Disneyland for Alcoholics

I have found my favorite annual event. This is not a paid product placement, like that time I was hawking vodka that you'd never heard of, or that bingo site I endorsed, or that other time I pitched an apartment complex. Haha, who the hell writes about apartment complexes in their posts... especially ones they've never lived in?!?! Well I did! Anyhow, I still feel like those posts were wonderfully amusing as I go back and read them. It leaves me with that similar giddy feeling I get in the morning (2pm) when I first stare into the mirror and think to myself: "Damn, no one is supposed to look this good with bed head and crusty eyes, but you've made a believer out of me, SVB. Yes. You. Have. You never cease to amaze me, you devil, you."

Does not everyone talk to themselves and flex for several minutes in the mirror before commencing with hygiene?!?!? If not, you guys are sorely missing out.

Well, this annual event has supplanted my previous favorite event of The Running of the Bulls in Pamplona. In fact, it has even supplanted other annual favorites, like my birthday, 4th of July, and even Christmas. What's this event you ask? The San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival! The Grand Tasting Event features unlimited pours from 170 different wine and spirit purveyors. Did you see the "unlimited" part!?! That's not all, 70 of San Diego's top chefs from the best restaurants competed for cash and prizes, meaning you got samplings of steak, crab, scallops, oysters... oh my. I never thought I'd get a chance to taste food from Nobu, figuring I would forever be relegated to only reading about it in US Weekly, but I got to here!

You get from 11am to 3pm to eat and drink and try to stay on your feet. Me and most of my friends got a hotel room within walking distance which made things puurrrrrfect. Don't drink and drive, kids! Unless the taxi ride is going to be over $50.... (kidding.)

See below for what pure joy looks like:

Ahhh, this tequila smells oaky, with hints of cherry and chocolate.
I ran into this guy three times, so we decided to solidify our relationship with shots!
Feels good to mingle with these laid back country folks. I like it a lawt. Here, he's telling me what 'soup du jour' stands for.
Fancy Sake bottles!
Fancy Goonies reference!
Fancy Tequila bottles!
And the best wine of them all!
Some of my BFFs from my SD college days. Except for that one guy standing next to me. Who the hell is that guy? (Guys can use "BFF" too, right?)

I love these people. 
As I get older, the less I yearn for loud music, long lines, cover charges, and scantily-clad women. You begin to realize that all you really want is to surround yourself with those that you care about the most. The SD Wine and Food festival allowed me to relish in friendships forged through years of unspoken love - without any of the nonsense of pretension. Even though these friends are split into several different cities now, I can count on them to hold me up when things are going down... as in downhill after 10 hours of drinking. And I mean 'hold you up' literally.

This is the look of, "where is the camera? I can't see two feet in front of me. Did someone say Carne Asada Fries!??!"
When I start biting my lip, it's time to hang on for dear life.
Here, several people are holding me up. 
Don't let the open eyes and smile fool you above. I am unconscious here. If, one day, I am not the drunkest in the group, I promise to return the favor and hold you up too.

As that is not a likely scenario, just know that I sincerely love you all and appreciate all your friendships through the years - that includes all those friends out there reading this right now. Maybe one day I'll entertain you through my experiences as a husband, father, and... grandfather??! But for now, hold me.... up, that is.

Kevin L.
The Silicon Valley Bachelor

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  1. I really love this post, SVB! I think it's one of my favorites. You're very lucky to have so many good-looking friends!

  2. I know!!! We all get asked if there's a modeling convention in town whenever we all hang out together. It's a nuisance.


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