Written by Joe Janes
65 out of 365
(Matt walks out onto an empty stage.)
MATTHi. My name is Matt. Hope you are enjoying the show. I need to ask for your help on something. It might sound a little odd. But it’s really important to me. My life, the quality of my life, really depends on it. I went to Disneyworld during Christmas of 1996. I went on some rides. I went on the Riverboat Ride in the Magic Kingdom. While I was on this ride, I saw a girl standing on the front of the boat on the main deck. I could not decide whether or not to ask her out. After 20 minutes, I decided not to. I now severely regret it. Severely. The rest of the cast knows how much this has been eating away at me over the years and they graciously allow me to speak to our audiences every show. Please help! I have also posted on my blog, on Craig’s List, all over the Internet. Even did flyers for awhile.
It appeared that the girl was with her parents. Assuming that it was her parents, the mother was in a blue wheelchair scooter. Her dad, if it was her dad, was fine, perfectly mobile. He wore a plain white sun visor. The parents were also on the front of the boat. (Takes a deep breath) I would like to try and locate this girl.
I drew a picture of her. (He takes it out of his back pocket and shows the audience) I added the shooting stars, rainbows and cherubs.
I have the following information on her:
* She was about 24 years of age at the time
* Caucasian, wore sunglasses
* About 5'5 or 5'6
* Hair was mostly black
* She was slim, about 120 pounds or so
* She was on the Riverboat Ride in the Magic Kingdom on December 26, 1996 at about 11am give or take a 1/2-hour
* She was on the front of the boat on the main deck
* She was with a handicapped woman in a wheelchair scooter, probably her mother, and a man in a white sun visor
* She was wearing shorts but they could not be seen because she was also wearing a black garment around her waist that covered said shorts
* She wore thongs on both her feet
* She might have 2 rings on her right hand, I cannot remember
And did I mention how time stood still and I could hear my heartbeat when I saw her? She might just be the love of my life. That once in a lifetime…thing.
I had a golden opportunity to meet this girl but I let it slip away like an idiot. This girl could be anywhere in the country. I have a feeling that she lives in Florida or somewhere in the Southeast. I don't know how this girl would have responded. It is not knowing the real truth that is bothering me.
My romantic life has been in complete limbo since I saw this vision of goddessness. I haven’t been able to commit to anyone because I always wonder…what if? What if I meet her, again? What if I someday I get my second chance?
If you have friends, family or relatives that were in Disney World in Florida on December 26, 1996 with a handicapped woman in a wheelchair scooter and a man in a white sun visor, please check with them on this.
Anyone here affiliated with a television station, radio station or news organization please broadcast or publish my plea. I want to get this out across the country. An Amber alert for my heart.
I am upset at myself for not speaking to this woman when I had the chance. Please tell your friends, and co-workers. If you think you have a lead or you know of someone who can help, please contact me-
KELLY (from audience)Excuse me…excuse me…
KELLYI think that was me.
MATTWhat? Are you serious? Could we bring the houselights up? (Houselights come up and Matt enters the house) NO, I don’t think so.
KELLYI was at Disney World on December 26, 1996. I rode the boat ride. It’s the only time I’ve ever been to Disney World.
MATTNo, I don’t think so. This girl was much younger.
KELLYIt was 1996.
MATTI’m just not seeing it.
KELLYI even carry a picture of it. It was the last family vacation I ever took with my parents. (She shows Matt the picture)
MATTHow did you get this?
KELLYIt’s mine. That’s me with my mom and dad and Cinderella.
MATTIf that’s true, then where’s the handicapped woman, now?
MATTThis girl’s woman was very much alive.
KELLYNot really, my mom was terminally ill then. That’s why she was in the scooter. Once more, I remember seeing you. I do. You were afraid of getting wet on the boat ride so you were wearing a yellow plastic Mickey Mouse poncho. And you were wearing a fanny pack over the poncho. And you were alone. You went to Disney World alone?
MATTUh, lots of people do. Happiest place on earth don’t care if you brought anyone. Oh my God, it’s you! It really is you! Wow! I never thought I would see you, again.
KELLYMy name’s Kelly.
(Long awkward pause)
KELLYSo, you want to meet up after your show?
MATTGee, I would, but I have to work in the morning. (Yawns) You know how it is.
MATTWell, hey, it was nice meeting you.
MATTEnjoy the rest of the show.
KELLYRight. I’m sure I will.
(Matt gets back on stage; signals to the tech booth to bring houselights back down. He nods to himself a few times. And walks off. Blackout.)