Saturday, November 04, 2006

Reinstating the Wonder Years

I can't ruin tonight, it's just too good.

Tonight we returned to Bennion Elementary to feel the flow again.

It's been a while. The first time we heard the lights were out was Oct 6th, just shy of a month ago. That means that it had been a week since we had played there.

We hadn't blessed the field with Ultimate for a month. I don't know how it survived.

Even more than that, I don't know how I survived.

4 weeks without amazing Ultimate? No way.

Sure, there was Ultimate. There was even some really really good Ultimate.

But it's just not the same. There's a certain magic flowing at Bennion Elementary, something we can't quite explain.

Countless generations have played there. We were not first, nor will we be the last.

It's like meeting an old friend after a long time apart. You wonder if she's changed, you wonder if you've changed.

You go to meet your old friend at the airport, and things just start to line up. It ends up she hasn't eaten since she left nepal where she was helping kids take care of their teeth. You go to a restaurant and your waiter mentions the monkees. You remember your love of their music, and just then a total stranger calls you on your cell phone and saying nothing plays all their greatest hits to you and your friend.

You walk out of the restaurant, and she slips on a stray parrot, right into your arms. Then superman flies by and drops a note saying you two should get married.

So you do.

Everything lines up perfectly for 3 hours so you two can get married.

It's a lot like that.

We as Ultimate players had been away from our friend Bennion Elementary for a long long time. Kyle didn't think he could make it this time. The restaurants were so packed that it worked out he could come. The weather lined up to be amazing, not a breeze during any of our games. The right people showed up, everybody had a good time. The grass was cut the right length, there was enough cardboard in the dumpsters to cover the knee-breaker.

All in all, about a million variables came together to create a great night. We had fun, we played quality Ultimate. We talked and laughed and joked and Nick learned a new throw.

What else can be said? It was everything I hoped it would be and more. You can't give up on Ultimate.

Bennion Elementary, oh how I missed ye.

But now that you're back I think we should see each other more often.

Oh... what's that? You think we should see other people?

You think I'm a little clingy?

Well you know what? You don't look too good in track shorts either.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Last night was epic, there is no other word for it. It was good to see you guys back at Bennion doing what you guys do best.

Anonymous said...

Now I want to see Bennion Elementary in track shorts.... :-P

Combat Kyle said...

Freakin restaurants... hahah

Yeah, it was way fun. I even powered up for the occasion. :P

Track shorts? Never again dude....I guess I can't complain though, they aren't as bad as speedos.

Yay Ultimate, and yay Spirit March. Can't wait until next time.

Corky Marie said...

that was just...wow. that's the only word i can use for thatcher in track shorts. i pretty much had to wear sunglasses. and it was dark outside. i'll leave it at that. ;)

the spirit march was awesome.