Summer nights...

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Dinner shot!
It never ceases to amaze me how beautiful life is when you have great friends around. And then they leave and it's literally cold and cloudy. Ragnar took his warmth and sunny disposition with him back to the UK - I'm sure that's why it's freezing and overcast today!! =(

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.
Rob, Joy and Alice @ Dinner
Usually the pan-chans are refilled by the warm and bubbly manager, and there are more waiters available to assist, and generally more space! They've closed off the outdoor seating area, which is twice as big, and the number of people who want to eat here is the same, so they've started rushing customers in-and-out a little. But the food is still awesome and fresh and well portioned. We ate a combo number 5 and fed 6 people, not to the brim - but until satisfied.

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.
Elevator shot!
I've heard about this damn bar since I moved to LA. It's supposed to be sooo cool, but after finding a dead Pasadena yesterday night, my hopes weren't too high for this place. We all find street parking except Sheila who is a baller and valeted. But wait! Rob and Joy find out there is a pretty strict dress code and they won't let Rob in with shorts! So they start to head home and we try and switch up venues to the Library Bar across the street so that we can all hang out together but Joy and Rob are probably tired from hanging out with us 4 nights in a row so they decide to head home anyway.

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.
The gang @ The Standard
Ragnar is almost not let in because he's wearing sandals, but the hot chick at the door takes a liking to our German friend and let him anyway with some comment about being surrounded by beautiful girls. I didn't see her look in our direction once, though!! ;) Some funny exchange about toes ensures and Ragnar lets himself into the club with a knowing smile and we head to the rooftop bar.

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.
Ragnar's harem shot take 2!
How depressing.. So drinks were like a zillion dollars but Sheila bought 2 cause she's a baller and I sipped on my six dollar shirley temple. =)

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.
You look up and this is what you see..
The bathroom had their sinks right in the middle separating the women and men's rooms and I accidentily looked through it and saw some dude peeing. Ah well.

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.
The silly trio =)


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.
Hell my BACK hurt I was laughing so much. I'm sure the posh people out front wanted to kick us out for being too loud but GUESS WHAT we were ALREADY OUTSIDE!!! SUCKERS!!! I wonder if we have any pictures of the foozball match. =) Anyone? I think the LA Core Crew will be back here again. I know I will.

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!



sybil says:
sounds like fun. glad you got over the standard bias. ;) hehe.
Posted on: Jul 11, 2008
pvtjoy says:
Rob and I are sorry we missed all the fun, but the attitude the girl at the door gave us...
Anyway, I'm glad you guys had a blast and I'm sorry that we didn't get to say a proper good-bye to Ragnar! Maybe we will go with you when you return to the Standard! Sounds like a cool place - BUT the parking price and drink prices are a little steep - would rather buy a bottle from Trader Joe's and sit at the LA TB HQ with my "Core" Crew from LA!
Posted on: Jul 10, 2008
goldfishflosser says:
heyyyy! just got back to the uk. thank you so much for a time full of LOVE and CRAZINESS! you guys have something really special going on! also, i love your writing style!
Posted on: Jul 10, 2008
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Dinner shot!
Dinner shot!
Rob, Joy and Alice @ Dinner
Rob, Joy and Alice @ Dinner
Elevator shot!
Elevator shot!
The gang @ The Standard
The gang @ The Standard
Ragnars harem shot take 2!
Ragnar's harem shot take 2!
You look up and this is what you s…
You look up and this is what you …
The silly trio =)
The silly trio =)
Big mouths!
Big mouths!
Sheila looking scrumptious
Sheila looking scrumptious
Sheila, cell and wine.
Sheila, cell and wine.
You can see Im somewhat offended …
You can see I'm somewhat offended…
Rob and Joy drinking soju!
Rob and Joy drinking soju!
woohoo!
woohoo!
Ragnar and Karin @ Dinner
Ragnar and Karin @ Dinner
Hahaa =)
Hahaa =)
Chereese and Tracy groovin! Ko wa…
Chereese and Tracy groovin'! Ko w…