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Interview with Lee Seamon

Seamon, Lee
Smith, Mandy
Date of Interview: 
Childhood adventures
Lee Seamon tells a story about how he smuggled pizza into a missionary boot camp in Ireland.
Charlotte Narrative and Conversation Collection
Collection Description: 
Mandy Smith interviewed Charlotte, NC residents to collect various stories for a class project at UNC Charlotte.
MS (Mandy Smith): This story is a personal experience story told by my fiance, Lee. What's your name?
LS (Lee Seamon): Lee Seamon
MS: And how old are you?
LS: 24.
MS: And where are you from?
LS: Locust, North Carolina. Um, about two year ago I took a trip to, uh, m, uh, m, went on a mission's trip to, uh, Ireland. Before I went, I had to go through a couple of weeks of boot camp and I was a head - one of the leaders of the team and we had about - there was five leaders and, oh, anywhere between twenty and thirty teenage teen members. Well, uh, every morning, one of the things we had to do was run an obstacle course before breakfast. And the very last things was this twelve foot high wall that didn't have a rope on it and so you had to have several team members there to get two people on top of it and they'd help everybody else over. Well, little did I know that was going to help us later on in our, in our trip, because, uh, one night, it was just about an hour or so before everybody was going to go to bed and, uh, me and my head leader got to talking and said, uh, said he got a major hankering for some pizza. And, uh, I said, "If you want, we could call, we could call and order some, and get it delivered." He said "Yeah. I guess we could. I don't really won't my wife to find out about it. She'll get on me." I said, "Well, me, I can take a couple of boys. We could sneak out and go get some." I was just kind of picking when I said it. He, he thought for a second and said, "You know what? We might be able to do that." ME: Why couldn't you have any pizza?
LS: Well, we'd already had supper that night so- and, you know, didn't want to offend the, uh, lady leaders, 'cause it was their job to cook and keep the team fed, so we didn't want to, wanted to make sure there weren't any hurt feelings there. But, you know, when you get a hankering, you get a hankering. So, we, uh, now the way this building was designed, right out the back window was the ledge and it was about, the ledge was about - well, I call it a ledge. It was kind of just a landing on the roof. Uh, it was about six feet wide and about eight feet long. And, uh, and I don't know what it is, but Europeans seem to have just an odd ball way of building things. But, anyway, went up to the, to the next level of the roof where it had a guard rail around it and I tied, uh, one of them, uh, those plastic rope things, with, uh, nylon rope. It wasn't nylon, it was some other material, but, anyway, tied a bunch of loops in it, so we'd have a foot holds, 'cause it was to slick and to small around to grip with your hands, but it was plenty strong enough to hold somebody up. So, I tied it up there. And, uh, me and two boys, we climbed down, went and got, went, we'd called in a, we'd called around to find a place that was still open. We kind of had a hard time finding it, because we didn't really have a good phonebook and, uh, phone numbers over there were kind of weird. Uh, I think we left - when we left, there it was probably around, oh, close to - I'd say it was close to ten o'clock by the time we left. Went to, we finally found a Pizza Hut, believe it or not, they do have Pizza Hut over there. But they were closing down, so they wouldn't take our order. We, that made us made, so we went around, checked around, checked around. We finally come across this one place called Apache Pizza. And their slogan was, "Don't call a cowboy, call Apache." So, amongst us boys we kind of had that, uh, as, uh, kind of a inside joke for the rest of our, the rest of the trip, because it was just the boys that was going out and doing it, because the girls were, you know, obviously they were in another room. And they had no idea we were doing this, which was kind of funny. But, any way, we had got the pizzas. I don't know how many we got, but there was several, because it was about, I think it was about a dozen boys all together. And, uh, we, uh, that was actually the first time I'd ever rode in a cab before. And, uh, we finally got back. It was probably, gosh, it was after one o'clock. Managed to haul the pizzas up and get everybody, and that ended up being our, we ended up doing that about once or twice a week from then on until we left.