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This is my fave shot of the night.. What an AWESOME group.
It just goes to show you all the planning in the world does not guarantee anything! I stopped by the Residence Inn in Torrance to see what Tracy and Mel were up to and then packed a few people up in the car to take them early to Hennessy Tavern in Hermosa Beach. Mel and Tracy are having a good old time entertaining themselves as they pre-partied and are acting a bit funny and crazy. Sebastian is half naked in a towel with no shoes looking out the window mentally teleporting himself to another less-godforsaken place =) Kidding!

We get there and Mel and Tracy are tipsy so I go up the bouncer and ask to speak to the manager, who was supposed to have reserved an area big enough for 20 people.
Rob, Joy, Jamie and.. Charles?
The senior manager, a portly fellow with enough chins to rival the Great Buddha refuses the notion of any of his managers having reserved such a big party on AVP weekend, whatever that means. Not only do they not honor Mel's reservation when she PERSONALLY CAME IN to make sure it would happen, but they are rude and won't give us outdoor seating. This is when Mel steps in and her aggressive drunkedness actually has benefit. They finally put us on the waiting list, treating us like walk-ins and say the wait will be about an hour. Considering we are about 45 minutes early, that's not the worst thing in the world.

Carole and her boyfriend Craig show up early! They probably left early due to them completely missing the last meetup due to getting lost. We are standing outside and I am giving Fat White Buddha the evil eye.
Yes.. that's a conga line..
He comes out to say that he had 1 table open up and that we are welcome to come and take it. He is half-heartedly keeping an eye on a certain section of the bar and letting us filter in table by table. Mel at this point has disappeared for the better part of the hour talking on the phone. The manager comes out again and says he has a table for 6 so Tracy, Carole, Craig and Sebastian go in. The crew from the Residence Inn shows up (Julz, Erin, Katherine, Charles, Jamie, and Angel) and there is room for 4 more the manager says. We let the girls go in and Jamie and Craig are stuck outside with me. Joy and Rob show up and don't have much time, so they strut their cool selves in past security with no problem knowing they won't have seats. Joy calls a minute later and says they have a table with 4 empty seats so Mel, Jamie, Craig and I finally go in hoping we can see others show up from inside.
I think they're having too much fun...


So that's the boring stuff but you know what? Travbuddies are the best. There was some major skillz going on tonight with table-changing, talking up servers so they wouldn't be pissed at our table-changing and grabbing new tables for later-arriving guests, so eventually we were all in the same area, slowly but surely. And this is not to mention the other types of skillz going on tonight like conga-line dancing, general partying/dancing and the insane self-portrait camera-centering (yes Nhi and Craig I'm talking about you two).

It was SO good to see some familiar faces I haven't seen in a while. Seeing Carole, Belinda, Nancy and Warren again made me SO HAPPY even though Warren didn't end up coming to the Tavern. Nancy shares stories about copping a feel on Julian McMahon at Jones.
Sebastian wins - all the way from Germany!!
Yeah.. you'll see my ass there soon, I promise! My life was complete when Joy and Rob showed up but of course left to go to work and Nhi showed up towards the end of the night proferring shells from her favorite Crystal Cove. I love my LA Core Crew and am looking to see it expand (ahem Belinda and Nancy) ;)

Mel awarded the "most further Travbuddy award" to Sebastian, who came all the way from somewhere in Germany.. Koln I think? What a wonderful, self-possessed kid he is. He handled being surrounded by loud, raucous women all night with such ease and grace. Sebastian I hope you come back to visit soon =)

All in all, it was such a freaking fun night. I think the mood definitely changed when Alice brought out her blueberry and raspberry topped mousse cake and a box of spoons.
For our beloved Jilly!!
She is one of the most thoughtful and considerate people I've ever met. And I think in particular when home-made food is brought out, it's hard not to feel like you're WITH family. We all dug in with our spoons, licked 'em clean and dug in again and let me tell you it was tantamount to a blood ritual in terms of hygiene and bonding.

Further bonding occured on the dance floor when this pretty good live rock band came out in the corner of the restaurant! Actually it wasn't really a rock band it was two guys on electric guitars but they were pretty awesome and played good rock music. At some point I was a conga line where ppl looked like they were having SO much fun that random customers in the restaurant joined in (not new as we all know by now). And we all got together for group shots as our AWESOME waitress took group shots with each of our cameras.
My two favorite new gals!! Belinda and Nancy.


The bill came out and with Alice on one side with her cell phone calculator and Katherine on the other side providing help, it was probably one of the fastest bill-settlings for almost 30 people in Travbuddy history. Went off without a hitch! And I've dubbed Kathering my co-accountant for TB meetups. She is freaking fabulous. And her friend Chuck is such a sweetheart!

I snuck out early because 1) I'm a poophead and 2) The fire marshalls came in AGAIN (the same ones from last night at the Shore!) and 3) I hate goodbyes. With school starting again and my 3rd decade of life speeding onto the horizon, I think this will be my last TB meetup, at least for a while. This addiction is going to be hard to quit because I've met some of the coolest, most quality people in my life. I love you all and I know I'll see you around. =)
TRE69 says:
Aside from the fabulous car ride you gave me to the pier, I barely hung out with you at this meetup...I'm a bad TravBuddy!:( You forgot to mention that we were freaking LOUD! Thanks for posting!:P
Posted on: Jun 09, 2008
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This is my fave shot of the night.…
This is my fave shot of the night…
Rob, Joy, Jamie and.. Charles?
Rob, Joy, Jamie and.. Charles?
Yes.. thats a conga line..
Yes.. that's a conga line..
I think theyre having too much fu…
I think they're having too much f…
Sebastian wins - all the way from …
Sebastian wins - all the way from…
For our beloved Jilly!!
For our beloved Jilly!!
My two favorite new gals!! Belinda…
My two favorite new gals!! Belind…
Table 3
Table 3
Joy and Rob
Joy and Rob
Jamie eating
Jamie eating
Table 1
Table 1
Table 2
Table 2
other half of Table 3
other half of Table 3
the chinese vs the blondes!
the chinese vs the blondes!
Sheila and her date
Sheila and her date
Oh my god we all want a piece of A…
Oh my god we all want a piece of …
Mel is drunk.
Mel is drunk.
Mel is very focused on txting some…
Mel is very focused on txting som…
Alice and her husband
Alice and her husband
For Giovanni!
For Giovanni!
For Colleen!
For Colleen!
Your wifey wanted a solo shot of t…
Your wifey wanted a solo shot of …
Me and Nhi
Me and Nhi
I think Erin is having a little to…
I think Erin is having a little t…
Sebastian and I are hamming it up …
Sebastian and I are hamming it up…
Tracy and Belinda - what a smile!
Tracy and Belinda - what a smile!
Presenting the award..
Presenting the award..
Mel is trying to rob the cradle.
Mel is trying to rob the cradle.
Nhi
Nhi
Nhi being fed!
Nhi being fed!
Nhi is pissed at me for taking pic…
Nhi is pissed at me for taking pi…
poor Group shot =(
poor Group shot =(
Nhi pretending to drink 2 beers.
Nhi pretending to drink 2 beers.
Carole and Craig!
Carole and Craig!
Dancing!
Dancing!
Katherine!
Katherine!
setting up the circle shot..
setting up the circle shot..
and break!
and break!
More boogey-ing
More boogey-ing
Hermosa Beach
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