When our skin color matched the green beer, we knew it was time to go home!
With St. Patrick's Day just around the corner, it couldn't be a more timely Throwback Thursday post. Most people have at least one story in their past about drinking too much and paying the price. Sadly a few of us have more than one, but today's Throwback is dedicated to my very first.
I introduced you to one of my very best friends with a post in 2016. Meet my buddy, Rich. Our first real adventure started on St. Patrick's Day in 1968. We were freshmen at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. The year before Playboy Magazine rated MU as the highest per capita consumption of beer of all the colleges in their survey. It was only natural - we were in Oxford, Ohio and there wasn't a lot of other things to do!
Rich and I started drinking green beer at 7:00 am at the Purity, then the leading landmark bar in the town. We not only drank our beer but everybody else's. When any couple got up to dance, Rich had a two-quart pewter tankard. So, we'd wait until the couple was out of sight and then pour their beers into the tankard.
By 11:00 a.m. several of our friends came up to retrieve us and help us back to the dorm. From that point on, there's little I remember beyond both of us in stalls in the bathroom driving the porcelain bus! It was ugly, but here's the fun of memories like this.
To this day, every year on St. Patrick's Day we've called each other. It's been an ongoing contest to see who remembers it's St. Patrick's day first, with a live call being the winner - timely voicemails don't count. We created a memory, and kicked off a friendship that has lasted a lifetime!
We caught up with each other a few years ago for the first time in many years, appropriately in an Irish pub in Gettysburg. Nothing beats old friendships, and even though we hadn't seen each other in many years, we've stayed in touch.
So, here's my point with today's Throwback - First, take the time to track down an old friend. The farther you go back, the more fun it will be to catch up. Second, share an old image on your blog as a post to remind your readership how important photographs can become, especially if they're moments captured by a professional. Third, protect those images trapped on your phone on a regular basis. Print a few of them and file them away, because years from now they're going to be some of your most valuable possessions!
And to my good buddy who I still call "Roomie," what a trip it continues to be! We're older now, hopefully, wiser and our conversations today always include stories about the challenges of aging. But nothing takes away the pure joy of having a friend who's always been there even when he's not.
Happy Throwback Thursday!
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