above and beyond.

First, let’s make sure you’ve all seen this comment, left by Tenth Annual Uncle Crappy NCAA Final Four Challenge (Brought to you by Bocktown) winner Kewyson on the previous post:

Now, on to my wish (I thought I’d get three) – I propose, assuming UC is okay with this, that he organizes a social gathering at Bocktown – all participants are welcome – and I will donate my hard earned winnings to whatever $50 buys. All I ask is that I be remembered and idolized at the event (and since I’ve not personally met most of you – you can pick any idol and pretend).

How does that sound UC?

In short, Kewyson, it sounds awesome, and I really appreciate your generosity. Here’s what we’ll do: when the weather gets warm enough for our friends at Bocktown Robinson to open their back porch, we’ll do a Friday night happy hour, and we’ll use our $50 prize to buy drafts for any TAUCNFFC contestants who can show up. There will be plenty of notice, so we can get as many people as possible out to Bocktown on the chosen evening.

And as far as idolizing Kewyson goes, it’s not a bad idea; he is, in fact, the only person I know who actually speaks writes in tongues.

you. yes, you.

If you and I have:

  • Had a beer
  • Watched hockey
  • Attended a tailgate party
  • Cooked for each other
  • Jumped in the Mon
  • Gotten sloppy over sangria
  • Gone out for dinner
  • Raved about music
  • Choked down a 649
  • Traded soup
  • Met for lunch
  • Sat around a campfire
  • Seen a concert
  • Talked on Twitter, by text or even on the damn telephone
  • Played softball
  • Gone running
  • Traded blog comments
  • Cheered each other’s successes
  • Helped each other up when things weren’t so good
  • Smiled, laughed or cried
  • Been there for each other, even in seemingly insignificant ways

in the last year, I so am thankful to have you in my life.

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all.

11. happy…

I had the pleasure of spending Birthday Eve at Bocktown Monaca with Chris and John. We hadn’t really set out to do a birthday kind of anything; rather, we had tried to find an occasion to open this:

That’s a 2009 Dark Lord from Three Floyds. Chris mentioned offhand a while back that she had a b0ttle and said she’d be happy to share it with me when the time was right. There have been a couple chance when we could have cracked it, but in the end, we came up with this — at some point after the B2 hoopla had calmed a bit, it would be a nice way to mark the occasion. The fact that that moment came the night before my birthday was a nice bonus.

Chris bought dinner. The appetizers — mussels with andouille on one hand, grilled scallops with a kiwi salsa on the other — were delicious. The Bocktown burger was sloppy and spectacular — just as I like it.

But the beer — and the fact that we shared not only the Dark Lord but also a bottle of Three Floyds’ Arctic Panzer Wolf and a beautiful home-brewed saison — made the night. I am so grateful to have friends who would not just think of me when they come across a special bottle but also wait nearly two full years to open it up.

I say this a lot: I have the best friends anyone could have. I can’t imagine what my life would be without them.

Or without you.

31. i’m talking to you.

If you and I have:

  • Had a beer
  • Watched hockey
  • Attended a tailgate party
  • Cooked for each other
  • Jumped in the Mon
  • Gone out for dinner
  • Raved about music
  • Choked down a 649
  • Met for lunch
  • Spent the weekend at each other’s homes
  • Seen a concert
  • Talked on Twitter, by text or even on the damn telephone
  • Played softball or flackle football
  • Guzzled an Irish Car Bomb
  • Traded blog comments
  • Cheered each other’s successes and lamented our failures
  • Been there for each other, even in seemingly insignificant ways

in the last year, I so am thankful to have you in my life.

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all.

17. as good as it gets.

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The day was perfect.

The tailgate party was perfect.

The band was perfect.

And while the game wasn’t quite perfect, it’s tough to top an overtime win that clinches a Rose Bowl appearance.

There will be plenty of football discussion this week — after all, it’s what we call around here the Best Week Of The Year — but for now, we’re going to let the pictures — still and moving — tell the story.

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honey

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