Established West Coast TB HQ - Check!

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Kick off dinner for West Coast TB HQ!!

TRAVBUDDY MEETUP

As Joy would say - Holy Frijoles!!

Last night just before midnight, I get a call from Tracy telling me we're having a house party at Joy's house! We're celebrating the last day we'll see George. I wasn't sure if Eric and Lisa were back from Japan yet, but I msged as many ppl in LA as I could before passing out! Only Sheila responded affirmatively as everyone else had plans at the last minute! The next morning, off we went after a brief stop in Hollywood, and I trailed Tracy all the way to Monrovia!

What a FUN NIGHT! One of those nights again - haven't packed for Rome, haven't done taxes, and I leave oh.
Joy and Vinnie!
. Tuesday morning at 4am!

But it was all worth it because the houseparty at the new West Coast TB headquarters (aka Joy's house) was a freaking BLAST! 105 degrees and parked in front of the hot BBQ with a ciggie dangling from my mouth and a splash of wine cooler in a cup of sprite and Jen was hot, a bit tipsy and very very happy.

Tonight's attendees were Joy, George, Vinnie Alice, Sheila, Tracy and I. I think we had a 7 course meal tonight, mediterranean themed and Alice whipped up a few AMAZING dishes AGAIN. I would not want to live in Alice's neighborhood. I would gain 20 more pounds because her food is SO freaking delicious!! Joy taught us how to make mediterranean salad and tzaziki!

Tracy brought an entire office box of alcohol!! I stopped by Beard Papas to get a dozen different cream puffs.
The GURLZ!
We watched Juno on a humongous flatscreen and laughed our butts off - what a great movie!!

At the end of the night it was time to award the "Most Further Travbuddy" award. Don't ask me about the grammar - it's Mel's invention and I'm almost sure there's a story behind it. I had skillfully distracted George while Tracy went to purchase the prize in Hollywood this morning - thank you Tracy!! George seemed surprisingly excited about putting on a pink shirt and everyone gathered round to take pictures. I unfortunately happened to be the one next to him when everyone wanted to shoot the back of the shirt. That somehow trapped me into holding the same "show my butt" pose as George was sporting. Baaahh!!

We were sent home with leftovers and hugs and kisses. It was what a wonderful Sunday, a wonderful headquarters and a wonderful hostess =)

I am happy to have attended in George's wonderful send off and been present at the establishment of our official West Coast Travbuddy HQ! Woohoo!!



GETTING TO KNOW GEORGE, aka JORGE, aka 6'7"

It has been such a pleasure getting to know George!!! He's incredibly unique, and I'm not talking about just height! He's incredibly sweet, sincere and is not afraid to share about himself and what he loves.
Tracy awarding the "Most Further TB award" to George!
And he loves a lot of things! Most of them have to do with the beauty and wonder that is the interaction between the beautiful land/water and its people and animal inhabitants. Does that make any sense??

Here's my take on George. I think George wants to experience all the pleasures in life, but pleasure for him is that very zen place while he's surfing or perhaps sitting in a hammock writing (I have no evidence that he has a hammock, but I can definitely imagine it). His ability to live as an expat and navigate the day to day life in Mexico (as opposed to foreign service or a multinational where they take care of all the logistics and paperwork) is really admirable and shows a true adaptability to the world around him.

I love the fact that he likes Beard Papas - there is something particularly great and sensitive about men who really enjoy sweets.
Beard Papas!
I really hope to visit him soon in Oaxaca and see some of the beautiful things that he's discovered in this place. Until my next vacation-days accrual, George! Then you'll be in trouble!! And I'm bringing my best friend too so you can show her how to surf!! =)
mellemel8 says:
i love jenn :) i love the blog. i am jealous i missed it. see you in may 17th. love it TBHQ :)
Posted on: Apr 14, 2008
pvtjoy says:
Holy Frijolies!
Girl! Will you pack already and everything else!
Thanks for the great blog - the new West Coast TB HQ is only great because of all of you guys! Really enjoy having you in my life - always welcomed at my place!!!
Posted on: Apr 14, 2008
alicegourmet says:
Joy is such a great hostess...another blast!
Posted on: Apr 14, 2008
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Kick off dinner for West Coast TB …
Kick off dinner for West Coast TB…
Joy and Vinnie!
Joy and Vinnie!
The GURLZ!
The GURLZ!
Tracy awarding the Most Further T…
Tracy awarding the "Most Further …
Beard Papas!
Beard Papas!
Our beautiful hostess!
Our beautiful hostess!
I think Tracy and Sheila like the …
I think Tracy and Sheila like the…
Tracy and I =)
Tracy and I =)
Can he get into it??
Can he get into it??
Celebrity for a day!
Celebrity for a day!
They made me do it. I dont know w…
They made me do it. I don't know …
The award!
The award!
Heehee =)
Heehee =)
Alice, Sheila, George and Tracy!
Alice, Sheila, George and Tracy!
Where are your hands?!
Where are your hands?!
The wonderful spread and wonderful…
The wonderful spread and wonderfu…
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