Clinton, South Carolina, Friday, October 7, 2016, 10:24 a.m.
It’s still tranquil here. The rain will be coming along directly. It seems like a Saturday because last night seemed like a Friday, and that was because I wrote about a high school football game in which Clinton High defeated Mid-Carolina, 45-7, on homecoming at Wilder Stadium.
Here’s my story and video.
Have no fear. By tonight, it will seem like Friday again because I’ll be watching Laurens play at Wade Hampton. Bad weather brings with it postponements – hmm, what was Clinton’s homecoming, a preponement? – and an opportunity to write about a “regularly scheduled game,” which the Raiders and Generals will apparently play.
Last night was lovely. Wilder Stadium is only a couple miles from my house. I haven’t been to Wade Hampton High School in a while. As best I recall, it’s behind Wade Hampton Boulevard. The last time I was there was more than 30 years ago. We have phones to take care of these things now.
Because of the schedule change, it was a 2-for-1 homecoming. Clinton’s junior varsity played Mid-Carolina at 5, before the varsity, and the Red Devils won that one, too. I sat in the stands and impersonated any other fan.
Gracie Waldron, whose father Chuck was a CHS classmate of mine, was homecoming queen. Gracie is the No. 1 singles player on the tennis team – her father was once a state champion – and I’ve known her father and uncle all my life. I wrote a story on the academic accomplishments of her first cousin, Abby, less than a year ago and a story on the playoff prospects of Gracie’s team early this week.
During the J.V. game, I sat two rows behind Congressman Jeff Duncan and his wife, Melody, whose son Parker plays on the team and whose son J.P. was an important part of this year’s highly successful baseball team. Congressman Duncan and I agree on little as far as politics is concerned, but he’s a nice fellow. I don’t have to agree with his politics to like him personally. I admire him for being a regular guy when he’s home from Washington. We happened to walk down the steps together at the end of the game. I asked him what J.P. was doing and mentioned that I’d developed quite an attachment to that baseball team.
Going to a local football game is democratic with a little “d.”
As crazy as this may seem, I’m looking forward to the game tonight in Greenville. I’m interested to see how it goes. Maybe it will rain a lot. Maybe it won’t be too bad. Something will happen there that is worthy of remembering. Maybe it’ll be utter misery, as in the case of a Clinton playoff game at Seneca three years back. I’ll remember something that somebody said, or something somebody said will give me the impetus for something that shows up in a short story or a novel.
I try to inspire or amuse while I’m sitting behind this laptop, but no inspiration or amusement actually occurs here.
Stop by L&L Office Supply, 114 North Broad Street, Clinton and buy one of my novels. Buy Forgive Us Our Trespasses, Crazy of Natural Causes, The Intangibles, and/or a volume of my short stories, Longer Songs.
Kindle versions – you don’t have to have a Kindle, just a free app for your electronic devices – of most of my books are available here. Links to print copies are below.
Forgive Us Our Trespasses is the latest. It’s a tale about a crooked politician who wants to be governor, whatever it takes, and another man trying to stop him. It’s outrageous.
Crazy of Natural Causes is about the fall and rise of Chance Benford, a Kentucky football coach who reinvents himself. It’s original.
The Intangibles is about the South in the 1960s, complete with racial strife, bigotry, resentment, cultural exchange and, of course, high school football.
The Audacity of Dope is the tale of Riley Mansfield, a pot-smoking songwriter turned national hero with a taste for the former and a distaste for the latter.
Longer Songs is a collection of 11 short stories that all began in songs I wrote.
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