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Saturday, July 19, 2008

if You Build It, They Will Come...

That was the headline to an invitation we got a few weeks ago from our next door neighbors, Mark & Elena, an invitation to last night's Grand Opening of a brand new soccer field Mark built in their back field.

I'm really sorry I don't have any photos of what the field looked like before he started, but a few years ago, before they moved in, it looked quite a lot like this photo I stole off the 'net-


Yesterday afternoon it looked like this-
No grand opening is complete without a party and barbecue, and a little after 5:30 people from far and wide began showing up and digging into the beer, soft drinks and munchies-


Our neighbor Father Coonan began things by giving the field an official blessing-

with a little help-


And then it was time for some FOOOOOOTBALLLLLL!

Everyone can play-

And no summer party is really underway before Mark fires up the barbecue pit-


After a half-hour hiatus during which about three inches of rain poured down and the lightning crackled, play and eating continued into the evening. If you listened closely you could almost hear the swoosh-swoosh of the players of yesterday walking through the fields beyond the fence.

16 comments:

Beach Bum said...

Nice to see some places haven't been taken over by suburbs. Around me you can't throw a rock without it going into someone's yard. That includes the high school and its playing fields.

C.Rag said...

So you can roast the loser after the game, right?

Malach the Merciless said...

And in the winter you can play real football

Colonel Colonel said...

Beach: Around here you can't throw a rock without hitting corn or tobacco or potatoes.

C.Rag: shush. I keep telling you, that was "venison".

Malach: If you can dodge the snowmobiles...

Mike said...

Looks like a great time Colonel.

Thomas said...

Did anyone catch on fire?
IF not, then it wasn't really a party.

Soccer
Soccer
NEVER FOOTBALL.

TV

Cissy Strutt said...

I was in Germany during the World Cup. This looks like slightly more fun.

AngryMan said...

Glad to see that you have a fence up to keep the illegals out. Border security is important.

Phoebe Fay said...

Well, personally, I prefer a good game of croquet to a game of futbol, but now that your neighborhood has the facilities for both, it's even closer to perfect!

Malicious Intent said...

Reminds me of an outdoor concert we went to at a friend farm. They had a small outdoor stage set up next to a barn just under the edge of the woods. IT poured half way through. But it was probably one of the hottest days of the summer. The muscians where clear with the stage having a roof, so we all just sat in our chairs and let the rain cool us off....until the bolt of lightening hit about 100 yards away and we decided that electric guitars were out and drums were in.

Colonel Colonel said...

Mike: A great time was had by all, including the black flies.

Thomas: Well, no people caught fire, but the soccer ball did bounce off the top of the grill once, missing going into the flames by just about -- that much.

Cissy: No Germans here, jah, only der Poles.

AngryMan: You bet we got fences- those damned Canadians are everywhere...

Phoebe: and our other neighbor has a pool and horseshoe court, and I keep threatening to build a bocci court. We gots it all.

MI: Yeah, we have a healthy respect for lightning. Everyone went in when it went FLASH - KABOOM!!

pissed off patricia said...

I liked it better when it was just wild flowers and all, but I understand the need for folks to have fun too. He did a really nice job.

Colonel Colonel said...

PoP: well, that first pic is not his field, I got it off the net. The actual field was pretty trashed, having been used for crops up until a few years ago, and then basically filled in with briars and weeds, not wildflowers.

Sara Sue said...

How lovely! I can hear the sloshing AND smell the bbq!

pissed off patricia said...

Okay, stop playing in the field and get back to blogging. I'm gonna hold my breath until you do. Here I go....

here today, gone tomorrow said...

That looks like a mighty fun undertaking and gathering.