Sunday, April 30, 2006

My Lunch at Joe's Place

How often do you go to a local burrito shop and see the greatest person in a particular field of human endeavor? Usually you just see a bunch of guys in old T-shirts and jeans.
So there he was at a small Mexican market and restaurant behind the garage where I take my car for tuneups — ta, da — the greatest quarterback of all time, Joe Montana.
He was wearing an old T-shirt and jeans, and of course the other four people in old T-shirts and jeans in the forlorn restaurant noticed him. My wife the Crankette said she felt an urge to run into the dusty parking lot, throw her hands in the air and yell, "Joe, I'm open!"
But this is the Bay Area, and we try to pretend we're cool. We don't want to disturb our living gods when they're satisfying an urge for a burrito.
We tried to remember where Joe and Jennifer Montana lived. (She showed up a few minutes later, resplendent in her gorgeousity). We seemed to recall that they have a ranch in Wine Country, and it's hard to picture them agreeing to meet for burritos 60 miles south, in Beer Country, behind that garage that does $39 fluid changes and brake checks. But then, Joe always did such great work outside of the pocket.
Flash back to 1996, and a party in honor of the 49ers' 50th anniversary as an NFL team. Montana had retired from football two years earlier, and I overheard Jerry Rice ask him what he was doing.
"Just hanging out," said Montana.
So there we were, Joe and me, just hanging out. Of course, as I mentioned lamely to the Crankette, he has a lot more money to invest in hanging out than I do.
She put her lips together and blew me this line: "But you both have the same amount of nothing to do."
Ah, the democracy of retirement. And burritos.


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Blogger Dagny said...

*sigh* In high school, I was completely infatuated with Joe. Joe and burritos -- what a perfect combo.

10:34 AM  
Blogger Tana Butler said...

Blasphemer! Steve Young is the best quarterback in the history of time.

: D

And he's such a nice man.

Go, Niners!

2:21 PM  
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