Cool folks I meet in line: Greg Hammond


Don Barone

Dateline: Lake Champlain Marshal Registration


At every Elite event, Nation event, Opens event and College tourney one of my favorite things to do at the gig is to stand in line and shake the hands of all those folks…not Elites…who have signed up for the event.

This is how it goes:

“Hi man (or woman). My name is Don Barone (or sometimes db). What’s your name? Where are you from and what do you do there?”

Then I smile as I wait for my favorite part…

“Nice to meet you. I’m…”

And I do this anywhere from a hundred to maybe two hundred times, every registration…same question from me, massively cool answers from all those I ask.


Here’s the deal: At every event, when I meet someone who I think is very cool, not "full-blown story" cool but you know, "500-600 words" very cool, I’m going to take a few moments to tell you about “The Cool Folks I Meet In Line.”

Beginning with Lake Champlain cool and that is: Greg Hammond, who signed up to be a Marshal at the tournament.

When Greg walked up to me, this is the first thing that jumped out at me: