Just when you think things can't get any worse... the NFL shows up!

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Great shot of Lyn!
As you can probably tell from the other blogs, today was kind of a mess. To start with, the guest of honor that we planned the entire meet for - Ashley from UK - didn't even show up or bother to tell us she wasn't coming in advance! Not that we really need a REASON to have huge ass TB meets, but c'mon have some courtesy, no?? Then there was my poor planning (dang it's hard! Props to ppl who can plan well!) But let me tell my side of the story!

The plan was originally to go to Casa Del Mar for the meetup. Problems were - expensive parking, no food, overpriced drinks, it's kind of in the middle of nowhere (on the beach, but after the sun sets it's all black anyway), the bar is SMALL and it's in a really posh/snooty hotel. I know how TB meets can be and I didn't want any TBs to get thrown out or start a brawl with the Beverly Hills stick-up-their-ass types.
Angel, Jilly, Tracy and Will!
Since Matt and I had breakfast here the weekend before the LA meet, I knew right away this was not the right place for a meet.

So a few of the girls and I had a quick brainstorm and I thought it would be awesome to go to C&O Trattoria for dinner and Sybil had the marvelous idea of walking over to Baja Cantina for drinks since just 2 blocks away. I've ONLY been to C&O's outdoor patio, I didn't even REALIZE they had an indoor restaurant. So when it came time to make reservations for 30 people, they told me there would be a fixed menu and it was basically priced at about $30 a person - WITHOUT drinks. NO WAY, I'm not going to make my fellow travbuddies choose from 2 types of pasta and spend $30. So I had the brilliant idea of making staggered reservations every 15 min from 6pm onwards, hoping that enough people would show up to fill a table of 8 every 15 minutes.
Inside tables at C&O - May 17, 2008
This way they could order (or not order) whatever they wanted and the outdoor patio was small enough I figured we would be NEAR each other. This, obviously did NOT WORK.

I arrived about 30 minutes late because Will was doing his hair. JUST KIDDING! I think the heat just pulverized me and I was moving super slow. When I got there I found out that one table ended up being outside whereas the rest were inside. Then, people were late enough that the rest of our tables got cancelled. But luckily everyone except basically the LA core crew got a seat and was able to eat. The outdoor table seemed to have the best experience with their food and service, which was great because they were the newcomers! =)

Joy was smart enough to decide those of us that didn't have a table should go to Baja Cantina to get seating.
Eric and Lisa!
Mel and Jillian went ahead while Joy and I informed the tables inside where to meet us and where we were going. Halfway to Baja Cantina, Mel and Jillian come back and tell us it is SO CROWDED that there is no way we're going to all fit. Plus it was too loud. I could NOT BELIEVE this! So we split up again and looked around for another bar that could hold 30 people. At Cabo Cantina, the young bouncer/manager was seriously digging on Joy and promised to get us all in somehow even though the bouncer at the door was shaking his head saying they were 9 ppl under capacity at that very moment. I rushed back to C&O dodging oncoming traffic from both sides to tell the tables inside the change of plans. After making my way to all 3 tables, I get a txt saying that they've decided to go to the Marriott.
@ the Marriott
I have NO IDEA where this is and Sybil said that we would have to drive. OH DEAR LORD.

But it all worked out, we made about a 10 minute trek to the Marriott and found out it was one of the COOLEST PLACES EVER. Huge lounge with so much space our noise didn't carry very much. Large tables, a cool vibe, an exceptionally skilled waitress and a large bar. PLUS there was a CLUB INSIDE! We weren't allowed in just yet because it was a private party for.. get this.. the NFL DRAFT. WOW!!! CLUB GLOW was free after 9:30 and we were invited in to enjoy it then. When the NFL players left the club to get on the bus, I just happened to see this - grabbed Jillian (eye candy) and LAUNCHED OUT OF THERE AS QUICK AS LIGHTNING. I think we literally knocked over 7 people as I pulled Jillian RUNNING to the outside.
@ the Marriott
And when we got out there, I lit up a cigarette, placed Jillian in a visible area, and within 4 seconds, two guys came up to her and started talking to us. HAHAHA. That was fun. Just a memorable little opportunity that I knew would pan out exactly the way it did. If we had gotten there 5 minutes earlier (they were almost done boarding their bus), I bet it would have been 10 guys talking to Jilian and not 2.

We went back in and generally just had an awesome time. About 10 additional people joined us on top of the 27 that were already there from C&O. These included Alice and her husband, Melissa, Priscilla, ACowboy, and others that escape my memory. We took a zillion pictures, played musical chairs (which our expert waitress kept excellent track of), and I was frequently molested by Melanie on the couch!! I've had my boobs grabbed and been kissed enough times I don't need a date for a good half year!!!
poohstanggt says:
OMG!! And you call me the documenter! Dang, I missed the whole NFL thing though!!!
Posted on: May 23, 2008
pearcetoyou says:
Thanks for the blog, Jennifer! But how come you are not gracing us with your beauty on any of these pictures??
Posted on: May 23, 2008
sybil says:
you forgot about that bad ass bar mitvah going on too! lol!
Posted on: May 20, 2008
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Great shot of Lyn!
Great shot of Lyn!
Angel, Jilly, Tracy and Will!
Angel, Jilly, Tracy and Will!
Inside tables at C&O - May 17, 2008
Eric and Lisa!
Eric and Lisa!
@ the Marriott
@ the Marriott
@ the Marriott
@ the Marriott
Afterwards at the Marriott..
Afterwards at the Marriott..
New TBs, Eric and Lisa, and the ac…
New TBs, Eric and Lisa, and the a…
Nhi, her bff, Sheila35 and Angelba…
Nhi, her bff, Sheila35 and Angelb…
Some new TBs!!! WOOHOO!
Some new TBs!!! WOOHOO!
Sal, Lyn and Sybil
Sal, Lyn and Sybil
Sybil packing away leftover garlic…
Sybil packing away leftover garli…
Table 1 of 3!
Table 1 of 3!
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