Congratulations! If you know me, then you are, at most, only four degrees from Kevin Bacon!
That's because I'm only three degrees, or steps, away from Kevin myself. AND - I have proof.
Oh, come on. Unless you've been living under a rock the last 10 years, you must have heard about the whole Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game. This is the concept where you attempt to link another actor to Kevin Bacon within the least number of steps possible. This website even lets you enter in a name and it will automatically calculate that star's Bacon number. Unfortunately, it doesn't work for lay-folk, so I had to find my number another way.
Last summer I took advantage of an opportunity to validate my Bacon number when I attended a wedding with the only Hollywood actor I know personally - Larry Brandenburg, who has a Bacon number of 2. Even though it's not a requirement of the game that Larry actually "know" Kevin on a first-name basis, I thought it would help strengthen my case if I could hear it from the horse's mouth.
Me: "Hey Larry, do you know Kevin Bacon?"
Larry: "Yeah. Why?"
Me: "No, I mean really know Kevin Bacon. Like if he walked past you in a restaurant would he stop and say, 'Oh, hi Larry!' or would he just kind of nod in the way that he sort of recognizes you and then keep walking?"
Larry: "What the hell are you talking about Jeff?"
Me: "I'm just trying to establish whether you know him personally, or if you just say you know him because you both are 'Hollywood actors' and you've seen him around a few times. There's a big difference."
Larry: "One more time... What the hell are you talking about Jeff?"
Me: "Larry, I'm trying to get to my Bacon number and it will help my case if you know him! It's not that complicated!"
Larry: "YES, YES, I know the man already! Chill out!"
Me: "So you're saying he would stop in the restaurant?"
Larry: "Yes Jeff, he would stop."