A small but enthusiastic group of TYC members watched the Patriots on the 55-inch screen located over the stone fireplace and celebrated their victory with a buffet of international foods. Chairs of all sizes were arranged in a large semi-circle in front of the viewing area.
Hosted by Commodore Phyllis Ibbotson the TYC Superbowl party gave members an opportunity to socialize during the winter season. Patriot themed footballs and banners adorned the fireplace while Patriot bowls and smaller footballs were spread out over the buffet tables. One table held bowls of nuts and popcorn and the other was filled with "tailgate" delicacies. This included Chicken sliders and pieces of kielbasa topped with a wedge of pineapple. While most of the guests concentrated their attention on the game, I was able to talk to many as they refilled their beverage drink or snagged some food from the buffet table.
Heather McHutchinson showed me videos of sea smoke which she took on Narragansett Bay and Nanaquaket Pond during our cold snap last week. It was amazing to see and especially more so for Heather who had just returned from time in Antigua. As we spoke she received a text from her daughter, Sammy, from the College of Charleston in South Carolina. She is a sophomore majoring in Marine Biology. We certainly wish her the best!
Last year, Tova, the Commodore's daughter and now a freshman at Brown University, wore her Eagles Shirt at the party, I reminisced with Phyllis. She had a lot of courage to do that and then smiled as her team beat the Patriots. Phyllis noted that she was going to a Patriots party in her dorm tonight.
I'm not sure if Marc Pfeiffer received the message that guests should sport Patriot attire tonight. Although Marc did have a small Patriot pin attached to his shirt. The shirt, however, was emblazoned with the San Diego Padres baseball logo (Marc is a really smart guy). He did wear a very nice and warm TYC hat. When asked about the Padres, he said that it was a long story. Perhaps, some Thursday night in the summer, we will hear more of that.
Geoff Prior was sitting near the buffet table talking on his cell phone. When he finished, I asked him if he was talking to Jenn Escher, his friend, TYC member since 2004, the person who sends out all my email stories to our membership, resident of San Diego (go Padres!) and whose daughter, Remy, attends UCLA, loves Los Angeles, but is still loyally "Team Patriots". Geoff was indeed talking to Jenn and also his mom in Sydney, Australia where it was 8:30am on Monday morning, twelve hours ahead of our time.
Joanne Reuther shared an interesting story with me just before half time. Her daughter, Emily, is a consultant for the Hitachi Corporation in Chicago. Emily loves Chicago but it was not the best place to be last week in that severe icy conditions. She lives on the 45th floor of a new high-rise apartment house. The icy conditions caused the shutdown of her elevator and for two days she had to walk up and down the stairs! Emily is coming home to share comfort food with her mom and two brothers, Eric and Owen, later this week.
While some members left at half time, I being one of them, others did arrive. It was a great night that brought many TYC members together to share their winter stories while enjoying the victorious game on TV. A special thanks to Phyllis for arranging this event.
Just a final note that the Log Book is now being prepared for the summer. It becomes the "Summer Bible" containing all TYC members names and events. It's a great place to advertise your local business for all to see.
Please contact me for an ad ($35/50/85) that will be seen by all members and visitors to the club this summer. Please watch your emails for announcements of upcoming TYC events!