Australians + LA girls = not getting home until 4am

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Sheila's friend, Sheila and Grace
So we were supposed to have another mini celebration for Sheila's birthday! Plan was for about 10 of her friends to go to Geisha House for dinner, but having met Bjorn the night before, he was supposed to add an additional 4 to the mix. Cool, more the merrier, it usually is! I knew we were in for a somewhat late night, I'm thinking maybe even 1am - jeez! So I take a nap and I'm a little late for dinner - get to Geisha House through the crazy Friday LA traffic and arrive at around 8:15pm.

Sheila's friend who just got married, Sheila and Grace (former MzCali) were the only ones there! What the heck?? Bjorn had emailed throughout the day apprising us of his schedule. (He's an overcommunicator in a good way). But a few people had cancelled and we had to wait for at least 80% of our group to get there to be seated and we were currently at under 50%.
Hollywood and Heaven rolls ;)
Suffice it to say the table seating process was one of the most confusing I've ever encountered, but we ended up at the sushi bar since it was getting close to 9pm and Sheila and I were starving. If we sat at the bar, we could get up whenever the rest of the group arrived and move to a table without too much hassle and confusing the wait staff.

We were lucky to find exactly 4 seats open next to each other, so down we sat in front of the Japanese sushi chefs and we ordered an item each. Sheila got the Hollywood roll (tempera-like sushi roll) and I got the Heaven roll (tuna, spicy tuna, and toro). I LOVED my Heaven roll but it was one of those nights where I was determined to be happy and satisfied at anything greater than mediocrity. After all, what more could I ask for - I was in a sultry, Asian-themed restaurant celebrating the birthday of one of my FAVORITE people (Sheila) who looked beautiful and kept me engaged with interesting conversation.
The girls!
Even if nobody else showed up, it would have been a great night.

Sheila and I get a few texts. Looks like Bjorn is about to arrive in a few, Sybil and Doris can't make it, and Chereese is joining us! We close out our tabs and reserve a table just minutes before Bjorn and his friend Marco show up. Fantastic! So good to see Bjorn again - let the chattering begin!

We're seated although Marco and Bjorn need to head to the bar to do a few shots of tequila and sambuco or whatever. By the time everyone sat down, Chereese arrived!

Bjorn starts out with "Sake for everyone on me!" to the waiter. Oh dear, one knew right away Bjorn would keep us full of libations at his expense - what a gentleman! I don't drink myself but I was able to taste a little bit of everything and hand the rest of my drink to Bjorn or Chereese.
wait, she's not a Geisha! It's alright, keep pouring the sake!
=) A lot of the guests had eaten already so I think 4 rolls were ordered (less than what we had ordered in total at the sushi bar).

But we stayed there for a few hours, and then something happened that has never happened to me at a TABLE IN HOLLYWOOD. Our crabby ass waiter who totally provided shitty customer service BOUGHT US ALL A ROUND and took a shot with us. I think they were lemon drops or something but I had a little sip as well. Hmm, that makes 2 sips of sake and 2 sips of lemon drop. WOW this is pushing it for me! But I was completely fine due to all the food and laughter. After tonight, I think I may even have abs from laughing so hard and so long!

When we finished up and were ready to go, it was almost 1am. Bjorn and Marco wanted to go clubbing but .
A sake toast!
.. it was 1am! But they insisted and I'm glad they did because just next door was a long line for an unlabeled club that I had never seen/heard of/been to and it was BUMPIN'. We paid $20 and were packed body to body which I freaking hate but the DJ was just incredible that you forgot about the heat and crowdedness quickly as you gave into the beats. Bjorn went into hip-hop mode so quick for a Swedish guy I've never seen anything like that before! He's actually not a bad dancer and was just having so much fun that you just had to join him. Excellent rhythm, never bumped into me, and tended to mix his hip hop moves with some salsa or latin music. At one point I was just being twirled around and dipped like a marionette. But that was fine, it's an interesting feeling relying on someone not to crash headfirst into the floor! =)

I can't convey well enough how awesome tonight's music/mix/DJ was.
Chereese taking our photo from the 2nd floor!
I thought Highlands was my favorite club, but this place beats it HANDS DOWN except that it's a much much smaller club. But it was perfect for our group. I really think there is something to be said about the kind of energy that new visitors bring, and the experiences that unfold due to this. This is another reminder of the importance of going with the flow.

At one point, even though we were only there for an hour or so, Bjorn left the dance floor drenched in sweat and came back to Sheila and I with drinks! He had two shots of Frangelico - one for him and Sheila and "a coke for the little lady." Very sweet - I have to say Australian guys REALLY KNOW how to take care of girls! Can't wait to meet some who are single! =)

We sort of split up at this point and Bjorn doesn't want to go back to the hotel just yet and so I take him for Thai food as I know a restaurant open until 3:30am.
Birthday girl getting some love!
We spend the next couple of hours looking at classic American cars through a shop window in Santa Monica, share a plate of delicious lemon chicken and talked about his company in Dubai, my career path and the culture of the Middle East. I had such an amazing time and dropped him off close to 4am - jamming home on the completely-empty freeway back to downtown to get in whatever sleep I could manage. I miss having visitors! There's a lot of fun and excitement and just new experiences when you meet some random people around your own age, through TB or otherwise! And it never hurts when they're well-traveled and interesting!
RobtheTraveler says:
Look at our crew. Still going at it. Miss you guys. Joy and I had a fabulous time in Europe. I am finally in Helsinki and heading back to the US. Still won't see you girls for a few weeks, but can't wait.
Posted on: Aug 24, 2008
jenn79 says:
It's ok Doris! =) It really was a LOT of fun though =))) I could use a few weekends in a row of that level of fun! =) P.S. Thanks for the email to Jason! I need to write back!
Posted on: Aug 24, 2008
martinikitty13 says:
you guys have amazing energy! sounds like so much fun! i'm sorry i couldn't make it!
Posted on: Aug 23, 2008
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Sheilas friend, Sheila and Grace
Sheila's friend, Sheila and Grace
Hollywood and Heaven rolls ;)
Hollywood and Heaven rolls ;)
The girls!
The girls!
wait, shes not a Geisha! Its alr…
wait, she's not a Geisha! It's al…
A sake toast!
A sake toast!
Chereese taking our photo from the…
Chereese taking our photo from th…
Birthday girl getting some love!
Birthday girl getting some love!
@ Sushi Bar!
@ Sushi Bar!
Sheila and I
Sheila and I
My sweet shrimp!
My sweet shrimp!
Interior of Geisha House
Interior of Geisha House
Grace and Sheila!
Grace and Sheila!
Grace, Sheila and I!
Grace, Sheila and I!
Chereese meets Grace for the first…
Chereese meets Grace for the firs…
Chereese!
Chereese!
Marco and Chereese!
Marco and Chereese!
The smoking patio!
The smoking patio!
Grace and Sheila!
Grace and Sheila!
Straight from Melbourne - Bjorn an…
Straight from Melbourne - Bjorn a…
Marco and Chereese!
Marco and Chereese!
Sheila, me and Bjorn
Sheila, me and Bjorn
Bottoms up!
Bottom's up!
From up above!
From up above!
Me and Chereese in smoking lounge!
Me and Chereese in smoking lounge!
Im trying to lift Chereeses leg!
I'm trying to lift Chereese's leg!
Hahaha!
Hahaha!
Marcos good at the smouldering lo…
Marco's good at the smouldering l…
Marco and Grace!
Marco and Grace!
Bjorn!
Bjorn!
Birthday girl!
Birthday girl!
@ Mood - BEST CLUB EVER!
@ Mood - BEST CLUB EVER!
From up above!
From up above!
Hollywood
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