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Ode to Lester......and the tailgate flashback.....(Long with many pictures)

northGAcocknorthGAcock Posts: 12,757
edited March 11 in Off Topic
As some of you know, College Baseball is one of my passions. Reality is, the tailgate around college baseball is my bigger passion. We are having a good start to the baseball season....so actually going into the game is on the upswing.

Arlo Guthrie should put this story to music, but for now I have to tell it. You see Lester got hooked up, and took off to jail. It was merely another tail in our tailgate lore. I want to apologize up front for using an expletive in this story...but it is a direct quote...and must be used.



Now before I tell the story, I got to give a backstory to set this up. Our tailgate spot sits next to Blossom Street in Columbia, close to a bridge that crosses the Congaree River. There is a known group of homeless folks who live there, but Lester, to our knowledge was not one of them. Prolly 5-6 years ago, we knew Lester under different circumstances. He was living with a wheel chair confined professor who taught at The University, providing a level of support. He was a good sole, but happened to have a drank-in problem. He was as nice a guy as you will find. We don't usually get to know the folks that walk by....but in this case Lester was someone we had come to know over the years.

While I have several Lester stories, the one I need to tell is regarding the last time we saw Lester. It was about 4 years ago, as we (U of SC) was hosting a post season regional series. Our tailgate was small at that point in the day and  consisted of my Buddy Luke, a college Female and friend (who we did not no). Lester shows up stumbling drunk at the time. He stumbles into our site and proceeds to pull his pants down and laid on the ground. The young lady (rightfully so)  gets up and heads for security. Luke ruffles Lester and tells him he needs to move on....which he does. We gathered our tickets and headed into the game, a little unstable ourselves. On the way in, Luke ask me if I saw Lester’s d!ck?  After an awkward no....he proceeds to tell me how big Lester’s **** was. Been cautious about Luke since but anyhow.....a story none the less in the tailgating lore. Over the years we have asked some of the pass-a-bys if the knew what happened to Lester....we had been told he had died....which is the assumption we had made for the last 4-5 years. We would bring up Lester frequently....and my buddy would always say....Lester had a huge d!ck. 

So back to yesterday, I get there about 1:00....tailgate buddy had been there a couple hours. He is reacquainted with Lester for a few minutes. Lester polishes off a bottle of Old English and drifts into oblivion. See pictures below.




We put Pink Floyd’s Time (alarms beginning ) at high decibels on the stereo.....nothing. About this time, the parking guy shows up to collect from Luke  as he had arrived before the ticket folks.....he sees our visitor....and says he will have the University police come over when they arrive. Before he left he validated that we didn't think he was going to hurt anyone....and we had to agree. About 30 minutes later the police drive up in a ATV type vehicle......they were able to get Lester coherent....no ID etc. the officer asked us to turn down our music.....he is now starting to cut into our tailgating. We complied as to not ruffel his feathers....as we had begun our consumption.

The Po Po after rousing Lester, had himself a chat-um-up. The officer ask Lester if he needs to go to the restroom. Lester says yes, and gets up, walks to the hedge beside the road whips it out for an extended relief. Now i am not suggesting the officer set him up.....but when drunk and asked, (for y'alls benefit here).....don't go peeing beside a busy road. Anyhow...that brilliant move got Lester a free ride to jail. Of course the Po Po said where we could hear him...."I meant in the porta john."



This was apparently a major crime committed out there at the tailgate.....and surprisingly....we were not directly involved. We did have a good time laughing about the similarities to Alice's Restaurant....with the 27 8x10 color photographs with circles and arrows on the back......



Backup was requested and they went through all of Lester's possessions (white sack, coat and hat and a almost empty pack of cigs). They left Lester's lighter.....and wouldn't you know it.....out of fluid. 



We did bust out some Pastrami Rubens for late afternoon nourishment after a rain storm came through. If Lester was there, we would have made him one too.



You might be asking yourself.....is there a point to this story? A Moral maybe? Not really. It is just one of the many strange things that have happened over the years at the tailgate. We had a new sign "Tanner Pond" that we were hanging in the tree with minimal celebration, pomp and circumstance. With that out of the way....we had settled in for some beverage consumption, some good tunes and general BS discussion. We were pleased to find out an ol sole was still alive, .....and unfortunately still in bad shape. The entertainment value was humorous in a way....yet we continued to consume our beverages which is somewhat ironic as this all goes down. The police man says to us just before he drives away....."sorry you had to see all that".....we were like....hell we wouldn't have wanted to miss it. Another story in the tailgate lore.



What we learned? Watch where you pee.....they seem to be cracking down on it.

Hope you all have a great week.

Robin
Columbia, South Carolina with a Medium, MiniMax & a 17" Blackstone

“May the four winds blow you safely home.”

Comments

  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 4,774
    Great Story Robin
    Visalia, Ca
  • JeremiahJeremiah Posts: 6,349
    edited March 11
    Never a dull moment around the tailgate. 
    Slumming it in Aiken, SC. 
  • northGAcocknorthGAcock Posts: 12,757
    Jeremiah said:
    Never a dull moment around the tailgate. 
    Had a text from Luke yesterday evening. Said he was riding by and saw Lester sitting on the bridge....and was out of the poky. 
    Columbia, South Carolina with a Medium, MiniMax & a 17" Blackstone

    “May the four winds blow you safely home.”
  • CigarCityEggerCigarCityEgger Posts: 1,242
    Enjoyed the read @northGAcock, never a dull moment when tailgating!
  • JohnnyTarheelJohnnyTarheel Posts: 5,766
    Love the story brother...  and love seeing your historical traveling bar... can’t wait to see it and you again at BB...
    Charlotte, NC - Large BGE 2014, Maverick ET 733, Thermopen, Nest, Platesetter, Woo2 and Extender w/Grid, Kick Ash Basket, Pizza Stone, SS Smokeware Cap, Blackstone 36"
  • The_StacheThe_Stache Posts: 1,113
    Robin, enjoyed the read!!  Thanks
    Kirkland, TN
    2 LBGE, 1 MM


  • johnmitchelljohnmitchell Posts: 4,866
    Great story !!!
    Greensboro North Carolina
    When in doubt Accelerate....
  • DoubleEggerDoubleEgger Posts: 14,889
    Great story !!!
    Not for Lester... 
  • bucky925bucky925 Posts: 1,460
    We don't even like baseball, but I would love to tailgate with you.  We aren't that far away. Great story and from what I see they should have just left Lester alone. 
  • JRWhiteeJRWhitee Posts: 5,249
    Great story Robin but I think you should rename Tanners Pond to ......wait for it......Lesters Pole.... :o
                                                                
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 30,615
    Good story.  Pissing in nature like god intended us to do is a high crime in most urban areas.  I almost got a trip to the pen for the same reason, just got the interDICtion prior to the public pole exposure...
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  • northGAcocknorthGAcock Posts: 12,757
    JRWhitee said:
    Great story Robin but I think you should rename Tanners Pond to ......wait for it......Lesters Pole.... :o
    Jim, as the resident spot owner, this brings up an interesting dilima. Like the hall of fame,  should there be a waiting period before eligibility?  Then we have the question of naming rights.....should we sell them? I think we are going to have to go back to the next tailgate to ponder such complex questions. Want to join us?
    Columbia, South Carolina with a Medium, MiniMax & a 17" Blackstone

    “May the four winds blow you safely home.”
  • northGAcocknorthGAcock Posts: 12,757
    JRWhitee said:
    Great story Robin but I think you should rename Tanners Pond to ......wait for it......Lesters Pole.... :o
    Lester’s pole...or Lester’s pound?
    Columbia, South Carolina with a Medium, MiniMax & a 17" Blackstone

    “May the four winds blow you safely home.”
  • cookingdude555cookingdude555 Posts: 2,130
    That was a great story, and the whole time, the voice in my head narrating it was Francis Underwood.

    John - SLC, UT

  • JRWhiteeJRWhitee Posts: 5,249
    JRWhitee said:
    Great story Robin but I think you should rename Tanners Pond to ......wait for it......Lesters Pole.... :o
    Lester’s pole...or Lester’s pound?
    Either would work, Pole might keep the ladies around though.
                                                                
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    Don't let the truth get in the way of a good story!
    Large BGE 2006, Mini Max 2014, 36" Blackstone, Anova Sous Vide
    Green Man Group 
    Johns Creek, Georgia
  • Don’t mean to be a buzzkill, but in reading this story, I can’t help but feel for Lester, who obviously has a very serious drinking problem and now has both that and his run-in with the law posted to the internet alongside his photo for our entertainment. I can appreciate a good story as much as the next guy, but personally, I wouldn’t be comfortable posting about an identifiable individual for a laugh at their expense (barring receipt of their consent to do so).

    Lester may not have much dignity, but perhaps we shouldn’t be too quick to hasten its demise. 
  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 19,126
    Thank you Robin.
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • northGAcocknorthGAcock Posts: 12,757
    Don’t mean to be a buzzkill, but in reading this story, I can’t help but feel for Lester, who obviously has a very serious drinking problem and now has both that and his run-in with the law posted to the internet alongside his photo for our entertainment. I can appreciate a good story as much as the next guy, but personally, I wouldn’t be comfortable posting about an identifiable individual for a laugh at their expense (barring receipt of their consent to do so).

    Lester may not have much dignity, but perhaps we shouldn’t be too quick to hasten its demise. 
    Respectfully, I get what you are saying. Lester couldn't weigh in if he had to right now. When you see him, his eyes are more less rolled back in his head. It is a sad state....concern acknowledged.
    Columbia, South Carolina with a Medium, MiniMax & a 17" Blackstone

    “May the four winds blow you safely home.”
  • northGAcocknorthGAcock Posts: 12,757
    bgebrent said:
    Thank you Robin.
    I detect sarcasan there Brent. 
    Columbia, South Carolina with a Medium, MiniMax & a 17" Blackstone

    “May the four winds blow you safely home.”
  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 19,126
    bgebrent said:
    Thank you Robin.
    I detect sarcasan there Brent. 
    Nope.  Really enjoyed the ode and tale!
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • Cookbook_ChipCookbook_Chip Posts: 1,269
    Go ‘cocks, Lester!
    Lovin' my Large Egg since May 2012 (Richmond, VA) ... and makin' cookbooks at http://familycookbookproject.com
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  • WolfpackWolfpack Posts: 2,929
    Gives a whole new meaning to the thread- show me your “stick”
    Greensboro, NC
  • alaskanassasinalaskanassasin Posts: 1,637
    I would probably just let him sleep if he was keeping his pants on ;-) 
    South of Columbus, Ohio.
  • northGAcocknorthGAcock Posts: 12,757
    I would probably just let him sleep if he was keeping his pants on ;-) 
    Had it been up to us.....and had we been able to arouse (check that).....wake Lester, we would certainly have done so. He was not harming anyone and posed no threat to us. 
    Columbia, South Carolina with a Medium, MiniMax & a 17" Blackstone

    “May the four winds blow you safely home.”
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