Great Uncle M.C....

... well kiddies, I just finished shooting pool with my 83 year old Great Uncle... hot damn... he even beat me a few times.... back in the days just prior to WWII, he and my Grandpa made a living out of sharking the pooltables at the local beer joints.... after the war, my Grandpa settled back into Monroe County... and, Uncle M.C. moved up to West Virginia to work in a steel mill..... heh... at 83 years old, he's still a crackerjack on the pooltable....

... the really disturbing part was this.. all the while he was kicking my ass, he was talking trash... "oops.. yeah, that was luck..... oh, no... dang... sorry about that, Eric... that was an accident.... hey, you know, you are pretty damn good..I really like your pooltable....."... meanwhile, I am standing in the corner nursing my first Scotch of the night.... heh... during a few games, I never even had a chance to shoot.... but, I was just glad to spend some time with him.... it isn't often that he is down in Tennessee....

...he and my Grandpa were childhood friends.... they ended up gettng married to two sisters.. Helen and Geneva.... Geneva was my Grandmother.... then, the war came along, and they both joined the Army.... M.C. was sent to the Pacific to serve as a tank gunner with Macarthur... and, Grandpa was a mortarman under Hodge's First Army in Europe... when it was all said and done, M.C was wounded, and Grandpa was a POW at Stalag 12 till the end of the war.... two old coots... two incredible guys... both of them hard to beat... either in combat, or on a pooltable...

..you know... I really miss my Grandpa, but damn... it sure is good to still have Uncle M.C. around to tell those stories and kick my ass at pool....

by Eric on May 14, 2004 | Bullshit (0) | SWG Stories
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