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Live, from New York, it's . . . Guy?

So did you spot our Guy Fieri sitting right up front in the audience on "Saturday Night Live," inches from planted guest star William Shatner?

Well, you're right -- it would have been impossible to miss him.

Guy picked up his phone Monday to share with his extended Sonoma County family how he happened to be there and in the good seats.

He said he told his agent recently, "My goal in the next few years is I want to host 'Saturday Night Live.'" It's a serious statement coming from Guy, who was a little known Sonoma County restaurateur when he took on thousands of competitors for the title of The Next Food Network Star 2? years ago and won.

Right now, he's in New York, working on one of his four national TV shows. Anyway, his manager got him a ticket to "Saturday Night Live" so he could scope it out, and a couple of "SNL" sound technicians Guy knows landed him a primo seat at Saturday's season premiere.

There he was, beaming in all his spiky-haired glory, when the camera turned to Shatner in the audience during Olympic superstar Michael Phelps' monologue.

It's been a kick to track the show-biz ascent of Guy Fieri, who credits Sonoma County and his wife and two sons here with his success. One of his current projects is to create a foundation to encourage kids to imagine high, high goals, then give their all to achieve them.

Any guesses to when he'll appear as host of "SNL"?

LIVIN' SMALL: The New York Times ran a nice, big story the other day on the growing popularity of teeny, tiny houses like those designed by Sebastopol's Jay Shafer.

Jay's a pioneer in troll-sized habitation, having lived since 1997 in a house that measures 96 square feet. It's roughly a third the size of the average American kitchen.


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