I say surprise guest because Brandon didn't know I was coming. He didn't know anyone was coming. I had to keep it quiet for six months.
I flew from Tucson to Sacramento on Southwest, rented a car, and drove to Stockton. I stayed for the first two nights at the Courtyard by Marriott and the last night at Brandon's.
Props to Lily for planning out the party and inviting me to come.
I did have a good time and shot some photos.
|Tucson airport terminal waiting to fly to Sacramento|
Empire Pizza at the Tucson Airport
serves gralic knots.
Probably a knock off of garlic knots
Southwest Airlines flight to Sacramento in the cabin
The guy in the blue hat in front of me it turned out was
on his first flight ever heading to Seattle
|Fighter jets taking off before my plane did at the Tucson Airport|
|Airborne over Tucson|
My connection was through San Diego
and it was a little cloudy there when we landed
San Diego Airport
All I wanted was a cookie and it was hard to find
|Found a cookie!|
I wanted a crowd shot in the very crowded San Diego terminal
and this random girl was staring at me.
Now she's internet famous.
Courtyard by Marriott in Stockton, California
This is where the magic didn't happen but sleep did
The room had a TV and I put on ESPN
so you'd think I was a macho guy or something
Couch in my room and a little table next to it
that I used as a surface to eat some food from Del Taco.
I may be travelling but I still seek out fine dining.
|Brandon's surprise 40th birthday party at Valley Brew in Stockton|
It's made with beer instead of cake
|It was fun to see some good ol' Cali friends again:|
Neil, John, Kelly, Lily, Liz, Gabe
Other party goers in the background
Lupe talks to Lily and Brandon
I shoot a blurry photo.
Brandon and Neil dancing
I wonder who was leading
Brandon, Neil, Kevin, John, and me
I wore a green shirt and silver shoes to the party
I'm sure no one was surprised to see that
|Brandon, Neil, and Kevin checking out the food buffet|
Mashed potatoes don't go in there
|Kelly and Kelly's hand|
|Lupe and Brandon play "pull my finger"|
DJ Frank G (who I have known since 1993 I think)
spins the party jammy jams
A few drinks
A bit o' stupid
|A few more drinks|
A little more stupid
A lot more drinks
A lot more stupid
Returning to Tucson
leaving from the Sacramento Airport
Mark, the Clark County Historical Society guy that regularly
appears on the History Channel show "Pawn Stars"
was on my flight that went through Las Vegas
to get home.
I'm sure he was tweeting that I was on his flight
Las Vegas strip as seen through my window
on my connection to Tucson
|Brandon's 40... going on 20.|