This is the story of the greatest prank my buds and I ever pulled. (Rob, Dave and Treek were the other conspirators I think)
Now, y’all probably know I am a rule follower by nature. Good or bad aside, I tend to follow rules. (Mostly good I’d say.) Oddly I even get tremendous satisfaction out of just reading rules. No idea why and it isn’t really relevant to this tale.
The point is that I’m not a huge prankster. But we really wanted to do something to commemorate the Grad of ’92. Strangely, this isn’t even my grad year, but the year following mine. We had a number of close friends in the ’92 class – Troy, Kevin, Linda, Gloria and Crystal. (there were a number of other ’92 grads too – Stef and Bran for instance – but they weren’t really the focus of the prank. It was the Glenmary grads of 1992).
Traditionally some joker in every grad class commemorated their grad by tagging the underside of one of the town bridges. We/I felt that was tacky, ugly and dumb. Our plan involved finally putting our home ec. knowledge to good use.
First came the planning – we were lousy planners. Then the measuring. Which was awkward. Then we purchased the fabric and velcro. Finally there was the assembly and some picture taking and all our prep work for the prank was done.
The idea? To clothe 12′ Davis is giant red and gold boxer shorts!
For those of you who didn’t grow up in Peace River, 12′ Davis was the town mascot. He was a real fur trader from the area who became famous when he struck it rich on a small 12′ gold claim. There was a 12′ statue (much higher because of the pedestal) in the centre of town. It has an inscription that reads:
Facts of 12 Foot Davis’ Life:
(Pose) He Loved This Valley, (Gold Pan) He Found Gold on a 12′ Strip, (Broken Key) He never locked his door, Fountain (his generosity)”
12 foot Davis Statue
The statue at the time was located at the edge of the Heart River and 101 St. They’ve moved it since. It was immediately visible to anyone driving downtown.
The measurements were tricky. We did a lot of hiding behind the statue as cars passed. The man had a mammoth waist and thigh measurements! We used a fabric design and math to scale the design up to our measurements. We bought a big roll of bright red fabric and some gold glitter glue to write our friend’s names on the crotch.
Putting the boxers on went without a hitch. It was a cold, rainy evening. We were actually a little astonished that they fit. No one was sure of the seamstress skills and we had spent a lot of time figuring out how they would be fastened using the velcro. They were a little tight, but looked perfect!
We snapped some more pics and left them up to be discovered. We no one ripped them down, we decided to leave them up all weekend. I think we gifted them to Troy when we finally took them down.
It was just one of those great things we did as friends when we were teens.
We eventually had Troy’s wife paint it up based on one of the photos. Dave still has the painting.
Here is a photo: (Thanks Marla!)