Monday, October 19, 2009

Hopping the Fence

We have a new sales rep at work and on Friday I had a chance to talk with him a little bit about our respective backgrounds.

He told me he had gone to Birmingham High and played on their football team. I said I had gone to Dorsey.

"Oh we played them in a playoff game one year. We almost beat them but they won, something like 17-13." During the time he was in high school, I guess both schools were supposedly football powerhouses.

"Back when I was at Dorsey, we had a lousy football team," I told him. "But we always made sure we won after the game."

He laughed. "Yeah, it was a night game and there was so much security. The game was at Birmingham so I was wondering why so much security?"

"They probably brought everyone with them," I said. "So you grew up in the Valley?"

"Oh no, I got bused out there. I lived right off of Crenshaw. Real close to Audubon."

"You did? You went to Audubon?"

"Naw, I got bused to junior high in the Valley, too. I thought I was going to Audubon and my mom told me nope, you're getting bused."

"Oh. I went to Foshay myself," I offered.

He stared at me. "You went to Foshay?"

I nodded.

"Oh, man. I was scared of that place!"

I told him our boss said that when he was in junior high that was the threat used to scare them - if you acted up, you'd get sent to Foshay.

"There'd be some days when I didn't go to school and my mom would drive me to her office and we'd go past Foshay. Right down Exposition. And every time we'd go past I'd always see all these kids hoppin' the fence! They're like running around the yard or hoppin' the fence!" Then he laughed and made fighting motions and motions like climbing over a fence. "Those kids were crazy! That place used to scare me every time we went past."

I said it didn't seem so bad to me when I went there. Meanwhile he kept making those motions, back and forth across my office and laughing. "Man that place was crazy!"

"I had nothing to compare it to. I didn't know any better," I said. "I thought that was normal."

That really made him laugh. "Normal. Oh man, normal." He shook his head then did more of his crazy motions and said he had to get back to work. As he was leaving he stopped and turned around and laughed again. "Fo-shay."

I laughed too.






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