Middle Summer

middle of summer stuff.

one of the bartenders from Abilene in our hood opened a bar in Crown Heights, Super Power.  Tiki themed cool kitsch.

Bastille day on Smith street in front of Bar Tabac.  Petanque tournament

that's right i got you buddy.

for the title.  Meat purveyor D'Artagnan's team won second place, the Bronx Petanque guys got 3rd I guess.  Don't know who won 1st. 

Avan thought double nose diggin' was hilarious

hot summer, cold noodles.
Victo is headin' out west.

Viginia's Dad's personally picked Swedish mushroom stash.  Oh the envy.
peeps in Cobble Hill don't want towers being built in their beautiful tree lined brownstone neighborhood and I don't blame them.  

outside The Other Half Brewing, spent hops I'm guessing.
finally started playing Pokémon Go, my very first pokemon looks a lot like someone I know.

Under The Stars

So we went to the Under the Stars camping thing upstate again.  It's put on by Collide and was sponsored by the British newspaper The Guardian, Pabst Blue Ribbon, City Winery
some of the tri state area's mover's and shakers playing flip cup

a really sweaty game of whiffle ball.  In our crew this time around we had Bob, Min, Chris, Virginia, Me, Jen and Steven.

doggy disturbed by drone

dinner.  At this point the free flowing booze has got our party feeling frisky.

At this point stevie was well rat assed and sweaty and swinging the whiffle ball bat over his head while jumping around trying to dance.  He passed out in his tent by 9pm.

Big Thief played and Adrianne Lenker's beautiful voice was almost too good.  They're playing at summer stage in september.

at about 9:30 we found ourselves drinking beer inside our car because of an unexpected rain storm. 

gathered up supplies for stage 3 of the night at the second bonfire by new tent city.

everyone else went to bed and when a guitar started getting handed around and people were singing Wonderwall by Oasis we knew it was time to go to bed.

what's wrong buddy, rained inside your tent?   Chris and Virginia's rainfly wasn't closed and it happened to them too and they had to get a new tent in the middle of the night.  

also Virg locked the key in the trunk so in the end our car had to drive their apartment keys 3 hours back to new york, hand them off to Antonio who go their extra porsche key and drove it 3 hrs upstate to them and then they all had to drive back to nyc in their respective cars arriving around midnight.  We all had various hangovers so thank god Antonio was willing to do that for them because we were exhausted
see you later Ghent, NY

4th of July Just Like Old Times - Part 2

ruhh human awake?
good morning Charlie Brown
what a good dog

how bad does it suck to be a dog and the only way you can relieve the heat is through your tongue and the bottoms of your feet?  No wonder the first thing they do when they see water is submerse themselves instantly.  Are they just super hot all the time?  

he's made a mess of himself again

corn hole tournament.  In the end it was me vs. Jen.  (i won of course)

Dad's friend Mr. Baker brought this little canon, I heard someone say it just got real 'merica up in here, and yes it did.  They fired a little wooden thing out of it a few times.  Boys and their toys.  
So not pictured is the food, I guess everyone was so busy eating they forgot to take a photo.  We got my dad this electric smoker for father's day and he smoked a pork shoulder for like 15 hrs in it and it was sooooo good.  Ribs were great too.  My pulled pork sandwiches were had by everyone and there were plenty of left overs.

fun and games, if I were my parents I would be pretty proud at the sight of this.

crazy dog lady and all her dogs.

Elena and Zachary hunting for frogs

The camping crew (everyone else slept in the house).

another ring lost and never found, this time it was Katy's

brothers vs brothers.  Me and bob vs Dad and uncle Ed for our manhood and place amongst the Raish family men.  We lost (it was really close though, every year we get taller and taller and maybe someday we'll beat them).
4th of July Raish Brothers Chest Bump from Jason Raish on Vimeo.

we barely won the kids game.  but we did so celebration.

sisters game

they kissed

happy f'ing 4th of July from Steven J. Hedley (slams two red bulls, gets on blackberry, turns back to you, spits)


aunts and parents game

"2nd Place is the First Place Loser" - Steven J. Hedley

so much road kill on this trip, so many raccoons.  Do they always go crazy at this time of year?

we came home to a fireworks show right in front of our faces being launched from behind our building.

So what started as a little camping/4th of july party idea turned into a 4th of July Party like old times, keg of beer, bbq'ing, horse shoes, etc...  There are a few omissions like squirt guns and water balloons, volleyball.  The youngsters (my parents etc..) that used to play volleyball are too old to want to play and now the new youngsters (me) have adopted newer (but yet older) hipster games like cornhole.  I was thinking about it and back in the 80s/90s everyone didn't have a cellphone in their pocket so getting soaked with a well placed water balloon was not the biggest of deals.  Today if that were to happen I'm sure there would be more than a few super angry dads and hurt feelings (and hundreds of dollars down the drain).  That's too bad because that was the time of innocence, gettin' your mom or dad good by surprise and enjoying a world less technological.  Also family was missing, which i suppose is the inevitable march of time, Some good grandparents and aunts and uncles aren't with us anymore.  But to leave things on a positive note this little idea got all of my mom's sisters in one place for the first time in decades.  Maybe we'll do it again.....