I have now officially registered for the Core Workshop put on by Youth Specialties. This year it'll be in Hamburg NY which is actually closer to my house than usual (only an hour instead of an hour and a half).
Unless his schedule changes or he wimps out or sumpin' I'll get a chance to meet Mark Ostreicher, know far and wide simply as Marko.
Please don't get me wrong, I'm not some star struck kid youth minister. In fact I think I've got at least a decade on Marko. In my experience most "celebrities" are over rated so I stopped getting excited about them a long time ago. (Coolest celebrity moment - I interviewed Pat Benatar, on the phone sadly, and we chatted about our lives as parents. Very cool. My opinion of Pat went up even higher. Second best - meeting Slim Whitman. 'Nuf sed.)Actually the closest I've come to "star struck" was getting to greet and shake hands with Mike Yaconnelli. Exceedingly cool. But Pat Benatar is still hotter than Yac.
Marko has impressed me by his passion, his honesty and his....um... unique fashion sense. I just hope he doesn't freeze his southern California tootsies while he's here. April can still be pretty chilly. Needless to say I think I'll have to wear one of my trademark hawaiian shirts.
The Core workshops have always impressed me by the quality of what they bring. Good folks, good materials, the chance to meet with other YMs from various denominations and exchange ideas. I don't get any kickback from YS for this plug. I don't recommend what I don't believe in.
I'm looking forward to it. And meeting Marko.