One of the best times was with my old buddy Tom Skalski, one of my first friends ever. As I have detailed here before, Tom and I went to grade school and high school together. He was a great friend, through good times and bad.
We drifted apart shortly after I moved to the north side. Work, business and other such silliness got in the way and sadly, I wasn't proactive in keeping contact. We ran into each other once at a Hawks game and once at our old church's summer festival, but that was all and that shouldn't have been enough for two old friends.
A couple years ago, we regained contact. There was a call here, an email there and even some texts. We hooked up for a Cubs game last year (another Cubs loss) and a Hawks game this year (a win!).
A few weeks back, Tom came up and we saw the Cubs lose to the Braves. Oh sure, we would have loved to see a Cubs win, but it didn't ruin our day.
I had a great time laughing about the old days, our other friends and good times. It was like being back in time. We are already planning a Hawks game or even a Mt. Carmel game. Great laughs shouldn't be spaced that far apart!
Sometime this summer, Tom's sister Karen told me her boys check out this site. Boys, if you are reading this, I want you to know that your mom, Tom and the rest of the family always treated me like family. They are all special and I have wonderful memories with and because of them.
Tom Skalski and me in Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL-August 2011.