Almost six and a half years ago I moved into Lundy Dr. In preparation for getting married this fall, I will be moving out tomorrow. It is a bittersweet moment. There are many memories I will take from my time at Lundy Dr. From the moment Timmy and I moved in (not many people remember that Timmy was my first roommate here) to now has been quite the journey. Over the past years I have been extremely blessed to have amazing roommates. Now I am not saying things have always been perfect (everyone knows how stubborn Josh and I are), but I wouldn’t have wanted to live with any other guys. To help celebrate the end of this chapter of my life I figured I would share some of my favorite moments from Lundy Dr.
5. In 2006, when the Hurricanes were making their run to win the Stanley Cup, Josh and I wanted to watch one of the games at the house. We had recently bought hammocks and it was a nice evening outside, so we decided we wanted to watch it outside. We found a long extension cord and moved our TV to our backyard. We then set up our hammocks, grilled some hot dogs and watched the game in our backyard. It was probably the most relaxed I have ever been watching a hockey game.
4. For the LOST series finale, we knew we had to do something special. We were hosting a party for it, and as you know 5134 Boys motto is go big or go home. The night before the finale, we decided we were going to make a soundtrack for it. We found a bunch of LOST sound bites and mixed them with some tracks. What had started as us just messing around turned into a huge project that last til around 3am. We premiered the CD the next night before the LOST series finale.
3. While Andy, Josh, and I were living together the 5134 Boyz was birthed. I don’t think we realized how much this would actually turn into at the time, but it has become a bond that will probably be with us til death. Andy moved out and made way for Eric to join the crew. Andy moved to continue school in Delaware. After graduating there, he went on to medical school. When he got his jacket we were unable to make the party his wife threw him. We thought it would be nice to shoot a video of us saying congrats that they could play at the party. This simple idea turned into so much more. We ended up creating a video about the magical powers of the white jacket. It included Rob and Big reenactments, rewriting the words to an Enrique Iglesias song, busting a solo on a guitar hero controller, multiple dunk attempts (including a sweet through the legs dunk), and so much more. What started as a simple congrats video turned into a nine minute short film. You can view the video here.
2. All of us here at Lundy enjoy both bacon and waffles. One morning we got the idea to combine the two. We weren’t sure how it would turn out, but we went for it anyway. We got out our Belgium waffle maker and made waffles that had strips of bacon in the middle of them. The results were unbelievably amazing. We knew it was a good idea, but the results exceeded every expectation. The food coma it produced was so awesome that we were sitting on a couch watching Rambo with the TV muted. The food coma literally last for over three hours (and you know how much Eric hates people misusing the word literally so this is no exaggeration). It was the perfect man morning.
1. There has been one female that has been an official 5134 Boy. Her name is Trinity (my Jack Russell terrier who passed away last year, see Even Now). She was with us from almost the beginning of the journey. It was an incredible journey for us all to raise her. No matter what we were doing, she always wanted to be a part of it. A few years ago we played a yard game called stick cup pretty often. The game involves setting up two sticks on each side and setting a cup on top of them (they got pretty creative when they named the game). Then you throw a Frisbee and try to get it between the sticks or to knock a cup off. Whenever we played, Trinity loved to join in by chasing the Frisbee. She would never grab it, she would just run after it and then hang out and wait for it to be thrown again. To add some excitement to the game, we made a house rule that if you could throw the Frisbee and get Trinity to run between the sticks chasing it you got bonus points.
This is by no means an exhaustive list, or even my top five. It is just a few of the memories I will be taking with me as I leave Lundy Dr. I think it is good to look back at your memories and see how you have been blessed. 1 Chronicles 16:12 tells us to “Remember the wondrous works that he has done, his miracles and the judgments he uttered.” Like I said earlier, the 5134 Boyz weren’t perfect, but we are family. We have been there to laugh, love, forgive, support, and build up each other. With my departure, there is now an opening for someone to become a member of the 5134 Boyz. Not just anyone is cut out to be one. If you find yourself getting an invitation, don’t pass it up. You will enter into a crew that is unlike any other.
It’s been an incredible journey, and I can’t wait to see what the next step has for me. So without further ado, for the last time from Lundy, I am signing off.
until next time…