Karen and Dave Brooks. These two went to high school with Sam - and Dave was Sam's best friend. They lost touch for a long, long time, and I very creatively located Dave for Sam! They were so happy to be reconnected and it was amazing to see how - even though they haven't talked in almost 15 years or longer - their interests have gone the same way (they're both into the same music, kayaking, outdoors stuff, etc.) We had lunch with them before the party and it was great to get to meet the people who I've heard the most "stories" about as Sam was growing up! Note: Dave and Karen were high school sweethearts and it's evident that they're every bit as much two peas in a pod now as they were then .... that's so great to see!!
Is this smile not worth a million bucks? Look how happy he is!
Sam's "almost" 21 year old niece, Jessica, came and had a beer (Sam challenged her to see who could "chug" more of it ...LOL). As you can see, by this point, Sam was wearing more of his drinks than anything!! ;)
Karen (I think??) and Jill (Sorry if I got the name wrong!!)
Us with Dave and Karen Brooks
Andrew and his girlfriend, Kayla
Playing quarters .... so intently! (By the way, the phone is in his hand, because in all these guys infinite college-degreed-wisdom they decided to call all the other members of their fraternity who couldn't make it ... at like 11:00 PM ... and scream obscenities on their answering machines(apparently something they used to back in college.) Yep, they definitely reverted back to their fraternity roots for a couple hours!!
Sam was very " loving" at the end of the night!
More kisses!! LOL
All in all, I think everyone had a great time, and I appreciate everyone coming out. Many people had to travel to get to the party and Sam was very humbled that you would all do that. We hope we can make this something that happens more than once every 20 years ... we really had fun! I think Jill mentioned maybe a family outing next year in Hershey? Jill, we're all for that, and I hope you get that together - let me know if I can help in any way! We'd love to get together again and I'd love any reason to get back to the Hershey Hotel...which was AMAZING!
Cheers everyone and thanks again!
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