I think we just outdid ourselves again.
Donny turned the big 30 this past weekend. About a month ago, he threw out a crazy notion that he should go to 30 bars.
"Wouldn’t it be awesome if we did 30 bars for my 30th?"
We did just that.
Approximately 30 of us wore shirts with his face plastered on the front and a rather large ‘Grand Rapids Bar’ checklist on the back, and wandered Grand Rapids on the GR Hopper and by foot to meet the challenge. The front image on the t-shirt was designed using his high school senior picture. It’s pretty hot:
Doesn’t he look older than he does now?
I was strategic, of course. I had lists of all the open and close hours. I had a map so that we would maintain the rule that the shortest distance between two points is indeed a straight line so that we didn’t waste time with the GR Hopper. We started with brunch at 11AM at O’ Toole’s. That meant a solid 15 hours to achieve this daunting task… that no one has ever done before. (I just know this, so believe me.)
Our friends trickled into the bar… even with Donny puppets.
Here’s most of the group outside of O’ Toole’s, ready to hop on the bus.
We only had the bus until 7pm, at which point, it dropped us off right downtown on Ionia in Grand Rapids. Then, that’s where we lost about half the bodies. Dinner was at The Ritz Koney and I guess after eating, people get realize how inebriated they really are and start wandering in various directions. Long story short, we lost a lot of people and gained others so in the end, only he and I were the ones that made it to 30 bars in downtown Grand Rapids to celebrate his big 30th birthday.
More pictures for your viewing pleasure.