Allow me to set the scene: Tony n’ Tina folks past and present got together Sunday night to send off three of our own – Naomi, Dustin, and Khalil are all leaving us, and we wanted to send them off in fine fashion. Many of us knew that Naomi was in for a big surprise; namely, that Anthony M., who left the show last fall and moved to Philadelphia, was flying into Chicago just for this party. When I knew that Anthony’s arrival was imminent, I asked Naomi this: “If there was one thing you could wish for to have here tonight, what would it be?”
She thought for a moment and answered, “Well, if it was a person, I’d wish for Anthony to be here!” I couldn’t believe my ears! Here she was, utterly setting herself up for an exquisite surprise. I said nothing in reply and merely nodded sympathetically. Anthony walked in two minutes later, and this shot was taken a minute after that. As you might be able to discern, Naomi is on the verge of tears and Anthony hasn’t even had time to dispose of his gum.
As I write this, the gang is undoubtedly still partying strong, though I slipped away soon after the karaoke started up – not tonight folks; it’s been a long day. And all the best to our three alumni!