"Deeper....Deeper! Just Don't Get Burned"
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Oh Lordy, where do I begin!?! After hugs and getting the grand tour of Joy's house, it's scramble time for Jillian, Julz, and I to get ready for the pre TB meet at the Mediterranean Grill. Amazingly enough, four women with less than an hour to get ready, are on time and ready to hit the road!
The restaurant is practically walking distance from Joy's house so we are there in no time. In true TB fashion, we emerge from Joy's SUV, "Bruiser", armed with cameras, ready to do battle! Of course, the first pic of the night is the restaurant itself....or in my case, the fellow TB'ers taking photos of the restaurant! HA HA. Unfortunately for me, Jillian was kind enough to return the favor of sorts and took a picture of my behind as I am walking in front of them all!
As soon as we get inside the restaurant, I know one face who is guaranteed to be there since he's usually the first one at all the meetups.
There was food, a ton of it, and I barely remember eating much except for the hummus and cheese filled thingys. Everytime I'd take a bite, someone would come in and it was hugs, kisses, and 40 TB cameras snapping away! Whoo Hoo.
Besides the anticipation of meeting Alice, I was excited to meet my future co-conspirator in TB mischief, Tiffany (Tiffybear24). OMG! Watch out world.....! :D Tiffany walks in and it's like my long lost sister (although I'm not quite sure what that's like since I'm an only child but you get the point!) It wasn't long until she was up belly dancing.....whooo wheeeeee.
Then, our fearless queen and CW arrived with Melissa (Melissa919). That's when the party started! LOL. By this point, Mark, Lynette (Nyl) and Tiffany had all been recruited by the belly dancing and Mel got right out and showed us her moves.
Now it's time for the official pink shirt presentations. For the men, our Will was the longest traveled from the Right Coast. And Sharon (sharonburger) was joining us from Montreal! The obligatory prom photos were out of the way and now, let's get this party started!!! :D
Everyone in the restaurant had their eyes on us - not sure if that was a good thing or bad thing though. I am sure they wonder how on earth these people can take so many photos! :D Everytime someone moved, there were flashes going off. Now it was time for the real fun to begin and the Hookah pipes to emerge! They brought three large Hookahs and set them around the tables, reminding us not to touch them, move them, or break them.
And what do you do when you tire of the Hookahs and want to move on? You find the nearest good sport, and make them your next victim. Sorry Sal (sincitytraveler). If you don't know Sal, you are missing out on a great guy.....he's a great sport and lets us take advantage of him (for pictures sake only of course).
PLEASE NOTE: No TB's were harmed during the making of these photos. But kids, remember, you still shouldn't try this at home! Make sure to check JPChoi's blog for the censored, PG rated pics!!! HA HA.
Once we sufficiently wore out our welcome at the Mediterranean Grill, it was off to Joy's house for the army of us she was hosting for a sleepover. Hmmm, almost like Joy's running her own hostel! The only thing is, you just have to BYOB and you are good! Tiffy brought the requested almond champagne from Temecula, I had local boutique red wines, and Tracy was armed with Jager Bombs! It was quite a fun time and after several rounds of shots, wine, and champagne, what else would you expect from a house full of TB's?!?! More pics.
In between the various TB calls, we still maintained our TB code of ethics and took photos of every single detail that occurred, including the lovely photos of us all in Joy's bed! That followed several goofy comment postings that we figured we needed to back up!! HA HA.
All I remember was closing my eyes to be waken by my phone at 8:15am with a text from Adrian (Acowboy) - "You awake yet?" Uh, gee thanks...am now! LOL. 15 minutes later the girls are all awake and it's time to review the photographic damage from the night before and get ready for lunch in Venice with Wendy and the REAL TB meet!! Whoo Hoo.