|Saturday, October 19, 2002
FOMFOK Party, 2002
I guess I keep forgetting that not everyone knows about the annual FOMFOK (Friends of Mike, Friends of Kathy) party that I hold. You are all invited. It's on Saturday, October 19.
It's held at the Sycamore Group Picnic Area near Stevens Canyon Reservoir. There is an early, easy to moderate hike that starts at 9 and goes up to the Picchetti Winery and back, if you'd like to join. Otherwise we'll gather around noon and begin eating around 1. Silliness will reign until 5 or 6 or later.
There is a large barbecue pit. We'll bring charcoal and various formerly-living things to cook, such as hamburgers, turkey burgers, and garden burgers. You bring drinks, other food for yourself, and a "signature" dish to share.
We'll bring a few games, such as bache ball, croquet, Pictionary, and Taboo. If you think we should try something else, bring it. I may be doing a short music thing with banjo, guitar, mandolin, tin whistle, whatever, or maybe not. Feel free to bring any non-electric entertainment thing you'd like to bring.
The picnic area has room for something under 50 cars, and the picnic tables are in a covered area. There are flush toilets and a flat clear area which normally is used for volley ball. The woods are full of poison oak, as are all the Santa Cruz Mountains, so watch your kids. Yes, bring the family and kids, significant others, teddy bears, etc.
I'll try to send you a pdf brochure announcement, which includes a map to the place. If you'd like to come, please RSVP by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call (408) 739-6114. Let us know how many are coming and what dish you might like to share (you don't have to bring a dish).
Usually about 20 or so show up. This year, we're hoping for more.
As usual, the party began with a hike. This time, it was just around the lake. While the hikers were gone, I practiced on my banjo. This was going to be my first attempt at playing in public.
Well, that was only partially successful. I started out trying to be a bit funny, telling how bluegrass was invented in the hills of Vermont. Then I played, "Tell Him", an old rock and roll song, on the banjo. Actually, I kind of like the banjo version -- I may have to record it later. I then played "Dooley", a bluegrass standard, then switched to the guitar for a few songs, and returned to the banjo so we could all sing the "FOMFOK 2002" song I wrote for the occassion. Here are the lyrics:
FOMFOK 2002 Song
Sherman went hiking up Stevens Canyon
If your lost and come to a stream,
Kathleen led us up Windy Hill
When you come to a bench along the trail,
Julia went climbing up goat rock,
Make sure you have a plan to get down
Ted is a Marine, likes to hike in shorts
When you're in trouble, maybe stuck in a cave-in
Zona and Ron went to Henry Coe
When she wants you to give critters a hug,
Peggy easily climbed Tibet in the dark,
When there're men with maps and GPS devices
Bob keeps coming with us to Fall Creek
When you're miles from the trail, maybe hurt your pride,
Then Sherman entertained us on the Er Hu. And Nancy played a few songs on the guitar and sang. Finally, Kathy sang for us. Finally, more food, more games, more bache ball, and it was time to leave before they kicked us out of the park.
All in all, another very successful year of hiking.
For the gallery of pictures from the hike, click HERE.