Golden Colorado today, lunch, walking, laughing

As usual, today was a hoot with The Monday Men​. Each of them has  a spirit of friendship and appreciation and can laugh easily, which  makes for such a fun day.
We met for drinks and goodies at Panera Breads in the Aspen Grove center, and were able to spread out on their patio. It was a more quiet environment then being indoors, so the guys could hear each other better. That led to a little discussion about hearing loss- who can hear best out of which ear, who has lost some hearing due to things they’ve done in the past, being around loud music or machines, etc…L started to explain to us  how the noise of the police car sirens affected him. For some reason M, in the midst of Lou’s explanation, let out a loud Hoot! to no one in particular, I think he was just trying to get everyone’s attention on the subject of not being able to hear each other. Lou didn’t miss a beat, he incorporated, “and this guy’s Tarzan yell”…, right into his story. L has such great timing! Funny guy.
I bumped my rear tire into the curb as I was turning a corner earlier, and R asked me if I “went to the Ray Charles School of Driving”, which really made Bill chuckle in particular. At the end of the day I had a few of the guys in my car and I said , “I need to go shoe shopping for my daughter’s wedding. Does anyone want to go with me?” B – deadpan – “nobody  I know”. And B, as we were sitting and standing by the river today, I said something along the lines of “I hope we didn’t lose anyone in the river.” D wasn’t completely sure I was kidding and got a little panicked look on his face. Bill said, “oh yea, we lose a few every once in a while.”
I get such a kick out of watching the guys in action, they are really engaged and enjoying themselves, plus  enjoying making each other laugh.
We had two separate tables at lunch, I was with R, D and T. M’s daughter came to join us today, that was wonderful!, she hung out at my table a bit and somehow we got on the subject of swearing. I was trying to help her get to know the guys and said, “well, R doesn’t swear much, neither does T, and D never does. Right D?” D’s quick reply “Hell no.’
M made me so happy with his enthusiasm about wanting to do something which I wouldn’t allow him to do however!  But I did admire his enthusiasm! He was just happy happy happy today.
We all got in a great walk along the creek in Golden. At one point we came to a children’s slide which went in a twist from the sidewalk above to the sidewalk below, and he literally had his sunglasses off and was on the ground ready to go when I said, “Wait! Your daughter is coming to lunch with us! How about we wait until she can be part of this?” Brian thought it would have been fine, I tend to be more cautious, but, well, it didn’t happen. At least not today.
Beautiful day in Golden, enjoyed watching the kayakers and chatting with people passing by. A drive up the Lariat Loop after lunch and some more walking made it a full and fun day.