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Date Posted: 07:58:57 03/29/06 Wed
Author: Rick Doucette
Subject: Remembering the good times
Though it has been almost 33 years since I left the Reveries the things I remember are the following
Mr. Reilly going nuts over squirt guns and stomping on any he found during practice.
Hanging out with Phil Giardoni and Mike Goff. They went together like gasoline and matches so it was always eventful.
Getting my butt kicked by Sharkey, Johnny Acker and a multitude of others at the Everett armory for being a punk during practice. I also remember standing outside afterwards and realizing for the first time how good the corps sounded. I only quit for a week.
How funny and happy Ed Gaff Jr. was during those years.
Driving out to Ohio in the old school buses and being stuffed into the first seat with Adelva. She was so nice and felt bad because I couldn’t get comfortable.
Not being able to sleep on the floor of a gym.
Someone I believe it was Tommy Murphy lighting his hand on fire.
Playing magnetic chess with Steve Dempsey’s brother on the trip and not being able to beat him even once.
That trip to Ohio during which we lost Nancy Mauro.
The trip to Ohio that my brother Andy flew out because he broke his collarbone behind Almys’. I jammed my hand on the same trip and had to wear a piece of metal that looked like an ashtray. I think T.J was quite embrassed.
Tommy Murphy playing the contra-base like a guitar on 25 or 6 to 4
A contest in Brockton in which there were confrontations with the corps “Union Brigade” and how Adelva kept trying to calm everyone down.
Playing football at the High School with Dennis Reilly and one of those small pink rubber balls.
Having practice during Christmas vacation and Dennis Reilly playing Jingle Bells.
When the Reilly’s left the corps and joined the Sancians.
With Wayne Eccelston looking for the girls in the Jeanettes, Debonairs and Sir Thomas Moore at every contest.
Poor Dottie Lafrenia passing out at the beginning of every contest
Myself and Tommy Kerrins being left behind at a contest when we were talking to some girls from the Debonairs.
My brother Andy spray painting his name in 10 foot letters on the back of Almys
Eddie Machowski and his knickers
Donnie Wilson’s horrible allergies.
The parents checking the buses for pot
My brother Andy getting busted a few times for smoking cigarettes
John Morrison throwing the ball into the water at Breakheart for his dog to retrieve.
Me and my cousin Ed Gaff beating on my brother Andy and his brother Tommy at every practice and getting yelled at by the instructors.
Mike Goff getting trapped in the wall in the mens room.
Mike Dodge having a picture from his camera of him holding his camera
The joyful soul that Tommy McGuirk was.
How cold it felt each year the first time we practiced behind Almy’s
How good an instructor Larry Kirschner was.
Walking or driving a bike to Revere for the day without my mother knowing
Driving to practice in the winter and listening on the radio to Taxi, My Sweet Lord and at the time mine and my brother Andy’s favorite song “DOA” by BloodRock. Those songs still remind me of the Reveries every time I hear them.
When the contingent from Lynn joined ( Nancy Butler, Cindy Wolverton, Diane Donahue, the Sweeneys etc. )
What a depressing feeling I had on the bus ride home each summer after the last contest.
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