*RIP, IF YOU'RE READING THIS THEN YOU NEED TO STOP AND GO BACK...THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE KEPT SECRET FROM YOU! ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS THEN JUST CALL OR TEXT FOR CLARIFICATION.
New Year's Eve day the Pistons played the Nets at 3PM, so I texted Rip and let him know I'll have his shoes available to deliver at the game. So he left me two tickets and passes. But The Palace of Auburn Hills changed their entire backstage access policy. In the past I was given a pass and was able to be in the back by the locker rooms and did my business back there with the players, etc. But for some reason, the NBA apparently forced the Pistons to limit the backstage access to literally players and coaches, ONLY. Of course Worldwide Wes has free reign to go wherever he wants - but I'm only considered a Wes Jr. by some, haha.
Back to the story of Rip: The night before the game I e-mailed a picture of the shoes to Rip's best friend/personal assistant and he showed them to Rip's fiance. They both loved the shoes, and Rip's fiance even wanted to buy the shoes herself and give them to Rip as a birthday gift in February. After half time I was talking with Rip's assistant and fiance about this and was trying to decide if it'd be possible to come up with a story for Rip as to why HE wasn't getting the shoes that day, and if Rip's fiance would be able to pull off the surprise without Rip finding out or asking too many questions. Since Rip didn't play because of a groin injury, I was actually texting him back-and-forth during the game and ended up telling him I'd give the shoes to his assistant and fiance since the new security system is so freakin STUPID now. So that's where we stand right now: Rip's fiance will be trying to hide the shoes from Rip until his February birthday, ha. I'll keep you posted about how and if this will be possible - haha.