Shipping Off to Boston

Dave throwing up gang signs (a thumbs up).

Dave throwing up gang signs (a thumbs up).

By Phil Genco

Getting lost in Boston was one memorable night for Dave Jarka.

Dave, a 24 year old Lancaster native, was covering the UB football team on their trip to Boston College during the fall of 2006. After dinner in the Marriot Hotel where he was staying, Dave and a few colleagues stopped at a bar in downtown Boston, kiddy corner to the Boston Garden. His photographer planned to stay out longer with a few old friends, and that’s when Dave decided it was time to head home.

Of course, this was Dave’s first time in Boston, but he confidently hopped on the subway. Dave unfortunately stepped off at the wrong stop, but figured he could simply walk the rest of the way. Not the case.

At 10 o’clock in the evening, the streets were dark and empty. Every business was closed until Dave came across a CVS where he met Kevin the cashier. “I’m completely lost!” Dave explained to the cashier, who just moved to the area a week before. Luckily there was an Atlas in the convenient store that Dave used to figure out that he was almost five miles away from his hotel.

After about 15 minutes of waiting, the cab finally showed up. The driver was in his 40’s, tan and had a grey mullet. Dave explained to the cabbie his situation and where he was from, and the driver asked, “Do you know where Ball Town is?” Dave didn’t know at the time, but Ball Town is right near Buffalo which makes for one weird coincidence. Upon arrival back to the Marriot, the mysterious driver explained, “Ball Town is where my original Indian homestead is.” Dave, a little shook up from the situation, was just relieved to be home, “I just went to sleep, I was just glad to be back.”

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One response to “Shipping Off to Boston

  1. Lead: 4 Great lead in. You hooked me and kept me.
    Interviewing: 3 You did a good job of tracing Dave’s weird night. Still, I’d like to know more about why he chose this memory to recount. Why was it so memorable? What was going through his mind when he was lost? Was he really worried he’d never find his way back? Was he worried for his safety? Was that the first time he felt so alone and disoriented? What did he learn from it. Those are the sort of questions that would make your piece stand out even more.
    Grammar: 3 Some lovely bits of writing. You do have a flair with words and a strong voice when you want to. Watch careless errors. Reread and edit before you post.

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