Monday, July 23, 2012

Gold Medal Time

On Saturday we went to a wake for an old friend, Kenny Butler.  There were lots of stories about his escapades and the memories took us back thirty years to our days of the Super Fools Olympics in Clark Fork.  Retired Mountain Man and I, along with the Walrafs, made up the Murphy's team in the first Olympics in 1980.  We won several gold medals and the highlight was winning the gold medal for the obstacle course event.  The medals were made of artfully cutup beer cans tied with strings of ribbon.

Kenny was the torch bearer.  Picture a guy clad only in a diaper, running with a torch to light the flame.  He runs across the field towards a toilet bowl filled with kerosene and lights the flame to begin the Super Fools Olympics.  He was a guy who really enjoyed having fun!

The Butler home site is a beautiful place.

There was music on the back of what used to be the Alibi Charter Boat.  Behind it in the photo, is the more modern version of a houseboat.  You know, the kind with a hot tub on the top deck and a bar.

In 1979 we had a Coulthard Family Reunion on the Alibi.  It was a once in a lifetime event.  We actually got all three Coulthard sisters on the boat, even though Irene was afraid to go because she couldn't swim.

A view of the Alibi from the top of the other houseboat.

The very nice people on the new houseboat treated anyone and everyone to a shot of tequila or the beverage of your choice.  Here is Dancing Mandolin Gal about to drink her shot of tequila.  I heard a story about her dancing a striptease to "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun", on top of the Alibi as it came into the docks at the floating restaurant back
in the 80's.  Yep.  She's definitely Dancing Mandolin Gal.  Plus, downing a shot in Kenny's memory was the right thing to do.

After seeing the house boat I had to look up the old pictures from our reunion.
Here are some old photos of the 1979 Alibi trip.

Uncle Jack and Aunt Irene, RMM and Ravishing Beauty

 We anchored just off the back side of one of the islands so that the kids could swim.

Kiley, Jenny, David, Brian, Mary, Kirsten, Jamie

 The three sisters and Aunt Naomi.

Ruth Coulthard Kiebert, Irene Coulthard Dunn, Lois Coulthard Burkhart and Naomi Burkgart.

I remember having a difficult time convincing everyone that $7/person to go out on the Alibi for the day would be worthwhile.  Uncle Pete and Kermit also grumbled a lot about taking a day off from work to go spend a day floating around on the lake.

Eric, Travis and Marty
We ended the memorial with a toast of Lucky Lager Beer (Kenny's favorite).

Here's to those who have left us:  Kenny, Uncle Pete, Uncle Jack, Aunt Ruth, Aunt Irene, Grandma Lois and Grandpa Jim, Aunt Naomi and Cousin Marty.  

We had some fun and crazy "gold medal" times.


Julie said...

Cheers, Mighty Olympians!

DJB said...

I will buy a can of Lucky tonight on my way home and drink it in their honor. They are missed.