My BIL Jim, traveled all the time. His life seemed exciting. He once told me, “Jack it is nothing but planes, rentals and motel TV's. He did meet ‘Andy Griffith and Andy Rooney’ on flights.
You never know who you pass in an airport, bus station or on the road.
You know the tight seats on a plane? A tall young man sat down beside me. No one took the other seat (3 on that side) so the tall kid could turn sideways to sit. He also had his suitcase. It was a short flight from Atlanta to Charlotte. I said ‘I am Jack’, he introduced himself, ‘David’.
We joked and talked He asked me what I did, for a living, I was in service but going into construction. He said he had done some drywall work, he laughed, the other guys needed stilts to do ceilings I could reach up and do them. I asked him what he did for a living, “I travel a lot and normally don’t arrange my flights but I wanted to stop in North Carolina and see mama, I am on the way to a shoe promotion in Raleigh. I play a little basketball.”
‘That sounds good, I said’, and we kept on talking. When leaving the Airport, David headed for a Taxi and called back, ‘Nice talking to you Jack’. I said, ‘You too David, take care’. (Mark and Sherry met me at the airport) Son Mark was staring, looking at David get in the taxi, mouth open.
He asked,”Do you know who he is?”
‘Sure, David, we sat together on the flight , why?’
“He is the highest paid basketball player alive, he just signed a multimillion dollar contract.”
“Well he sure is a nice guy.” I said.
I was a hack. I didn’t even get a signature, I sat beside David Thompson and didn’t know him, how is that possible? (Son palming his face)
David didn’t fare so well with life and fame. But let me tell you, he is a nice guy!
There is nothing magical about sitting beside someone famous. It doesn’t make you famous. Sitting beside a Billionaire doesn’t make you a cent richer. But it is always good (No matter the status) to meet a nice person. THAT meeting enriches your life.
I did follow David after that thru my sons. David fought drugs and alcohol. Finally became a Christian turned his life around. He returned to College to finish his degree in Sociology. The book and movie about his life ‘Skywalker’ were hits.
‘25 Model T, Torpedo below 1941 Chevy delux