Overheard in Fort Greene
Ever heard of the site Overheard in New York? Well, here's a new version - Overheard in Fort Greene.
Scene: Saturday morning, Fort Greene Park tennis courts. The parks employee, Addison, is not there yet and anarchy reigns over the sign in sheet. An older, 50's male black couple and a younger, early-to-mid-30's male white couple are arguing over who gets the court, since one of them showed up later, but signed in, while the other showed up earlier, but didn't sign in. No one can decide who gets it, so in a show of defiance, both sets of players decide to split the court, effectively playing each of their friends, but separately, and not doubles.
Black couple (BC): How long have you lived here?
White couple (WC): (no answer)
BC: I've been here 30 years.
WC: Yeah, but that doesn't give you the right to take my court.
As they both get shooed off by the incoming children's tennis clinic, it went like this:
WC: I'm glad we could come to a compromise
BC: (in unison) There was no compromise
WC: (one of them shrugs)
BC: Some people have a very warped sense of the world.
And that's how it went...