Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Belly to Belly Summit on Long Island!

You never know who you are going to run into at Home Goods. We were picking up a few household baubles at Home Goods in Rockville Centre to bring to my Mother-in-Law. You know knick knacks and useful things like a paper towel rack, cutting boards, oven mitts and a mattress pad.

So I am standing in line and look over to the back of the line. Who do I see? Joe Gatto from "Impractical Jokers" on TruTV. This is a pretty funny hidden camera show with four neighborhood guys from Staten Island who play practical jokes on each other and get people to react. It is a pretty funny show. It has a contest format. A typical gag is they have a phone and stop people and ask them they speak Spanish and can they translate texts which are some crazy obscene stuff. Or they have a fake focus group in a Supermarket and give out free samples and then ask outrageous questions that the other guys script for them. They count up who completes the tasks and whoever loses has some terrible task like jumping out of an airplane or being a nasty judge at a kids pageant and getting hate from the audience. It is a pretty funny show.

So I tell the wife "Hey I am going to get a photo with Joe." I walk over and go "Hey Joe who you doing? Can I get a pic?  We can match bellies." He was very nice. He is famous for running around with his fat gut hanging out in inappropriate bathing suits. Just like I do only I don't do it for money. I do it just to make everyone uncomfortable at the pool.

"Sure" he says and we snap a quick shot. I tell him "That was very funny." He goes "What was funny?" "The look of terror when you saw that I recognized you. Nice." He laughed "Yeah it can be kind of scary."

Of course then he put on a show at the line. People were laughing and having fun. It was pretty cool.

He waved as he got in the car and then faked like he was going to run us over in the parking lot.

You never know who you are going to run into at Home Goods.

19 comments:

AprilApple said...

That shirt is the shit.

edutcher said...

He sounds like a good guy.

Trooper York said...

He was a good guy ed. A neighborhood guy who got lucky with his friends and made a nice living for himself in reality TV.

He was a little hesitant as you should be when you meet people in public and you don't know who you are dealing with but I have a subtle way of reassuring him. I said "Don't be a dick."

Trooper York said...

That is one of my more subtle shirts April.

edutcher said...

Always good advice.

Sixty Grit said...

If you have any spare shirts, send them down. I know a woman who could sew four or five shirts for me out of one of yours.

I mean, bless your heart, haven't you lost weight!

You ever see Jimmy DiResta around? He's from your town, and has made a lot of stuff and posted the videos on YouTube. He's the real deal.

AprilApple said...

I detest Home Goods. It smells like China toxic in there.

AprilApple said...

tho - sometimes I buy inexpensive kitchen towels at Marshalls. (same ting)

Trooper York said...

The wife loves Home Goods. The thing is if you search enough you can find stuff not made in China. We found tea cups made in England and dishes made in France. So it just takes time.

HOURS AND FUCKING HOURS OF TIME STUCK IN FUCKIN' HOME GOODS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh. Sorry.

edutcher said...

Sounds like Harbor Freight, which The Blonde just loves.

Trooper York said...

It is Purgatory ed.

AllenS said...

Hey Joe who you doing?

What?

Trooper York said...

That was the point of the joke Allen. It is a recurring gag on the show.

The other one is to yell LARRY at the top of your lungs.

AllenS said...

Sounds like the show is too sophisticated for me.

rcocean said...

"That shirt is the shit."

I agree. Joe needs to take some fashion lessons from Trooper.

AllenS said...

Let me ax you a question, TY, was Joe wearing shorts? Because, if not, those are some ugly pants.

Trooper York said...

Yes they were shorts.

The kind that some elitist write whole blog posts about. Shorts and a t shirt. You know the normal uniform for suburban white guys.

Trooper York said...

So with the shorts I guess good old Joe s driving two pompous gasbags crazy just by existing.

That's pretty funny right there.

William said...

The shirt screams extrovert. Mass killers don't wear Hawaiian shirts, but it's definitely startling to be called out by someone in such a shirt. When stalking celebrities, more muted colors are appropriate. Martha Stewart is very clear on this point.