Friday, August 15, 2008
The big 2-3 for Joey the Joe
When our guy Joe was 3 months old, his grandpa took his first look at him and dubbed him "the judge." Don't know which came first, the nickname or the persona, but Joey embodies the judicial ideal: Fair. Thoughtful. Compassionate. Wise.
Joey's a natural golfer, slugger, first baseman, composer, and guitarist. And he's a natural-born friend, too...the loyal guy people call when they need advice or companionship or a safe ride home.
Favorite images of Joey:
Playing his Mattel Jaminator guitar at age 3, mastering the Slash rocker stance, and later parlaying it into his own bands: The Knuckleheads, Valium, Jekas, The Ted Bundy Love Connection, and the current brilliant music making machine, Brainbow.
Getting his first taste of cooked spinach and poetically noting, "It tastes like camel grass."
Asking to eat his Spaghettio's straight out of the can "like a hobo."
Making an unassisted triple play in third grade.
Giving his parents a big hug in front of friends and everybody.
Living his life with integrity, warmth, and one of the world's most infectious laughs.
That's our Joey. You gotta love him.
Joey? You out there? Love you, man, Happy Birthday!