Technically one of my oldest friends in San Jose. I met Doug in 2005 at a Happy Hour for my friend Noah who was leaving Intel (who was consequently the guy who recruited me there). Naturally, at the end of happy hour we were the only 2 left, talking adventure and needing more beer. Since then we've been around the world together, from tropical beaches to icy mountains and everything in between. I even officiated his wedding...in a magical cloak.
Groomsman & Twin
My twin brother is actually 4 years younger than me. I owe Chase for introducing me to Heavy Metal, I was listening to classic rock when he was buying Master of Puppets. We even got to live together in Santa Clara for a short period of time (2006) before he transferred to Chico. He is also secretly a better guitarist than me, but don't tell anyone.
Groomsman & Brother
My youngest brother, of whom I share the most personality traits with, look as similar as the Twins from the Schwarzenegger/DeVito classic. Despite being my youngest sibling, his undergrad years at Berkeley allowed us to stay close over the last few year despite our 8 year age difference. Now a Marine Pilot on the East Coast, we still see each other more often than some of my friends in the Bay.
Zartan (Brian) Pilnick
Through a series of random connections via Dan Schwaiger, Brian met me at the infamous St. John's Happy Hour back in 2007. From that day on, we've been finding new ways to make life in San Jose ridiculous. After THE BREAKUP, we became even closer than ever before. I'm proud to say I've been personally responsible for 3 of Zartan's top 5 drunkest moments.
Doug randomly invited me to a house party in San Diego they called Redneck BBQ in 2006. I took the Greyhound from San Jose to San Diego overnight. That weekend I got to meet Brian Orr and began a tradition of travelling to random parts of the world in search for a great party. We've been roommates, limo owners and sea captains together, in spite of his Canadian birth.
My most favorite of all my Intel co-workers, Slater and I became fast friends back in 2010. At work we started our own Cultural Revolution and outside we made life happen. Before tragically moving to Texas, Slater was my comrade in arms attending every Night Train show, Castle Party and Dive Karaoke night we could make. Silicon Valley doesn't need another DB programmer, but I think we can make room for this guy.
Ashton and Archie met almost 10 years ago at Karaoke Night at Dive Bar downtown San Jose. We became fast friends and massive karaoke whores (one week we managed to sing every night of the week). Our careers peaked in 2009 when we made the cover of the San Jose metro. Archie and Farran, too, became fast friends. Hitting tons of rock shows, traveling, eating and bonding over Cole Haan shoes.
Fortunately, Archie is a much better writer than a singer, and that's why he'll be our master of ceremonies.