EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was updated on March 19, 2015: by Scott Schaefer On Feb. 13, 31-year old Burien resident Joey DiJulio received an odd,Â mis-directed email, inviting him to the Bachelor Party of a guyÂ he didn’t know named Jeff:
People, Has anyone else noticed now that Jeff has been rocking the beard for a while – he looks like a middle aged Pavarotti? At times, he also has ventured into a bit of hipster phase. In addition to publicly questioning his fashion choices, his bachelor party will be a good time for us to celebrate him leading up to his wedding.â€œAt first, when I first saw this in my Inbox, I didn’t really know what to think,â€ Joey told The B-Town Blog. â€œBut the my nextÂ thought was, â€˜I don’t know anyone named Jeff that looks anything at all like Luciano Pavarottiâ€™!â€ Curiousity now captured, Joey noticed thereÂ were quite a few people on the ccÂ line – including his own email address.
â€œI studied each address, racking my brain for a number of minutes, but couldn’t figure outÂ who I knew or why I was invited,â€ he added. “Then, it dawned on me â€“ I wasn’t invited! Except, I was. Just by mistake.” As the days and weeks went on, JoeyÂ would findÂ periodic “Reply All” updates to everyone addressedÂ in the original email, himselfÂ included. “Over time I was able to piece together that this was occuring in Philadelphia (somewhere I’ve never been),” Joey said. “The schedule of festivities would include things like enjoying some drinks / taking in some March Madness, a shuffleboard tournament (winner take all), and a bit of gambling at a local establishment for good measure. Kind of sounded like fun, actually.” At first he questioned if he should write back and ask to be removed from furtherÂ ongoing emails. “But seeing as how many of the replies were generallyÂ entertaining to read, I thought that, perhaps, I’d just remain a ‘fly on the wall’ for the time being,” he added. “I even jokingly mentioned on Facebook a few times how I should totally ‘crash the party’ and be ‘that dude that everyone has no idea who he is or why he’s here.'” Then, on Monday, the organizer of theÂ Bachelor Party decided to up the ante by sending out another follow-up and specifically called out all the people he hadn’t yet heard from. “Of course, my email address was on that list,” Joey said. So, on a whim, Joey decided to reply back to everyone with the following:
Except he didn’t recognize any of them.
Hi All, So, I have no idea who any of you guys are, but I have been enjoying being a fly on the wall hearing about the plans for this bachelor party over the last few months. I’m assuming my E-Mail address was added to the list by mistake (perhaps a typo of someone else?). I live out in Seattle, WA and although for a moment I thought it might be funny to just show up and be that guy nobody knows but everyone wonders “who is that guy?”, buying a plane ticket for a cross-country flight just to crash a bachelor’s party might be a bit over the top (although it would be epic!). Nonetheless, I do hope you guys have a great time and I’d like to take a moment to wish the best of luck in life to the groom! Cheers! Joey DiJulioTo hisÂ surprise, Joey started getting replies back from members of the group like this:
I say everyone forks up an extra $20 and we get Joey a plane ticket to Philly!and
I just facebooked Joey DiJulio in WA, and if this is you – you actually look like you could be related to groom. MIND BLOWN!Sure enough, the picture they dug up (above) was Joey. HeÂ replied back to confirm:
Haha… Yes, that is indeed me with my (now 2-year old, she was about 3-months there) daughter, Kaylee. Speaking of bachelor parties, weddings, and the like, that shot was actually taken at a wedding for a buddy of mine who also, coincidentally, happens to now live out on the east coast (Boston). Small world! Indeed, I think I recall seeing a picture of the groom over the last few months, and noticed this as well. I’m of course glad to know he’s a studly guy – His soon-to-be-wife is a lucky woman! PS: Still kind of a mystery to me how I got on this thread, as I’ve never been to PA or anywhere in the NE part of our country for that matter. But, you guys seem like a cool bunch nonetheless. Perhaps I’ll have to drop you folks a line if I ever make it out there for tips on tourist-type things to check out.ÂAnd then came a reply from the Groom, Jeff Minetti:
Joe, I’m overnighting you a wedding invite. You show up at the bachelor party and ill make you my best man. You can give the toast even! JeffAs well as someone calling dibs on him being their shuffleboard partner for one of the events for the evening:
I call Joey DiJulio as my shuffle board partner. Joey, weâ€™ll take down Minetti and the Golden Boyâ€¦make Kaylee proud. Iâ€™ll see you there!So, what to do? JoeyÂ posted a status update on Facebook to make light of the situation and the overwhelming response was pretty much summed up as follows:
GO!!!â€¨â€¨ They say in life, you only regret the things you don’t do, not the things you do. So, with that said, I’m going see if I can raise the funds here to go crash (well, kind of crash – I mean, I *was* invited) this party!“I’ve calculated the costs it will take to get me from my home town of Seattle, WA out to Philadelphia, PA to attend Jeff’sÂ bachelor’s party – which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 28,” Joey said. So Joey set up a gofundme page to raise money to go to his new, unknown friend’s event:
http://www.gofundme.com/RandomBachelorPrty“The goal for this was originallyÂ $1264 which should be able to cover round-trip airfare, hotel stay, cover charge for the event itself, and a bit of spending money for the shuffle board tourney and gambling.”
VIDEO: Joey appeared live on HLN Friday morning, March 20: For more info on this humorous â€“ yet real life â€“ tale that sounds like a Will Ferrell/Seth Rogen movie, visit:
UPDATE: Joey recently updated his goal to $10,000 â€“ with the extra money earmarked to help pay for the couple’s honeymoon in Italy â€“ and as of Thursday, March 19 had raised a total ofÂ $2,375.
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What a great story! Refreshing and out of the blue! Go Joey!!!!
They’re going to eat him.. It’s all a trick to make the ‘Buffet ‘
Yes, and when they bound all those emails together into a book for him?
Yep…you guessed it:
IT’S A COOKBOOK!
This story got picked up by AP.
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