[Editor’s Note: Laurie C., a long-time RMNB reader, randomly ran into a Caps player today. I’ll let her explain.]

Today, my addiction to Wawa paid off. I stopped into the Joppa, MD store to grab a sub. While I was browsing the candy bars, I noticed this familiar individual. I only got a side glance but then I realized “Holy crap, that’s John Carlson….I think!” Immediately I looked around for Alzner, but he was nowhere to be found.

So I walked up to him, like a total goon ball and asked, “Are you who I think you are?”

He laughed at me and said, “Yeah, probably.”

I asked him how he was doing, and why he was all the way up my way. He told me that he was either on his way up or back (I can’t remember , ooops) from visiting his family in New Jersey. So then I said, “You know what my next question, is right?” (Can I have a picture with you?) and he laughed again and said, “Absolutely”.

Of course I realized at that moment that I looked like crap because I had just come from work, I made a comment about it and he said “Well I’m not exactly in my best attire either.”

His fiancée volunteered to take the picture — she was super nice too! I asked him if he was following the playoffs at all, and he said he wasn’t ‘that’ interested, he just wanted to see who would win. I made him laugh when I asked, “Anyone but the Penguins right?”

I thanked him again for the picture, then tried to remember where I was. Needless to say, the candy bar I was trying to decide on was not even a thought anymore. Neither was my sub that I almost forgot to pick up. I think a lot of people are “used” to seeing players because they live so close to DC, or go to Kettler a lot and so on. This isn’t something that happens up here AT ALL, so I might be in shock or on cloud 9 for the remainder of the afternoon!

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  • Laurie Castagna

    🙂 Thank you Ian.

  • PucktotheHead


  • Rob W.

    Pretty cool, thats my hometown wawa, I have yet to see a famous person like this and i think i would have the same reaction of “Are you who I think you are?”. Lastly, that is an atrocious shirt by Capt America, get it together Carly

  • Laurie Castagna

    Exactly! When has anyone ever come through?

  • 🙂 Thank you, Laurie.

  • Carlson either is an Extreme Baker or is trying to warn children on the dangers of baked goods.

  • Lawrence

    So jealous!!! Pretty awesome story I must admit, thanks for sharing!

  • erinamanda13

    This is awesome!!

  • troyerlaw

    I love that she looked for Alzner. Thanks for posting!

  • Laurie Castagna

    I’m not sure if it’s good or bad that Alzner was my next thought haha.

  • bskillet

    Pretty cool and I would hope he would say anyone but the Penguins. Getting nervous.

  • Myan

    Hilarious that her first thought was to look for Alzner with the assumption that they’d of course be attached hip! Thanks for sharing, Laurie!

  • salgotnv

    Isn’t that a shirt from dangerously delicious pies? Seems like a place carly would go binge at after games

  • Myan

    Wishful thinking! I don’t blame you!

  • knxvil

    Nope. It’s a from a Massachusetts-based t-shirt store called Johnny Cupcakes. The founder is from Hull, so not exactly the same as Natick (which is a western ‘burb), but same commonwealth, at least.

  • Laurie Castagna

    Hahaha. Truth 🙂

  • Laurie Castagna

    Welcome! 🙂

  • JenniferH

    Aww, awesome. I loved the looking for Alzner and “anyone but the Penguins.” Great story.

  • Mike Logan

    If the Bs can take care of the Habs- no sure bet I realize – they match up well with the pens. Crosby in particular.

  • seasidegal

    You are so luckyy!!! I live abt an hour from DC so I’m not used to seeing them either..)

  • VeggieTart

    Now that it’s gone to game 7, the Rangers may well take this.