I was at a Medical Conference on the weekend in Digby Nova Scotia (a very small fishing village with a beautiful golf course). We stayed at the Resort and played in a charity golf event that was put on after the conference for the local hospital.
At the conclusion of the tournament our team finished third and we were given a "prize package" that consisted of many things, one being an MSU baseball cap.....Can you believe that? An MSU cap. I was in shock that such a hat would make it in any prize pack especially one in Nova Scotia Canada.
Anyway, it was a hot day and my hat was soaked with perspiration so I committed the unthinkable and put on the MSU hat so I would look more presentable (if that is even possible with an MSU hat). I know it sounds horrible but I really had no alternative as I had "hat head" and so it couldn't be helped.
As we were returning to the hotel a group of seniors from a tour bus were getting ready to leave. I wasn't taking any notice of them since they weren't young and in a skirt. As I approached one couple heading for the bus I hear "GO BLUE" in a womans voice and I look up to see an elderly lady shaking her fist at me with a grin.
For a moment I couldn't figure out what had transpired. How did she know I was a UM fan? Why was she shaking her fist at me? Then it hit me.....the MSU hat.
I couldn't let her get on the bus without explaining myself. I chased them down (a dangerous thing given that she had just shaken her fist at me and the recent exploits of MSU football players one could get the wrong impression) to have a word before getting on the bus.
I told her how it came to be that I was wearing an MSU hat and that I was actually a die hard UM fan. She looked skeptical and took some convincing. Her husband simply looked on with a grin as I emphatically tried to convince her of my UM loyalty.
I was at a loss as to how I could convince her when it hit me, show her the history on my blackberry browser. I was impressed at how internet savy she was for her age. Once she saw that she was convinced at long last and simply said, "OK, I'll let you off the hook this time, but remember, there is never an excuse for wearing an MSU hat, or any other teams hat from now on."
She, her husband and I shared a good laugh and they entered the bus. I learned my lesson and tossed the hat immediately in the first garbage can I saw (hat head and all). So, my question to you all is where is the oddest place you ran into a UM fan/Alum? Digby Nova Scotia??? I would have never guessed.
P.S. Her fandom and pride in her university were amazing to me. GO BLUE!