You can buy anything at Walmart, so it seems. It seems odd to me you can buy guns at Walmart but no kids. If we can fast track all the requirements  to buy a gun we should be able to do the same for adoption. What better place to buy a kid than Walmart. First off, they generally have plenty of neglected children milling about. and for the ones who are cared for, the parents are on the edge. Just walk by a parent and you’ll typically hear “I have just about had it with you Justin ” Thats when you make your offer.  You say “excuse me”, did you say you have reached your limit? I would be interested in purchasing your child, are you a Walmart club member? I’m not saying you shouldnt be allowed to buy a gun, but its seems odd the so many people are willing to step in and police our community but are afraid to parent.

Joby Entertains the kids waiting for screening for the Moore Pediatric Center in Guatemala City.

Joby Entertains the kids waiting for screening for the Moore Pediatric Center in Guatemala City.

Having fun with the children of Moore Pediatric Center, Guatemala City

Having fun with the children of Moore Pediatric Center, Guatemala City

 

April 1st 2014, Just back home from Guatemala City, meeting all the incredible angels volunteering at The Moore Pediatric Center, TheShalomFoundation.org witch provides much needed medical and nutritional care for the children of Guatemala. I was assigned a interpreter by my friends Pedro and Ligia Figuera and had the opportunity to perform some comedy magic to the group waiting to be screened for medical care. The kids were great to me and tried not to laugh at me for my inability to speak spanish. Having Alexandria and Rosa interpret what I say I believe was a advantage, putting  a positive spin on everything  I say. I will travel with a interpreter everywhere I go from now on. Too often I will say something in America in english and my mother or friend will interpret what I say giving the listener a apology of some kind like, “he’s a comedian, or were sorry, he was just trying to joke” ruining my delivery and comedy.  Never again.  The medical staff of the Moore Pediatric center , in co operation with the Shalom Foundation  operates a fine tuned operation of providing medical services to the children, it was very exciting to me meeting so many doctors and surgeons committed to the well being of the children has restored my faith in the medical profession. Dr Nina and so many others.   The greatest medical facility, greatest coffee and greatest people.   Visit Guatemala city!

oct 2013 -Today I walked up to the line at Starbucks and noticed a gold credit card on the floor. I picked it up and looked at the first name on the card and asked the gentleman standing in front of me, ” are you?”…uh..  Angelo? …..no, he said. I asked another. He said to. I saw another guy standing in front of the milk and sugar station….so I approached him and asked  ” excuse me, are you Angelo? He said yes, without even looking up to see who I was? He just kept stirring?

I turned to the Starbucks staff in bewilderment…..not sure if I should turn the card in or proceede with my investigation.  So, I looked down at the card and read the last name and asked him ” Is your last name Petraglia? (I’m sure I pronounced it wrong) but if it is he, he should respond with some degree of recognition I thought.

He took a deep sigh, and said yes.

ah, great. Is this your card?

He looked straight into my eyes and took the card.

“What is your name?”

I said ” joby Sad”

What?

“Joby Sad”

Angelo- What kind of name is that?

-Cute

Angelo-Cute?

Joby-Yeah, my mom thought it sounded cute, Saad is Lebanese.

He didn’t know what to say but I was a bit miffed he didn’t seemed more apprciative.

Angelo- Let me see something with your name on it”

Joby-(I’m confused? I should be asking him for I.D. but for some reason I felt like I had to prove I was a Joby Sad, Like who would want to make that up? So, I showed him I.D.

He relaxed and I think he thanked me for returning his credit card and I remarked, yeah when’s your next show? ” Good luck, I’ll catch your next show” ……..He feace returned to the non trusting uncertain look he had given me earlier. I didn’t know who he was but I just assumed with his long hair stuffed into a black cap and grunge, yet non poor look he must be a musician.

Whats his deal? I said to someone else who had witnessed the escapade ” –  Bystander- “He is a real famous songwriter, Won a bunch of Grammy’s, he wrote the songs and created “Kings of Leon” ……That was Angelo Petraglia.”

Joby-Oh.

Saturday, April 10th

I was in Santa Monica walking through a trendy district, searching for celebrities to interview for my new position with the nationally syndicated Daren Streblow comedy show when who do I bumped into, but  Filmmaker Jason Russell. The guy who made the 100 million viewed,  Kony 2012 viral video. He has captured the world’s attention, bringing a truly moving story to light surrounding the plight of Uganda and the crimes of War lord Joseph Kony .

Most recently Jason Russell had a melt down and was screaming half naked in the streets of San Diego apparently loosing his mind from all the mounting pressure and public scrutiny.

Here he is standing in front of me. I could not believe it.  I walked closer to him, pretending to be checking out the movie show times behind the box office of the theater where we were both standing.  Sure looks like him?

I said ” Jason”.   He says “yes”.   I said “Are you Jason?” He says ” My name is Jason”.

Joby- Jason from Kony 2012?

Jason-Yes.

Joby-Wow, that was…..God Bless you! Great stuff. What are you doing?

Jason- We are here to see the Lormax movie, he politely introduced me to 2 of his companions. Have you seen it?

Joby-No. Do you know Thor Ramsey?

(Thor is a comedian friend of mine, I was recently surfing the web and somehow clicked on the Kony 2012 video and a Thor Ramsey video at the same time causing me to view the Kony video while hearing Thor doing one of his comedy routines and I thought  Thor had done the voice over. I would see scenes of Joseph Kony and his army of  armed jungle Rebels,while I could hear Thor talk about the difficulties with women in relationships. I later assumed it was a tech glich but for some crazy reason searching for something to say/connect with Jason I said “Do you know Thor Ramsey?”.

Jason- No.(Taking my question seriously)

Joby- Oh, well I’m a comedian and…..

Jason- “Are those your jokes?”(pointing to my notebook)

Joby- Yes, these are, would it be possible to get a interview?

Jason motioned for his group and I don’t remember what he said exactly other than the dissussion was over.

Everything began to whirl through my head,…. what is happening? I couldn’t believe I just spoke to the guy that has created such a media sensation. I trully believe he is doing gods work in Uganda and making a difference in the struggles of these poor people.

Far be it from me to do anything that would jepordize him and his organizations efforts.

I called my Radio partner and Friend Daren Streblow but he nor anyone else answered …..” If I could get just a tiny interview of Jason saying three sentences it could go viral! Easily.

hummmm……..What to do? I talked to myself for over a hour and a half and had he not come out I would have lost it and gotten my viral video in the wrong way.

I walked into the Theater without a ticket because I knew my recorder wouldn’t pick up much quaility sound in the promenade street area.

It didn’t take long and he and his group came out talking about the movie, I knew he would be squeamish answering certain questions so I said ” Excuse me innocent by stander, what did you think about the movie”

Jason said ” I can’t have you recording….

Joby- I know but,

Jason- ” I can’t have you recording, I’m sorry”

Joby- I know you get this all the time but if I could just  get… a …interview.

As they were walking away I suggested we could set something up and he agreed to take my card, I thanked them and that was that.

By asking for the interview I missed out on having a lengthy conversation with him. Still who would believe me if I didn’t get it recorded or something?  I have to say he seemed like a normal, cool guy. Maybe he’ll call.

Listen to the audio excerpt on the Daren Streblow comedy show, Nationally syndicated radio show! www.darenstreblowcomedyshow.com