Sunday, August 21, 2005

The last BBQ of Summer

This weekend may have been the last of the summer for me and the gang. School is starting back up for some, vacation plans have passed, and for me the travel begins shortly.

Jeff bought a house early in the summer. The place is great. Good location, in solid shape, and he has good taste. Slowly it has been coming together very nicely. Jason bought a new car. Kyle got a new truck. Shaun… well Shaun had a pretty good summer too. I am very happy for the boys.

Ben and Shaw had several weddings this summer, and we all have at least one more to go. All of the boys are single. Ben is certain that they will all find someone and get married in the same year, because they are always doing things as a group. If for no other reason, I bet they will, just to piss Ben off.

We avoided the Woodward Dream Cruise. It is world famous in Detroit, although few locals enjoy or attend. Woodward Avenue, a major four lane road connecting Detroit to the suburbs, was the main strip for boomers to drive up and down in high school muscle cars. Once a year vintage car enthusiast all make a pilgrimage in their restored vehicles to Woodward in an impromptu parade as on lookers line the curbs. It smells awful, brings traffic to a crawl, and gets way too much attention.

Kyle told one of the best jokes I have heard in years. Unfortunately, it was very dirty and decorum prohibits me from writing it out here.

After some great food and several great stories it was time to drive home. Unfortunately, traffic jams and construction added another half hour to our already hour long trip. Ben tried several time to spit on law breakers passing us on the right shoulder. If he could find something to throw, he would have. Nothing angers him more then bad drivers – and there are plenty of those in Michigan.

We end the summer with a good sense of being tired from accomplishments and fond memories. The rest of August is filled with obligations and getting back in to the swing of things.


  1. I forget the Joke!! You'll have to tell me which it was at another time!
    Thanks again for joining us all weekend. Always great to have p2 around!!

  2. Almost felt like I was there :)

    The last photograph reminded me of the Meat Loaf song (I am a fan).

    Will you keep up the writing when you start to travel again?

  3. Aw, it makes me kind of sad. Summer is over and I feel like I missed it :(

  4. I was going to say something similar to Cheryl.
    The end of summer is always sad to me for some reason. But the thing is--I don't necisarily like summer all that much. It's too hot. Anyway, I never feel like I've done anything great which summers seem to be meant for.

    I love the fall leading up to Christmas. After Christmas it's all downhill again.

  5. i still always feel like that kid who has to go back to school...end of summer is sad. but i was in CVS yesterday and realized that i wanted to be buying school supplies!

  6. Jimmy quit, Suzie got married, should have known that we'd never get far. Oh, and I look back then, the summer seemed to last forever. Oh, if I had a choice... The summer of '2005, ahhh, hahhhhh...

  7. I can't believe you encouraged Ben to spit on motorists. I mean, I was there, so I know it happened, but they could have easily come back to retaliate. We weren't going anywhere!