The Man Hug / Bro Pat

I met up with some friends last night.  Friends I made at my last job. I see them now every 6 weeks/2 months or so. Abs we do Fantasy Football together.

“Jack,” my friend then boss then friend again, was at the bar, I pushed his back a bit.  He turned around, saw it was me and by instinct, opened his arms up for a hug.

Ok not really a “hug” hug, not a full embrace, but the common pull towards each other, wrap the right hand around the man and give the standard three “bro pats” on his back, as he simultaneously does the same.

I exchanged the same with one other guy last night, “TK.”

This is common amongst friends.

Actually, the friends I grew up with started doing that in our early 20’s. Back then there was a mafia influence to our neighborhood. All the gangsters hugged. So we did. Come to think of it, that was a full hug too. No Bro Pat. Sometimes it was full on viking-like. Yeah we can’t stop calling each other, “bro.”

“Ay, Petey. How you doin?” Hug, kiss.
20 years later, that group of friends still does that. Love those guys.

Where was I? Oh yeah,  last night.

I hadn’t really noticed before but last night I realized that I’m at the Bro Pat stage with these guys I know through work. We’re at that stage.

Pretty cool.

Jack, however, still makes a better chili than mine, the prick. Every good man should know how to make chili.



25 thoughts on “The Man Hug / Bro Pat

  1. Looks yummy. I don’t really do the bro hug thing bein’ a gal and all but it is kinda cute. Ooops did she say cute? hee hee yes, indeed she did


      1. I have a wee love affair with America 🙂

        There’s so many places I’ve yet to see! I love road tripping over there. I would love to settle in Austin.

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      2. Oh yes, I have. It’s such a great country to be driving in 🙂 You guys are lucky in that. It takes forever to get anywhere in Australia!
        My first trip started and ended in Vegas but I traversed through Texas to New Orleans and back to Vegas. Second trip was more an East coast crawl ending in New Orleans and flying to Vegas before home again.

        This year is still in the air but we may be sticking to West coast and Burning Man.

        Austin is great, it felt like home to me. Plus there’s squirrels! SQUIRRELS!!!!


      3. We have no squirrels here. So when I came across some in the gardens at congress I may have behaved like a crazy Aussie and chased them around.

        Don’t judge me 😛


      4. No, I want to actually dedicate a huge chunk of a future trip to the grand canyon. I would love to hike some of it. Rock climb other bits of it and just take my time 🙂


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