I've shared the wrap job for the presents, and the totally-Tracey way that I presented the surprise trip. Today I am going to share some of the details that started the trip off on a high note.
Because I started planning oh, so far in advance, I kept coming up with more ideas, for each and every moment of the trip, and I had a blast every step of the way. (The hardest part was not letting anything slip out in conversation during those long months!)
If you clicked on the link in yesterday's post to read the book I created, you know that one part of the big birthday surprise was that my Rock and Roll Buddy's best guy-friend came along with us on the trip.
You see, they were friends from way back, as well as band mates in their earlier days of rocking and rolling. While looking for something on my computer, I came upon two old photos of them setting up band gear in what appears to be a country field but was actually Ralph's sisters yard. A couple of years ago, his brother in law had given me a lot of old pictures and these were in the folder.
I printed copies of those photos, with rock and roll quotes below them to use as fun labels on one side of the goodie bags I made up for the long plane ride. On the other side I had a different fun quote about the birthday boy.
I somehow never photographed the goodie bags with my camera, so the only memento of the goodie bags that I have to share is the one and only picture I took with my phone to share with a gal-pal while I was organizing things the day before we flew out.
Sorry 'bout that. You'll have to picture the details in your mind.
When we got ready to board the first flight I gave them each their treat bag with the old photos facing away from the guys, and once we were air born, they both took a peek inside the bags at all of the treats. Now, Ralph is accustomed to having a lil' sumthin' sumthin' as a surprise (usually peanut M&Ms...) on pretty much every plane trip we take, because...well, that's what I like to do for him. His buddy Mike was a bit more gobsmacked by the surprises awaiting him in his custom goodie bag.
It was easy to make ordinary snacks special. I made simple tags and attached them with a hole punch and a small piece of ribbon - "You're all that and a bag of chips" on bags of chips (what else?) and "Sometimes you feel like a nut" on peanut M&Ms and chocolate covered peanuts. Ear-buds so we could all watch TV on the computer (I bought this way-cool amplifier/splitter thingamajig that allowed three sets of ear-buds to plug into one laptop for easy viewing. What will they think of next?!)
I also had a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Trivia calendar for me to test their rock and roll knowledge, and I have to say, they didn't disappoint. They knew most every answer, and it inspired lots of old stories and belly laughs.
I had the latest issue of Rolling Stone as well as a Seahawk themed magazine for some theme focused light reading, although we were laughing and talking far too much to ever crack the cover on either one of them.
They loved all of the airplane surprises and snacks, but when I told them to flip the bags around to see the photos, they both had a good laugh, (The groovy overalls, the long and possibly-even-permed hair, the vintage equipment...) and we took a mini vacation down memory lane.
I nailed it on that one, if I do say so myself.