Recently a friend of mine and I decided to become "hole buddies". (Get your mind out of the gutter!) By this I mean that if at some strange hour of the night, one of us calls the other to say he needs help digging a hole, for any reason at all (or for no reason at all), the buddy will come and help, no questions asked. The idea being that "hole buddies" trust each other's judgment enough to know that what they're doing either isn't illegal, or if it is, it's still justified under some moral code of the universe. And that he'll be given some beer afterwards.
I'd realized that all these years I'd never had someone I could really call a "hole buddy"--yeah, we all have great friends who come through for us when we need them, but how many really fit the definition of "hole buddy"? How many would just say "you know, it's 3 AM, and he needs me to help him dig a hole in the middle of the woods, but somehow I'm sure he knows what he's doing. Hopefully there are a couple of Sam Adams' in it for me"? A very rare thing indeed.
Would be nice if we all had a hole buddy of our own. So next time you open up a cold one, take a time to think of who you might count as a hole buddy. Because one day you may need help planting ferns in the middle of an abandoned lot after midnight because that's the only time you have free.