Getting off the train at Yankee Stadium, I’m keeping my eyes open for my pal Scott. He’s about 6′ 5″, so he’s not too hard to spot.
I’m looking forward to this. Haven’t caught up with Scott in a long time. He’s one of my oldest friends, and a fellow baseball nut.
And here we are getting ready to see Yankees vs. Mets on a Friday night.
We’re catching up on the way into the stadium, and the conversation goes this way and that, as it’s prone to do between us.
Seemingly out of nowhere, he asks if I remember The Malachi Crunch.
I answer as if he asks if I knew my own birthday.
“Of course I do. Who wouldn’t?”
But we’re both grinning like the kids we used to be.
The same shared frame of reference.
For those of you who didn’t watch American TV on Tuesday nights in the 1970’s, the Malachi Crunch was move put on by the dastardly Malachi brothers in an episode of Happy Days.
Fonzie and Pinky, his girlfriend at the time were squaring off against the Malachi brothers in a demolition derby. For those who are interested enough, here is the link to see the action.
I wouldn’t recommend it though. It definitely didn’t age well.
But how cool is it that we have a monster warehouse of memories to go back to whenever we want?
How great is it we can find a sense of community to share them with? I happen to have the Mighty Scott to bounce stuff off of, and he has me.
But I can share the Malachi Crunch with folks all over the world, knowing at least 12 of you just got smiles of recognition.
And we get to pick and choose the memories that serve us, and discard ones that don’t.
It’s not that hard. Just takes practice and discipline…
…and a belief you are supposed to be happy.
After the Malachi Crunch, Scott and I moved onto talking about baseball (Sorry Scott, my Mets beat your Yankees.)
And we talked about our families, and careers and the arc in which our lives are moving…
…and how we intend to create even more blessings.
OK, we didn’t use those exact words.
But the spirit of it is there.
Got a Malachi Crunch experience you can share with the world?
Bring it, Baby!
Laugh with it, even as you go forward into the next joyous part of your life.
Your Cool Friend,