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11 Kelley Square
Worcester, Massachusetts 01610
Let me start with this weeks happy birthday. Seems a week doesn't pass where we can't find a reason to eat cake. This one was a double whammy. Ken Deary celebrated his 57th and on the very same day went into retirement (also known as the first step toward becoming worm food). I'll be damned if the old fella couldn't have used a shot of oxygen at the finish line but he did manage to survive long enough to have some chocolate cake with the rest of the gang. It was pointed out however that said cake appeared to have spent some quality time in a sundrenched automobile. Anyway, happy birthday Ken and enjoy your retirement! I'm sure the pigeons in Elm park will be well fed now.
Don't forget to head out to Holden Sunday evening for the 46th running of the Fred S Warren 5.5 mile Road Race Spectacular. That's right folks, 5 and a half miles of rolling hills. Bull****! It's five and a half miles of hills, no rolling, just hills. Steep, lung burning, ass busting hills. If this sounds good to you, and why wouldn't it, be across the street from Friendly's at 6 pm to register and be ready to run at 6:30. Just be aware there will be border patrol agents at the Worcester line to be sure to stop any unsavory types from slipping into town. You've been warned.
Breaking news.....Tragedy narrowly averted at Kelley Sq Pub.... Seems there are pitfalls to "potluck" type post race festivities. One being food provided by people who's living conditions are merely a step above that of a stray feline who's digs are a dumpster beside route 290. Another being nobody feels like cooking on a particular Monday night. The latter happened this week. Just as the rationing of the one bag of barbecue potato chips on hand was about to begin Ken Hutton of the Highland City Striders jumped into action. Ole' Kenny marched right into Kelley Sq Pizza and demanded our runners be fed. And fed we were and by golly just in time. Nothing worse than a bunch of sweaty runners, except of course for sweaty, hungry runners. Now I don't like to just throw around terms like "hero", oh no. But I can't think of another term befitting of Ken, and the Highland City Striders tonight. We salute you!
Of course the real problem this week was more likely the fact that neither Cyndy, Sue, Tracy, nor Heather were available to take care of us leaving us to fend for ourselves. You might say we're what the French call "Les Incompetent".
As it turns out the pizza may have been an underhanded ploy to indebt us the the HCS running club. It seems our pals are producing the "First Annual Running With Wolves 10K Road Race Under a Full Moon" (yeah that should fit on a t-shirt) in a couple of weeks. I guess as a gesture of gratitude a bunch of us, and you reading this, could head over to Marlborough Massachusetts on Wednesday August 5th for a 6:00 pm start. Post race party is at the Prospector East Saloon on Lincoln St in Marlborough. Whether or not the race itself will be fun I can't say but I can guarantee the post race time will be kick ass. The HCSers are a friendly bunch and they KNOW how to have a good time. I've seen it with my own eyes. I haven't slept since.
Finally, I'd like to leave you with a few words of wisdom spoken tonight by a Kelley Sq Homeless Drunkard
Amen to that my brother... Amen to that.
PS- Cyndy, Sue, Heather and Tracy, please don't leave us home alone again!
Seamus Shanley & Kasey