Thursday, August 20, 2009

A Thousand Days in the Making

Part 3: Geremy Saves the Blog

The second half of 2008 was a rough one for the blog. After two and a half years of writing, I had completely run out of ideas. I was repeating jokes and stories, and nothing felt new. I decided to branch out and try some different things. I wrote fiction stories based in reality, or posts with a comedic slant. Some of it worked, and some of it didn't, but after really trying for a few months, I was kind of tired of it. As the year drew to a close, it again felt like the blog was dying.

Day 823 (January 10th, 2009) -

The Cardinals were playing the Panthers in the second round of the playoffs, and the gang had decided to meet up at our typical watering hole to watch the game. The Cards doing well happens once, maybe twice in a lifetime, so we were all fairly excited. My sister even decided that Fitz was on her list. Her boyfriend Andrew decided that Fitz might be on his list too.

"A friend of mine that I haven't seen in a while is coming up to meet us", Todd Geremy said nonchalantley during the first quarter.

Either I hadn't been spending enough time with Geremy, or I was too enthralled with the game, but I didn't immediately question who this friend was. As the second quarter started, a girl who was far too pretty to be hanging out in our dive bar walked in the door. Geremy waived his hand to get her attention.

"There's Anna-Jeanne."

Of course.

I'm not sure why it surprised me, cute girls flock to Geremy like fat kids to a half off donut sale.

Anna-Jeanne took a seat between me and Geremy and did her best to keep up with the game. While Miranda was practicing writing "Mrs. Larry Fitzgerald" and everyone else was completely focused on the Cards, I was now sitting next to a cute girl, and slightly nervous. What made it worse was that she kept talking to me.

I attempted to calm my nerves and actually carry on a conversation. I explained a few things about the game and made a few jokes which she actually laughed at. This would have been a very normal night for me, had it included an introduction from Rod Serling, but it hadn't. And it was about to get weirder.

After one joke she laughed loudly before stopping and saying, "Wait, what was your name again?"
"Uh... Jesse?"
"OH. MY. GOD! You're the one with the blog, right? I remember reading a story about you hiking. You're hilarious!"

I honestly thought for a moment that maybe Geremy had hired her to come in and lift my spirits.

January 10th also happens to be my good friend Rose's birthday. There was a party at Heidi's house which I was already late too. I stalled for a little while longer, but I figured it was best that I leave before I had a chance to say anything stupid.

Rose's birthday party is a grand tradition. Even though Rose was in Iowa, Heidi wasn't about to let something as minor as 1700 miles spoil her day. The plan was a webcam based party with all of the Phoenix residents meeting at Heidi's.

Day 824 (January 11th, 2009) -

Miranda called me early in the morning to discuss the game, how awesome Fitzgerald is, and the previous night.

"I think that girl was in love with you. You shouldn't have left so early."
"Yeah. I thought maybe that was just all in my head, but she actually seemed to find me amusing."
"You blew it."


  1. When any girl tries to come between you and a Rose birthday party (knowingly or not) it just isn't meant to be.

  2. 3 things:

    1. that pic from the rose webcam party is hi-larious...rose and zach look awesome, like they're together on the witness stand in small-claims court answering questions about exactly what time it was when they saw their negligent neighbor's dog take its 5th shit on the local church's lawn.

    2. and man thats really tragic that the cardinals didn't the win superbowl....arizona sports franchises are totally jinxed. Although i guess we took the World Series in 2001...but winning baseball kinda feels like winning a regional science fair: you're kinda happy about it but you dont really know why.

    3. can you make it so that your links open in a new window or new tab...its just how i roll. thanks.


  3. Heidi,

    Well put.


    1. It was the Thursday before the party if I remember correctly. Good eye.

    2. I watched the Cards for a solid 6 or 7 years when they first came here, but then I kind of gave up on football until my sister started making me watch a few years ago.

    It's funny to see people outside of AZ actually like them now. There's a Cardinal on the cover a video game. How weird is that? I mean... even though they've never won it all, the Suns have always been a good team. The Cardinals on the other hand have been called the worst professional sports franchise ever. That's saying something.

    3. I'm sure there's a way.

  4. who is this "geremy" character? i know no such person. i met a todd though...