Tonight was the first game of our softball season. It's the sixth year I've organized and coached our non-competitive co-ed softball team, which is usually made up of teachers at our school and other friends. We won tonight, 17-4, and I'm not afraid to say that it was a lot of fun.
Afterwards, we headed to Looney's Pub, and, for some reason, the $1.50 Miller Lites and comraderies with friends new and old got me very nostalgic. I just got to thinking that I've been doing this - in this same bar - ever since I moved to Baltimore, when I was 24 and hardly knew anyone. Now, I'm an old man at nearly 30 years old, and I'm still kind of doing the same thing. I did a lot of looking around at the clientele at Looney's tonight, and seeing people who were in the place in their lives that I was when I first moved here, plus people that were more my age. It all made me think back to the last six years, of opportunities taken and opportunities lost, of good times and bad times. I had a few beers and left, content but still longing for more, and when I returned I had another drink and called my college roommate.
"Hey, Jason, this is your college roommate. I just wanted to call and say that it was so great to see you a couple of weeks ago, and I hope you made it back to Florida okay. I realize that this moment marks 2 months and an hour from my 30th birthday, and I wanted to call and let you know that you were an important part of those first 30 years, and I hope you don't hold it against me too much that we didn't do anything for your 30th birthday back in November. I mean, you were in Orlando, and I was here, but, still, I should have done something. So, with that in mind, I hope you're happy, and I hope you're well, and, you can probably tell I've been drinking a little bit, but I think we should take a trip somewhere soon together. It would be fun. After all, we only turn 30 once."
I wonder what he'll say tomorrow when he calls me back. Heh.
In other words, my current idea is to go to Thirsty Dog on my birthday and drink through all the beers on their menu. I'm hoping to bring an I-Pod containing my 200 favorite songs that they could play that night. I'm actually going to contact them and see if it's possible to do this. My birthday is on a Wednesday, after all.
We shall see. I'm getting excited.
I'm ready to say that the summer is officially here, although I do have a few hours of work to do tomorrow.
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