- 5:10 PM, Sunday,
March 25th, 2018:
- How do you write
an entry like this? In 3 clicks on this site you can
jump back to August 2012 when Jimmy arrived. 562
entries ago. A pretty quick 5 1/2 years actually. In
fact, I'm just about to write my speech so let's just
get that out of the way...
- Very surreal
moment for me. I wasn't exagerrating that when he came
out I felt an almost fatherly connection to him and
his journey. I knew "The Journey" influenced him.
He watched my 2010 doc and would quote things back to
me. He was ready to jump after his father passed
unexpectedly and he lived with us for several months.
Right as Vienna was born, right as GolfKon was born,
right as my entire life changed forever. He soon
started working for Disney and the rest is history. He
met his Princess, moved on from the company and now
runs a MASSIVE LA Fitness in a very affluent part of
town nearly two hours from here. It feels like the
culmination of a story to a degree. 2 hours might as
well be a 5 hour flight when you have a 4 and 5 year
old. We're not going to see each other very often. It
made that toast feel like a send-off of sorts. It'll
always be bittersweet.
- ...that being
said, the foundation has been set. There are now 2
Kontras familes rooted in California and simple math
tells you there will most likely be more. Jimmy and
I will end up being the patirarchs of an entire
clan in 30 years and I can imagine a 50th
Anniversary of the Kontras Family Reunion in 2050 much
like the one our father's put together in 2000.
Suddenly that number feels very, very far
- Also a bit strange
is that this entry isn't some wildly edited
documentary of our time there, but just a short clip.
Other people were filming and of course, for a project
like "The Journey", you can't wait. It's about
capturing the moment and, well, I couldn't record
me officiating the wedding. ;-) But part of me likes
that. This was their moment and I did everything
I could to push that light to them. Contrary to
popular belief, I'm far more comfortable in the
background and it's only the logical side of my brain
that pushes me forward when the moment calls. It was a
beautiful two days...
- ...and also wildly
stressful as I did indeed drop my car off at the
Microsoft Theater on Thursday, caught a train to San
Diego and wasn't able to pick it back up until
Saturday morning while a crew pushed the car on and
off-stage. I've never done that before and honestly
cannot believe I did it this time, but 2
day-rates plus a video shoot brought in $5,000. Yeah.
Worth the risk. Picked it up yesterday and everything
was fine. Drove home and tomorrow is the big Ready
Player One red carpet. How is this all happening at
once!?!?! Just hanging on.
- But congrats Jimmy
and Kaylyn! Welcome to your new adventure!