HARRODSBURG — Before the sun rose this morning, the optometrist office of Ohio Buckeyes fan Dr. Jeffrey Klosterman on Main Street became the latest location in a series of ongoing pranks, courtesy of members of the Big Blue Nation.
Armed with Wildcat-blue glass paint, white and blue ribbons and a whole lot of early morning team spirit, Jamie Dunn and Blake Shewmaker spent close to 30 minutes “decorating” the office.
Klosterman is an Ohio native who received both his college and graduate degrees from Ohio State. He and wife Lesley have lived and worked in Kentucky for the last three years and that’s often resulted in some good natured ribbing, but nothing has approached the level of the last two weeks.
“It’s all in good fun, mind you,” says Dunn. “We’ve already got his driveway with chalk and put UK flags all over his front lawn.”
Asked if Klosterman knows who the culprits are, Dunn and Shewmaker let loose a hardy laugh.
“I guess since The Advocate-Messenger is taking pictures, he’ll find out pretty soon!”
Klosterman is by no means an innocent bystander. “He’s already got me a few times,” said Dunn. “I’ve already driven around town for hours getting funny looks until I was told there was a Buckeyes bumper sticker on my car.”
Shewmaker, too, has fallen victim to the prankster from Ohio.
“I cut lawns part-time and had to drive all the way back home from a job because someone removed the blades from my mower,” said Shewmaker. “Of course, it was Jeff, and he even put a video of me ‘cutting’ a lawn with no blade on YouTube. Friends still joke about it.”
Even the kids are getting into the act. The Klostermans came to pick up their 2-year-old daughter, Reece, from day care and found her wearing a UK T-shirt.
“The only problem is Reece came to school with a Buckeyes shirt,” said Shewmaker. “This, of course, is Wildcat country so it’s not too hard to get partners in crime to help you get our buddy Jeff.”
Kentucky and Ohio State face one another tonight in the NCAA tournament. Asked what happens if the Wildcats don’t prevail, both men shudder. “Don’t even say that,” said Dunn.
“I think we’ll have to leave town for at least a week,” said Shewmaker.
Either way, all three men are sure to get a laugh until game time. “This is without a doubt our best prank to date. Let’s just hope we’re still laughing tomorrow,” said Dunn.