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4SEB 2010 Year in Review

Posted in 4 Square East Bay with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 31, 2010 by 4squareeastbay

It’s New Years Eve and that means it’s probably time for a “Year In Review” type post. Considering this is the first ‘year’ this blog has been going, it’s probably a good idea. This way we can up noobs on what 4SEB has been doing… and start taking over all of the 4 Square world in 2011! But first, gotta review the games from last night (which were hella fun btw) …

We had folks come out even though it seemed like no one would show up. Shout out to Jordan, Ian, Lee, Sam, Paul, Adam, Robert, Judi, Meira, Liz, Mike, Samantha, Sydney, Justin, Leah, Ikru, Bernard, Amy, Dorian, Anne Marie and Laura! The play was vicious, there were less rules and more ass kicking. Seriously, people got served like all night diners. There were many 4 Square Challenges but only one winner. Lee = winner. Who-Ray! After midnight, elimination came though and Adam held it down for the last day of 2010. Way to be the best Adam, and good job at closing out the year in style.

As 4 Square of the East Bay looks back, we can appreciate that it has been a really good year for us. Even though 4SEB has been around since mid-2008, 2010 brought the beginning of this blog! Now you can share the experience of 4 Square with those who might not live in the East Bay! As our social media skills grew, we expanded beyond myspace to really blow up our facebook, twitter and (to some extend) our vimeo. This brought in more popularity as we were asked to come through and host different Squares at different community events around the East Bay like the reopening of the Oakland Museum, Oaklavía, Albany Streets, The Old Oakland Beer Fest and the rededication of Jefferson Square Park! 4SEB also commented on issues happening in our community, covering the aftermath of the Johannes Mehserle verdict in downtown Oakland and giving folks a unique perspective on Oakland’s Mayoral race.

But one of the crowning achievements of 2010 had to be joint pancake breakfast/4 Square Tournament that Strive For ____ and 4SEB put together. We dabbled in keeping score and changed some of the parking lot rules, but we focused on what was really important. FUN!

The other two very successful events that 4 Square of the East Bay had was our 2nd Birthday Party and our annual Costume Square! Considering that this event happens weekly, for FREE, many wonderful people came to the Rockridge BART Parking lot with food, friendly attitudes and had a great time! At both events, the love was palpable, the food was consumed, there were many pictures taken and the games were off the charts! Great job, East Bay, you are so totally worth living in!

Looking forward into the next year, 4SEB hopes to keep meeting on a weekly basis, hopes to keep providing a space for people to socialize in a safe, fun and competitive environment and hopes to become know all over the Bay Area and beyond.  While we had wishes of going to the World Championships for Four Square in Maine, the money and weather were both factors. As a result 4 Square of the East Bay hopes to start up our own International (intergalactic?) West Coast 4 Square Tournament where all those ballers who can’t get to the snowy East Coast can compete and really see who is the best. If you want to help with any part of this (organizing, fund raising, design, PR, food) contact us through facebook, email or just show up at the Rockridge BART Parking lot on a Thursday night between 9pm and midnight. Also we wanna make hoodies.

That’s it for this year! 2010 has been kickass! Thanks to everyone who comes and plays and donates time, blood, sweat and tears to this semi-organized event! Without you, it’d be really lonely in the parking lot. Keep balling and we are gonna leave you with the 4SEB’s Episode II. Watch, remember and enjoy… Be safe!


Sam’s Crazy 4 Square Dream

Posted in 4 Square East Bay with tags , , , , , , , , on August 22, 2010 by 4squareeastbay

The night before Albany Streets I was hanging out with a bunch of 4SEB folks at Paul’s place near Rockridge BART for his birthday party. With a love for Oakland washing over me as I left to get a couple hours of sleep before playing in the sun the next day, I obviously had 4 Square on the brain. It came out in my dream that went like this …

It was Thursday night and we were all getting ready to play our regular games in the parking lot when my parents called me.

“Sam, we just left a function where someone told us that Jean Quan is planning on dropping by 4 Square tonight to play and talk to you guys about voting for her. How cool is that?”

I immediately told the group that we were going to have a mayoral candidate visit our game and we needed to be extra welcoming and play like badasses. It was very important to me that we look cool and be awesome to solidify 4 Square of the East Bay as a legit Oakland organization. When the group heard this, Baseball Mike, who works for the Rebecca Kaplan campaign, spoke up.

“There is no way we are letting Jean Quan corner the 4 Square vote! I’m calling Rebecca and telling her to get down here!”

Suddenly, what had started as a regular 4 Square night was turning into a local political hot spot. Somehow the media got wind of this (probably because I was tweeting about it) and cameras started descending on our part of the lot, walling in players with cameras, backing us up against the retrofitting. People started to mill around, looking like urban gamers caught in headlights. Obama showed up (because he was a 4 Square regular in this dream) dressed ready to play and was excited to see Jean and Rebecca in action. I wanted the whole thing to seem natural and relaxed when the politicians showed up, but everyone was standing on the square acting like they didn’t know what to do. It was like as soon as the spotlight was on, everyone had forgotten how to play 4 Square. Hell, they had even forgotten how to move out of the way! At this point I got pissed off and lost my shit. I started screaming at everyone in the parking lot who was covering the square.

“Get out! Get out of the square before Jean Quan comes! Act like you know how to play games!”

When I told this to the regulars who showed up to the Albany Streets Festival, Lee laughed and said

“Sam, I like how you think 4 Square is so important that it holds political sway … in your dreams!”