Awhile back Andrea and Peter asked if I’d say a few words at their rehearsal dinner. I was touched but I had no idea what to write — until the speech came to me in a dream, fully formed, props and all. For posterity — and because it all gets back to Tumblr — I’m posting a version of it here….
Although Andrea and I have known each other since the first day of Tulane and were in fact living together in Brooklyn when she met Peter, I actually met him before she did.
I met him about six months before at a “meetup” for this new “micro-blogging platform” called “Tumblr” — this was long before it was worth $1.1 billion, long before Beyonce had a tumblr, back when there weren’t many of us on it and we all seemed to know each other.
And Peter was sorta famous on Tumblr. He was known as “Peter W. Knox” — because that was and still is his Tumblr name — and I remember when I saw him at this meetup someone whispered to me “he has 800 followers.” That was a LOT at the time.
I also remember he was wearing this shirt.
It was white Hanes t-shirt on which he had written with a black Sharpie, “I missed Lost for this.”
Like, the TV show.
I tell this story for a couple reasons — first, it’s just so dorky. I mean….
Second, it shows how long ago it was. He didn’t even have a DVR. He couldn’t watch it the next day on the internet. There weren’t even iPhones then.
And third, because it shows how Peter always likes to be on top of things in culture, from sports to movies to board games, he has to experience whatever’s going on, and he always has an opinion about it, and I really appreciate that.
But the thing that’s great about this story is that Peter would never wear a shirt like that now.
For one, he’s stylish — just look at him.
But more than that, now he’s with a woman who truly lives in the moment.
Andrea doesn’t care if she misses a TV show. She doesn’t care if she’s the only one who hasn’t seen the big movie of the summer and she knows like 5 celebrity names, total. [And um she hasn’t updated her tumblr all month. Typical.]
She cares about her friends, her family, her work. She cares about planning her next adventure — those are her priorities.
And Peter has loved every minute of the ride they’ve been on to together — you can tell.
But at the same time, she gets so much from Peter.
From her very first date with him, he’s opened her eyes to music and books and movies and yes, TV shows.
They are an amazing compliment to each other. It’s been so beautiful to watch them grow together and teach each other new things.
It’s been so beautiful, in fact, that I thought I would have a t-shirt made to mark this occasion, their wedding.
I’m just gonna go ahead and put it on.
It says, “I wouldn’t miss this for the world.”
And I wouldn’t.
Besides, I have Time Warner On Demand — I’m taping my shows.
Congratulations, you guys.
I love you.