By Dave Begel Contributing Writer Published May 03, 2012 at 11:02 AM

I was watching "American Idol" last week when Ryan Seacrest mentioned his "girlfriend" who was standing in the wings.

The camera then caught a shot of the girlfriend, Julianne Hough, the very cute and talent-limited former dancer on "Dancing With the Stars" as well as a fledgling country singer and actor.

And I got to wondering, how in the world did Ryan Seacrest and Julianne Hough hook up? For that matter, how did George Clooney and Stacy Keibler or Brad and Angelina or Beyonce and Jay Z or Kim Kardashian and anyone, actually meet?

I mean they don’t go to the same church. They don’t go to bars and troll for dates. They don’t search online ads at dating sites.

Do they even arrange the hookup themselves? Or are there "people" who do it and tell them who they should be dating or be seen with or have a baby with? It’s almost impossible for me to imagine how this happens.

One thing, though. I’ll bet none of them met the way I met my wife, or you met your significant other or the way any normal people do.

Dave Begel Contributing Writer

With a history in Milwaukee stretching back decades, Dave tries to bring a unique perspective to his writing, whether it's sports, politics, theater or any other issue.

He's seen Milwaukee grow, suffer pangs of growth, strive for success and has been involved in many efforts to both shape and re-shape the city. He's a happy man, now that he's quit playing golf, and enjoys music, his children and grandchildren and the myriad of sports in this state. He loves great food and hates bullies and people who think they are smarter than everyone else.

This whole Internet thing continues to baffle him, but he's willing to play the game as long as keeps lending him a helping hand. He is constantly amazed that just a few dedicated people can provide so much news and information to a hungry public.

Despite some opinions to the contrary, Dave likes most stuff. But he is a skeptic who constantly wonders about the world around him. So many questions, so few answers.