On Friday, I was in Aliso Viejo, California, minding my own business while watching the Hangover Part II with my brother and his girlfriend. After the movie ended, we stood inside the theater for a while just talking when I turn around at the perfect moment to see someone walk past me. He looked familiar, yes, that slack jaw and wide set eyes, but I instantly began to doubt myself. But my racing heart knew that it was him. Joey Richter.
The first thing my mind thought was Why the hell was he in California? After a while of me simply standing about 20 feet away from him, my brother’s girlfriend’s mom walked me over to him to introduce ourselves. I, politely, waited until he ordered his large popcorn and cup of water to glomp on him. When he began to walk away, we seized our opportunity and quietly asked, “Are you Joey? Joey… from a Very Potter Musical?”
With a wicked smile he said, “Why yes I am!” I was so nervous that all I could ask was for a picture. And he agreed! Then we made idle talk, asking him about Starkid and why he was out where I lived, and incidentally, Laguna Niguel is his hometown! Then he shook my hand and asked me my name and we took a picture.
Before we departed I blurted out, “You totally just made my night.”
And you know what he said back? “So did you, I’m glad that I have fans and that you took you time watching me”
This was the perfect way to start off my summer.
Yes, whenever I look at this picture, I’m sitting here screaming,
OH MY FUCKING GOD I MET JOEY RICHTER.