Here he is sporting the cutest smile ever seen...
I've known Lance since my college days back at the University of Tennessee and I am constantly amazed by him.
This is the man who has a letter of recommendation from theatre legend Hal Prince which simply reads...
"To whom it may concern: Give this kid a job."
He's spent time in Orlando working for "The Mouse."
He's spent years in South Korea teaching English and writing about his experiences on his blog, seoul-ful.
He's taken up the art of photography and has been approached to publish some of his photos of Korea in calendar and book form.
Best of all, he's a friend who I haven't seen or been able to hug for over 10 years and the second I saw him at the airport, it was as if no time had passed whatsoever.
Why was he at O'Hare? Another adventure, of course.
Lance was en route to Sidney, Australia where he will be studying for the next year to receive a Masters Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language.
He had problems making his flight to Australia once he landed in San Francisco (the fault of the airline, so he was promptly upgraded for his international flight), so he spent the night in San Fran last Thursday night.
He called me Friday afternoon to tell me that he was walking down Castro Street, passing the time before his now First Class flight to Sidney.
I told him to go "get him some" there in the gayest neighborhood in the known universe and Lance responded with a loud laugh that rivals my own - - a laugh full of life and love - - a laugh that demands to be heard - - a laugh that dares you not to laugh with him.
Then, he said the funniest thing about "getting some" on the Castro and afterwards flying First Class...
Words to live by, eh?
I love you, Lance. Best of luck in Sidney.
Do those Australians know what's about to hit them?