The Dennis Rodman-Josh Spiegel Connection

As the world watches and waits to see if Dennis Rodman gets the Nobel Peace Prize for his tireless and selfless efforts to bring peace to the Koreas, I couldn’t help but be reminded of my own run-in with Rodman. The memory occured to me while I listened to Rodman’s tearful comments from Singapore about his tireless and selfless efforts that I mentioned two sentences ago—efforts that probably led to today’s historic Trump-Kim summit and efforts that Rodman definitely doesn’t want credit for.

The year was 2000 A.D. I had moved to Dallas for a radio job. I was still looking for a place to live and staying in a hotel. Finding myself suddenly famished, I began to forage for food. Next thing I knew, I was at a grocery store. Apparently I’d driven to a place called Kroger. Maybe you’ve heard of it. Once inside, I headed for the oatmeal aisle. Imagine my surprise when I saw a large man in a suit blocking the entrance to the aisle. Another security guard was patrolling the other end of the aisle. Meanwhile, a man wearing a baseball cap, sunglasses and 7,000 piercings–perhaps the most identifiable member of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team—Dennis Rodman–was hunched over while perusing a large selection of hot cereal options.

I moved on to another aisle and paid for my groceries. I didn’t get oatmeal that day. What prize do I get for my inconvenience?

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