In 1997 my husband and I hosted his 20 year class reunion at our home for his graduating class of 32 along with their husbands, wives and kids. We live on a lake with a nice beach. The guys from my husband’s graduating class arranged to have a pig roast and corn feed at our home for the event. The girls arranged for all the other food served with the pig and the corn. They also arranged for a few kegs of beer.
The guys that were roasting the pig showed up early in the morning to get the pig roasting and everyone else arrived later in the afternoon. The afternoon was a fun picnic with the kids swimming in the lake and Mom’s and Dad’s taking kids for tube and boat rides on the lake. Later in the evening after the pig was served and people were done swimming many of the families headed home. A few die-hards stayed around to reminisce until nearly midnight.
A couple of the guys that stayed around to drink beer said that they had been “couched” last evening. My husband and I looked at each other for an interpretation of the meaning of “couched”. Neither of us knew what they were talking about along with a few of our other guests. We asked what it meant to be “couched”.
Not sure whether we really wanted to know what is was or not, they proceeded to explain. Apparently when a couch has lost its usefulness and is ready for the dump they take the couch and put it in someone’s yard. Someone they know, of course. They have even gone to the trouble to set up an entire living room of furniture in someone’s front yard complete with a television. This is all done under the cover of darkness so when they wake up in the morning it is a complete surprise.
One of my husband’s classmates had been the recipient of a couch the evening before. They woke up to find a hide-a-bed couch on their deck in the morning. It was still there when the party started. The guys decided after many beers that they should “couch” someone with the couch that was still on the deck. It didn’t take them long to decide on who they were going to bless with the couch. A group of about four guys took a pickup over to his house to retrieve the couch. They had decided to “couch” their old football coach who lives at the other end of the lake from us.
They unloaded the couch from the pickup truck and loaded it on the front of our boat and under the cover of darkness headed to the other end of the lake with the couch sitting perpendicular across the front of the boat. When they got to the other end of the lake they lifted the couch off our boat and on to the end of his dock. With dogs barking on shore and guys trying to muffle their laughter they headed back to our end of the lake. They came back up to the house laughing until tears were flowing as they told how they had left the couch sitting perpendicular on the end of the dock.
The next day at football practice the old coach blamed one of the current football players for the prank. Their family also lived on our lake. He and some of his buddies were almost always in the middle of some trouble. Everyone from the party kept silent. The young football player maintained his innocence.
No one suspected a bunch of almost 40 year olds were responsible for the prank. The coach convinced of the guilt of the young football player told him that he and some friends had better show up after practice to help remove the couch. They showed up as requested and helped move the couch not wanting to be in trouble with the coach.
To this day he still maintains his innocence and a bunch of old guys still remain silent with a twinkle in their eyes when the subject of “couching” the coach is brought up once again.