Editor’s Note: Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, seven storytellers have eight minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org.
This story was told in New Orleans on September 17th, 2014 at 917 N Dupre Street in the Bayou St. John neighborhood. Here, Jesse Hardman tells of what happens when your cousin is Yao Ming’s translator, it’s his birthday, and Lawrence Fishburn shows up.