Sunday, November 22, 2009

Tailgating Fun.......







For about 20 years now, I've been parking in the same neighborhood on football Saturday. It's about 3 blocks from the Big House, and It's easy in and easy out! For the last 18 years, we have parked at the same lady's house. As you can tell from the housing layout, most back yards have been turned into parking areas. These areas are perfect for tailgating if you get there early enough.
About 4 weeks ago, my buddy Alex and I were enjoyng a pre-game Budweiser, when I noticed this young man feverishy grilling burgers and dogs for his hungry minions. He really had it down, and he was doing a fantastic job with the grilling. After a while, I kinda felt sorry for him, so I grabbed a brewski and walked toward him. He looked up and smiled, I extended my hand and shook it and said as I handed him the beer..."Young man, I've been watching you for about an hour now, and I just have to tell you that you are doing a Kick-Ass job! The exhaulted position of Grill-Meister is nothing to be scoffed at, and you are handling this task with skill, love, and a great sense of duty. They obviously trust you with their food, and I know they appreciate it."
He kind of gave me a bewildered look, and said.."Thanks, care for a hot-dog"?
I just laughed and assured him that we brought our own food, and that I wasn't pandering for a free meal, I just respected the zest that he had for his grilling duty and walked away.
This past Saturday we arrived a bit early to our spot, and the young man whose name is Rob, immediately made a bee-line for my car and declared..."I'm grilling bacon Burgers today, we have plenty, and I insist you guys join us". When I asked who paid for the food and started to reach in my pocket to contribute, he said something that only I say to the people that I feed..."Please don't insult me...EAT"!
Just then Rob's Dad came up to us and I told him what a fine young man he had here. Of course he agreed, and I asked him to pose for a Father and Son pic. The dad is a lawyer, and drove up from Ohio to be at the game with his son.
Looking at these pics today really warms my heart...This young man will go far in life!
Have a Thankfull Week everyone....
Peace...!!!

22 comments:

Susan at Stony River said...

What fun! It looks like they've got a great family. So was the burger good, or what?
LOL

boots said...

Dont you just love meeting those kinds of people? Especially great kids.
Ummm hate to ask but who won the game?

snowelf said...

Aww G-man! I am so much like you in this way. I really like people to know they are appreciated and I love giving compliments!! What a kind heart you have :)

--snow

Lou said...

I'm sure you have heard the joke..how do you tell the difference between a U of M grad and a MSU grad?

The MSU grad will always ask "would you like fries with that."

Thom said...

Now that's my kind of neighbor and person to hang out with. How awesome of that young man to be like that. His father raised him well. You done did good my friend. :) People like that are becoming a rare commodity now days :(

Serena said...

Just goes to show you that, as much as we doubt it sometimes, there are still great people in the world. Sorry about the score, but at least you had that heartwarming experience.:)

G-Man said...

Lou...
That is an old and rarely told joke because there are so very few MSU grads.
The original joke was, "How can you tell which car an MSU grad is driving? The one with the Little Caesars sign on the roof!"
Don't be Hate-In....

G-Man said...

Besides...Re-Read your joke!
You got it right!!!...Thanks :P

Brian Miller said...

tailgating is such fun and brings out the good in people...like one big party. that is awesome!

Missy said...

I'll say this Galen, you're a people watcher,soother, all around pleaser, so why wouldn't you be watching something that you yourself enjoy doing. Kind of reminds me of Tim the Tool Man :) one knows another.

Sorry about the loss LOL. On a brighter note OU was skunked and they stink and if they don't get their act together soon arghhhhh!!! Who cares if they got more rookies than seasoned players. Next year they'll be seasoned and they better dang well skippy get their act together.

Chow Mon Ami

lime said...

aw, what a lovely moment between two grill meisters and a father and son. thanks for sharing the story. i can well imagine the pride you felt seeing the kid using a charcoal grill and doing it with such love. nice that you two connected in such a cool way.

Larry said...

Wow the grill looked great..The food placed inside cooking looked good enough to have my mouth watering all the way from Oregon USAGods Country. You know what I mean is the King Salmon on the front page of This Blog Of Mine. The stag somewhere below it. That's the type of wild life we have here and why I Love Oregon so Much..Great story and great Sunday Inspirational entry.

I'm sure your new found friend should be following your flash 55's by next friday. You did tell him about it right ? 66 hits a week need to try for one hundred now Galen I'm sure trying for you. Tips My hat @ you. Larry Moon.



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MomsJournal said...

aawww you Midwestern folks are so sweet, and know how to party! ;-)

Shadow said...

what a warm story. you bring out the best in people...

Nessa said...

Very nice story. Love people like that.

Thanksgiving MeMe

the walking man said...

So the big question is did pops take his sweat shirt off before he hit the Ohio state line?

Mama Zen said...

That's such a great story!

After my team's game on Saturday, I crawled underneath the tailgate in hopes of being run over!

buffalodick said...

People eating well outdoors, make friends easier! One time tail gating, I had made baby back BB-Q ribs..Had plenty and went around with a plate of them to other tailgaters- made more fast friends than I could count!

Jessie said...

loved the story!! for the cost of a beer, you made out pretty well -- but then there's no price on budding friendships.

smiles,

Akelamalu said...

It's great to hear of a 'young un' being so friendly - obviously a well brought up young man! :)

Jadey said...

Sounds like you had a terrific time and some terrific food.

Brother Frankie said...

this post made my crappy day un crappy..

i hope folks see that in my boys, i have raised a half dozen or so and am still taking um in when they show up on the doorstep.

you are loved
brother frankie
a biker for christ