Memories of our friend and colleague Kevin Angus Sinex

Message from Jodi Kidneigh

When I first moved to Orlando in 1992, I worked as a temp at the front desk in the Vanco office for a few months.  I don’t think a day went by, when Angus was in town (or even when he called in from show site), that he didn’t at some point leave me blushing in stunned disbelief, trying desperately to think of a clever retort to something he said.  I was shy and quiet at first, and like most people I think, not quite sure what to make of him.  Soon I realized he was playing with me though, and noticed the twinkle in his eye as he poked and prodded me for a reaction.  I became determined to hold my own with him, but he would always just take it up a notch if I ever had a good comeback.

 

I only worked with him for a short while, but here is my best Angus story.

 

My fiancée and I only had one car at the time, so he would drop me off in the morning, and usually I would have to wait around for him to pick me up after work.  Sometimes Carol would take me home (going way out of her way—but that’s another story).  One Friday, Carol must have dropped me off at home, and I had decided to walk the mile or two to Walgreen’s to fill a prescription.  So off I set on the long, hot walk, and knowing very few people in Orlando, imagine my surprise when I suddenly hear an already familiar voice yelling from across the median, “Hey good lookin’—where you going—wanna ride?”  There’s Angus in his truck, grinning from ear to ear like the Cheshire cat.  I tried to refuse politely, but then he teased me about how I must like to get all hot and sweaty and before I knew it, I was climbing into the cab.  I knew I was in for it—somehow he managed to get it out of me that the prescription was for my birth control pills!  I kept thinking “of all people—he is never going to stop teasing me about this at work!”  So we go to Walgreen’s and to my relief, he wanders off while I’m waiting in line to pick it up.  As I get closer to the counter though, he sidles up beside me, puts his arm around me, and says loud enough for everyone there to hear, “Hurry up honey, I wanna get home and get started!” I was dying of embarrassment, but couldn’t help laughing.  For the whole weekend, I kept imagining how he was going to torture me on Monday at Vanco, but he shocked me again, by not doing it.  He may have winked at me and made a vague reference to it, but I don’t know if he even ever told anybody else about it.  That was one of the coolest things about Angus, you never knew what to expect, and he would always surprise you whether by being decent or indecent.

 

The last time I saw him was at Chuck E Cheese of all places, 6 or 7 years ago.  I always thought I’d see him again somehow, and I will miss him.  Thanks for setting up this website, it has been wonderful to read all the Angus stories and feel the bond with everyone who was touched by this remarkable man. 

 

I learned from Angus not to take myself so seriously, to always have fun, even when you are working hard and things are not going as planned, and above all to be generous with yourself.  I’ve decided that whenever things are getting dull, or I’m feeling frustrated with a situation, I’m going to try to think of WWAD? (What Would Angus Do?).  I’m sure I could never get away with doing what he would do, but at least it will make me smile. . .

 

Ginger—I think I only met you once or twice, but I know he adored you and always talked about you.  You and the girls are in my thoughts and I hope to see you again and meet your girls sometime.

 

Hi to everyone I met at Vanco way back when—I only heard about Angus a couple of days ago so I didn’t make it to the service.  Hope you are all well aside from being heartbroken.

 

Jodi

 

One Response to “Message from Jodi Kidneigh”

  1. Well said.

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