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Suprise Birthday Party!
On Monday 2nd February 2009 we held a suprise birthday party at our house in Tucson - a combined 160th for Wayne, Lois and Ian - we will let you work out the math!
The night was an absolute success, we suspect that Wayne probably knew, but Lois and Ian knew only of a surprise party for Wayne, so they were thrilled to bits when they arrived and realised it was for themselves as well.
Dona did a superb job of organising and decorating the house, it looked gorgeous, with hundreds of balloons and of course the requisite surprise confetti, which we are still finding through out the house. The catering was by Albert Hall, owner and chef of Acacia restaurant in Tucson, and two-time Iron Chef winner. Live music by the favourite Bad News Blues band, who are residents at Tucson's Chicago Bar, set the crowd dancing.
The catering is set ready to go
People line up for the amazing dinner of Beef Filets (best I have tasted yet!) and Salmon.
Three birthday cakes
Candles are lit
Blowing them out
The birthday peoples
Ian and Dona
Evan and father Bob Jones, Rick Trapp show chairman of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show
Robin and Mike Bergman
Mark Mauthner, Dona Dirlam the librarian for the Sinkankas Library at the GIA, and famed mineral photographer Jeff Scovil.
Sabina and Ian
Robin, collector Ryan Bowling of Colorado, and collector Jack Halpern of San Francisco
Dealer Linda Himes
Dona, Ian and Sabina
Mike and Sally Bergman with Dennis
Ian and Dona
Members of the Bad News Blues band
German dealer Horst Burchard, Stefan and Chris Keilman - who runs the Munich mineral show.
Wayne, Ian and German dealer Stefan Stolte
Australian dealer Bob Noble, Jon Voelter from Collector's Edge, and Stefan
Mrs Harter and collectors Von Ceal and Jim Blees of Tucson
Ryan, Craig and Ian
Paul Harter, John Lucking, Horst, and Colorado dealer Dave Bunk
Shields Flynn chats to Audrey
Gale Thommson, Gloria Staebler and Dick Thommson
Dave Lloyd with English collector Ian Jones
Liz and Dave Hacker with Robbie McCarty
John White and Meryl, Stefan and Liz
Suzanne, Jeff Scovil, and Peter McGaw
Ed and Ian
Graham and Craig of Collector's Edge with Dave
Ed hides out behind the flowers
Wayne and Dona led the way onto the dance floor for some blues.
The dancing begins
Dona and Wayne in his blues disguise
Lois leads Bryan Lees of Collector's Edge onto the dance floor
Jack Halpern and Robbie McCarty
A rare shot of Dave Bunk grooving on the dance floor with Lois
Wayne and his main German squeeze Sabina
Finally, Dona succumbs to the legend that is The Hat
Jack Halpern and Carolyn Manchester
Ian and 'Mustang' Sally
Lois and the band
Robin and Australian dealer Rob Sielecki
Tana and Arizonan dealer Evan Jones
The night is wearing on for Dave and Audrey Lloyd
and it is all down hill from here as Rob and Ian hit the hot tub
The next morning .... even the balloons are starting to droop
sleeping on the couch....
Happy Birthday guys!!! A great night was had by all
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