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July 8th, 2008 – by: jenn79
We sent off Ragnar in what I consider one of the best nights ever. Two of the most quality experiences there are in LA - KBBQ @ Shik Do Rak and drinks on the rooftop of the Standard Hotel (Thank you Karin for my Shirley Temple!)
We started off at Shik Do Rak, which now annoyingly charges $2 for valet when it used to be free. But it's a small price to pay for a convenient way to get grub at one of the yummiest KBBQ places in LA, which is saying a lot because there are a LOT of yummy Korean BBQ places in LA! The experience was probably the worst that I've had in terms of service, but they've set the bar really high with me in general.
Tracy, Joy, Ragnar and Rob got there first (as usual) and I was right behind. Then Alice arrived, then Sheila and then Karin. When we were almost finished - Chereese came in and got to sample a teeny bit of panchan!
We headed downtown (for once!) afterwards in our 18 different cars and were supposed to check out the Standard rooftop bar.
We change our venues again and walk back towards the Standard. Ragnar is completely surrounded by girls and there is securty charading as two trendy people at the door checking IDs and outfits in exchange for bracelets.
I really didn't want to like it, I wanted to turn my nose at hipster shyte, but let me tell you THIS PLACE LIVES UP TO THE HYPE. It is freaking COOL BEANS. The DJ was playing all sorts of groovy, ambient stuff without venturing into the tinny electronica that some DJs resort to. I heard PM Dawn, Suzanne Vega, and countless other oldies-but-goodies. The DJ and I must be the same age.
The first level had some empty couches so we grabbed 'em right away, since we had a party of 8. The atmosphere is so nice with the tall, lit buildings all around wherever you look. If it were just 10 degrees warmer, it would have been the perfect balmy summer night. The kind you only find on the east coast or in Hawaii. Karin showed me the second level which if at all possible was EVEN COOLER. These strange plastic red rocketship shaped mattress huts that could fit about 4 people comfortably were on the second level. People were making out in them of course. And the gorgeous pool with stylish looking lounge chairs I've never seen before.
I couldn't believe how packed it was on a Tuesday. We did some dancing. We lounged a lot. We took lots of pictures, laughed and had a good time. I was so, so happy being there at that very moment with those very people that I was with. Chereese is the coolest dancer and always looks so fly in her skinny jeans! Ragnar was so cool for trying to copy Chereese's moves (hey learn from the best, right?!) Sheila was crazy, pointing out the lawyers at an adjacent sofa - she had a backstory for everyone there! Karin brought her friend Ko who was hilarious and would come in very handy later that night at the foozball table.
We headed out close to midnight since Ragnar had an 8am flight and for some reason Europeans are committed to not missing sleep. This is probably the most prominent cultural curiosity I've noticed about people from the UK. They hate not getting a full 8 hours! I'm like.. if I can get 8 hours in 2 days, I'm great! =) But this is probably why I'm burnt out and Ragnar looks as fantastic as he does. While waiting for Sheila to get her car from valet, I spotted a foozball table and IT WAS ON. I've never played before and managed to sprain my arm spinning those damn things. I sucked at first, but found out the crazier you are the more you will baffle your opponents! Despite the fact that the table was TILTED against our favor, I ended up scoring most of the goals, perhaps because Karin was laughing so hard.
We said goodbye to Ragnar for like the 20th time and ended with a big old group bumrush/hug, but I think I speak for EVERYONE that he's met this week when I say he was such a COOL guy and will be sorely missed. He left quite an impression on all of us, tolerated our antics, molestations and crazy energy, and totally joined in on all the fun! What an addition, we hope he comes back to visit soon, and often!
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