November 3, 2004I met Joe (along with Troy Batty?) in Art Class, my freshman year at Clayton Valley High School. He wanted to see if I was a Poser or not, he could tell I was into metal, but was not sure how into it I was. He was big like me and he had a very large studded wristband at the time. "So are you into Priest" "Did you go to the show last night?," to his pleasure I said, "Yes, I was in the front row!" This was at a time when no one knew Rob Halford (Priest) was gay and they were at their Zenith! This is how we met and became friends.
I was 238 pounds as a freshman at 6'2, Joe was a grade above and a year or 2 older. There was no one in my freshman class as big as I was, so they said we'll have you wrestle Joe...I'm like fuck, I just met this guy and now I'm going to wrestle him? Luckily it never happened and we just joked about it the whole year!
Joe is a rare individual that you don't meet everyday, he is a very gentle, kind, talented, caring person and one of my best friends. I don't think we have ever had an argument or fight. I know in a way I have contributed to his life in more ways than one and have at least gotten him laid once, maybe even married. He will always be a friend, we pick up after years of no contact and act like no time has passed. He has always been very supportive of me and I feel the same for him, when others doubted, Joe pushed forward and always stayed true to the game. I cannot think of a greater friend to have then Joe, he is truely one of a kind gentleman!
Oh yeah, I never even got to kiss Cyndi back then, even though I was into her. As soon as Joe told me he liked her, I backed off, never pursued it, because Joe was so cool! And look it was meant to be, they been together since High School!
I LOVE JOE MINOR!