When we were loading our booth into the truck, one of the union workers helping us mentioned that there was an NBA basketball game taking place next door in the YUM Center that weekend. I thought nothing of it until later when Donna, Zac and I found ourselves riding the escalator in the middle of a group of very tall men. All of them had the same winged logo on their backpacks. I didn’t recognize it, so when we got to the elevator, I asked one of the guys who they were. He said they were the New Orleans Pelicans in town for a preseason game.

I had never heard of the Pelicans — apparently they used to be the Charlotte Hornets who I have heard of. (I don’t follow the NBA so it didn’t surprise me.) The three of us ended up getting on the elevator with five of them including the center, Anthony Davis. I pulled out my phone and took a photo of Donna with three of them in the background.


Zac and I got off on the 12th floor and Donna continued up to her room. The guy in the blue shirt said to her, “What was with that guy and his phone? Was he taking a picture of you or was he taking a selfie?”

Donna said, “I don’t know. That was weird.”

The guy said, “I hope for your sake he was taking a selfie.”

About two hours later, we were walking down a hallway with our group when we passed several of the players, including blue shirt. A few steps after we passed them, I said loudly, “See. She does know me. She was totally lying to you.”

The next morning the same guy was standing in the lobby when Donna got off the elevator. He just looked at her and shook his head.

Anyway, after we got back from dinner, it was nearly 11:00 p.m. I was walking through the lounge with the chair and spotted one of the players with the Pelicans logo on his pants. I figured the worst he could do is say no, so I walked up to him and said, “You’re with the Pelicans, right?”

He said, “Nice chair.”

I asked if I could take his picture holding it and he immediately took it and struck this pose. I looked him up on line when I got to my room and found out he’s a power forward named Ryan Anderson who’s known for making three-pointers. Who knew? Nice guy, though.


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