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Drinkin’ with Nate

05/09/2013

I have a new Maine drinking buddy. His name is Nate.

Do you know what a drinking buddy is? A drinking buddy is a friend who likes to meet for drinks. Drinking buddies can meet anywhere: at a house, at a restaurant, at a park or “out on the town.”  You can go to parties, see shows or play games with a good drinking buddy. Drinking buddies are friends who like to drink, talk and have fun.

Sometimes drinking buddies are old friends. Sometimes they are new friends. Sometimes drinking buddies are people you work with during the day or people you see on weekends. It’s great to have a drinking buddy in Maine.

I met Nate because I worked with his “old lady” back in Minnesota. Her name is Jen.  Jen and I were drinking buddies. One time, she introduced me to another woman named Jen at a birthday party.  I fell in love with the other woman named Jen and we got married. That’s a real good drinking buddy.

Nate and Jen live near Portland, Maine now. They have lived in Maine for five years. They have a nice little place in Biddeford about 150 miles south of Bangor. Nate is a native Mainer. He grew up in Biddeford. He doesn’t have a job right now, but he’s going to school. Nate and Jen share the place with a couple of other guys, John and Liam, and a touchy cat named Biff.

Wife Jen and I first visited Nate and Jen this fall. We stayed at their place. I remember we all had drinks at their house and hung out at the beach. On the way back home, Nate started singing in the car. I can’t remember the song, but that’s when I knew Nate would be a good drinking buddy.

The next time we hung out with Nate was at the “Swine and Stein”  OctoberFest in Gardiner, Maine. We all had a lot to drink. Nate got a little out of control. The OctoberFest people wouldn’t let him in the beer tent. He started running around in the street. He kicked some doors and banged on windows. Jen had to drive him home early.

A couple of weeks ago,  wife Jen and I met Nate, Jen and the guys for early drinks at a place called Cole’s. It was  located off Hwy. 1, behind a car wash and next to a cemetery in Biddeford. In the parking lot, Nate told everyone he was thirsty. Inside we sat at a table and ordered food and drinks. John kept buying Nate more drinks. Pretty soon the table was littered with cups. I couldn’t keep up with it all.

Then Nate started getting loud.

Jen doesn’t like it when Nate gets loud. “Nate…Volume,” she said.  Yup, the “old lady” knows how to keep Nate in line.

We hung out at Cole’s for quite a while and had a great time.

I miss having a drinking buddy around. Sure, I still have some good Minnesota drinking buddies…but not as many as the old days. Tim moved to Hawaii and I haven’t heard from him in a while. Tony quit drinking and lives in an earth home. Charlie found the church.

But you know what? It’s never to late to find new drinking buddies.

Cheers to Nate! How about another juice?

 

Hey Nate, how about another round?

Hey Nate, how about another round?

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3 Comments
  1. Tom holzemer permalink

    Good story-
    With the spring we have had in the Twin cites I fear Toads may have to make a comeback to straighten out some local weather boys (and girls)

  2. Mike permalink

    Everybody wants to know where Jimmy has gone
    He left town, I doubt if he’s coming back home

    Well Tony got a job, three kids and a lovely wife
    Working at the commerce bank for the rest of his life

    [Chorus]
    Nobody left to run with anymore
    Nobody left to do the crazy things we used to do before
    Nobody left to run with anymore

    I’m gonna hit the road, adios my friend
    Go someplace and start all over again

    Don’t know where I’m going, like a gypsy out on the road
    I’ll go someplace and join a traveling show

    [Chorus]
    Nobody left to run with anymore
    Nobody wants to do the crazy things we used to do before
    Nobody left to run with anymore

    – The Allman Brothers

  3. Em Rankin permalink

    I was all like, who on Earth IS this guy? So clever. Adorable post.

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