meeting with the masses
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Joy tells me a few weeks ago that she will be meeting up with a couple TravBuddies. Do I want to come?
My response.....of course I do.
A few days later...I hear that we will be meeting up with a few Buddies. Not bad, I had been wanting to meet up with Joy for a while now, since the OC meetup in February. So know all I know is that there are 2 buddies from other countries and Alice to get together for some talking and eating. A few days now after a few days....there are quite a few more buddies that are attending or at least have shown interest in coming.
This is getting good, the mini meetup is becoming a fairly large meetup and now everyone wants to know where are we meeting. Alice comes to the rescue....the leads us to Rusty's. Thank you Alice.
The day of the event.
I got a late start. It is now 6:30pm....I know for sure that it will take me at least an hour to get there. I call Joy and let her now what's going on. She tells me that she and some buddies have been there since the late afternoon and that Jeremy did not make it as well as Matt has already come and gone. Great. Two of my buddies.....that I will not get a chance to meet on this go round. She also tells me that Eli is running late as well and that he hopes to be at the meet in about an hour to an hour and a half. Cool I am not the only one running late.
After driving a little more. I gave Eli a call. He told me that he had been stuck in a lot of Los Angeles traffic (his 1st time in the LA area and all he knows so far is that LA has traffic that shouldn't be messed with and we need a better transportation system) and he is going to his hotel to check in before going to the meet.
Wouldn't you know it! The GPS turn by turn directions does not work. All I can get is a map of the location. Oh no. Eli has his room by the LAX airport. Time to back track.
I get to the LAX airport area and find Eli. We are on our way....
Just as we were getting into Santa Monica almost to reach the pier, we found ourselves in a detour.
Walking on the pier a few pics are shot and then to the venue.
As we got in, there were lots of hugs and kisses and as all Meetups....instantly felt at home. Walked the crowd and the introductions happened. It was so great to meet everyone. Until this time, I had only the opportunity to meet Joy and Tracy in person.
Eli and myself had ordered some food. Not quite sure Eli was hungry or maybe his food was just not so good. He had the chicken tenders. I had the penne with chicken and shrimp. I enjoyed my dinner or maybe I was just starved.
We continued to talk, get to know each other and of course take pictures.
The night winding down as the parking lot closes at midnight and then our cars subject to tow. We left our home for the last few hours and decided to head over to Ma'Kai (faces the ocean)(a lounge, bar, dancefloor). They card us all and we enter. Finding our place next to the dance floor....and getting some dancing cocktails....the music okay, we dance and talk and photograph each other. Actually, we should have been at a Karaoke Bar.....we were singing most of the songs too.
The evening was perfect.