Today marks the fifth anniversary of the first time we met Joey (fatjoey
) at the Backstreet Boys concert at the Rose Garden arena, February 27, 2001. My 'friend with connections' had gotten us good seats, and Charlie and I walked into the one beer garden and found Joey immediately, even though we had never actually seen each other before.
We originally hooked up with Joey at YahooGroups and found out he was a huge NSYNC fan, but not a BSB fan. That night converted him, especially into a Nick Carter fan. And it was the start of a very special relationship.
I'll never forget that whole day. It was bright, sunny and unseasonably warm. I walked downtown for a meeting and passed the Benson Hotel where the boys were staying, and the place was swarmed with young girls hanging around. I passed the place where the tour buses were parked, and at one point I saw a limo and was convinced it was carrying Brian to his golf date.
God, time sure flies when you're having fun. Now, years later, many Yahoo lists later and after four years of intermittent blogging at LJ, here we all are, having shared so many interests and fandoms and fanfic (including Joey's story, 'Connections' -- which he never did finish, btw -- that I had to use in the subject of this post).
I love it -- making the connections. So I had to share.