His name is Tony, and Matt hasn't seen him in quite some time. We invited this character over to the house tonight, along with several other friends.
We've been playing board games an awful lot lately, so I figured that we would do something different tonight. We'd play a different board game. We'd play something that Tony would never forget.
This is not just any board game. This one is the mother of all board games. It is, perhaps, the single greatest feat of human engineering and ingenuity since my first hairy ancestor discovered the secrets of fire. Not all of my ancestors were hairy, but that one was.
As Tony comes in the door he spies my wife Trish. He says, "I used to babysit you when you were four. I was good friends with your brother."
Now this is strange because he came over to actually hang out with me and my brother. Turns out he lived next door to Trish until he was 7 years old. He didn't actually know that me and Trish were married. It's just kinda funny how small the world can be sometimes.
So Tony comes over and we break out the game. I get a lot of raised eyebrows when I do. I mean, I don't blame them. None of them fully understood the amount of sheer exultation that would result from this game. I didn't worry about their skeptical remarks, as I knew that none of their lives would ever be the same.
The game is called Loopin' Louie, and it's for ages 3 and up.
It's for 4 players, and we had five, so whenever a player was eliminated, the other player would take his place. By this method we managed to play a non-stop game of Loopin' Louie for almost 2 hours. Tony managed to squeak out the win.
Trish kept laughing at us. I dunno, something about 5 men running and screaming at the top of their lungs seemed to strike her as funny. Maybe it was because it was a child's game. Someday soon though, she too will experience the joy of 5 player Loopin' Louie, and on that glorious day, the laughter will stop.
At least the condescending laughter that we heard from her last night.
If you have kids, do yourself a favor. Buy Loopin' Louie If you have an overgrown middle-aged kid in your house, get 3 copies. He'll wear them out in no time.