Archive for September, 2010

Onomonopia

Posted in 4 Square East Bay with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2010 by 4squareeastbay

Pow! ZAP! Baaam! 4 Square East Bay! Yeeee! Thursday night! Bang! Got game? Pffffffft! Facebook eeeirrr kssssh!

Roar! Drip drop! Whoosh… slam! Whizz! Sizzle. Rules? Slurp, munch, slap, bonk!

Players! Mandel, Rachel, Robert, Liz, Will, Caroline, Gabby, Uriah, Carl, Kendall, Theo, Paul, Lali, Ryan, Andrea, Vi, Steph, Logan, Sara, Rasha, Travis, Anne Marie, Justin, Sanjay, Lee, Jerome, Phil, Jordan, Adam, Julian, Mike, Paul, Mike, Anjali, Sam, Matt, Mike, Ali, Matt, Dorian and more! Wow!

4 Square Challenge? Lee & Justin! Clap clap clap!

Square 1? Splat! Square 2? Kaboom! Elimination … Caroline!!! ROWL!

SMASH! This weekend … Rockridge Out & About on Sunday! 4SEB will be playing at Harwood & College from noon ish till we’re done! Join! Oakland Undergound Film Festival … toot! Hear you all next week!

4 Square of the East Bay needs a space to practice for the World Championships!

Posted in 4 Square East Bay, 4 Square network, 4 Square Tournament with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 21, 2010 by 4squareeastbay

Hello East Bay/Bay Area community!

If you don’t know who we are, 4 Square of the East Bay is a loosely organized group of individuals who gather on a weekly basis in the Rockridge BART station parking lot to play games and have fun. We exist to be the best at the playground game of 4 Square, to build new friendships, to laugh and to socialize in an alternative manner, all while repurposing semi-public spaces. Our games are free and open to everyone and we have cultivated a culture of welcome and friendly competition. 4SEB likes to involve itself in as many public street fairs and events as we can and encourage everyone to be silly and physically active. While this is all good, something else calls to our most devout players…

Every February, in butt-cold Bridgton, Maine, the FOUR SQUARE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS are held. 4 Square of the East Bay wants to be there. We want to go and we want to win. We want to represent the East Bay/Oakland/the whole Bay Area in all of its hella tight glory. To do this we need help with a couple of things…

  • A SPACE TO PRACTICE! At our game, we play on asphalt and dodge cars as commuters go home at the end of the night. The World Championships are played in a gym and have very specific rules. 4SEB would like access to an indoor gym (basketball court?) that our players can sharpen their skills for the tournament. Ideally, it would be free (as 4SEB generates lots of fun, but no actual funds), but any leads would be appreciated! This is actually the MOST IMPORTANT of our list and is the reason why we are reaching out! Help would be ideal!
  • UNIFORMS/CLOTHING/PRINTING/DESIGN HELP! Obviously, if 4SEB is gonna go national, we’re gonna have to be dripped in gear that tells everyone where we are from. And we’re steady from the East Bay and need to represent! We’d love to have some clothing/stickers/temporary tattoos/posters/custom kicks to overwhelm the competition with sheer awesomeness.
  • FINANCIAL DONATIONS! Who wouldn’t like financial donations? Honestly, we realize that you giving us money isn’t that likely, but on the off chance that someone reading this does want to contribute, the money would go to funding the trip to Maine and would be used for airfare, hotel and food.
  • AIRLINE MILES OR HOTEL POINTS! Are you jetsetter? Got extra mile or points? Wanna live vicariously through 4SEB? We’ll take your donations of miles or points to get us there and set us up. If you do this, we’ll send you a postcard.
  • GENERAL SUPPORT AND HELP SPREADING THE WORLD! 4 Square of the East Bay operates on people like you knowing about our game and telling their friends. While there are many better causes that you can give money too, it doesn’t cost anything to repost this message or (even more fun) to show up at our weekly games! We want our to expand our community and let people know about us. You can help. And you can have fun while doing it! Our end goal is to get to the World Championships (we’re gonna do it one way or another) but to do it properly and in style, we’re gonna need everyone’s help to do that. Thanks in advance!

Okay East Bay/Oakland/Bay Area, let’s make this happen! 4SEB will proudly bring the Bay to Maine, dominate and return with the trophy. We would also love you to come and play with us! Check out our blog (updated weekly) at 4squareeastbay.wordpress.com! It recaps all we do and gives our players a little bit of shine as they build their skills. Also check out our videos which are posted below… Thanks so much Bay Area for creating a tolerant community so full of life, love and laughter. You da best!

Respect,

4 Square of the East Bay

youtube!

What is 4SEB? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTe5q6GYab0

4SEB: Episode I http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bALhb17dwdg

4SEB: Episode II http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kt69oEAz_Z4

Car Trouble http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohxFde0oR64

Taking Back Our Space!

Posted in 4 Square East Bay with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 17, 2010 by 4squareeastbay

Fresh on the heels of the East Bay Bike Party (which takes back the streets in a party fashion) and PARKing Day on Friday (where parking spots are turning into mini-parks), 4 Square of the East Bay decided to finally reclaim our lane in the Rockridge BART parking lot from the retrofitting that has been happening for months. Actually, BART probably decided that the section they had been working on was safe and moved on to more dangerous parts of the station. While the players loved the chain link fence containing the construction, there was a perpetual fear of bouncing the ball over and then falling in a hole. Also, what is 4SEB without the constant call of ‘CAAAR!’ warning unaware players that speeding vehicles are baring down on them? Who doesn’t like to stop the game and wave at drivers who are wondering ‘What the hell is going on here?’

The night itself was really nice! The weather was warm, but not too hot and the squares were chill. While Square 3 did not make an appearance, Square 1 and 2 kept people busy and sweaty all night. The game has really stepped up but the atmosphere remains friendly. Sure, there was jockeying for Mayorship of 4 Square on FourSquare (maybe in preparation for the upcoming elections?) but what really counts is that people played and had fun. Rules helped with this and ballers played with the Commie Rule, Countries of the World, Breakfast Cereals, Spin Rounds, Soccer Style, Make A Sound Like Michael Jackson, Push-Up Square and Precision Square. New players took it upon themselves to make up new rules and that equals awesome.

Everyone was there, including: Sandra, Fred, Gina, Phil, Robert, Justin, Sam, Gabby, Yaminah, Mike, Jordan, Lali, Sanjay, Scott, Claire, Rasha, Mike, Caroline, Daniel, Miguel, Sara, Adriana, Will, Julian, Liz, Kendall, Lego, Toby, Patrick, Marc, Eric, Rita, Charlie, Ariel, Dorian, Rachel and Mike! Shout out to Robert for bringing snacks and water! If you wanna be cool, you can also bring snacks… just sayin’… 4 Square Challenges were called but only a few were completed. Congrats Sam, Phil and Lee. Don’t let the cars hit you while you are posing/celebrating.

4 Square of the East Bay was all about taking back and taking up space. Balls flew every which way (including onto people’s heads) and players dodged cars to improve their reflexes. Alas, it could not last forever and elimination was called in Square 2 shortly after midnight. Ballers balled and players played and everyone eventually made their way back to Square 1. The final elimination was called by Lee and he dealt a swift end to many a player before being eliminated himself. After a tumultuous elimination duel between Phil and Lali, Phil faced off against Mike to see who was the king of the night. It was Mike who kindly posed for this picture afterward…

Phew! Another Thursday night in the books and on the blog! Way to go team! Speaking of team… 4 Square of the East Bay is looking to put together a crew to go to the Four Square World Championships in Maine this upcoming February. We’ve been talking about it for two years, it’s time to make it happen. Let’s get together and see what we need to do/know so we can take the East Bay to the East Coast and kick some ass. What we really need is a space to practice so if you know of any gyms that 4SEB can get into, holla at us at 4squareeastbay@gmail.com.

Also, other super fun things going down this weekend … it’s CO-LAB going down at the New Parish in Oakland on Friday night! Don’t sleep on this super special artist showcase put on by hella East Bay musicians. Also, the Oakland Outlaws, Oakland’s own roller-derby team, takes on the Richmond Wrecking Belles in Richmond on Saturday. Keep em rolling… Lastly, for your Saturday night party, our great friends Elle Nino whaack it out at FRUITCAKE happening at the Stud Bar in SF. This party looks like dirty dirty fun so if you wanna live it up, go and see this show, it’s gonna be all coconuts and bananas! But, if you’re doing high holidays this weekend, here’s wishing you a reflective Yom Kippur. That’s it, look for you next week in the square!

Season Opener: Big Games!

Posted in 4 Square East Bay with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 10, 2010 by 4squareeastbay

This past Thursday night was the night of big games! While the East Bay has love for the Big Easy, we had to represent in our own fashion … with another huge turn out at 4 Square! Seriously, it felt a little like Bourbon St in the parking lot, but with more chalk art and less flashing. Music bumped, people danced, some watched, most participated and the community came together to have fun and get to know each other. This is the second week in a row that 4SEB has had no trouble maintaining and running 3 full squares for 3 full hours. That sounds like some big games! So if you are new to this blog or to our family of ballers, please invite your friends to come and join us! But only if they are really gonna step up and have fun … No side-line commentators please. And you know what they say … once you play, you’ll never go away.

The big games brought out some big names all trying to go for the big fame… the players were: Mike, Travis, Jordan, Lee, Julian, Daniel, Rita, Liz, Angie, Mike, Robert, Caroline, Lali, Will, Ben, Sam, Justin, Anne Marie, Eric, Sanjay, Steph, Max, Eric, Gene, John, Carlos, Anjali, Laila, Paul, Mitchel, Laura, Sara, Casey, Jerome, Serena, Daniel, Mike, Xochitl, Liza, Ian, Xochitl, Stephanie, Cordelia, Logan, Ben, Adam, George, Julian, Micky, Gabby and Mike! Dunno if you’re counting, but that’s a lot of people! Plus more who watched by the cupcakes! Speaking of cupcakes, 4SEB celebrated the birthdays of Ben, Mike and Robert by singing to the lucky virgo trio and eating sweet things… Thanks for being born guys!

Rules made their way through the melee that was the night only to show up and stay up in all three squares. Favorites were the Commie Rule, Countries of the World, Soccer Style, Precision Square, Get To Know You Square and a couple of rounds of Tag-Team doubles. It was hot. 4SEB encourages the people who get to ‘A’ Square to be creative and get funky with their rule making. Even if people don’t like it, they’ve gotta do what you say cuz you are at the top! Really, what we gotta do is bring back a couple of rounds of Kung-Fu Animal Square… The 4 Square Challenge seeped its way into the night, but challengers were smacked around and then down to the ground. Four people managed to fight their way through and get their pictures taken in a crappy fashion. Whoot whoot for Ben, Sam, Ben and Justin! Also big BIG shoutout goes to Ben (the second one, not the birthday one) for showing up to our Square because not only did he win the 4 Square Challenge, he introduced it to 4 Square of the East Bay. If that wasn’t enough, he is also one of the originators of our style of square which comes all the way from the East Coast via Olde English Comedy. Check em out!

With so many people having fun it’s hard to call elimination. Everyone feeds off of each other and wants to compete and be the best. It sucks when the line is long and players have to wait so the big games went well beyond midnight. But eventually, Square 1 and Square 2 shut down leaving the losers (and the winners) to line up in Square 3. Battles were hard fought, hands were clapped for players and at the end of the final elimination Lali and Stephanie had just one person to beat to be called 4 Square Champ for the week. Sorry Lali, but this week it goes to Stephanie who’s enthusiasm and strategic position at the end of the line clinched her the win. Who dat say they gon beat Stephanie?

Thanks to everyone who has been showing up these past few weeks! Without you, 4SEB would never have lines and all of the conversations would be boring. Big game thanks go to all the people who brought food for the birthday boys and for the people who helped clean up the trash and other stuff. You make it happen, the community is you. Awesome. On the list of things to do this weekend is the East Bay Bike Party starting on Friday, September 10th at 7:30pm at Downtown Berkeley BART. The theme is Wild West so show up with your bike dressed as a horse. Also all weekend is the Power To The Peaceful Festival happening in Golden Gate Park on the other side of the Bay. Go enjoy some music and some peace. Lastly, our thoughts go out to San Bruno who’s community was shocked last night by an exploding gas line and subsequent fires. Nothing is ever certain so let’s treat each other with respect and love when we see each other. Have a positive weekend Bay Area, see you next week!

Triple Play!

Posted in 4 Square East Bay with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 3, 2010 by 4squareeastbay

Schools back on … so what? People who played 4 Square on Thursday night were all about recess. There were so many players that a mythical Square 3 was constructed to accommodate all the ballers who wanted to ball out. While 4SEB loves the number 4, we also realize that 3 is a lucky number, that the triangle is one of the strongest structures, that all great epics are made in trilogies, that the Triceratops was the mightiest of dinosaurs … wait a minute, WHAT?! …  This type of stuff is just killing the ‘Land Before Time’ legacy. Looks like the kids are gonna learn something different this year.

In spite of the news that dino-lovers everywhere have been lied to for years, folks managed to pull themselves together enough to have a kick-ass time playing games. There were many new introductions to 4SEB’s style of play but people seemed to integrate themselves fine. It’s always nice to see when people start off a little wary, semi-self-conscious, possibly afraid and end up ripping through opponents, garnering the scorn of the line and basically singing ‘F**K YOU’ with a smile on their face and ball in their hand. Ahh, games … if you don’t make us happy while competing, what’s the point?

Because of the spread nature of having all 3 Squares going at once, it was hard to catch all of the good rules that went down, but 4SEB can assume that they were mostly awesome. The new players were introduced to the Commie Rule, the Pirate Rule, the Bird Rule, Countries of the World, Spin Rounds, Precision Square, the On-Deck Rule and the Touch-the-Ground Rule. As always, new folks new to ‘A’ Square made multiple hands-free rules just to try it out. This became known as Soccer Square and actually produced some good rounds where no one was bored, annoyed by Vuvuzelas or headed in the chest.

Players were many (so if you were there and aren’t on the list … just come back next week): Daniel, Julian, Ally, Adam, Claire, Nam, Rasha, Robert, Poh, Daniel, Eric, Laura, Anne Marie, Caroline, Lali, Mike, Uriah, Rebecca, Paul, Will, Paul, Gabby, Lee, Ian, Nick, Vi, Alex, Laila, Phil, Anjali, Amy, Mike, Sam, Stephanie, Daniel, Rachel, Rita, Jordan, Casey, Jerome, Mike, Thomas, Mark, Kendall, Dorian and Zoe. 4 Square Challenges winners (like all good things) come in 3. They were Paul, Lee and Mike. Three cheers for them!

Midnight managed to sneak up on everyone and, before players knew it, Square 1 and Square 2 were both eliminated leaving the wandering losers to gather around the brand spanking new Square 3. A couple of rounds went down before someone called the big E on the whole night. Still, new players began to show up and populate the line. Guys, next time get there when everyone playing isn’t trying desperately to survive! At the end of the night, everyone got smacked around a little and the balance of power in ‘A’ Square shifted multiple times. The final face-off pitted veteran Lee against new comer Poh. While Poh’s enthusiasm was awesome, his accuracy was off and he got himself out leaving Lee to another victory. Keeping with the theme, Lee’s name has 3 letters and rhymes with 3.

Wow, September has just started and already it’s crazy! What amazing game play from an amazing community and what a wonderful way to kick off Labor Day weekend! 4 Square of the East Bay is totally spoiled by being located in the best place in the country with the friendliest, most bestest players ever. If you don’t believe that the East Bay has it going on, you need to check out what is happening this weekend and choose what you are gonna get into … Starting on Friday night, there is always Art Murmur (followed by the Bike Murmur after-party at Paradiso), Saturday AND Sunday is Hoodstock at the Oakland Metro near Jack London and in West Oakland, Sunday is a celebration of Oakland Pride with a take-over of the Uptown district (with a Chaka Khan performance for only $5!) and also on Sunday is the I.S.I.S. Science & Culture Fair (for FREE) up at the Chabot Space & Science Center featuring a hologram of Mos Def. This weekend is packed and it’s on you to make the best of it! Also shout out to my momma cuz it’s her birthday on Sunday! Happy birthday Mom! To the whole Bay Area, be safe and have fun this Labor Day!