Whoo!! This week has been a doozy. Many crazy events have taken place to certainly be remembered for eternity.
That Christmas Gala was such a refreshing and encouraging experience to take part in. I actually enjoyed singing my little heart out to popular hymns (a practice not familiar in our church.) I loved eating bread and butter with ginger ale all night due to my general disgust of marinara sauce (it was high quality bread you see,) and getting Rick-rolled by Jake was a pleasant surprise during the S.T.D. (Spontaneous trance dance). I think it was exactly what our fellowship needed. Xenos is such an exciting ministry!
Sunday night was crazy with a random photo shoot in our apartment followed by unwrapping presents and frivalities. Thank you, Mike, for the new Banjo-Kazooie game! The craziest part of the week was yet to come…
Some people may know I am a fan of the major-label rock group, The Black Keys. They are a highly successful band who have connections with many famous producers. In fact, Their album “Attack and Release” reached #15 On Rolling Stone Magazine’s 50 best albums of 2008 list. The group only consists of guitarist/singer Dan Aurbach and drummer/producer Patrick Carney. They have even headlined big festivals like lolapalooza and Bonnaroo.
Well, B and I got Best Buy gift certificates for Christmas and we decided to head up to Chapel Hill and waste them on random Best Buy deals. After a quick rendezvous with Joe at Chapel Hill Mall, we traveled over to Best Buy next door. It was there the crazy thing happened…
We were walking down the aisles, looking at this and that, when I recognized THE Patrick Carney of The Black Keys randomly browsing computers next to us. I couldn’t mistake him because I had seen many of their music videos and even saw one of their performances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. He had many expensive items in his hand, obviously because he is rich out the anus. After following him around the store for a while, making sure it was really him, Bryan gave me a little nudge and I walked up to him.
“Are you a drummer?” I asked
“uh… yeah.” said Patrick Carney, obviously startled.
“…Drummer for the Black Keys?”
“yeah,” he replied
My excitement culminated at that moment and I told him I appreciated his music and encouraged him to continue his successful musical career. I then realized I needed a picture of this. He said it was OK if B took a picture with his camera phone, but alas! his batteries were too low! Not knowing what else to say, I had to excuse myself and walk away.
But the craziest part was yet to come! Now just tonight I was looking up Patrick Carney on Wikipedia. It told me his father, Jim, was a reporter for the Akron Beacon Journal. Well, this reporter is the same one who is investigating the Xenos cult charges!!!!!!!!!! Jim Carney is his name! This is so crazy because I had just met at the Xenos Christmas Gala the same week!! I met both father and son in the same 3 days and didn’t even realize it!!! How cool would it be if Patrick came around to Xenos?!
Looking back, I see how cool it would have been to be like “hey Pat, I just met your dad the reporter. He’s investigating my church!” That would have been an interesting conversation starter!
Well, this whole Black Keys incident doesn’t really matter much but I thought it interesting. I really just don’t have much else to do now but, while I’m here, MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY!!!!!