Sometimes the most-treasured, best-remembered moments in life happen when we least expect them.
Yesterday evening my older son invited his best friend forever, our “third son” Chase, and his pal since first grade and college roommate, Ben, to join him and his little bubba in a spirited game of Uno on our family room’s berber carpet.
But this was no ordinary Uno contest. Instead they played Ultimate Uno, which Chase learned from his math buddies on a high school trip and shared with his band pals and other friends. Like my sons and Ben.
Ultimate Uno, to put it simply, is just plain nutty (but funny to watch). Extra rules have been added to the easy card game to make it more interesting.
For example, when a player says “ockynocky” (who knows how to really spell it), anyone can throw down the same numbered card. When someone plays a two, everyone has to put two fingers on the side of their forehead. The last one saluting draws two cards.
And please don’t make me tell you what the players do when consecutive twos are played. As Artie said on “Glee,” some things you can never unsee.
Eventually, the guys took a dinner break, returning with their buddy Josh. Then all of them got back to the business of playing Uno. There was laughter, groans, fingers saluting . . . and plenty of ultimate fun and memories!