They’re not quite sure when their friendship started but it was way back when at John Muir Jr. High in Burbank, California. A friendship which is based on mutual respect and a whole lot of silly humor. I wish I could give you an example, a typical joke or anecdote, but when you specialize in jr. high boy humor, it can’t be easily duplicated or repeated for that matter. Truly, I think they are REALLY funny,( but don’t tell them I said so). Sometimes I call them soul mates. Kinda thought that should be my role, but I’m really fine with it.
We moved to Minnesota from California some 26 years ago leaving a circle of friends that were and still are like family. One day Rick called and said he had a job offer and was moving his family to Minnesota too! David said “Don’t do it! It’s really cold here” but he did it anyway. Now we are back in California,and Rick lives happily in Minnesota and these “boys” don’t miss a beat with their long distance friendship.
Our last vacation we loved spending time at Rick’s family lake cabin (he calls it a cottage because it’s in Wisconsin) He also has a dock (which he calls a pier) that’s a Wisconsin thing too.
Rick and his wife are wonderful hosts and creative cooks. We have had many delicious times at their home in Minneapolis. She wasn’t able to join us, so the guys made a tried and true grill recipe handed down from Rick’s cousin Joe. He found this gem in a circa 1970’s Weber Kettle Grill Cookbook (50 cents) The perfect recipe to go with ice cold beer. “Pork Surprise Packages”, love the name. It’s SO easy and the flavor bursts from the grilling and melding of simple ingredients.
Pretty healthy really if you don’t pay attention to the cheese!
*Serve with rice pilaf, salad and cold beer (Sweet nutritious beer as Rick calls it). Commence telling stories of the “old days” doing impersonations, talking about the Vikings and laughing until your sides hurt.