Needless to say, a few pops were consumed, and we regaled each other by telling and retelling the old tales. Heck, I've known all of these guys for well over forty years now. We know the routine.
Following are a few pictures of this year's event. You may remember seeing the location before....its the actual patio on which the cyber-patio was patterned.
HEY! That's not a guy!! Nope, that's my neighbor, Dr S. She was the guest of honor this year. You see, forty five years ago or so, and two hundred miles away, she was Mrs T, a math teacher at my high school. In one of those strange, small world occurances, she now lives about a half block from me. For the life of me, I can't remember for sure if I had Mrs T for a teacher, although I certainly took plane geometry, which is what she taught. Oh, and the dog is Carrie, Mrs T's trusted companion. And let me also say that twelver of Lite Beer belonged to one of the guys, not Mrs T. Mrs T has more class than us guys...she was having a St Pauli's Girl.
Here's Bigsy Smythe, guarding the food. I've known him since we were in Sunday School class when we were about ten years old. We graduated from high school together, but he didn't have Mrs T for a teacher.
Here's Private. I met him at community college in 1966.
Here's Jimmy Long. He and I also graduated from high school together, and he he had Mrs T for plane geometry class. She stated that she remembered him due to his smile.
Here's Duh-Bo. He was Jimmy Long's neighbor when they were kids. He went to a parochial high school, and I think I met him in 1967.
....and here I am, wearing one of my dressier wifebeaters, and my "Say Yah to Da U.P, Eh?" cap. Boy, look at that big gut on Private!
There are actually lots of advantages to being an old person.....one of which is that you can have old friends.