There is an old legendary tale of a ninja who terrorized a young man named A-ron (by old I mean around the year 2000). This ninja had a strange calling card: the 95.1 W-A-P-E stickers, a logo for a local radio station. The sticker had a giant ape on it and in big yellow letters it said WAPE. Legend has it that this ninja acquired his stock of stickers from a local Pizza Hut when the server for a takeout only location was very rude to them. As a form of snarky (and ineffective) form of retribution, this ninja decided to take the entire pile of stickers from a basket sitting next to the cash register before leaving the restaurant.
Somewhere, way out in the woods off of highway 20 lived the young man known as A-ron. He also considered himself a ninja at the time and was proficient in Tae-kwon-do. No one knows who the WAPE ninja truly was, but legend has it that it was another young man who was an acquaintance of A-ron, and a hybrid friend / enemy. It is rumored that the two may have even lived fairly close to one another.
On one faithful evening, the WAPE ninja decided to don his hand made cloak of the night. It is told that this ninja carried an assortment of seemingly random tools and relics in his travels to counter any unknown circumstances that he may encounter, and on his back he kept a sword. On this evening, he also carried the WAPE stickers that he had acquired. He took off in the night running through the forest, and crossing highway 20 onward towards his mortal enemy’s home. Along the way, as he passed by street signs, no trespassing signs, and family name markers. Upon encountering each sign or post, the ninja placed a sticker. All the way leading up to A-ron’s house was a trail of calling cards that would define him.
The tale tells us that A-ron and his family were not home on this fateful evening, and so he left one final calling card on the front door of the home. A-ron was a friend of mine, and I heard about what had transpired upon his return. Upon visiting his home, I was shocked to see where the final sticker had been placed on the front door, had peeled the paint away upon its removal. But this was not the last transgression that A-ron would experience from the W-A-P-E ninja, no.
The tale goes that after a month had passed, and A-ron had felt at ease once again letting the memory of the stickers to fade to the back of his mind, another event took place. This event would come to haunt A-ron for many years to come. Speaking from the legends that I’ve heard of course, the night was dark, and it was late in the dead of night when the ninja once again donned his garb of black and took off towards the A-ron residence. This time the ninja knew that he would be home. Here I must give a small detail about where A-ron lived. His home was two stories, the bottom one was much like a basement, which held a small living area and A-ron’s room. His parents lived upstairs and the bottom area was mainly the domain of A-ron. It also had its own door leading into the living area, very close to where A-ron rested.
It was to this very door that the ninja came to leave his mark. He had brought with him a pack of firecrackers strung together and wrapped in wax paper and also, one W-A-P-E sticker. The ninja decidedly placed these firecrackers on A-ron’s door, using the sticker to cement them to the door. Then he lit them and disappeared into the night. Many loud bangs were heard, echoing throughout the darkness, and awakening the unlucky inhabitants of this home. I can only imagine the look of terror and surprise as A-ron must have felt as he jumped out of his bed and fell on his face.
I was told that they had spent the rest of the night searching the woods with guns trying to find this nefarious ninja to no avail. For the next seven days they kept a watch out, waiting for his return, but he never came back. He was never found, and to this very day his identity remains unknown. I saw first-hand the damage left by those firecrackers, a giant black mark was left on A-ron’s door as a reminder to him, “I was here, remember me, the W-A-P-E ninja“.