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My wife does love me!Posted Sunday, August 17, 2008, at 10:08 PM
The latest piece added to my collection is this basketball autographed by Tyler Hansbrough.
As Kristie was driving through the Valley Plaza Shopping Mall in Poplar Bluff she spotted a 'giant' standing outside Radio Shack wearing Tar Heel blue shorts. She knew who it was immediately and seized the opportunity! She slammed on the breaks and parked illegally, but there was no way she was going to let this chance pass.
She then ran up to Tyler calling his name just to make sure it was indeed him. He acknowledged her as she explained to him that I was a huge fan and how she has been forced to watch every North Carolina game on television over the past three years! By the way, we do have more than one television set in our house! She asked Tyler if he would sign a basketball for me if she ran into Hibbett's Sports (two stores down the strip coincidently!) He politely told her that he needed to go into Radio Shack and she could catch up with him in there.
This is where my wife's paranoia kicked in! She was determined not to let this opportunity pass. She would not let him get away without holding true to his word. She set off down the sidewalk running as fast as she could. Keep in mind that she is wearing high heels!
She flew into the sporting goods store and frantically found a really nice Nike basketball. Uh oh.... there are people checking out. What to do, what to do? Reaching panic mode, she couldn't contain herself anymore. She threw her purse up on the counter explaining that she had to go get Tyler Hansbrough's autograph. She would be back to pay for the ball and retrieve her purse momentarily. Fortunately the lady covering the counter didn't call the police and decided to use this situation to her advantage also. She tossed Kristie a second basketball to get autographed for her and a sharpie (gotta have something to sign the balls with) as Kristie was darting out the door.
Perfect timing! Tyler was just coming out of Radio Shack as Kristie caught up to him. She once again explained to him that she really wasn't a phsyco chick and that this really was for her husband. He was very polite and seemed to enjoy that someone asked for his autograph.
Kristie did return to Hibbett's to pay for the ball and retrieve her purse. Mission accomplished! That's the greatest gift I have ever been given and I will always cherish it! My wife really does love me!
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