Last week I was scanning through the local community paper. And there I saw a picture of him. Captain, my Captain! And he’s in town on the 21st of April!! EEEEEEEHHHHHH!!!! (Imagine the exciting sound that teenage girls make when they see whatshisface from High School musical?)
I missed him the last time he was around and decided, come hell or high-water – this time it’s ON!
With somewhat of a shock I realized that the 21st is a Wednesday and there is no way I will make it if I drive from work, pick up the little ones, go and stand in a cue with a 7 year old and an almost 3 year old. (Better half is out of town, and as it is, no grannies close by to help out.)
So I did what any super fan will do. I put in an afternoons leave. (Let’s forget the fact that one only get SO many days a year!)
I posted a status on Facebook that I am on my way to meet one of my all time Hero’s (Soepe EEro as my little one would say)– I can feel my heart pounding in my throat – is this normal, by the way?
Seven minutes past one. I reach my destination. Dressed in Black. This is a mission for a SWOT team I tell Ya. And I feel like the highest rank officer! Operation signature hunt is in full swing! I go to the Game store where they said he’ll be – damn I hope I’ve got the date right?!….I did! Phew! The poster says he will only be there at 15H45 – needless to say I got the time wrong. Making some calculations in my head…if I have to wait an hour in the cue after he arrives, it will be okay and in time to fulfill my motherly duties. Okay, lets’ do the shopping first (Woolies TV dinners) then do a bit of window-shopping (this operation does not warrant a full-on shopping spree whilst spying out an important spot – and ask ANY woman…its NOT EASY! (So then Woman’s multi tasking at its best kicking in with a vengeance)
I do my shopping, run and put in the boot – its cold enough, I am sure the milk and yoghurt will last, Run back…nothing yet. I stroll around – but do not go too far from THE SPOT. Speak to the better half on the phone quickly. Saying G’buy I was jokingly told “okay…obviously JS is more important than me.. Hun…Just this once, k? .
Hovering in circles like a remote control helicopter. My blonde brain is working overtime and I make my decision on my master plan for this mission. No plan B, there is simply no place for error on this mission. The tactics here is to hit that queue as soon as I see the first fans starting to queue. At 14h45 the first bunch of about 5 schoolboys in their Krugersdorp High uniforms start the queue. Faster than Flash Gordon I take my spot right behind them, thinking to myself that “thank goodness I went to the ladies” just about 15 minutes before! And thank goodness nobody recorded THAT move to the queue! (I think I broke a 30 meter record) I am 100% sure it would have made it at least to “America’s funniest home videos”.
Then it started….my hour and almost a half of waiting on one spot…Damn! Do you realize how long and hour and a half can get if one is standing on one spot?? BUT, I am ready to walk the line! (As any celebrity, John was “fashionably” late…almost 30 minutes…)
My back is killing me! I take my Sharks shirt and Captain in the Cauldron -book out of the bag…put it back…check the camera…FFFFFLIIIPPP, I still need someone to take my picture!! I take a picture of the U14 KHS team members (unbeaten in their league so far) in front of me, and the U/16’s behind me (also unbeaten). “I’ll see if I can get this on the website of which I am an author”, I tell them. Sharksworld dot co dot za. But in return, please can one of you take a picture for me with John? Photographer organized!
Then some Huge mofo of a guy tries to push his way in front of the queue. Politely one of the young blokes in front of me asks him if he is aware that there is a queue…and he got all confrontational with a 13 year old and making remarks that even a 11 year old would find childish! I might not be big, but that was where I was going to draw a line. I told him in no uncertain terms that we have all been waiting for over and hour and I told him there is no need to make an issue as the youngster politely asked him a question…he mumbled something and then backed off. What do they say about “small packages and dynamite?”
Then, suddenly, there was one HUGE roaring and cheering. My Captain has arrived. Accompanied by KHS first rugby team. Is it not unbelievable what admiration an U/14 player has for his first team players! “Ma’am THAT’s our first team and THAT guy there is my senior!” All humble and honorable dreams to wear that First team jersey one day!
“Ma’am from our under 16 team, we would like to give you this bracelet – they hand me a Glow-In-The-Dark pink bracelet (see on the picture of John and me) (which off course my 7 year old wanted when she saw it..). Guys if you are reading here – this will be my new Sharks lucky Charm! I have to add…I would not be surprised if I see a comment of “Who is that guy posing with Ice?”..
My gift from the Under 14’s was to get the top spot in front of them. “Ma’am you can stand in front of us.” I was FIRST in line!!!
Tell your Moms’ I say they did a splendid job with you guys!
Then my moment came….I was trying to make plans to ask him a few questions to post here…this was what I managed to get:
Ice: “It’s a great honor to meet you”
JS: “Thank you!”
Ice (pushing the book in front of him): Please make it out to Ice…I_C_E, please…errr, please can you sign my shirt on the sleeve too?
Ice: Can I please just quickly get a pic?”
JS: “Yeah – sure”
(running almost through the barrier tape to get behind the desk with John)
Ice: “Did you get the picture?? You sure it’s not a blur?? Take another quickly” (all to my personal photographer)
Ice: ‘Thanks so much John” (turning away to give the next guy (my photographer) a spot in the limelight. Quickly turning back towards the Legend)
Ice: Good luck with the rest of the Super 14 campaign!
And with that, my interview was over…
Flabbergasted and heart pounding I check the review picture…not too bad! I look for him…my photographer…I just grabbed the camera when I made way for other fans..”Thanks so much!! I really appreciate!” “No problem Ma’am, thank you for getting me second in line!” He was originally in front of me…. Thank you Vice Captain / Scrummy of the KHS under 14’s. Sorry I did not ask your name! You are all gentlemen!
And then abruptly and suddenly it was all over….just like that…sommer so…
You stupid, STUPID woman…you forgot to ask him if he reads Sharksworld…!! And you forgot to tell him that you are looking forward to the sequel of his book when he retires (as his first ended a bit abrupt…leaving room for way more…just like my “interview”…
I have just taken a few Norflex tabs…my back is Killing me! Being a Super fan is not for sissies!
Thank you John and remember: Sharks Forever!Tweet