Posted by paulrivas on:
Like John Thyne III of Goodwin & Thyne and legendary Coach Jerry Pimm, Rivas Cultural Services occasionally takes meetings at Saigon In and Out downtown. So, too, evidently, does fringe mayoral pretender Justin Michael, aka Justin Slatkin aka JMike! aka Mr. Santa Barbara, Jr. aka JBama!
Although the two had never met, the Santa Barbara Man About Goleta has long been friends with Justin Michael on Facebook and recognized him immediately upon seeing him Friday night: accompanied by two associates, the man formerly known as Little Justin Slatkin was eating phở with a fork and spoon at the table closest to the restroom.
On her way back from peeing, my fiancée - a former classmate of Justin Slatkin's - greeted JMike! and mentioned being engaged, to which the candidate replied with alarmingly heartwarming sincerity, "Good for you!"
In later conversation with friends outside the restaurant, I was speechless to suddenly find the man who calls himself Mr. Santa Barbara, Jr. looking me straight in the eye.
"Fiancé," he said, and then he shook my hand and slunk off as everyone went back to doing what they were doing.