Today my Padawan Troy drove up from Los Alamitos to have lunch me and visit Whimsic Alley.. Okay let me back up a bit.. First, why I call him my Padawan (jedi in training). Troy was at my 40th Birthday party last month and I found out that he's a geek but really just finding his true geekiness. Me being a Geek Master I told him and would teach him in the ways of Geek.. and being a geek I started calling him my Padawan and he in turn started calling me his Master.. hence he is my Geek Padawan and I am his Geek Master.
How did I meet Troy? I met Troy while he was in line for the Guild comic back in March of 2010, I interviewed him for my podcast. I instantly had a connection with him, I'm not sure what it was about him but it's like we had been friends forever but just never met. Unfortunately we didn't hang out then and I didn't really get to know him until May 2010 while on set of The Guild season 4 as he was an extra for two days. Unforeseen forces kept putting us together.. it was destine for us to be friends. We got to know each other a little better on set and I continued to feel this instant connection with him, but again we didn't spend as much time as I would have liked. We did become friends on facebook and twitter and would chat here and there but it wasn't until four months later he joined me for my 40th Birthday and I got to spend a few hours hanging out with him, when he left we exchanged phone numbers and vowed to hang out more. Well a few days ago he texted me and said we should hang, he also said he wanted to go to Whimsic Alley (Harry Potter store in LA). I was so excited as I've been wanting to go there the past few months since they relocated but never had anyone to go with. So I asked him to join me for lunch and then we could visit the store.
So he arrived at my house at 12:30pm, we headed to Encino to Islands to grab some lunch. We had a FANTASTIC time. I really got to know him, as I said before it was as if we had been friends all our lives. The more I got to know him, the more I realized how AWESOME he was. He reminded me of me. After Islands we went to Whimsic Alley out in Los Angeles and walked around for an hour or so. Took some pictures and had such a fun time. After Whimsic Alley we headed back to my place and we were having such a great time I asked if he had plans afterwards and he said no so I invited him to hang out with Harry and I and watch a movie. Since he was my Padawan and I was teaching him the way of being a geek I found out that he had never seen Superman so we watch the original Superman. By the time it was over we were all hungry and Troy and I went to our local pizza place and picked up a pizza for dinner. We watched a bit of TV and around 10pm I asked if he wanted to stay the night, as he lives 2 hours away and we have the guest room. He of course said sure and we continued his teaching in all things Geeky and we watched Legend with Tom Cruise. By the the movie was over it was midnight and we were ready for bed.
So what was suppose to be a few hours visit turned into a Wonderful day with one of the nicest and coolest guys I will ever have the pleasure of meeting. As you can tell I'm very excited as there are so few people in your life that you just know you were meant to be friends. From the moment I met Troy seven months ago I felt that connection and fate kept getting us together to make sure we connected. I can't explain it and I don't think I need too. Troy and I will be close friends for the rest of our lives.