HUBE

My 30 Year High School Reunion just came and went. We had soccer tournaments, and there was no feasible way for me to attend. Thank God for Facebook with the posted photos. I got to view about 40 photos of my High School buddies' shoes. Don't know who had the foot fetish.

I was ok with missing my reunion as our little High School clique has planned a get-to-gether on the 17th. Because it's been so long since I've visited with most of them in person, I decided to dedicate this month's MMM to the origin of "Hube" as in Walnut High circa 1980 "Hube". Mind you, it's not quite the "Hube" you'll find if you Google it and land on Wikipedia.

I was quite the little Tomboy growing up. Never got into the Barbie thing or cared much about fashion. I had a couple of really close friends that I hung with, and God forbid they were absent, I was alone in the sandbox collecting iron with my magnets. I wasn't invited to the birthday parties, and I didn't much mind. I had parents who spent a lot of time with me and my older brothers were the coolest. While my friends were playing with Barbies, I was listening to "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" by Iron Butterfly ( and yes Anna, it does mean "In the Garden of Eden") with my brother and his friend. We played Crash Cars and Snake-In-the-Grass on the lawn, and my mom made us cherry Kool-Aid and brownies from scratch. Weekends were spent on long bike rides and hunting Crawdads. Evenings we watched "Love American Style" and "The Walton's" and "Night Gallery". I learned to macrame from my uncle's lovely girlfriend, and I kept busy raising hamsters and selling them to the pet store. Nah- I didn't miss the parties.

My best friend, Peggy, who lived across the street, moved away just before Middle School began. I cried. I had big plans of riding the bus together and glomming friends off of her. She was on the outskirts of the in crowd, as my mom used to say. I had two other close friends from grammar school, but we weren't on the same bus route, so I had to tough it out on my own.

I remember walking into English, and another friend, who I hadn't spent as much time with, invited me to come sit next to her in the front of the class. Thank God she saved me. We are still dear friends. We then joined forces with some other gals from a different grammar school, and I finally had more than 2 friends at one time for the first time of my life. Those were good times.

We stuck together through High School and branched out a bit more. But the first two gals, the ones I went to grammar school with, were the ones I shared car rides with. I remember the three of us, in our Senior year, push starting Robyn's VW Bug in our platform shoes and 80's hair. We were there for each other through thick and thin.

I didn't drive, but Robyn did, and she was driving Beth to the bank to apply for a loan. I was to be the co-signer. Beth was trying to get the last few bucks together so she could get her wheels. She went in to the bank and after a while emerged completely deflated. They would not loan her any money and it was her last hope on getting the car she needed so badly so that she could get to work and back independent of the bus. She was so sad and frustrated. Robyn and I didn't know what to do or say. Trying to cheer her up, I blurted out, "Oh, they just have their heads up their butts! Eternally!" I was so proud of my insult that I had to say it again, but just the key words: Head Up Butt Eternally. It just came to me, H. U. B. E. And there it was, our own private Idaho- I mean acronym.

Beth smiled through her tears. We started chanting "Hube Hube Hube." I decided that we also needed a hand sign, kind of like the "Shaka" sign they have in Hawaii, only ours was just an inverted "bird"- you know, instead of middle finger up- it was all fingers up and the middle finger down. That was the "Hube to ya" sign.

For some reason, the word stuck and just to antagonize our friends, we'd walk past and say, "Hube to ya." They had no idea what it meant, and couldn't tell if we were wishing them well or insulting them.

Dan just couldn't handle it. This was one puzzle that he had to solve. He begged and pleaded for us to tell him what it meant. We didn't have Google back then, so he was dependent on our good will to share the meaning of the mysterious word.

Since we were having so much fun with it, we decided that the only way to learn the meaning of the word, was if you could guess the words on the acronym by asking 20 yes/no questions. Dan was able to crack the code, and he became the fourth official HUBE member. And our official club organizer. Soon we had Lori P. and Lori M. and Angela, and Robin F., and Pat, and Paul, and Jamie, and a few others. We had our own table for lunch. HUBE members only. We weren't the geeks, or the nerds, or the jocks, or the super popular folks. We were the regular folks, and we took pride in our exclusive club.

We made T-shirts and business cards, and pulled innocent little pranks at our school- painting HUBE in red paint on the dirt where the grass was supposed to grow. The guys stacked the lunch tables and the gals dragged string all around the campus. Just to be pesty. Our school didn't know what to make of it. They didn't know if it was some sort of gang or what. Some folks thought it was short for Huntington Beach. We just laughed at them behind their backs. The best part was when the Juniors got blamed for our silly pranks. Thinking back on it, that was really awful, but we weren't going to rat ourselves out and risk losing our Senior Disneyland trip.

Just prior to graduation, the guys got together and made big white wooden HUBE letters, and propped them up on the hill, which was the backdrop for our Senior graduation. It was great. I think a photo is even memorialized in our yearbook. I'll have to dig that out for the BBQ.

So that's the story of the origin of HUBE. Most of the fellow "Hubanians" are gathering at my HUBE hut on the 17th to reminisce and have our own private Idaho- I mean reunion. Robyn is in Oregon and can't make it. I'm sitll trying to convince her to come. I can't wait.

HUBE To Ya !

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Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. ~Thomas Paine


He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach himself. ~Thomas Paine


This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. ~Elmer Davis


The American Revolution was a beginning, not a consummation. ~Woodrow Wilson


Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have. ~Harry Emerson Fosdick


Let freedom never perish in your hands. ~Joseph Addison


You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism. ~Erma Bombeck


Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed - else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die. ~Dwight D. Eisenhower


In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt


A statistician made a few calculations and discovered that since the birth of our nation more lives had been lost in celebrating independence than in winning it. ~Curtis Billings


Freedom's natal day is here.
Fire the guns and shout for freedom,
See the flag above unfurled!
Hail the stars and stripes forever,
Dearest flag in all the world.
~Florence A. Jones


This, then, is the state of the union: free and restless, growing and full of hope. So it was in the beginning. So it shall always be, while God is willing, and we are strong enough to keep the faith. ~Lyndon B. Johnson


For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail? ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


That which distinguishes this day from all others is that then both orators and artillerymen shoot blank cartridges. ~John Burroughs, Journal


Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty. ~Louis D. Brandeis


Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better. ~Albert Camus


It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you. ~Author unknown, sometimes attributed to M. Grundler


Liberty is the breath of life to nations. ~George Bernard Shaw


America is much more than a geographical fact. It is a political and moral fact - the first community in which men set out in principle to institutionalize freedom, responsible government, and human equality. ~Adlai Stevenson


May the sun in his course visit no land more free, more happy, more lovely, than this our own country! ~Daniel Webster


We on this continent should never forget that men first crossed the Atlantic not to find soil for their ploughs but to secure liberty for their souls. ~Robert J. McCracken


If our country is worth dying for in time of war let us resolve that it is truly worth living for in time of peace. ~Hamilton Fish


I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery. ~Author Unknown


I love my freedom. I love my America. ~Jessi Lane Adams


Without freedom, no one really has a name. ~Milton Acorda


Where liberty dwells, there is my country. ~Benjamin Franklin


All we have of freedom, all we use or know -
This our fathers bought for us long and long ago.
~Rudyard Kipling, The Old Issue, 1899


Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it. ~George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman, "Maxims: Liberty and Equality," 1905


It is the love of country that has lighted and that keeps glowing the holy fire of patriotism. ~J. Horace McFarland


The winds that blow through the wide sky in these mounts, the winds that sweep from Canada to Mexico, from the Pacific to the Atlantic - have always blown on free men. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt


I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom. ~Simone de Beauvoir


The United States is the only country with a known birthday. ~James G. Blaine


Many politicians are in the habit of laying it down as a self-evident proposition that no people ought to be free till they are fit to use their freedom. The maxim is worthy of the fool in the old story who resolved not to go into the water till he had learned to swim. ~Thomas Macaulay



From every mountain side
Let Freedom ring.
~Samuel F. Smith, "America"


We need an America with the wisdom of experience. But we must not let America grow old in spirit. ~Hubert H. Humphrey


How often we fail to realize our good fortune in living in a country where happiness is more than a lack of tragedy. ~Paul Sweeney

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Quotes:


I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him. ~Abraham Lincoln


America is a tune. It must be sung together. ~Gerald Stanley Lee, Crowds


We can't all be Washingtons, but we can all be patriots. ~Charles F. Browne


What is the essence of America? Finding and maintaining that perfect, delicate balance between freedom "to" and freedom "from." ~Marilyn vos Savant, in Parade


Patriotism... is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime. ~Adlai Stevenson


A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle; and patriotism is loyalty to that principle. ~George William Curtis


When an American says that he loves his country, he means not only that he loves the New England hills, the prairies glistening in the sun, the wide and rising plains, the great mountains, and the sea. He means that he loves an inner air, an inner light in which freedom lives and in which a man can draw the breath of self-respect. ~Adlai Stevenson


Love your country. Your country is the land where your parents sleep, where is spoken that language in which the chosen of your heart, blushing, whispered the first word of love; it is the home that God has given you that by striving to perfect yourselves therein you may prepare to ascend to him. ~Giuseppe Mazzini

There are those, I know, who will say that the liberation of humanity, the freedom of man and mind, is nothing but a dream. They are right. It is the American dream. ~Archibald MacLeish


National honor is national property of the highest value. ~James Monroe, first inaugural address, 4 March 1817


How often we fail to realize our good fortune in living in a country where happiness is more than a lack of tragedy. ~Paul Sweeney


May the sun in his course visit no land more free, more happy, more lovely, than this our own country! ~Daniel Webster


This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. ~Elmer Davis


The stern hand of fate has scourged us to an elevation where we can see the great everlasting things that matter for a nation; the great peaks of honour we had forgotten - duty and patriotism, clad in glittering white; the great pinnacle of sacrifice pointing like a rugged finger to heaven. ~David Lloyd George


Yet America is a poem in our eyes; its ample geography dazzles the imagination, and it will not wait long for metres. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, "The Poet," Essays, Second Series, 1844


If our country is worth dying for in time of war let us resolve that it is truly worth living for in time of peace. ~Hamilton Fish


And I'm proud to be an American,
where at least I know I'm free.
And I won't forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.
~Lee Greenwood

America is much more than a geographical fact. It is a political and moral fact - the first community in which men set out in principle to institutionalize freedom, responsible government, and human equality. ~Adlai Stevenson


From every mountain side
Let Freedom ring.
~Samuel F. Smith, "America"


Ours is the only country deliberately founded on a good idea. ~John Gunther


America is a passionate idea or it is nothing. America is a human brotherhood or it is chaos. ~Max Lerner, Actions and Passions, 1949


Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all!
By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.
~John Dickinson


The skies of happiness shine upon these United States of America. ~Terri Guillemets


If you are ashamed to stand by your colors, you had better seek another flag. ~Author Unknown


Where liberty dwells, there is my country. ~Benjamin Franklin


Liberty and Union, now and forever, one and inseparable! ~Daniel Webster


If you take advantage of everything America has to offer, there’s nothing you can’t accomplish. ~Geraldine Ferraro


Oh, it's home again and home again, America for me!
I want a ship that's westward bound to plough the rolling sea
To the blessed land of Room Enough beyond the ocean bars,
Where the air is full of sunlight and the flag is full of stars.
~Henry Van Dyke

Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all!
By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.
~John Dickinson


We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it. ~William Faulkner


My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy! ~Thomas Jefferson


What is the essence of America? Finding and maintaining that perfect, delicate balance between freedom "to" and freedom "from." ~Marilyn vos Savant, in Parade


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