To Live & Hookah in LA

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Erin pic-Friday TB gang minus Sal

 

To Live & Hookah in LA

 

FRIDAY PRE-PARTY

 

Friday evening, May 16, was a special night in Monrovia, California. 20 TravBuddy friends gathered chatted, laughed, belly danced and smoked hookah pipes at the Mediterranean Garden Grill on West Foothills Blvd.

 

The terrific twenty who attended the pre-party:

 

1.   http://www.travbuddy.com/alicegourmet  Alice, Los Angeles, CA

2.   http://www.travbuddy.com/angelbaby  Angel, Orange County, CA
3.   http://www.

travbuddy.com/reesiemac
  Chereese, Northridge, CA
4.   http://www.travbuddy.com/code173  Eli,
Fort Irwin, CA
5.   http://www.travbuddy.com/poohstanggt  
Erin, Sacramento, CA
6.   http://www.travbuddy.com/jenn79  Jennifer,
Los Angeles, CA
7.   http://www.travbuddy.com/jillianj  Jillian,
San Francisco, CA
8.   http://www.travbuddy.com/jpchoi  John,
Las Vegas, NV
9.   http://www.
Joy & Erin toast missing TB friends
travbuddy.com/pvtjoy
  Joy,
Los Angeles, CA
10. http://www.travbuddy.com/mzjulz85  
Julz, CA
11. http://www.travbuddy.com/Nyl  
Lynette, New York, NY
12. http://www.travbuddy.com/travelman727  Mark,
Overland Park, KS
13. http://www.travbuddy.com/mellemel8  Melanie,
Las Vegas, NV
14. http://www.travbuddy.com/Melissa919  Melissa,
Las Vegas, NV
15. http://www.travbuddy.com/coolfrnd992  Oscar, So
Cal
16. http://www.
Joy & Angel send John into heaven
travbuddy.com/sincitytraveler
  Sal,
Las Vegas, NV

17. http://www.travbuddy.com/sharonburgher  Sharon, Montreal, Canada
18. http://www.travbuddy.com/tiffybear24  Tiffany,
Murrieta, CA

19. http://www.travbuddy.com/tre69  Tracy, Los Angeles, CA
20. http://www.travbuddy.com/w_clemmons  Will,
North Charleston, SC


Joy did a great job of organizing the weekend.

Melanie pic-Nov 2007 LA Meetup Vets
The open-air Mediterranean Garden Grill, located at the foothills of the San Gabriel mountains, was a fabulous place for our group. Joy got the party off to a wonderful start by ordering a variety of Greek food that everyone eagerly shared.

 

Alice blessed all of the first-time Los Angeles pals by baking each newbie TravBuddy cookies. Then Joy, along with help from Erin, Jillian and eventually the whole gang, sent out toasts to friends around the world (it's amazing what some people will do to chug a little California wine). 

 

Sharon (Montreal, Canada) and Will (North Charleston, South Carolina) were presented signed pink shirts for having traveled the furthest distance to attend the festivities. Lynette (New York, New York) was a close runner-up.

 

Later, several of us took turns trotting the boards with the restaurant’s belly dancer, including myself, Tiffany, Lynette, Alice and Melanie.

 

19 of us posed for group photos.  We also took pictures of seven attendees of the November 2007 L.A. TravBuddy meetup: Angel, Erin, Jennifer, Melanie, Tracy, Will and myself. Soon after, Sal from Las Vegas arrived, raising our total to 20. His wonderful wackiness helped take the shindig into overdrive.  J

 

Finally, everyone was given their own mouthpiece and smoked several different flavors from a multitude of Turkish hookah pipes.

Melanie pic-Sal surrounded by harem
 A splendid time was had by all!

 

There are several writings and photo collections documenting one or both of these nifty nights. Please make sure to check out ALL of the other wonderful blogs, including:

Adrian            www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/32702

Eli                    www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/32634

Erin                 www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/32607

Jennifer         www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/21061

Jillian              www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/32604

Melanie           www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/31740

Melissa           www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/31737

Sheila              www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/32643

Stephen          www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/32950

           

The L.A. pre-party was the first time I used a camera that has been sitting in my closet for almost three years. Being the savvy photographer, I found out the next day that I took pics all night long without a flash. I want to graciously thank Eli (code173), Erin (poohstanggt), Jennifer (jenn79), Jillian (JillianJ), Joy (pvtjoy) and Melanie (mellemel8) for allowing me to steal some of their photos to better document the night’s shenanigans.

rositachen says:
OH! I hope I'm there :)
Posted on: Jul 04, 2008
travelman727 says:
Thanks, Angel - I corrected your local; you're seem like a movie star, I just assumed you lived in Hollywood :-) Portia, I'm not sure if I hold the record now, but I'm scheduled for at least 7 more TB meetups through October which will raise my total to 16 (9 US and 7 international) :-D
Posted on: Jun 10, 2008
portia says:
there are so many meetups now it's hard to keep track! are you still the record holder?
Posted on: Jun 06, 2008
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Erin pic-Friday TB gang minus Sal
Erin pic-Friday TB gang minus Sal
Alice makes cookies for TravBuddies
Alice makes cookies for TravBuddies
Joy & Erin toast missing TB friends
Joy & Erin toast missing TB friends
Joy & Angel send John into heaven
Joy & Angel send John into heaven
Melanie pic-Nov 2007 LA Meetup Vets
Melanie pic-Nov 2007 LA Meetup Vets
Melanie pic-Sal surrounded by harem
Melanie pic-Sal surrounded by harem
Mediterranean Garden Grill
Mediterranean Garden Grill
Open-air restaurant by mountains
Open-air restaurant by mountains
Erin & Julz greet good pals
Erin & Julz greet good pals
Jillian photographs Alices cookies
Jillian photographs Alice's cookies
2/3 of J3Express-we miss Lord James
2/3 of J3Express-we miss Lord James
Joy starts toasting missing TB pals
Joy starts toasting missing TB pals
If theres wine involved, Erins in
If there's wine involved, Erin's in
Joy continues her TravBuddy salutes
Joy continues her TravBuddy salutes
Jillian also gets into the spirit
Jillian also gets into the spirit
Everyone joins in the toasting fun!
Everyone joins in the toasting fun!
Alice & John share a laugh
Alice & John share a laugh
Jennifer pic-Lynette makes me cry
Jennifer pic-Lynette makes me cry
Angel & Erin mug for camera
Angel & Erin mug for camera
Chereese & Eli are eager to party
Chereese & Eli are eager to party
Joy & Jennifer - together again
Joy & Jennifer - together again
Julz, Jillian & Joy
Julz, Jillian & Joy
Julz-Erin-Jen-Jillian-Joy-Tracy
Julz-Erin-Jen-Jillian-Joy-Tracy
Jillian & Jennifer
Jillian & Jennifer
Eli pic-Sharon & I
Eli pic-Sharon & I
Jillian pic-Chereese & Melissa
Jillian pic-Chereese & Melissa
Joy & Angel tower over Will
Joy & Angel tower over Will
Will & Angel
Will & Angel
Will, Erin, Julz & Oscar having fun
Will, Erin, Julz & Oscar having fun
Melanie, Erin & Angel
Melanie, Erin & Angel
Mel pic-Melissa-Sharon-Me-Lynette
Mel pic-Melissa-Sharon-Me-Lynette
Tracy, Will, Angel & Oscar
Tracy, Will, Angel & Oscar
Jennifer & Will
Jennifer & Will
Jennifer pic-Tracy, Chereese & Eli
Jennifer pic-Tracy, Chereese & Eli
Belly dancer cranks up the party
Belly dancer cranks up the party
Jillian pic-I shake like a poloroid
Jillian pic-I shake like a poloroid
Erin pic-Tiffany gets her groove on
Erin pic-Tiffany gets her groove on
Erin pic-Lyn gets ready to rumble
Erin pic-Lyn gets ready to rumble
Jennifer pic-Alice gets down
Jennifer pic-Alice gets down
Erin pic-Melanie jumps into action
Erin pic-Melanie jumps into action
Mel pic-My Gene Simmons (KISS) look
Mel pic-My Gene Simmons (KISS) look
Joy pic-Joy & Sharon luv the hookah
Joy pic-Joy & Sharon luv the hookah
Mel pic-Tracy, 2-hand hookah hound
Mel pic-Tracy, 2-hand hookah hound
Sharon & Will look pretty in pink
Sharon & Will look pretty in pink
Monrovia
photo by: jenn79