Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Let the Record Show

Scene: Podunk, RI, 8 something PM June 9, 2009

Ring ring went the phone. I glanced at the caller ID, it said "Cell Phone CT." One of my siblings was calling me. "Hello?" I answered.

"Hey, it's me," my brother Walter said. "I am at the high school because Janina has a dance recital rehearsal here tonight. Check this out, I am looking the board for the track records and I see 'Shot put, BJ Smith, 35' 3 3/4 1991' and 'High Jump, BJ Smith 5'1" 1991.' So you can sleep easy tonight, your records haven't been broken."

"Hey, that is cool. I set those records 18 years ago. It's nice to know that I haven't been beaten yet."

"You think that's cool? There's a dude on here who threw the discus 140 feet in 1972."

"1972? I wasn't even alive then! When was that record set? When our high school was in ancient Greece?" I laughed.

"My name is still up too," he added. Walter had graduated from our high school in 1984, eight years before me. He wasn't an athelete, he was more involved in student government.

"For what?" I asked.

"Good Citizenship award," he said.

"Oh my God, you were such a nerd!"



Anonymous Taoist Biker said...

Class of '91 represent!!

I have one letter, and it's for the academic competition team. So lump me in with your brother.

June 12, 2009 at 11:56 AM  
Blogger BJ Knapp said...

Actually, I graduated in 92. I set the shot record in 92, too. I can't imagine why it says 91 up there. Whatev. It still stands.

The shot record belonged to my sister, who set it at 33 11 3/4 in 1987. So, I beat her record to set mine.

June 12, 2009 at 2:25 PM  

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