Sunday, September 29, 2013

Oktoberfest 2013

   We attended the tenth annual Oktoberfest party hosted by Ron's boyhood friend.  Most of the eighty people who attended grew up in the same neighborhood, and have known each other for more than fifty years.  It always comes at the end of the summer, and so it tends to be a bittersweet event.
    It's always a lot of fun to hear the stories of getting into trouble as teenagers, then college, jobs and families.  Now we are all looking forward to retirement, and grandchildren.
    The weather was spectacular, with temps in the seventies.  Youngsters were swimming in the heated pool, and the rest of us were enjoying the sunshine, and the conversations about first cars, and first houses.  It is true that we have all come a long way, even though a lot of us have had bumpy rides along the way.
     The dinner was catered, and it was scrumptious.  Bar-b-que  ribs and boneless beef, chicken and pork, as well as side dishes, and salads.  The rest of us brought either a dessert or an appetizer, and the day turned into a delicious food fest.  Good food, good friends, and good weather made the day picture perfect.
     There were coolers filled with water, soda, wine, and home brewed beer.  One of the husbands commented that it was unbelievable that the wives were drinking some frozen alcoholic concoction, and the guys were drinking water because they would be driving home.  Life is easy when everyone acts responsibly.
      Tomorrow the pool company will close our pool for the season, and so we must embrace fall.  Today, I made chili, and prepared a roast for next week's dinners.  Football is on TV, with the Patriots playing tonight.  They have won their first three games, but still have a lot of room for improvement.
     The Red Sox played their final regular season game today, and finished with the best record in baseball.  It is a dramatic turn-around, going from worst to first within one year.  We will enjoy the post season, and hope for good things to come.....and the beat goes on....the beat goes on.........

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