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Mystery Guy At Church

on August 2, 2008 - 11:06pm

Two weeks ago I was sitting in church, and sitting in front of me were these two young men. I'd say they were my age. I didn't recognize them. Because it's summer vacation we get a lot of visitors, and our church is a pretty good size, so it's not like I know everyone who belongs there. The seating at church is divided into four sections. There's the center aisle, but then each side is divided into two sections, allowing a larger space for people with disabilities who may be using a wheelchair or walker. I was sitting in the very last row of the front section, right in front of the divide.

After we did the sign of peace I glanced behind me because I saw someone dashing from their seat in the first row of the back section and hurry over our way. It was a man and he was apparently friends with the two other young men sitting in front of us, and he wanted to sit with them, which he did. There were a few striking qualities I noticed right away. The first being how much he looked like Josh Groban.

Honestly, as I glanced back and saw him sort of darting I thought it WAS Josh. This is probably because I've sort of immersed myself in all things Josh Groban lately. I'd been watching his Awake: Live DVD and you know how he's always running up and down the stage interacting with the fans, that's what I thought of when I saw this guy moving to come sit in front of me. Ha ha, it's ridiculous I know.

At this point I'm totally excited because I haven't seen his face yet and judging from the back of him he could really be Josh. He looks to be about the same height and the exact build, and he's got the same dark, curly hair. Another thing was his clothing, he had on a stripped button-down shirt, and dark jeans. I think the sleeves of the shirt were rolled up, but I'm not positive. Isn't that sort of typical outfit for Josh Groban (ha ha, or any guy I guess)? My heart is pounding with excitement at this point.

This unknown man isn't sitting directly in front of me, more towards my right, so it was difficult to get a look at his face. Now I've completely stopped paying attention to mass; bad I know, but this might be Josh Groban sitting in front of me!

I eventually got a look at about half of his face, and obviously it wasn't him. I didn't really think it would be, but I was hoping, a small small hope that it was. Even though he wasn't Mr. Groban he still looked an awful lot like him. This guy even had a little scruff of a beard.

Okay, I'm 98% sure it wasn't JG. Since then I haven't seen this mystery guy. I missed church last Sunday and didn't see him this week, but like I said the church is kind of big.

The other thing that caught my attention was that he was so focused on the mass, and it made me feel bad that I was so unfocused. He was very reverent. After communion we're supposed to remian standing, but he knelt and appeared to be very deep in prayer. I was impressed. I never got a chance to talk to him and I doubt he even noticed me. I wish I could have at least said hello to him or even told him I thought he looked like Josh Groban, despite how stupid it would have been. I guess I'll have to keep an eye out for him, and pray. Hey, maybe it was Josh's brother? Again, totally ridiculous.

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Done with the house-sitting

on August 2, 2008 - 11:20am

"La la la la la la, la la la la la la, la la la, la la la, la la la." It's kind of a bad habit. I find one song I really like, or that I can't stop singing, and I play it over and over until I can't stand it anymore. It drives my sister crazy. Well, just my choice of music in general drivers her crazy, but then to have to hear one song for hours on end really gets on her nerves. She and I are so very different. But now she's on her way back to school, so no worries. I think I'll take a little road trip to visit her this year. To the topic of no more house-sitting. I do enjoy it, it's like a mini vacation for me. This house is so unique and the location is a superb example of the majestic beauty of the Pacific Northwest. The house was built in the early half of the 20th century. It's very small, originally a vacation cabin. Large, much newer houses surround it on all sides, and it's one of the only houses with any yard. Two very old Chestnut trees provide privacy and shade, and I spent many a day off relaxing on the deck with my books. Another bonus, the house is on the water, with a dock and beach access. In the beginning of my house-sitting stay I'd go on evening jogs and then afterwards I could wade into the frigid water until my legs were numb. It was great to not have sore muscles the next day. I was there for over a month, while the family traveled to Asia. They travel pretty often to faraway places. I always enjoy the experience of taking care of their house, because the area is so serene and peaceful that I get caught up in it all. This time I was feeling a tad bit homesick by the end. My main form of employment is as a live-in nanny, and I started to miss the kids, and I know they missed me, so I'm glad to be home now. Ha, I just remembered I'll be house-sitting for someone else next month. Oh well, another change of scenery will do me some good I suppose.

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To Begin

on August 1, 2008 - 4:34pm

Man, this place is huge! I haven't gotten much of a chance to look through things in the 4 days that I've been a member of FOJG (if you don't already, I think everyone should pronounce it like "lodge") but I thought I should get on here and put something down about myself. Josh Groban. What a voice (okay, that's not about me, but I'm getting there). I'm trying to remember when I first heard him sing. I do have a vague memory of the closing ceremonies of the 2002 Olympics. My mom called me into the room and said, "You have to hear this guy." If I remember correctly I brushed her off and wasn't that impressed, but then it has been six years(yikes!). Whatever my reaction was back then I can tell you now I am in awe. If only I'd gone to see him in concert last year. I've seen the Awake: Live DVD and I seriously regret not getting to see him live. I received his debut CD as a Christmas gift one year in high school (loved "The Prayer" and "To Where You Are"). After that I didn't follow his music much, a friend who was a huge fan had me listen to a few of the songs from the "Closer" album. I don't remember if I liked them or not. I've always thought he had a beautiful voice, but I guess I wasn't paying as much attention to his music before. Anyway, some months ago I saw his "Live At The Greek" concert DVD and that brought me back. That concert was so breathtaking, the songs so beautifully sung...Mi Mencherai was my favorite song.
Since then I've listned to more of his music, seen his DVDs and generally learned more about the man behind the voice (ha ha, so cheesy, sorry). It would be really exciting to meet some fans in my area. Once I get the feel for how things work around here I'll definitely start contributing to the message board, but for now I'm glad I've joined all you Grobanites. Go Josh!



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