07 January 2008

How I Met Shane


Shane and I have been friends for 13 years now. During the summer of '95 we painted the town red, hitting clubs, dating girls, and living the good life. That fall he came with me when I went back to school. We bought and operated the Sonic Garden CD store together and roomed together at Aaron's condo. Shane even managed our band, Honeysuck, which eventually led him to his illustrious career of managing other bands and promoting local music festivals.

We've stayed close friends throughout the 12 years that I've been married. He comes over weekly to watch TV at our house on Survivor Night. We have dinner parties and game nights together. And just recently, we completed a 12 day trip to Mexico where Shane joined all of us to celebrate Christmas.

Invariably, as people I know meet Shane, the question arises: "how did you meet Shane?" The answer usually invokes laughter and some scorn for a few minutes following. So once and for all, let me make something very clear:

There was a moment in history, albeit very brief, when rollerblading was not gay. And during that moment there was another precise moment in history, albeit even more brief than the previously-mentioned moment, when it was very much punk and very much not gay for a man to have a pierced navel.

At that very moment in time - a veritable snapshot of time - I happened to be at the roller blading park having a very manly blading session and I overheard a guy - turns out it was Shane - discussing his plans to get a pierced navel. And as chance would have it, I already had a pierced navel and I offered some insights to that effect, and the rest is history.

And that's how I met Shane.

10 comments:

Natalie said...

Sounds pretty gay.

Gords said...

Sorry, but that's gay.

Samantha said...

I don't think I knew that. pig out.

Supercords said...

How did it take me a week before discovering this post?

Anyway, I thought we agreed to always leave the part about the navel piercings OUT when we told this story. It's already gay enough that we met in a roller blade shop, do we have to include the part where you lifted up your shirt and exposed your belly?

How long ago did you take that thing out anyway? It's out, right?

Shane

Supercords said...

Oh, and by the way, that photo is 100% not of me, in case anyone was wondering.

I wouldn't be caught dead wearing knee pads...

calistaemig said...

Whenever I introduce Shane to someone, I love to turn to Joey and say..."tell them how you met!" It is the best ever.

Love Ya Shane. We are very glad you came with us to Mexico.

Kyle said...

I don't know why anyone would find this surprising. Have you met Joey and Shane? It makes perfect sense.

When are we going to get the blog about the Vegas Open?

Lindsay said...

Haha...roller blades. I love it!

Douglas & Connie Jones Earl said...

It's all starting to fit together.

cort said...

Joe, I actually don't think that you and Shane are gay. I think that you are most definitely BI.....I'm not so sure about Shane.