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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.

Loving Presidents Square (Year of the Presidential Tiger’s Heart)

Posted in 4 Square East Bay, gorilla square with tags , , , , , , , , on February 16, 2010 by 4squareeastbay

After the regular Thursday night game 4SEB realized that the 2nd weekend of February contained not only Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year, but President’s Day as well. Landing on Monday the 15th, it extended a weekend punctuated by chocolate, firecrackers and more red than the ‘commie rule’ into a full blown 3-day party. Due to recent cold (read: low) attendance at the Thursday Rockridge BART Square, 4 Square of the East Bay has decided that anytime there is a holiday (read: any non Sunday when you don’t have to pay for parking) there needs to be a Gorilla Square. Gorilla squares can happen anywhere, popping up at street fests, birthday parties, after concerts, farmers markets or on the UC Berkeley Campus. The nature of the Gorilla Square is random and is intended to raise awareness of 4SEB and it’s constant need for players.

President’s Day 2010 was the first Gorilla Square of the year and was held at Frank Ogawa Plaza on Monday, February 15th. After a weekend of online activity that plastered facebook, took over the tweetsphere and stumbled back into myspace, 4SEB showed up right in front of Oakland’s City Hall at 5pm.

After getting permission from the skateboarding middle schoolers who were using the area, 4SEB set up the square. We maxed out the roll of tape and completing the boxes with chalk. The game started with the Florendo sisters, Michelle and Arlene (who look like middle schoolers), Sam and fresh-off-the-bike Mickey. They were soon joined by Mike, the mother/daughter team of Michelle and Amina, and Lee and Gabby, who were a little woozy from just having returned to Oakland from SoCal. Big shout to Jordan and Gus who wanted to play the game, but despite their best efforts, just couldn’t get there in time.

The game play was relaxed and fun with lots of silly rules (things you can buy at a gas station, hit the ball with your feet together, animal sounds, don’t touch the ball with your hands) and when the ball bounced into the skateboarders they were totally nice and gave it back. Mickey had to leave early to catch a train but encouraged the group to attend “Singing in the Rain” (from March 6th to March 21st) starring Rich, a 4 Square expert and actor. Check out http://www.berkeleyplayhouse.org for more info!

Unfortunately, no flash mob of players came from the woodwork and the time and location was evaluated. Next time: earlier and maybe in a place that has more visibility/people. It got dark around 6 and elimination was called around 6:15. Due to the small number of players (4 remained) a double elimination was called, which means a player can get out twice before being forced to take leave of the square. After being sliced out in the first round by Sam, Lee revenged himself on Sam, Gabby and Mike for the win. Way to go Lee, you’ve got our vote for Mayor!

It was a great day for gaming and we did just that! Look for more Gorilla Squares and come to the regular Thursday night games!