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Love is in the Square

Posted in 4 Square East Bay with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 11, 2011 by 4squareeastbay

Why do they put the holiday about love and warmth in the middle of cold winter? Thank goodness 4 Square of the East Bay is located in the East Bay, the sunny side of the bay. Also it helps to have no winter, kinda like the winter we’ve been experiencing. Well, whatever the weather, we’ll be together, whether you like it or not. In anticipation of Valentine’s Day, the Square was full of love on Thursday night, but it manifested itself as a whole bunch of smack talk, some beer drinking, yells of frustration and the occasional taunting. It was like middle school love. While the couples cuddled up at the end of the line, the hoards of bitter single people decided to go all out in a frenzy of stunning slams and sickening spins. At the end, everyone was sweaty and feeling good. Isn’t that what love is all about?

Whether single or shackled, everyone at 4SEB loves to play the game. Let’s send hugs and kisses to all our players including Jessica, Mitchell, Vi, Robert, Sam, Paul, Roxanne, Eric, Lali (thanks for the cinnamon buns!), Leah, Jordan, Lee, Jack, Mike, Justin, Julian, Sanjay, Adam, Judi and probably more! At least one of them will be your valentine…

Rules were shown some love and people played like pirates, with elbows, like animals, while shouting out things but play was mostly rough and tumble. Lee made a 4 Square Challenge. And won. Wooooooooooo?

Elimination came to Square 1 first and then swept to Square 2 (like revolutions?) where the love was locked down. When it was all over, all of the losers had no love for Lee. Because he won. Who. Ray.

That wraps it up for this week. If you need some urban gaming organization to be your valentine, 4SEB is there for you. As more than just a friend.

Speaking of friends, the East Bay Bike Party is doing it’s thang tonight! It’s a mustache ride so sport your stache with pride and head down to Lake Merritt BART at 7:30pm. The party will eventually wind up at the Parkway Lounge with beer and food! Wear a helmet.

Lastly, we want to show love to the people of Egypt and the people in another square (Tahrir Square), which is full of the love of the people. When President Hosni Mubarak stepped down this morning, their revolution has been realized, but it is just the first step towards building a truly egalitarian society. The struggle does not stop now so here is to hopes that their momentum carries them to a brighter future for their country and for our world. Stay up to date on what is happening in North Africa by tuning into Al Jazeera English. Be safe world, we’ll play games as long as we can.

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Slick like Rick

Posted in 4 Square East Bay with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2010 by 4squareeastbay

*** yes, this post is late, but like the one before it, it was written just never published. deal with it ***

It’s the gray season in the Bay! That means, it’s our version of winter. For our readers across the world, in the Bay Area, we have two seasons, blue or gray. After another round of strange weather (let’s face it folks, our world’s weather will never be what it was when we were kids), Oakland has started it’s journey into ‘winter’. How do we know? It’s started to rain! While 4 Square NYC and Philly FourSquare might be affected by the ‘winter’ the East Bay has got this magical thing called ‘the freeway’ which 4SEB has taken refuge under. Fear no precipitation! Games will happen under the protection of the giant concrete pathways that connect Berkeley with Walnut Creek. Yaaay! The splish-splashiness of rain does provide some other challenges for 4 Square ballers though. The asphalt becomes slick and we slide when running after balls. It’s kinda like ice. No, not really. We live in California. And it’s awesome.

Our asphalt might have been slick, but so was our game. Many players pulled out the trickery and craftiness that makes this game so unique. There were enough people for 2 squares, even though Square 2 looked like it had a little trouble pulling itself together. Let’s be honest, them lines was crooked! It still got play on cuz people are fiends for the square.

Showing up and representing were: Adam, Kailey, Glenn, Angie, Liz, Lee, Uriah, Sam, Paul, Mick, Lali, Justin, Robert, Liz, Will, Anne Marie, Julian, Mike, Tom, Judi, Ryan, Gia, Eric, Travis, Caroline, Laila, Dorian, Kendall and Jordan. There might have been other people there, but it’s hard to take names when you are kicking so much ass. Rules included the Commie Rule, Countries of the World, Professional Sports Teams, Dance Square, Spin Rounds, Cities of the World, Things You Are Afraid Of and more. It was great fun!

Only one 4 Square Challenge was won, so put your hands together for Robert who knew just the right light to stand in as to have a semi-okay picture taken for the blog. You’re so smart! And good at 4 Square.

While people could play forever, the night ended as it usually does, with elimination around midnight. It was long and hard fought, but only one can survive. Congratulations, Travis! After being an avid participant for a long time, you get to take home the win! Please rub it in people’s faces.

That’s all! Also there is tons of stuff happening this weekend, but the ones 4SEB are concerned with are the ones that involve us! Mainly, Brats & Beer Festival happening at Linden Street Brewery in Oakland! 4 Square of the East Bay will set up a square around 1pm and play till about 4. We will also eat brats and drink beer. How cool is that? If you are feeling less like stuffing your gut and more socially responsible, check out the ILWU Rally in support of Justice for Oscar Grant happening at noon at City Hall in Oakland. The Longshoremen/women are shutting down Bay Area ports to show solidarity with the Grant Family and their quest for justice. Stand up, make noise, support in numbers. Also, stay safe East Bay, you are our home.

NEXT WEEK IS COSTUME SQUARE 2010! DRESS UP!