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Monologue with Jarret Forino

Forino Jarret
Hudock, Lauren
Date of Interview: 
relationships with people and places; then and now
Jarret Forino talks about growing up and living in Charlotte, NC versus Asheville, NC and about his dog.
Charlotte Narrative and Conversation Collection
Collection Description: 
Lauren Hudock interviews Charlotteans to collect stories for a class project at UNC Charlotte.
Interview Audio: 
JF (Jarret Forino): Oh, is it my turn? See I, I've lived in North Carolina for, like, I don't know, 13, 14 years, somewhere around there. Um, went to high school at, uh, East Meck, uh, and went to college in Asheville, UNCA. Um, I liked the mountains, it, it was fun up there, um, you know it got cold sometimes, but for the most part it was ah, it was a, it was a fun little city. I wouldn't want to live there, I don't think, it's a nice place to visit. Um, after college I moved back here. I like Charlotte, Charlotte's, um, it's grown a lot in the last 13 years, and I, ah, I don't know, the people here are OK, um, there some idiots that live in this town though, and they can't drive. I mean, Lord, I'm not even, don't even get me started on that, but, um-. Finally, the university area's starting to get, ah, a little, little busier, a lot more things to do. I remember when it was nothing out here but the stinking bowling alley down Tryon, now you got all these bars everywhere and, um, the mall, Concord Mills and, um, all kinds of apartments everywhere. It's pretty impressive, traffic still sucks, but, um, you know, hell, you can't, everything can't be perfect. But um, Asheville's a lot smaller, you know, all the roads are real windy and they're like they were built for a horse and buggy, 'cause you can't even, really if you have a big car you, you're going to cross the line when you're driving. And, um, back to Asheville, now that is, it had some of the most beautiful skylines when you just sit, you know, off the Blue Ridge Parkway and whatever and, and at night you can look down at the city and, all three buildings that it had and, um, but they're were all lit up different colors and there's a lot of hippies in Asheville, though. All over the place they, um, we used to call them tree huggers. Um, but, you know, that's one thing that's cool about that city, there are so many different people, types of people thrown together on that campus. Of course it is a liberal arts college, what do you expect? But, um, anyway enough of Asheville. Um, let's see, University of Charlotte, um, I've been living around here for like about six years now. Actually, it's kind of, you know, like I say, it, it, it's just has changed and grown. Even downtown, man, you know, I remember downtown used to be a ghost town, like once five o'clock hit everybody left. Now you got, you know, all kinds of nice restaurants and, um, and things to do. And now they got all those houses and apartments they're building down there, it's, you can live downtown. It's kind of, I mean, Charlotte's becoming a real city. Um, I grew up in New York, that you know, yeah, then I moved here, I guess that's probably ten ago. It was a huge culture shock between the two cities. Um, you know, you, there were no trains, buses, you know, bus line, mass transit. Here, you have to have a car to live in Charlotte or in the south, I guess totally. But, the um, New York that's a fun city, too. Um, so much to do but everybody says that, you know, so much to do here this city's so small I mean, you know, it, it's the same things to do, ah, it doesn't matter where you are there's only like so many different types of activities you can, you can do. It's just that when cities get bigger, there's more of these places, but then again there's a hundred times the people too, so that kind of sucks. Um, a lot of cool bars and restaurants in, in Manhattan and all over. But, um, I don't know, they have, um, I still go, my dad still lives up there so I, I, I go visit and he lives, maybe, maybe a 30, 30 minute train ride from Manhattan, so-. Ah, but, um, you know, I'll go up there and stay with him, just 'cause it's cheaper and just ride the train into the city and, ah, go party down there for, you know, and then just come home every night, and that's just the best way to do it. Live with your parents as long as you possibly can, save your money, [laughs] um, milk it for all it's worth. But, um, in, in Charlotte they had, um, [coughs] they had, I remember my first, my first, night, when I was going out, when I turned eighteen, you could get into a, a club and I don't even think the club is still there, so I'm not even going to use the names, that was the neatest thing I can remember getting out and going to wait in the line. Um, actually was the Pterodactyl. I think, um that was, that was just like an experience from the first time you get to go out, you, I don't think it ever lives up to what its supposed to be like going to prom, you know its never as good as you hope its gonna be. Yeah, but the first club I ever went to I think was in Charlotte, the Pterodactyl. Um, course it might have been Club 2000. Ever think they'll change the name of that club? Now that like 2000's past, it was kind of cool in like '96, but now that it's like 2003, you know, it kind of sounds outdated, you might as well call it like Club 1965. Anyway, I'm sorry I'm just rambling. Oh, anyways, its too nice out to be in here doing this I'm looking at the pool, and um, course there's nobody laying out there right now, but it is nice out. Think we're going to take the dog out and throw him in the pool. He hates that, because he can't really get out like he can like he's at a beach where he can swim right back out. At a pool he gets kind of scared, like he looks all panicked, it's kind of funny to watch it. But, um, [laughs] I'm kidding. The first time he ever jumped into a pool, he jumped in by himself, ah, we weren't, we weren't paying attention and all of a sudden, the dog's in the pool, I was over there at the Lake Shore Village, and Malibu decides that he's going to jump in and, um, it was still a little cold and well we had to jump in there and get him, he was only about, I don't know, six or seven months old. It was, it was funny. And then his friend dog jumped in after him, so that was fun 'cause now we're having to fish to idiot dogs out of the swimming pool, and, ah, in, you know, winter. But now we just say what the hell and let him find his own way out. But then again, I don't let him in the swimming pools, either. So, but, um, Malibu's, uh, he's over, he's two, he's two now? He's not three, he's two. Two and, two and three months, something. Yeah, two years, three months, that, that sounds about right. Um, yeah, well when I got him I had to take him swimming before he turned, you know, like six months old, they say if you don't get them started in the water early they'll be afraid of it as they get older. But, so the first time I took him to the pool, well not to the pool, it was the first time he actually ever jumped in, but I took him to the Reedy Creek, or one of those stupid parks up there and, um, took him, I had to get in the water with him and it was nasty. I hate getting in like nasty river, lake water, I had to get in there with him, he kept taking steps further out to me, finally I just picked up and I threw him, and um, not very far or anything, he sank and popped back up and started swimming back and then we started playing with the Frisbee(TM) and started going a little further out and then one time, when I just bought the damn Frisbee(TM), I throw it out just a little too far so he looks at me like he wouldn't go get it, so I had to go out there and get it. And the water was way over my head, had to swim out there and again it wasn't the warmest of days, but, ah, and of course I forgot to bring towels, so all the way, I was living in Matthews at the time, so all the way from the Lake Norman area all the way back to South Charlotte with a wet, smelly dog. Um, it was a, a fun road trip. But, um, ah, yeah, now he's just, you can't keep him out of the water. He loves to swim. But, uh, isn't that right boy? [Dog makes sound] [Laughs] He says yep. But, um, anyway, what other, what else can I tell you? Um, my dog's an idiot, um, Charlotte sucks, Asheville sucks more, no I'm just kidding. I covered all this. [Laughs] Um, yeah, he's the easiest dog to teach to do things, though. He's so easy, he'll just like, you know, all you have to do is offer him some kind of food, and boy he's just right there, you know, doing whatever you tell him to do.