A couple years ago, I got the opportunity to tour the Disney Wedding Pavillion at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa with some friends. At the age of 20, I was in no way looking to plan my special day any time soon, but it was still very interesting to learn all the different aspects that go into planning a Disney wedding, from the florist to the chef and caterers to all the different venues where you can tie the knot.
However, the thing that hooked me was something listed as “Themed Entertainment”. Yes, you can have pretty much any character you want attend you wedding, from Mickey & Minnie to Cinderella’s royal guards, herald and major domo. But the thing that caught my eye were these Streetmosphere-esque improv players who portray tacky tourists, uninvited guests, and embarrassing family members. This idea fascinated me, to have Streetmosphere characters at my wedding, and I decided then and there that I was going to have a Disney Wedding for the SOLE purpose of inviting Melvin Macheezmo and Paige Turner.
In a funny way, the Citizens of Hollywood were the first friends I ever made when I moved down to Florida 3 years ago. I didn't know anybody when I moved, save the podcasters I would meet through their annual meets of the month, so I would just sit on what would come to be known as my infamous bench in my free time to enjoy the atmosphere, and the Citizens took notice. Particularly Melvin, Paige, and Jack Diamond. They all cared about my well being, for better or worse. Just running with the whole wedding love theme, they've all met half of the girls I've ever dated now, and Melvin and Paige have even tried to set me up with another girl on an actual date, which quite embarrassed the both of us! Jack always checks on me, to make sure my job is doing well and that my parents are all right. I truly consider these people to be my friends.
Thursday afternoon, I had to say goodbye to one of my friends.
Melvin Macheezmo has been a fixture on the streets of Hollywood for the past four years. When I heard this number it surprised me that it was so low. Melvin certainly makes his presence known as if he's been doing this all his life.
To steal a line from Melvin, "I'm so nervous I could puke right now." I've hated having to write this article and kept putting it off because I knew when I was finished, Melvin would officially be gone. Like Andy at the end of Toy Story 3 though, the time has come to give up one of the things I hold dear to a more deserving cause. We've enjoyed him on the streets, but now it's time to share him with the world.
Tony, you and Melvin will always hold a special place in my heart. From your self deprecating humor and physical comedy to your never ending pining for Paige Turner and domination of the Funniest Citizen of Hollywood Competition, you always bring a smile to my face. I will truly miss you, as will many others, but I know you are going on to a better place. Have fun in the REAL Hollywood. Don't forget us little people. Try not to get confused with Zac Efron (especially when on set with Vanessa Hudgens) and don't blow into the microphone anymore; they don't like that there. Please come back and visit!
Thanks for the good times.