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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Tuesday was strange

I voted. That felt great. It was the first time I'd ever voted in a booth with levers. It was totally old school and awesome.

I found out that a friend passed away on Monday. That felt devastating. Bobby Oliver was my favorite person in the cast of an off-Broadway show I occasionally did wardrobe for when the wardrobe mistress needed a sub. He was kind and hilarious and sharp as a tack. He had a heart attack and it killed him. I got to see him just before New Year's and I'm very thankful for that. I only knew him for a year and a half, but he was one of those people who made you feel like you'd been friends for ages. He was a hugger. A good hugger, real hugs, not those fake pat on the back kind that don't mean much. He was a joker and a comedian. He loved his family and his friends. He'd share his sandwich with you even when you didn't ask. He listened closely and asked questions. He was a vibrant person. He worked in the theatre his whole life. He was the quintessential example of a working actor in New York City. He made the whole show light up. He was always the first person to talk to the audience after the show. Kids loved him. He scared a little girl in the front row one night because he plays a pirate at one point and it startled her. He made a point to go find her as soon as the show was over to let her see that he was just an actor and there was nothing to fear.

Writing about him in the past tense is very difficult. He was my friend.

That's him on the right. And yes, that's the guy from Americal Idol in the center.

5 What people are saying:

Blogger Patti rambles...

I am so sorry about your friend Melissa :(
Are you sure that's Clay Aiken?

2/06/2008 01:38:00 PM

Blogger Melissa rambles...

Ha! No, no, that's not Clay. That's Anthony Federov.

2/06/2008 03:41:00 PM

Blogger Patti rambles...

Bwaaa haaaa i'm an idiot. All I could think is Clay and I know he's playing on B-Way (though I don't know in what). Glad you could clarify for me. Is he the one they called Chicken Little?

2/08/2008 02:23:00 PM

Blogger Sandra rambles...

I'm glad Patti asked, I was wondering if that was a young Seacrest.

2/08/2008 03:17:00 PM

Blogger Melissa rambles...

Ha! Yes, Patti - Chicken Little. *snort*

Sandra, I would have posted about that in its own entry!!

2/08/2008 03:44:00 PM


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