Sprung offa Spring

Breath in. Smell that? Smells like life! The sun is shining and the weather is warm… now is the time for rebirth and beauty. And, of course, 4 Square. As things get nicer the people of the East Bay open up (like flowers) and return to the streets. Smiles appear and clothes lessen. But most importantly, the people play 4 Square.

Now don’t get it twisted, 4SEB acts like the Evergreen, we’re here alllllll year long, but that don’t mean that we don’t appreciate the good weather. We’ve played in rain and hail so a warm breeze is a welcome reprieve from a winter of cold. Plus you get to show everyone your cool T-Shirt that was hiding under your hoodie/sweater/scarf/snuggie since November. The only downfall is that while flip-flops seem appealing during the day, it’s an added challenge to play the game while showing your toes.

Thursday was beautiful! The game was relaxed and everyone was in good spirits. That is, everyone who wasn’t hung over from St. Patrick’s Day. Players included Mike, Paul, Uriah, Adam, Angie, Liz, Mike (a different one), Sam, Jordan, newcomer Ashley and the game featured the return of Rachel! There were even enough folks to pull off a couple rounds of ‘Doubles’ where the squares get twice the love as eight players smash on balls at the same time. The night had rules like ‘sit-on-the-ground’ square, the famed Pirate rule, Countries of the World, and a couple of St Paddy’s Day inspired rules like ‘things that are lucky’ and ‘things that are green.’ Inappropriate comments ensued. The most confusing rule of the night was inspired by two non-players (seriously, they just sat in their car and watched for like an hour) who didn’t want to play 4 Square, but were into the idea of Dodgeball (ugh). The ‘Dodgeball’ rule was then invented which is too complicated to explain. Guess you’ll just have to show up to play and find out. The night was rounded off with ‘On Deck’ Square where the first person in line takes up space in the middle of the square and if a player hits them with the ball, that player is out. It’s fun and dangerous, just the way we like it.

At some point, after much trying, whining and pouting, Sam called and won the 4 Square Challenge and was ecstatic as his face will now be on the internet. Congrats, you’re semi-famous for a moment.

The game ended around 11:30 and after a rousing double-elimination, Paul edged out Liz for the victory. He then struck the pose of the victorious. Way to stay to the end and win!

That’s it for this week! As stated earlier, the weather is getting nicer so you should tell your friends and family to get out of the house and have some fun. We’re always around and we’ve missed you… See you next week!

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