In what can only be God’s sick sense of humor, I learned today that Cory Monteith, known for his role in the hit television show Glee, has checked into rehab for substance abuse.
I haven’t met too many celebrities, maybe a handful of them, but one of the coolest moments I ever have was when I met Cory. It happened when my friend and I were in D.C. for the Human Rights Campaign’s annual gala. We had gone before, and this year, after some light site-seeing of the area (as I said we had been there before) and after we checked into our hostile (were in college and broke), we decided to head into Dupont circle for some lunch. The dinner was in a few hours and we had some time to kill.
We sat down at one of those long tables that restaurants have in the bar area, and ordered some pizza to split. And this guy, who I thought was pretty damn cute, started talking to us. He asked what we got, we let him try some, and then we just chatted with him for awhile. Neither my friend nor I were big Glee watchers so we didn’t know that this guy (who I thought was cruising me, or at least hoped) was somehow a celebrity.
We learned he was Canadian, which was music to my ears as I have always had a fantasy of marrying a Canadian, and that was he also there to, as he said, “volunteer for the dinner.”
He didn’t know much about HRC, the nation’s largest LGBT political organization, but was interested in what we had to say.
He was also very cute. My friend and I finished up eating, and were about to go, when people started walking up to this guy and shaking his hand. These people were saying how great it was to have a fresh face on television.
He then sat down again, and my friend and I did the same. Now we were intrigued and asked him who the hell was he was. He told us he was on the show Glee, and we did whatever two young homos would do, we asked for pictures and autographs.
Now that Cory is in rehab, and since I too have been to rehab a few times, I feel like I should offer Cory some advice.
Pay attention in rehab. What you learn isn’t going to be life changing, because what they are going to teach is one simple solution to your substance abuse problem: don’t use.
And that is how some of us are nearing our two quit-iversary . Stay clean Cory.