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Wednesday's lunch is on March 13th in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

Maybe I'll have my grandson give me a tattoo before I go.

Call 630-493-1199 ask for Mike Lopatka

1402 Ogden Ave Downers Grove



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Here is a video, thanks to Perry and Paula. on How to be a Hockey Player 

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Duffer Fun in Ann Arbor!

Romeoville, IL February 27- March 2, 2014  Attendance: 26

Donny Granato put the Duffers on Speed!

We had a great time, we played, we watched, we played, we watched and watched again at Wild wings. 
Thursday, February 27: The bus was a little late leaving because Tweedy was impersonating the King with his late arrival.  He took time and got on the bus with his son's 2 foot 6 inch stick saying, "Hey Tom, I brought your stick!"  He managed to insult 2 Toms with that prank.  That got as many

We had three lines and 2 goalies thanks to Donny G.

laughs as his "Mop and a plunger prank".  We got moving and watched DVDs with pictures from past road trips that were put to music.  We were slowed down by some snow at the southern end of Lake Michigan.  That gave us an extra hour to drink and laugh, no one complained.  We checked in just in time to watch the Hawks play the Rangers.  We had a big screen TV along with pizza and beer in the lobby. 
Friday, February 28: Donny G supplied us with 2 goalies and a number of very good players that produced a very fast game with 3 lines and 2 centers. Greg Z had 4 goals for the Whites  Before the game, the Czar informed T&A that he just became meaningful, so he celebrated with 4 goals for the Reds. Harvey added one to give the Reds a 5-2 Meaningful win.  Thor scored the 2 meaningful goals for the Whites.  "Daring" Darrin, who drove in from Toronto with "Lepin" Lou, had 3 for the Whites and V-Man had a pair. Donny G had a goal and many assists. Tweedy and Tommy Z had several goals for the Reds.  After the game we went up to a nice restaurant and had a meal with late arriving Bill BTW and Rags.  Fred never made the game and lost his perfect attendance.  Bill took vacation days to be with us, but he was on the phone while we were eating and quenching our thirsty bodies.  Thor finally got him off of the phone by singing, "I've been working on the Railroad" into Bill's phone.  BTW was then able to join in the fun at the table where we all started singing "I've been working on the Railroad"  After lunch, thanks to the Czar, we had tickets to the sold out Michigan, Ohio State game that OSU won in a shootout.  We met with Ryan after the game then caught the bus to the

"Arena". (Great name for a bar)  Thor Tweedy and Bill BTW were throwing knives and forks until Beak disarmed them. Bill then reached for the ketchup, but decided against squirting anybody and escalating the bar war.  The weapon of choice became sugar packets.  Nobody got hurt and Lou gave the waitress a hundred dollar bill to keep

us from getting kicked out of the bar.   

Tweedy, Ryan and Tom

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Saturday, March 1st we played at 4:00 with 2 different goalies. The young one was as young as the Anvil , the older one (Pictured with Tom and Greg) was almost as old as Beak.  We had a USA versus Canada game when the Canadians (Bill BTW, Darrin and Lou) all wore White.  The Reds (USA) again came up with 5 Meaningful goals. Tom O'Connor 3, Beak and Harvey each scored one. Team Canada scored 4 meaningful goals with 2 from Thor. T&A and Lou each scored once. The Meaningless score was tied at 7 in the closing minute when Tommy Z gave the USA an 8-7 thrilling win with 20 seconds left on the clock. We started chanting USA, USA when the final buzzer sounded.

We went to the grand opening of Wild Wings near our hotel and had lunch.  At 7, we went to watch Donny G's U-17 team battle the Dubuque Fighting Saints

to a 5-3 loss. We went back to Wild Wings and watched the 2nd and 3rd periods of the Hawk-Penguin outdoor game in comfort.  Then we partied in the lobby and rested all the way home. On the bus when Beak ran out of road trip DVDs, The Czar put in Smokey and the Bandit and the Honeymooners.  What a great trip!  Thanks Mike and Thanks T&A for keeping those coolers full of ice and beer. 
Memorable Moments:  Sent in by T&A
1. Thor's one liners on the bus kept everyone amused! A Duffer bus ride would be boring without Thor or Eddie. I hope that we have them both on our next trip.
2. Ryan Dzingel shaking hands with the Duffers and thanking them for coming to his game. He never stopped smiling the whole time he was talking to Beak, Tweedy, & Tommy Z. Then he hugged every Duffer before boarding his bus back to Columbus, thanking us again. He is one of the classiest young 20+ year olds that I have met!
3. Tweedy losing his jacket and car keys at the bar! 
4. Rags discussing his new foreplay moves with his fingers.
5. Harvey keeping his scoring streak alive in Michigan on Friday and Saturday. The only way to stop him from scoring on Sunday was not to play a game. Harvey flattened V-Man then stood over him while V rolled around in agony like a French Soccer Player.
6. Don Granato Jr. making the weekend fun and memorable with his kindness!
7. Darrin telling the Michigan Gymnastics team's parents that Beak was a Olympic Silver Medal winner in the 1960 Olympics!
8. Having Duffer legends, Frank & Klinger to share some beers and laughs with us.
9. Beak catching all the action on his pink camera. He cannot retire. I look forward to skating with him when he turns 99, like his jersey #.
10. The Czar making everything go so smooth every trip. We are all so lucky that he is in charge.
The Czar rubbed Lou into the boards and Lou came away looking like that guy in Slap Shot after he wet his pants.  Fortunately it was only Lou's trick shoulder out of the socket.  Lou came back on his next shift and scored his first Meaningful Duffer goal.  The Czar presented him with the puck on Sunday Morning before he and Darrin headed back to the Great White North.  When we arrived back at Yorktown, all cars were there. Only Frank's car needed a jump. Beak and Thor spent the next hour digging Thor's van out of a snow bank in Beak's yard.

(Left) Lou was tickled pink with the puck from his memorable goal.

(Right) All cars were there and only Frank's 1998 car needed a jump


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