Our Morning with Josh Brown
FIELD GOALS AND HIGH-FIVES
On a beautiful morning in late June, some of us here at the Tommy Bahama offices witnessed a display of field-goal-kicking prowess. Josh Brown, kicker for the New York Giants and a fan of the Tommy Bahama brand, turned what would have been a rather mundane Tuesday into one that we won't forget anytime soon.
Just down the street from our Seattle office, Josh and friends erected a set of portable, inflatable crossbars. After a flurry of successful kicks in the 40-yard range, he started taking requests. 35 yards out, 30 yards to the left? This is sort of like kicking from the sideline, but Josh repeatedly splits the uprights. Over here? Over there? From that sidewalk on the hill? He gets the same results everywhere he goes.
Kicking from a sidewalk outside of Seattle's Museum of History and Industry, he moves closer by five yards. Given that he had just went 3-for-3 further out, this seems a bit odd. And then he splits the uprights again with his left foot.
Those of us who wanted to a chance to kick a PAT lined up like school kids. Some of us fared better than others. It turns out that kicking a 20-yard field goal is harder than it looks. Who knew? Josh played coach, giving us pointers and second chances. Sometimes third and fourth chances, too. (Me, I split the uprights and got a high-five.)
AND THEN, THIS HAPPENED
As things seemed to be winding down, a gentleman approached us. He introduced himself as Sāādūūts (pronounced: Sa-doots), the artist-in-residence canoe carver at the Center for Wooden Boats, which is right next to MOHAI on South Lake Union. Our group of about 15 was congregating around Josh when the newcomer asked, "Can you help us unload a canoe?"
Then someone said, "OK, let's go do this." It was Josh Brown. And of course, we all followed him.
Frankly, most of us thought he was joking. But then he pointed toward the parking lot where a flatbed trailer was waiting with a gigantic wooden canoe. We all looked at each other, bewildered. Then someone said, "OK, let's go do this." It was Josh Brown. And of course, we all followed him.
As we approached the semi, we realized just how big this canoe really was. Carved from a single tree, it's 40 feet long, nearly 5 feet across and weighs about 1,000 pounds. Saaduuts shared a brief history of his people, his village and this canoe. When he told us that the tree had been 776 years old when it was cut down outside his father's home in Masset, British Columbia, a silence fell over us. Nobody wanted to be responsible for damaging something carved from a tree older than the United States. It was go time.
In addition to Josh and the 15 or so of us Tommy Bahama folks, about 10 more people had joined our ranks. Working as a team, hoisting the canoe off of the truck turned out to be an easy task.
Once we had the canoe safely on the ground, nestled in its braces, the surreal nature of the experience began to sink in. From kicking field goals with a veteran NFL player to handling a wooden canoe with such an incredible history... just another day at Tommy Bahama.