people haven't yet clocked off--signing bottles of booze that you can't enjoy until you get home. Same exact drill on the 30th at the U-Village liquor store, so the real housewives of Laurelhurst can restock their cabanas.So, yes, this is the weirdest past-his-prime celebrity event I think I've ever seen (about to) roll through Seattle--and we wouldn't miss it for the world!