Day 7 – Wednesday 19th May

I’m very much looking forward to today. Firstly we’re off to see an old friend of mine from back home in Clevedon. He moved out here for work reasons several years ago and hasn’t looked back. You’ll soon see why. It’s even better that five out of the six guys know him so we’ll all be able to catch up where we all left off those years ago. Yes, he’s a lucky man but he’s also very good at what he does.

But before we head off to see Mr Adam Bush, I also have a little surprise for the lads. Ben knows of the surprise but nobody else does. It’ll cost them a £50 each but it’ll be worth it…trust me.

So off we head early morning having filled ourselves with a ‘reasonably’ sized breakfast from a typical American diner. Not particularly healthy but great tasting!

Ross then drives us to San Francisco airport but has no idea why. We ain’t going home yet he says!

Sadly my friend Alex missed out on this trip. I’m gutted for him as he know how epic our trips can be having been one of the fab four on Trip Europe 2009. He has a BIG thing for American cars. You see where this is heading…In advance, sorry Alex!


Yes folks, that’s a 4.0 V6 Mustang convertible that will be joining us a second car for the rest of the journey :-)

You should have seen their faces! Even my brother, an impassive chap most of the time was unable to hide his joy! Ross nearly cries with happiness. Let the fun really begin…

To get to Adam’s we drive over the Golden Gate bridge to head to El Dorado Hills. It takes us a couple of hours to get there but we do eventually make it.

Anyway, without further ado, here is the great man

If you’re unsure what he’s drinking, that’d be a can of Bush (Boooouuussshhh) that clearly we had to buy for namesake having seen it in a liquor store a few hours earlier.

Here are Adam’s most prized assets. If you can view these and not have a wave of depression suddenly come on over you, I’ll be impressed!

His fiance was most welcoming and I enjoyed some brief banter with her. She’s British and works at the same place as Adam. Geeeezzz, can it get anymore perfect!?

I then discover that he had very kindly arranged for a little cake to be made for my birthday which is actually today of all days.

Oh, incase you’re wondering ladies, the man didn’t make the cake himself. Yeah, he might have the big fancy house and car, hot misses cute dog etc… but clearly he ain’t Mr Perfect. Got it!? Good! :-)

We scoff the cake and then he and Gino take to playing a little table tennis in his garage.

Shorlty after Gino’s defeat, we grab a group photo

It was now time to head to Lake Tahoe

All in all, another fantastic day. I sense the next couple of days will be just as memorable if not more.

  • #1 written by zoe
    about 11 years ago

    happy birthday sami!!hope u have a lovely day,and enjoying urself.

  • #2 written by teresa
    about 11 years ago

    Happy Birthday son, have a great day love from Mum, Dad, Zoe and Paolo xxxxxxx

  • #3 written by Abbie
    about 11 years ago

    Happy bday mate :) hope you have a fab day!! x

  • #4 written by jj
    about 11 years ago

    Many happy returns Dex!

  • #5 written by Sami
    about 11 years ago

    Thanks J, although the boys are curious about “Dex” :-) – Enjoyed your first comment too. I’m still in San Fran, you’d like it here man, really like it. Lot’s of you know what…. :-)

  • #6 written by Sami
    about 11 years ago

    Hey Tiptop flipflop. Thankyou and for other post too. There’s only 2 years between us now isn’t there? :-)

  • #7 written by Sami
    about 11 years ago

    Thanks folks, Zoe and Paosa too.

  • #8 written by sambo
    about 11 years ago

    hey happy birthday mate the pics look amazing hope your all having a great time sambo

  • #9 written by Sami
    about 11 years ago

    Thanks Hutch, good to hear from you bud. You know Roase is gonna have plenty of tales for you…. :-) PS – I want you out for my 30th next year, no idea where but you know it’ll be BIG

  • #10 written by Abbie
    about 11 years ago

    haha you wish TWMG!! lol x

  • #11 written by Al£X
    about 11 years ago

    Happy Bday Sami, this comment is a bit delayed as obviously I have been away enjoying my duties as an usher (not). Naomi had great weather and the ceromony went well. Now for my open mouthed moment a mustang booooonnngggg. You guys will have to let me know how those horses felt to drive. Some really good photos already and why was Kev in fancy dress (Indiana Jones)???? Great outfits from G and roase too. Tell Bushy to say Hi to Alan his boss for me who turns out to be the son of my godfather (small world) who I was with on thursday. I will check the rest of the blogs and endevaour to make some comments. Have fun in Vegas!!!!! Alex Ps Blackpool in the prem.

  • #12 written by Sami
    about 11 years ago

    Hello mate, glad to hear the wedding went well. The roads we rocked on down today reminded us of Andorra.

  • #13 written by Bushy
    about 11 years ago

    Had a great time with you boys, thanks for stopping by and making me miss the banter of a boys roadtrip! Send the group shot on cheers. Sami, Hope you had a good bday night in Tahoe and the cowboy hat is going down a storm in Vegas :-)

    Alex…Who is Alan? Don’t have a boss called Alan, I have a good mate called Alan Gonsalves who is also at Intel and is originally from Weston, he’s in a different group though and i don’t work with him though, I’ve also met his Dad a number of times…imagine has to be Gonzo as from Weston?

  • #14 written by alex
    about 11 years ago

    Hello bushy, yeah its Alan gonsalves of all people I was a little tipsy when talking to the Great Pete who is my godfather and was at my sis wedding. Pete is my godfather and I have known Alan since I was a little boy, he may not remember me though due to the age difference, small world though huh. Sorry couldn’t make the trip maybe next time ;-)!!

  • #15 written by Bushy
    about 11 years ago

    Spoke with Alan, he said that he remembered you as a little boy running round in nappies, couldn’t believe you’re same age as me, made him feel really old haha.
    Indeed very small world, Pete’s great :-)
    Shame you couldn’t make it, although I was gutted I couldn’t join the boys on their trip, Its been about 3years since I did the same trip all over Cali…need to go again soon :-)

  • #16 written by Gino
    about 11 years ago

    Im still livid bushy had to cheat to beat me at table tennis….livid!!! :-)

  • #17 written by Sami
    about 11 years ago

    His lady tells me he still runs around in nappies on the weekend hey Main :-) Oh Main to rub further salt into the wound, the Bushmeister kindly took me for a spin in his 6.0 Vette. That’s now offically the fasting thing on four wheels I’ve ever been on. Brain tumour inducing savagery. So fast.

  • #18 written by Andy
    about 11 years ago

    Sami mate

    I kept meaning to get round to sending you an electronic birthday card but kept forgetting

    So instead I will simply get you very dunk in Lucca when we get there :)

    Have booked flights and one of the hotels so far

    Have a great time mate

    U. Andy x

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