November 13, 2003

Just back from a stint in L.A. for a friend's wedding. Well, OFFICIALLY it was for fellow UGA Accidentals Alum Joey Googe's wedding, but we managed to fit in a visit with my brother and a day in Disneyland for good measure.

Rob seems to be in a good place in his life, or at least he's come to terms with it. He's teaching high school kids, and he finds himself loving the work. Who would have thought it? His girlfriend, Gwennie, tagged along for a visit to Disneyland and Mel and I picked up the tab, for Rob's birthday gift. DisneyLand is a little weird, if you're used to Walt Disney WORLD, like I was. Joey's sister put it best: "It's like Bizarro-DisneyWorld: everything looks familiar, but it's different and all in the wrong places." After an amazing day in the park, Rob said that it was the best birthday gift he'd ever received from anybody. The day after, they took us to see a few sights in L.A., including the Sunset Strip, Amoeba Music, and some cool vintage cloting stores.

Rob mentioned that in addition to the lunar eclipse happening on his birthday, it also coincided with the planets aligning in the shape of the Star of David. I mused that perhaps this is foretelling of the Second Coming. ("Or the First, depending on your beliefs," Melissa added.) I always knew Rob would be the subject of some weird Prophecy involving aligned planets, and possibly a lost artifact, that would seal him as the Dark Lord Something-or-Other.

The wedding for Joey and bride Lea was not only beautiful, but fun to boot. I knew no one else besides the groom and his parents, but that didn't stop Melissa from working her social mojo no the crowd and making friends with a couple who work in makeup effects with the legendary Rick Baker (who did movies like "Men In Black"). She just has a knack for finding people with connections.

This was all great fun, and seeing Joey again was the best. Joey was the resident goofball in the Accidentals, and I became his understudy when I joined them in 1992. When he left, he passed the torch to me, and I passed it on to Mr. Brian Johnston in a long-standing tradition (and possibly a Union stipulation) that each a cappella group have a smart-ass in the bass section. Seeing Joey again brought back lots of fond memories but also made me realize how much I will miss him.

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