Sunday, October 20, 2013

A Quick Story (or Two)

                                        This photo has been making the rounds for a while.

It popped up on my newsfeed again tonight and, for no apparent reason, reminded me of a story from early in my career that, nearly 30 years later, still makes me chuckle.

I was starting work on a very low budget film with a small crew. We had had a production meeting a couple days earlier, where the crew was introduced to each other.

On the morning of the first day of production, the director called the crew into a circle.

He said, "I know we all met the other day, but I am really bad with names. I promise I will know all of your names in the next few days. In the meantime, I want to make sure that I know what all of you do."

One by one, the director pointed at each of us and named our position.

"You are make-up. You are craft services. You are camera, you are the gaffer. You're a grip, you're a grip, you're a grip, you're the best boy..."

This went on until he came to a large, black man with a deep, rumbling voice.

Picture Michael Clark Duncan or Ving Rhames in his prime.

"You're a rigger," the director proclaimed.

The crew member drew himself up to his full height, puffed out his chest and, in faux self-righteousness announced...

"Where I come from, we call ourselves regroes."

A beat of stunned silence, followed by hilarity.

I hope that that story is as funny in print as it was in person.

Oh, Wait!

I just remembered another story.

More recent. And more apropos of the photo that inspired this post.

A couple of years ago, I was having a conversation with the senior hairstylist on my current team.

She is a spunky, African-American woman who does not suffer fools gladly.

The subject of one of her former employers, Diana Ross, came up.

I said, "Did you hear that she recently filed a lawsuit against "The Cracker Barrel" restaurant chain, because she felt that she got bad service because of her race?"

"Well," my friend asked, "What did she expect from a place called "The Cracker Barrel?"

And on that note...

I'm out.

Have a great Sunday!

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