The above quote is courtesy of cinquanta centesimi (50 Cent)...
And it was an all out wicked old battle at the OK Corral with "Texas Hold 'Em" poker and yt was the last man standing with a wry: "Read 'em and weep, gentlemen!"
Nine guys at the table and all the factors: booze (Canadian Crown Royal et al.), cigars (Balmoral as a tribute to the Queen Mum), a fine mix of music and a good, clean time was had by all.
So beautiful for Catholic men to get together and enjoy this rite of passage (and fellowship!). After 1 a.m. it was all farewell hugs and a pax tecum. And although it goes without saying that what goes on at a BP stays at a BP, here's some advice for the kids:
Be fashionably late. Eat the hamburgers while they're hot. Fold the first several rounds if you have to until a few are out of chips. Don't boast. Sweep in strong only after the rest have had too much to drink. Steady, make sure everybody keeps their cards on the table and make sure you're chomping on a bit phat stogie the moment you toast 'em all! And, if the kid in the group has had too much to drink, don't lay him on his back!
And honorable mention goes to Irish John who (likely won the Crown Royal at a Rome pub quiz) and kindly gave it to our New Yorker from Queens who kindly brought it and shared it with all.
Thank you, Lord, for our Catholic men and the gift of fellowship!