No Such Thing as Luck….

…unless you’re in Ireland.

I heard a quote one time from a buddy:  “Luck is the combination of opportunity and preparation.”  It really stuck w/me.  My Old Man was meeting up with his brother and sister in Ireland to celebrate his 60th birthday.  TJ was on a bro-trip to Paris. (who goes there w/dudes!?!)  I was on vacation for a week.  Hmmmm….the wheels turned quickly on this one.  Pitched an Ireland roadtrip to TJ and 4 days later I was on a plane to Dublin.  TJ popped over from France.  Hired a car, and game on!  We surprised my Dad one night at a pub called Gus O’Conners in Doolin out on the beautiful west coast.  He had no idea I was coming.  The Guinness were mighty tasty that night!

Ireland is beautiful…charming…and cozy; exactly what you’d expect it to be.  Gubb and I put about 800+ kms on the rental car zipping around on narrow-ass farm roads.  I’d definitely go back to Ireland…but not w/a dude.  The place is actually way too romantic for bro-time.

Surprise!

Surprise!

The best guys I know!

The best guys I know!

The whole gang

The gang….and some drunk local

tourists!

tourists!

The Cliffs of Moher are pretty nuts

The Cliffs of Moher are pretty nuts

lots of people commit suicide here. sad stuff

lots of people commit suicide here. sad stuff

happy little castle

happy little castle

Gubb whipped out his Irish Whistle and played a little ditty

Gubb whipped out his Irish Whistle and played a little ditty

...then I played a jam. The mood was right.

…then I hammered out a jam. The mood was right.

TJ used to be a model, you know

TJ used to be a model, you know

the sunset smelled like Irish Spring

the sunset smelled like Irish Spring

the beverage of choice

the beverage of choice

Drinkin' Buddies!

Drinkin’ Buddies!

Cheers Pops! He posted up here for like 5 hours.

Cheers Pops! He posted up here for like 5 hours.

took a ferry out to the Aran islands and rented bikes for the day

took a ferry out to the Aran islands and rented bikes for the day

no one else around

no one else around

checked out an old Celtic fort on the edge of a cliff....sketchballs!

checked out an old Celtic fort on the edge of a cliff….sketchballs!

apparently we were trespassing while getting to this castle. my bad.

apparently we were trespassing while getting to this castle. my bad.

ivy is cool...can't deny it

ivy is cool…can’t deny it

The Guinness kept flowin' all the way to the airport. Great trip, Gubb!

The Guinness kept flowin’ all the way to the airport. Great trip, Gubb!

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