On Saturday, I made the long 3.5 mile commute to the Irvine Spectrum to meet up with local (and a few long distance) search marketers in wishing Danny Sullivan a happy 40th birthday. Danny had been vacationing in Southern California with his family and had also been kind enough to join the moderating staff present at the Search Engine Watch LIVE event held at The Disneyland Hotel two days prior. Danny's wife Lorna was nice enough to arrange a shindig for Danny at Dave and Busters where we could celebrate in style amidst gaming, drinking and eating.
Several of the SES speaking crew swung by for well wishes. Pictured below are Jennifer Slegg, Greg Boser, me, Danny Sullivan, Dana Todd, Jessie Stricchiolla and Laura Thieme.
A lot of Danny's non-search friends were also in attendance from his days as a newspaper journalist with the Orange County Register and LA Times and even from high school. It was nice to see everybody in such a casual setting and playing video games with each other. One really disconcerting image I have though is tough-guy Web Guerrilla Greg Boser with a pink gun:
Tim Mayer (Yahoo) and his family stopped by while they were spending time in Southern California also:
Jennifer Slegg (Jenstar), Tim and Laura Thieme
Also in attendance were search marketers Alex Bennert and Todd (Oilman) Freisen. Danny did manage to blow out all 40 candles proving that he is full of hot air ;)
Thanks for making Orange County your place for celebrating your 40th Danny!