Brett's Bday Bash!
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The day was finally here! Brett (metsbwd) had invited me to his Bday meet up, not thinking I'd actually be able to make it out here but I was able to surprise him by switching my flights around (was scheduled to arrive Dec 18th) and come a week earlier! :D I was very excited but very nervous now that the day was here. Other than Brett, I knew none of the other TB's in person! For months, I've chatted with my dear pain in the butt, Kitty Ket (Ketmeister) ha ha, Alex (Alex-b), and Jos (jos-nijenhuis). And Patricia (pms70) had been my co-conspirator for surprises for Brett's Bday so we had been chatting quite a bit as of late! :D I couldn't believe I was finally meeting them along with all the other AWESOME TB's coming.
Patricia had helped me scheme and we pulled together some great stuff for Brett's bday.
Brett and I head out to meet up with Patricia, Jos, Bart-Jan (Biedjee), Maike (globevoyager) and Marthijn (mvdbrand) at their hotel. Then it's off to the first bar...which didn't open for another 20-30 minutes! We decided to check out a nearby pub (forgot the name now...lol) and have a drink there. Brett leads us to the area which is almost like a slow moving merry-go-round which made us all dizzy and once some of the guys noticed it said "ladies only" we quickly moved over to another table! HAHA. Soon, Devi (Devika1985) and Stijn (unsure of TB name) arrive. We send Brett off to the Trafalgar Pub where the meet up is scheduled to take place.
We quickly make our way over to Trafalgar where I see them...OMG! Is it?!?! YES..it is my Kitty Ket and Alex!!!! I can't believe it and I run up and practically attack them both! LOL. I couldn't believe I was finally meeting my crazy TB buddies!!! Soon, everyone else started showing up and we were about 23 deep! Brett had several friends from work who are also on TB now - YEAH! (Now I know how he recently got his ambassador award..LOL). Some cool surprises along the way like meeting Bennie (BMatital)!
Seems like time flew and it was almost 7pm already and time to head to dinner! There was lots of great conversation, good beer, strange little appetizer foods I tried (bittenballen or something.
We were then headed to WokParadijs which was like a Mongolian BBQ type place - lots and lots of food! For 29 euros, you also had alcohol included...But good grief - those beers were big beers considering we had been drinking since a little before 4pm at that point! LOL. At dinner, we had two other TB's join (Inkie1010 and Doc_Zenith). Unfortunately, I did not really get to talk to either of them but they seemed nice! We got through dinner and it was time for Brett to open all his gifts and Patricia and I to present him with our stuff! LOL.
Brett got several gifts of beer (shocking, huh?) and some other great gifts to remind him of his time in Eindhoven which was incredibly sweet! And let's not forget Drempel, the stuffed dog! LOL. Devi brought it as Brett once said if he ever had a dog he would name it Drempel (speed bump in Dutch). HAHAHAHA It was our turn and we decided to do the gag gift of the shirt first and then the nice stuff. He looked as though he wanted to kill me but I know deep down he was thrilled we had gone to all this trouble. He loved the scrapbook card (which even includes one of Ket's famous remakes of the Pink song, "So What"). We presented him also with the feather boa that Joost (Joost1976) had suggested although he unfortunately was not able to make it to witness the embarrassment! LOL.
Next came the struggle of getting Brett to sit tight while the gang headed downstairs in preparation of the sparklers! Well, we shuffled a lot of people out however the line for the coats was insane and I had to keep Brett back at the table. I decided to ask Ket to be the signal person for Patricia when we were coming down. Alex asked me if I was sure I trusted Ket and I should've listened to Alex! LOL. Ket's instructions were to go down and tell Patricia we'd be there in 5 minutes. He didn't....he just went down and said we were on our way so she lit all the sparklers and they were starting to burn out!!! Devi came running back upstairs and said everyone was waiting for us and Brett was already getting antsy, probably wondering why I was holding him hostage upstairs.
Now it was time to head off bar hopping.
Soon, we were ready to continue the bar hopping and landed at a bar with very alternative almost heavy metal music. Not really music to dance too. Apparently the dutch hate that bar due to the music. Soon we moved across the street to the Boston Pub which was playing quite a bit of dance / deep house type music.
Brett and I bailed sometime after 2am and left a good number of folks still partying. We were both exhausted and had hoped to get up early to meet back up with the gang.
What an AWESOME AWESOME night. And although I am not allowed to get "mushy" on here...I will just say that being able to be here for Brett's Bday was an incredible experience and I am so happy I could share this special day with him.