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Happy Birthday to my man Marty

Most of you think of April 1st as April Fool’s Day. Not me, I’ve always thought of it as Marty’s birthday.

Those of you who know Marty know that he’s awesome. He’s smart, caring, kind, funny, talented, and a great dad. He’ll drop everything to help out a friend, or a stranger. He’s been an inspiration to me in many ways. He’s a big reason why I’m not afraid to tackle almost any DIY project head on. He’s always like “Yeah dude, you can do it, just use common sense”. We really are like brothers.

When we say in the about us section that we’ve been best friends since 2nd grade we’re not kidding. We really met on our first day. I had just moved to Orlando and I think the story goes that I borrowed a pencil from him and we were friends ever since. It’s kind of amazing that we stayed friends actually, after 3rd grade Marty moved to a different school district. I don’t know how our parents kept in touch and worked it out, but we still had weekend-long sleepovers trading off weekends, one weekend I’d stay at his house and the next he’d stay at mine (I always preferred staying at his house). Then in 1986 I moved to NY, but we still kept in touch and visited once in a while.

Whats amazing about all this is that after all these years and separate lives and rarely seeing each other we both turned out pretty similarly. Our handwriting is pretty much the same, we both are in advertising/design, we both have the same sense of humor, we still know what each other is thinking, and can finish each others’ sentences.

OK, that’s not too much sap right? This is all making me want to start a very self-serving section of this site called “stories” because I’m not going to put them in this post. Anyway, on with some photos of us over the years.

Here’s a snap from around 1981 in front of my house at 4436 Foreland Place, Orlando, FL. Daaamn, look at that Continental we’re leaning on.

L to R: Pete, Marty, Fry (Brian, Marty's brother)

Wow, look at us up there, so innocent. Lots of mischief lay ahead for these young lads.  I could tell you a lot of stories over some beers, but for now you’re going to have to just look at some pics and check out our fashion. Maybe some comments below will help get a sense of how much people love Marty.

Here’s another gem from maybe 1984 this time. Sitting in front of Cinderella’s castle at Disney. And look, there’s Fry being an instigator Here’s a side note about Fry, we’d use him to get our way with Marty’s mom (I’m sorry Ms Ainsworth). We’d tell him our objective and he’d go to work as only a little brother could. Thanks Brian. Wow, look at that fashion, those are some high-top Vans and our colorful 80s skate wear.

Fry, Marty, and Pete at Disney

In 1986 I moved to NY with my family. I think the next photos are from that summer, he came up and visited and we went to Niagara Falls. I don’t actually remember going to Niagara Falls at ALL, but these photos prove we were there. Apparently we switched from Vans to Converse.

Pete and Marty in Niagara Falls, 1986? 1987?

Marty, Niagara Falls

This next photo was from a trip I took down to visit Marty in like 1994. I drove my little Honda Civic almost straight through, stayed for around a week, and drove home. I think during this visit we went to Epcot and decided to have ONE beer in “England” and then sat there all day (if you catch my drift). This pic is from later that week at Busch Gardens, I was trying to sneak a kiss on those smelly dreads.

Marty and Pete at Busch Gardens, 1994

The next time I saw Marty he came up to be best man at my wedding. Hey there’s Jenni McEnerney and Dave Dunham too.

Best man Marty, 1999

I think from 1999 to 2010 I only saw Marty a few times. He most recently visited me in 2010. He came up to NY to see Social Distortion and hang out for my birthday. This picture is ON my birthday. This pic is at my favorite bar/restaurant at the lake, Scuttlebutts.

Marty, August 7, 2010

UPDATE. In 2012 Marty and I were invited to participate in the #KICKGAS event sponsored by Black & Decker. What better way to see a bro and fellow tool-hound, like myself, than to spend an afternoon testing Black & Decker’s new line of 36V cordless lawn tools (which are AWESOME BTW).

We tried to warn Black & Decker not to put their line of 36V cordless lawn equipment in our hands and let us loose at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

OK, ok, this is a long post that only a handful of people give a crap about, but it’s my little birthday tribute to my man Marty.

I love you like a brother. Let’s get together soon.

Leave a comment about Marty below.

7 Comments

  • Tina

    Pete, sounds like you both found an ever lasting friendship with no judgment. Not everyone can say that. Actually, most people can’t. I have known Marty since the 9th grade, maybe younger than that…. whenever we all use to skate board next to my parents house in Kevin’s back yard. I’ll never forget the u-haul days, my first concert, Oingo Boingo with Chris and Michelle, the booming truck he built, Ziggy Marley concert, the Bob Marley picture he painted in Gordon’s pool, all his AWESOME ART work, The Ben Day show, and so many more good times… He has always been one of the smartest, kindest, and funnest people I have ever known. I’m so thankful to have reconnected to him. He’s just as he always was, just a great guy! Like, you, ever since I met him I always think of this day as his birthday;) HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARTY!

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  • Theolyn

    Marty is a keeper! We met at Sterling Park Elementary school and were in the same class. Marty was imaginative and creative. The only talent he did not have, which I did, was keeping things neat. I used to straighten his desk! My friend, Dana, had a crush on him so I said, “Let’s just call him up!” I went to the phone book, looked up his number, and dialed. His Mom answered and I’m sure started wondering if girls were going to start calling for the next decade! When we went off to Tuskawilla Middle we fell into the same crowd with Tori, Mike, Kevin, Christy and so on. Marty and Christy, Kevin and I, used to date as “friends”. It was always a good time. In highschool, Marty and I had English class together. Immediately, Mrs. Levine (mooo) moved me away from Marty because we’d chatter all day. Marty wrote an illustration for our paper on Huck Finn that was “Mark Twain’s writer’s block”. It was classic and our paper got an “A”. Marty, your friendship has enriched my life in many ways and I love you. Happy Birthday, my friend. Theddi

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  • Theolyn

    Oh yeah, we knew how to have a good time and listen to amazing music. Marty built the most amazing stereos and we’d sit in the truck and JAM! I remember so many good times–the U2 concert, the INXS concert, parties at my house, laughing at Bob Ross painting, listening to each others’ love woes, and so on.

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  • Tina

    OMGOSH, Theddi, I went to Sterling Park too! And I def must have met ya’ll at Tuskawilla…. WOW, I feel so old! Tori and Mike were great! So blessed to have played soccer with her at LHHS! I can’t believe we all have known each other that far back! Marty was always a great listener and a good friend.

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  • Marty

    I feel bad because I should have acknowledged this sooner, but in my defense, I called Pete and thanked him, and I’ve been laid up with an injury—mostly sleeping.

    First off, thanks to all for the birthday wishes, and thank you Pete for this awesome post. I know of at least two people who cried when reading this. However, I won’t confirm that one of them is me.

    It did start with a pencil. We ended up collecting a bunch of them in a big brown grocery bag (when they were paper).

    And I told the story in my ’99 best man speech.

    I remember the Niagara Falls trip well, we went to the Canada side and I bought some breakfast and remember getting all this money back, it seemed like more than I had paid in.

    I am lucky for so many things, but to have a lifelong friend like Pete, is a once in a lifetime thing.

    Thanks Brother…see you soon…

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  • Tami Villa

    Happy birthday, Marty!

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