Roger Ebert wrote a book -- "Ebert's 'Bigger' Little Movie Glossary" -- about how real life isn't like a Hollywood movie. It came to mind this morning when I read this story from the Portage, Wis., Daily Register. The news story, "Kasten: 'I stood up for my beliefs,'" on its face is about Kevin Kasten's reaction to winning the U.S. Supreme Court decision yesterday in Kasten v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp. But what stands out for me is how little the reaction is like how Hollywood would have scripted it. In the movies, Kasten would have been called to the courthouse. He would have stood and heard the verdict -- perhaps he would have smiled, or let out a little victory cry. He would have walked outside to a throng of TV cameras and reporters, waiting for his reaction. In reality, Kasten got the news while he was cooking at his restaurant, the Portage Cafe. He was too busy to take the call. "I was cooking on the grill. My phone rang, and I recognized the number as being my lawyer," Kasten told the Register's Michael Thompson. He missed several calls, then finally he called the lawyer back. Kasten was expecting to lose, because of some comments that Justice Antonin Scalia had made during the oral arguments. Kasten told a server at the restaurant that he had won, then he took the rest of the day off. Kasten told the newspaper that he had enjoyed working at Saint-Gobain, but now he's busy with the cafe, a snow removal business, and a frozen pizza business. "My plate's full," he said. "I've got to be doing something, always. I never know what life's going to throw at me."
Life isn't like a Hollywood movie
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