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Back From the Dead

Posted in 4 Square East Bay with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 12, 2011 by 4squareeastbay

CRREEAAAK… the coffin lid opens, the dirt is pushed aside and the 4SEB blog rises again.

So sorry for not reporting on the games from the end of February through early March, but I caught a nasty gross lay-you-out sickness that kept me horizontal for two weeks and not playing 4 Square. But like the undead, you just can’t stop the Square. Even though there have been no blog posts for the past 3 weeks, games have happened. These games have been hard-fought, thrilling and rained upon. For the last two weeks of February, the players who gather in the Rockridge BART parking lot on Thursday nights were joined by precipitation. Undaunted, they played anyway. Wet and dirty hands smacked balls and nimble feet dodged puddles. The square did have to be moved and retaped to avoid being swept away, but what needed to be done got done and fun was the result.

I’d like to take a moment right now to give a big thank you shout out to Robert Wong, who held it down like gravity and made sure the square was set up, that all who showed up were noted and photos were taken. He’s been sending me the info for the past couple weeks, but I’ve been slacking. My bad. Here are photos for you to enjoy!

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Okay let’s do the run down of who was there when it happened.

2/17/11 players: Uriah, Julian, Jessica, Robert, Lali, Jordan, Judi, Leah, Jack, Justin, Phil, Paul, Vi, Chelsea, Adam (birthday boy) and a couple more! Challenge winner: Jordan. Elimination winner: Vi. This night was very cold, so props to the bodies that showed up and played. Thanks to Uriah and Lali for your rocking music…

2/24/11 players: Robert, Jessica, Max, Eric, Sanjay, Lali, Jerome, Michele, Leah, Jack and Phil. Players who did not play, but went to Ben & Nick’s instead: Lee, Uriah, Gabby, Jordan, Judi, Paul, Adam and Anne-Marie. Again, this night was cold AND wet. Gross. Robert brought the music and though the night started late and ended early, Leah walked away with an elimination win. Way to go!

3/3/11 players: Lee, Robert, Julian, Sanjay, Travis, Liz, Vi, Paul, Brittany, Rachel, Judi, Sam, Jack, Leah, Mike, Adam, Laura, Lisa, William, Elom, Rachel and Charlie. The night was not rainy or even that cold. Win. Speaking of winning, congrats to Mike for winning elimination! What is this, your 50th time as a winner? Whata playa…

3/10/11 players: Robert, Jordan, Sam, Sanjay, Phil, Blake, Anna, Claire, Kevin, Adam, Lali, Judi, Leah, Jack and Leah. Special guest appearance by Sam’s parents. They did not play. The games picked up and went all the way to the end. Elimination was won by Robert who really, really deserves it. High Five!

Daaamn, that’s a wrap! Muy bueno if you read this entire thing. Really I was just expecting people to look at the pictures. Thanks again to all the players who have played. Though it’s been cold (is this the Bay Area winter?) have no fear that the games will pick up as the weather gets nicer. Remember, it’s your job to bring new people! 4SEB could not happen without you.

Big shout out to the folks on the East Coast because Boston’s own Squarefour had their annual World Championships of Four Square in Maine at the end of February. Check this out and see what the tourney looks like. Could we take them? Maybe…

Also, our thoughts and prayers go out to those who have been affected by the earthquake off of the coast of Japan. As Californians, we know all too well the dangers of living with the threat of an unpredictable natural disaster. To help victims, you can give to the Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund.  And you should be safe yourself! Are you prepared for a disaster? Check out 72hours.org and put together a plan and go-bag for everyone in your house. I’ve got mine, it’s got water, food, blankets, a radio, a ball and some chalk.

Be safe! It feels so good to be back among the living…

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!

School’s out forever!

Posted in 4 Square East Bay with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 25, 2010 by 4squareeastbay

Thursday brought a huge crowd out to the square! There were so many people there that Square 2 opened up around 9:45 because the line was so damn long! What was this, some sort of 4SEB Birthday Party halo effect? Even the rain showed up… and it’s summer! Maybe that’s what made the games so popular this past week. Summer. And with that comes summer fun. We had a clique of folks from a local elementary school throwing it down and making life difficult for everyone in their squares. Sometimes it seems ludicrous to play a kids game with adults, but it’s hella hard to win that game when some of those adults practice with kids … for their jobs! But this is a good sign cuz we love our teachers and want them all to come and hang out in the parking lot.

The players were: Dana, Luis, Uriah, Sam, Jordan, Caroline, Rachel, Makana, Charity, Robert, Adam, Kendall, Saram, Phil, Lee, Gabby, Michelle, Sky, Liz, Danielle, Lily, Kindred, Lauren, Ben, Edwardo, Nicole, Jason, Marcia, Canela, Paul, Richard and Ben. Seriously, all were ballers.

The rules ruled this week! There was the commie rule (always good for noobs), the pirate rule, jump on one foot, dance square (in honor of Michael Jackson), prayer square (palms of your hands together), sequential clapping, hands on your head and strike a pose. Then there were the rules that made you think as you played the game: countries of the world, things that live under water, question & answer square, get to know you square, embarrassing truth square and compliment square. As competitive as the games are, it’s nice to know that people are light hearted enough to laugh. Of course, no one laughs when it comes down to 4 Square Challenges (yes they do). Many were called and three people were successful! Give a hand-clap for Robert, Uriah and Jordan!

While there was a slight drizzle all night, the two squares had much life to them. For the first time, Square 2 (in the rain) outlasted Square 1 which closed out first. The whole thing then moved under the freeway with much confusion and standing around from those not paying attention. After more rounds of fury, some yelling and chasing of balls, a final elimination round was called. The remaining players battled each other then clapped it up for the losers before the ultimate showdown between vet Uriah and newcomer Kendall. The bout was fierce and surprisingly long, but in the end Uriah’s experience just couldn’t stand up the to fresh exuberance of Kendall. Wow, way to come through and king everyone for the win. You get your picture on the blog!

That’s that! Thanks to everyone for showing up, old and new… we love you much! Don’t forget that we play EVERY WEEK so come and get your skills on! Also, shout out to Michael Jackson, you made the party live last night (RIP one year). This weekend is big in the Bay Area cuz we’re full of Pride (4o years of it!), but the Oakland’s also got Oaklavía this Sunday. 4SEB will be there at 10th and Broadway from 10am to 2pm doing what we do … playing games and having fun. See you around town!

Wet and gross! But we still played…

Posted in 4 Square East Bay with tags , , , , , on February 5, 2010 by 4squareeastbay

You didn’t think we were serious? We are HELLA serious! It was wet, rainy and gross in general tonight at the square but we did as 4SEB does. We played the game. While it wasn’t the longest game of 4 Square ever (ended around 10:30) there was still about 45 minutes of action, around 7 players and a whole bunch of laughs. Part of making this thing a Bay Area staple is the consistency of the square and tonight, we were consistent. Or at least constantly wet. It rained sideways which created mini-lakes in our parking lot, but all in all a good night!

Elimination was called and after some rousing rounds and waiting for cars Mikey defeated Angela for the win! Go Mike!

Check back later for more recaps! Until then, stay warm and dry!