Brandon is one of the few straight guys to bartend at The Cafe. He works the Monday and Wednesday happy hour shifts, but not for long. His last day is this Wednesday, and he embarks on a round-the-world trip on October 2nd.
Normally that wouldn't be something I'd bother mentioning here, but it actually relates to my previous posts about MTV's show The Buried Life (which returns on September 27th). I'm not sure Brandon has ever even heard of the show, but he is nevertheless coincidentally planning to spend the next year of his life like they do. Like the guys from The Buried Life, Brandon has made a list of things he wants to accomplish, and he's made a vow that he's not allowed to return home until his list has been completed.
Since one of the items on the list is to run with the bulls in Pamplona, which occurs in July, it promises to be a very long trip indeed. He's saved his money this year which he hopes to supplement with any money raised through ads on his website.
A few of the other items on his list include:
1. Tour the perimeter of India on a motorcycle
9. Be an extra in a Bollywood movie
14. Sling booze at an Irish Pub
15. Ride a camel
27. Drink Bordeaux, Champagne, Cognac, and Armagnac in their cities of origin
31. Go to a nude beach- Spain
35. Challenge someone to a “Tough Guy” shot
40. Smoke a real Cuban cigar
In addition to his list of things to accomplish, he also intends to have a drink in at least one bar in every country he visits (being a bartender and all) and then write about the bar, and to also read and review at least 50 books on his trip. He also plans to post updates at least weekly about his progress in accomplishing the goals on his list. (I think he needs to start his trip with a local adventure to kick things off, like a crazy last day at work or an only-in-San Francisco experience to start his blog off right -- maybe something wild at the Folsom Street Fair?)
This is someone who not only dreams big, like many of us, but actually has the guts to abandon everything for a year to live his life to the fullest before returning to complete his college education. You can follow Brandon's adventures through his site or on Facebook and Twitter.