I've known Paul since sixth grade. I've always thought that the congruence of our lives on a Monday night in a Confraternity class in St. Joseph School was bubbling with irony. Saints, or anything close to that, we ain't, but we do make up two of the three 'apostles' in a pretty tight group of three life long pals. Last evening, after toasting with wine on their Scarborough, breezy deck Paul, Bonnie, Elenka and the Birdman headed to Cape Porpoise for an night of laughter and frivolity with best friends. We settled on The Ramp, the bar below the restaurant Pier 77, and it was a fine choice. Although packed tight, we lucked out and got a small back room all to ourselves. We sat on soda counter swivel seats at a small bar for four that looked out on the water and surrounding harbor. The room was filled with Boston sports trivia including two classic photos: Ted Williams first at bat as a Sox and the signing of a VERY young Bill Russell without his ever present goatee. My 'favorite sports fan', Elenka, pointed this fact of that second photo out to me. I ordered the Fried Clams, when Elenka wasn't looking, and it turned out a delicious choice!
Not sure, but I think crediting her with IDing the Celtic great, William Felton Russell, got me an entree of fried clams without rolling eyes or a complaint.
Pretty good planning, huh!
*photo shot through screened window.
He's always thinking.....ReplyDelete
If I 'let' him, he would order Deep Fried Fettucini Alfredo with extra cheese on top of a triple cheeseburger with a side of Eggs Benedict.
I have my work cut out for me.
Very fun night.
You are one sneaky bird, man!ReplyDelete
You are a guy, you know the deal, ask for foregiveness not permission.ReplyDelete
Sounds like a great night with friends. I think Elenka has you totally figured out.ReplyDelete
An evening with old friends and good food is one to savor.ReplyDelete
Bill Russell had the reputation in Boston (provided by sports writers, of course) of being sullen and uncommunicative. Ridiculous! When I worked in Ohio, I went to a charitable event with Russell as the speaker. He was open, funny and completely charming. In the fund-raising part, they auctioned off a little paperback book written by Russell, worth maybe $5, but I ended up buying it for $800 so I had a chance to go up and shake his hand and talk with him. That bid was so successful that they auctioned off another of those $5 books, and it was won by Clark Kellogg, a CBS basketball announcer who graduated from Ohio State and lives in Columbus. So, I got to spend ten happy minutes shooting the breeze with Bill Russell and Clark Kellogg. A nice evening.ReplyDelete
What a memory you have---To spend some time with Russell, a guy who changed the game that started with peach baskets.
I'm jealous of your menu choice, but there is nothing better than an evening with good friends sharing good times. Perfect sea shore photo.ReplyDelete
love your 'screen' shot - clever man. glad you have such great friends.ReplyDelete
Sounds like a fun time was had by all. Love that screen shot! Very creative.ReplyDelete
Nothing is better than that, but not to often...ReplyDelete
Love the shot and the night sounds pretty good too!ReplyDelete
Nice shot and post.ReplyDelete
I don't know which are better, your photos or your stories, for their rich sense of place and personality. But should it be Sock?ReplyDelete
I feel it's possible that you're a master strategist Birdman :)ReplyDelete
Very cool shot! Well done, Birdman.ReplyDelete