|Caroline Hailson, daughter of Megan's friend and former|
co-worker, Olivia Hailson. What time is it?
Outlaws wide receiver Megan "Red" Riley replied. "The answer to this sign is 'Shot time' lol." She went on to comment: "After the game, ladies, after the game."
As with many answers, hers raised more questions for me. Like why would Megan's fans associate a shot of anything with football? And that gave me a topic for today's post.
Megan's nick name is "Red" because, well look at a couple photos from Outlaw's practices.
|Not clear in this picture but I wanted to get|
context - Megan is a receiver and this is a shot
of her practicing receiving. In the next photo
she has received and is starting to practice running.
|In this one you can see the red hair.|
Right. She's a red-head. Natural nickname, "Red."
But that's not the reason for the sign. The sign relates to her work. Megan is a bartender at the famous Texas Chili Parlor located at 1409 Lavaca in downtown Austin. The TCP website promises "A visit to TCP will do your spirit good—great food, full bar, lively staff, and funky atmosphere..." (emphasis mine)
Megan became an instant celebrity for me when I learned she is part of the lively staff at TCP. I have a fond memory of taking some corporate guests to the Texas Chili Parlor. I worked at the local office of a large corporation based in Bloomington, Illinois. (Illinois. North.) A couple corporate associates visited me so I could show them the right way to run a top quality department. As a special treat I took them to Texas Chili Parlor.
My friend Ron ordered Chili - what else would you order at a Chili Parlor? The waitress asked what grade, one-X, two-X, or three-X. Ron timidly said one-X but quickly upgraded to two-X when he saw a look of derision cloud the server's face. A little later and about half-way through lunch we noticed Ron had become quiet, his face bright red, beads of sweat dripping down. We asked how he was enjoying his Chili. "Great," he lied, "but I don't think I could have handled the three-X."
(By way of full disclosure, I'm a Yankee, too. I didn't order Chili at all because even one-X scares me. Give me mild food...)
So Megan, who are these fans of yours? The one holding the "What Time is it" sign is Caroline Hailson. Caroline's mother is Olivia Hailson who, five years ago, worked at "said Chili Parlor" and became friends with Megan. The whole family came to the game loaded with signs and good cheer to encourage Megan.
|Left to right, Louie Hailson, Olivia, daughter Mary (red hair), niece Rachel (who currently|
works with Megan at the Chili Parlor), and "baby" Hailson Caroline who lives in Denton.
|Sometimes wide receivers get to carry the|
ball from scrimmage.
|The ground is hard. Can you see Megan's eyes? Is she wincing? Or did I just catch her|
in mid-blink. Sure looks like fun, doesn't it?