Monday Nights   7 comments

Monday nights we get together for fun, drinks, sometimes Bocce, sometimes Monday Night Football, sometimes Cribbage. It’s always fun, and a nice way to shake off whatever Monday has thrown at each of us. All you guys out there may or may not appreciate this, but I can’t say enough about having an intimate group of male friends.

Last night we welcomed Stephen Rose back into the fray. It was a glorious moment of normalcy. Each of us played Bocce. Stephen Rose and I teamed up against Brian Rybarik and Chris Restle, then against Stephen Balsley and Chris Restle, and we won each match handily.

Stephen Rose made a few poor shots and said with a smirk, “You know guys, you’ll have to excuse me. I just recently had a heart attack.” Well , moments later he made a flurry of incredible, impossible, point-scoring shots to put us back in the lead, at which point we all took away his “heart-attack-excuse card”.

We drank club sodas or tonic water with limes, deviating from our regular helping of beer. Stephen is understandably frustrated at the cautious pace of his recovery. He’d prefer to get back at it full speed ahead but his doctors have him taking small steps.

It’s great to be with Stephen in normal settings around home. He asked me where we should go fishing. I said Tainter Creek. Hopefully we’ll knock that milestone off of his recovery list in the very near future.

Enjoy the photos!

 

Tom, Stephen R, Stephen B, Chris, and Brian on the Bocce Court

Tom, Stephen R, Stephen B, Chris, and Brian on the Bocce Court

 

 

Balsley tossing

Balsley tossing

 

 

Brian and Stephen B in a critically important match - Monrovian vs. Commonwealther

Brian and Stephen B in a critically important match – Monrovian vs. Commonwealther

 

Chris and Stephen R: Vafanapoli!

Chris and Stephen R: Vafanapoli!

 

Chris Restle trying to figure out his form. Vafanculo!

Chris Restle trying to figure out his form. Vafanculo!

 

This guy's got it figured out. Notice the slight rise in the middle finger. Molto Finezze!

This guy’s got it figured out. Notice the slight rise in the middle finger. Molto Finezze!

 

 

Ginger Balls

Ginger Balls

 

Ginger takes three points! Bene.

Ginger takes three points! Bene.

 

These are good times.

These are good times.

 

 

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Posted August 28, 2012 by troutseeker in Friends, Photography, Wisconsin

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7 responses to “Monday Nights

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  1. Just wanted to let you know that I really enjoy your posts. I’m new to Madison and I’ve discovered Black Earth Creek thanks to you. Thank you for that!

  2. Look me up when heading to Tainter

  3. I bet this last 30 days were of the hardest of your life… and for sure the hardest for Stephen. But it’s really great to read this post, knowing that Stephen is back home. I’ll be waiting for photos from your first fishing outing. Cheers guys! 🙂

  4. I concur with Pete up top there. Stumbled on your periodic posts and get update notifications via Google Reader (I LOVE that tool!). Of course as a fellow trout-hunter and new fly angler (9 years), I am very interested in area trout secrets that can satisfy that itch closer to home. But I also enjoy your ‘non-trout’ posts. In this last one you posted a name of one of your Bocce opponents whom I also know. It’s amazing how the state utility regulatory body seems to interconnect not just the electric grid, but people as well. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and pics. Tight lines to you and Stephen. Scott.

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