Almost three years ago I moved to the East Coast. Two years ago I started working in Martinsville, Virginia. In making small talk, one day, I brought up Survivor–one of my all-time favorite shows. The Supervisor mentioned he had never watched an episode, which I found hard to believe, but, he added, “Jonny FairPlay is from Danville.” Danville is about 45 minutes from Martinsville.
Through the past two years, I have received deliveries to the warehouse. Most of the drivers are local, and there has been a tremendous amount of conversation about Jonny Fairplay. On one occassion, the driver went to school with Jonny FairPlay and told me all about Jonny’s term as Class President at George Washington High School. This conversation went on for quite some time, enough so that when we were back in the office, one of the guys at the shop said, “Julee, WHO is Jonny FairPlay?”
In case, you aren’t familiar with Jonny FairPlay, he was on Survivor: Pearl Islands back in 2003. Here’s a clip that sort of secured his nick-name. His real name is Jon Dalton.
Fast forward to today.
About 2:25pm I get a phone call from the Supervisor, who is whispering into the phone.
“Julee Morrison, guess who is standing here?”
I took a guess. I was shot down.
“I don’t even know where you are?”
“Do I know them?”
“You don’t KNOW them; you’ve never met them, but you have talked about him many times.”
“I have no clue.”
“How do you know Jonny Fairplay if you’ve never watched Survivor?”
“Allen is with me. He pointed him out. He’s looking at a red mustang right now.”
“I don’t believe you! Put him on the phone!”
“I’m going to.”
There was some mumble in the background and then the Supervisor says, “Hold on, he just got a phone call.”
Then I hear, “Are you Jonny?”
“Will you take this call, she doesn’t believe I’m with you.”
Then, the voice comes on the phone, “Hello? This is Jonny. Jonny Fairplay.”
People! I was floored. This had taken a turn for crazy.
Jonny Fairplay talked to me for about 3 minutes. He is a really nice guy on the phone.
The Supervisor even got a picture. He asked to take a picture of Jonny, who insisted they BOTH be in it.
And, while Jonny FairPlay may not be the most beloved fellow in the world, he even sent the supervisor back with this souvenir for me.
The guy best known for his lie about Grandma, and the most talked about guy by delivery persons at my job, made me laugh out loud and I appreciate that he took time away from HIS life, to take a phone call!