“I want to know what’s the secret of living so long and looking so good?” Jones asks.
“You know what I think helped me to live this long is I taught student nurses and I had to live the life I taught,” she said, remembering her days as a nursing school teacher. “I didn’t smoke. I did like a little beer, but I did not smoke.”
Porter’s son asks Jones what car he drives. He asks what effect the heat has on players. He asks Jones if he’s ready for Sunday when the Dolphins, losers in five of their past six games, play against Jacksonville.
“Oh yeah,” Jones said. “Chad Henne and the Jaguars are coming in. We’ll get them.”
The Porters have three seats in Section 107, Row 21. They’ve had their tickets there “since there’s been a stadium,” Albert said. “We’ve seen all the changes. Good and bad.”
The team lately is struggling to get more patrons to attend games. The Porters aren’t among those.
“They have early renewal and we’ve done that already,” Laurestine said. “We had tickets since 1971 and then when they had the undefeated team. We’ve been there all that time.”
On game days, Albert and Laurestine call Mrs. Porter to make sure she’s watching on television. She suffered a heart attack in the 1980s after a game and had to stop going.
The family, by the way, doesn’t blame the Dolphins for that.
“We were winning then,” Laurestine said.
“They call and tell me to turn to Channel 4,” Mrs. Porter said. “I tell them, ‘I’ve already turned to Channel 4. I’m ready. Sometimes they show the big crowd. I say, ‘We got a nice crowd out there today.’ ”
Sometimes, of course, that’s not the case. Lately, the Dolphins struggle to draw but the Porters don’t let that dampen their spirits.
“She’ll tell us, ‘Nobody out there,’ and I tell her, ‘we’re out here,’ ” Laurestine said. “We support. Even when Cam Cameron was here, we were there.”
Jones relates to these folks. He was reared by his paternal grandparents. His grandmother is his most faithful fan.
“She’s probably missed only five games since I was 10 years old,” he said. “She goes everywhere — home and away. She’ll be here Sunday.”
The Porters will be there too. Mrs. Porter expects to be watching on TV.
“I still buy my ticket so that nobody can sit in my seat that’s not a good Dolphins fan,” Mrs. Porter said. “I don’t go, but I sit here and look and yell and stuff because I love them Dolphins.”