Just look at that picture and answer me this: Would you mess with Ken Bellefleur? And puh-lease … don’t ask me which one is Ken, because you’re a smart person, and I’m pretty sure that just from the context you can probably guess I’m talking about the dude with the shaved head, the expression that says “I dare you to date my daughter,” and the arms the size of my head.
Correct. The guy on the right. That’s Ken. And I’m happy to report that he’s on my side.
And funny, now that I mention it, see the fella in the middle? That’s Jake, and he actually is dating one of Ken’s daughters.
Me? I’m the scrawny guy on the left.
So … it was Rosie’s family birthday party Saturday, which happily brought all forms of kinfolk — Grampa Seth from over the garage, the Lorios and Messers from New London, six Wormalds from down the hill and three more from Salisbury, and the Bellefleur gang along with Jake Daskoski from the Greater LA (Lewiston-Auburn, Maine) area.
The party was sensational. Heather’s baked ziti was so good it made me want to cry, Carly and Reagan (the Lorio twins) were cuter than ever, Bella didn’t eat anyone’s shoes, and even Dana was relatively well-behaved.
Then along strolled 8 p.m., and I still had some shooting to do … so I sheepishly asked if anyone would be willing to help, and there stood Ken and Jake, truly two of the nicest guys you will ever meet, ready to go. So we readied and went.
The first 100 we did the old-fasioned way, with each of them on one side of the basket and one ball. But then we wised up and decided to break out the two-ball dance, and … Zzzzzzzz00000000000000000000000000000m! They switched up every 100, Ken and Jake did, and we went along for the next 1,600 at a screaming clip. Our 1,700 makes came in just about an hour and a half.
It was a great day all around. In addition to Rosie’s fabulous party, HFH was featured on a segment of NPR’s “Only a Game,” Noah had a good day of basketball despite his team’s loss, and Mason ruled the earth, as usual.
Thanks Ken and Jake, for the rebounding help. We’re now at 104,507 down, 895,493 to go to 1 million made foul shots.