Things Learned From My Goofy Friends

Quote of the Day    “Tell me what company thou keepest and I’ll tell thee what thou art.”    –Miguel de Cervantes

A lot of folks tuned in to read about Coach Six and some of the important things I learned from him.  After a post like that, TB always likes to go back to something a little lighter.  This post is a continuation of my “things learned” series.  Without further ado, I give you the things I learned from my asshole runnin buddies:

BR–BR and I go a long way back, so I learned a few things from him.  First the true observation that “there’s a fron-tage (pronounce in French) road in near about every town.”  Second I learned about perseverence and humility because ol’ BR never quit taking me on in basketball even though I won about 85% of the time we went one on one.  Including indoor nerf hoops. And finally, BR helped me learn to laugh at myself, especially when I took life too seriously. Or as he famously asked one time in response to my protest that I was at that moment being serious, “cirrus?  I thought that was a cloud.”  And I formally admit this day, July 29, 2008, that was funny.

From Sweet I learned that just because you are paranoid it doesn’t mean someone or something is not out to get you.  (During football season, I’ll probably post about “the power” more than once.)  I learned a lot of frightening things from Sweet, like the value of Stridexing one’s feet, and appreciation for the female foot, and a lot of other things not appropriate for this blog.  

Fig taught me to laugh at Sweet.  For everything.  And he showed us all the importance of keeping a drink in your cup under all circustances, including being in the midst of breaking one’s fibula.

Sterno gave me the 1000 yard stare and the incredulous stare.  Though I learned it existed, I’ve never actually accomplished them both simultaneously.  Thanks also to Sterno for introducing me to the starter alki’s drink, 7Up and Vodka.

Ed showed me the blank stare which regular readers already know comes in handy for TB from time to time. 

Larry taught me that a left hander will ruin your cap if he wears it.

Stone taught me how to pick up a Polish heiress without even trying, and that there is no placebo effect for seasickness patches if they fall off prior to going to sea.

Smiley taught me how to argue about anything, no matter how meaningless the issue.  He really should be on staff at the Ole Miss Law School.

SC taught me the importance of using sense of humor as an indicator of character.  It’s a test I failed on our first meeting, but he gave me a second chance anyway.  And he taught me the fun of blogging, something I occasionally take too seriously.  But don’t laugh.  I’m cirrus.

About travellinbaen

I'm a 40 year old lawyer living in Ridgeland, Mississippi. I'm several years and a couple hundred miles removed from most of my old running buddies so I started the blog to provide an outlet for many of the observations and ideas that used to be the subjects of our late night/happy hour/halftime conversations and arguments.
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4 Responses to Things Learned From My Goofy Friends

  1. Enna says:

    There is a Frontage road in every town. He was not lying.

  2. Jessie Lou says:

    I always thought BR was a hoot and that was just from superficial meetings. Fig taught me to funnel beer in Bernie’s backyard – what an experience that was – I’ll never forget the look on his face! There is not enough room to write what I learned from you or Sweet for that matter. Suffice it to say that we are all victims of our past!

  3. smily jones says:

    How are you old friend?

  4. OB says:

    Tb, I have been meaning to post comments on some of your recent posts, but I’ve been very busy lately.

    Out of your five games here I think Hawaii will keep it closer than 35 points. Sure they’re playing for a new coach, but Florida is playing without their number one WR, which doesn’t matter all that much, but I have a feeling the Gators will treat this much like the NFL preseason games, in which the play calling will be Vanilla and the second and third stringers will play a major role. Hawaii, however, will treat this like their BCS Championship game.

    Michigan is another one I like. The Wolverines came out last year and gave a very lackluster performance against Appalachian State, and you can bet they will not be looking past anyone this year. Plus, they will be playing like a team on a mission for their new head coach. Could you imagine what would happen if they got blown out? Would they run their new coach out of town?

    I have to disagree with your Memphis selection and take Ole Miss in this one. Houston Nutt has a very good track record and I think these guys are believers in his system. They have good RB’s, a good young QB, and always seem to do enough on Defense. Again, I think these guys want to make a statement for their new head coach and will win by 10-14 points.

    My personal game of the week is Florida Atlantic and the +24 points versus the Texas Longhorns. I’m not sure, but I believe Howard Schnellenberger has recruited well and won everywhere he’s been. Sure he doesn’t have the talent of Florida, Florida State, U of Miami, but there’s more than enough talent in Florida for him to build a winner. They won’t beat the Longhorns, but it will be closer than many people think.

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