Time for another “First Maybe Annual…”

Jul 22, 2015 | 1 comment

The Nyel-Jim-Gordon Picnic, 1992

The Nyel-Jim-Gordon Picnic, 1992

Perhaps it’s because it was Gordon who remembered all of our birthdays – and our anniversaries, special milestones and every day, run-of-the-mill holidays. Perhaps it’s because Gordon and Roy were the Picnic Instigators for years and years. Whatever the reason, tomorrow, July 23rd, we are celebrating Gordon’s birthday with the First Maybe Annual Gordon and Roy Memorial Picnic.

We’ve invited the remnants of our “Picnic Group” which began back in the seventies, as well as the founding members (sadly, also remnants) of the Mystery Book Club which began more recently in the oughts. There are about two dozen of us in all, several of whom belonged to both groups. Most of us are getting a bit long in the tooth but we all remember the significance of July 23rd! Gordon never let us forget it – in a good way. He was just that kind of guy.

Gordon-the-Birthday-Boy, 2012

Gordon-the-Birthday-Boy, 2012

At its height (which was probably during the eighties) the Picnic Group met fairly frequently and almost always at the drop of the proverbial hat. Any of us could initiate a picnic and it could take place almost anywhere on the Peninsula – at one of the parks (county, state, or otherwise) or in one of our gardens or homes, depending on the weather. Sometimes our gathering marked a special occasion – like the Loyalty Day Parade when the ‘picnic’ was more like a tailgate party centered on Roy’s van, parked strategically at the Long Beach Pharmacy parking lot the night before. Usually, though, picnics were more spur-of-the-moment. I remember many-a-message at work that said something like “Loomis Lake State Park, 4:30, just bring chips.”

Quintessential Gordon

Quintessential Gordon

The Mystery Book Club were quite formal by comparison, although ‘formal’ connected with Gordon is probably some sort of oxymoron. There were scheduled meeting dates and specific books to read, although that’s where any order ended. We continue to meet and continue to have a difficult time sticking to the topic-at-hand. Each time we add a new member, there is an attempt to at least talk about the book just read. The “meetings” get longer and longer and the discussions get further and further afield and the fun and laughter grow apace. Gordon would have heartily approved.

We are hoping the weather cooperates and that we can get all set up in time and that there are no last minute cancellations. We know that all of us will be dusting off our Gordon and Roy memories and that maybe someone will even dredge up one of Gordon’s old ‘Funny Drawer’ items that were frequently part of our festivities… but those are another story!

1 Comment

  1. Stephanie Frieze

    Rituals, religious and otherwise, are what binds us as a community or family and makes us unique as human beings. Our fast paced society has allowed much tradition to go by the boards. As long as your “remnants” remember Gordon and Roy, they will not be forgotten in the lives of those they touched.

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