It was just another Monday morning. Porter, my dog, and I took the two block walk to the park to play ball. After 15 minutes or so of Porter retrieving balls I launched from the Chuck-it, he tired and it was time to return home and begin the day-to-day. Porter out front on his leash led us back to our North Portland home.
A block from our humble abode the traffic on the thoroughfare was unusually busy. We patiently waited to cross. While waiting to cross Lombard Avenue a couple walked up to the corner and also paused to traverse the busy street.
She was looking like she had just come from the gym. He on the other hand was wearing the apparel of blasphemy. I was appalled. How dare he wear those colors and that logo at 8 a.m. on a Monday morning in June in my neighborhood, on my turf. It was obvious he had no shame. He was proud to sport a number 54 Brian Urlacher Chicago Bears away jersey, and on his head he wore a Bears cap. Standing there with a Fu Manchu mustache he was pleased with his Chicago Bears fandom. I, on the other hand, was under the radar, in plain clothes.
From across the street I kept my eyes on the Bears fan. An uncontrollable smirk came to my face. But he was unaware of my allegiance to the green and gold. Finally after what seemed to be an eternity the traffic subsided. Porter and I stepped into the street and began to cross. Bears fan and his lady began to cross.
We met at the center line. I looked him straight dead in the eye, grinned and said, wait for it, “Go Pack Go!” I caught him off guard, he didn’t know what to say, shocked. Or maybe he just had nothing to say for himself. But his lady quickly reacted, bellowing, “whoooaaaaa!”
Porter and I safely reached the other side of the street. I didn’t look back. But if I did I am sure I would have found him shaking his head and cussing me. That tale was a peak into the windows of a day in the life of a Packers fan. I
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In addition to blogging about the Green Bay Packers for Lombardiave.com, Patrick Hughes blogs about gardening at wheelandbarrowlandscape.com, running and the Portland Trailblazers at Oregon Sports News, and artisans and the connection economy at phughespdx.com.