Another Unofficial TB Meetup....In Pasadena

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Sudip and I screwing around

Finally...Saturday is here! I was excited to see Sudip (Cacerate) from South Korea who I met when I was there in April - he had asked me about getting some TBs together to hang and we delivered!  The LACC was present as we also sent off Joy and Rob as they leave on their exciting European cruise next week!  Recently (like 3 days ago), I convinced my friend, Silvina (Silverv), from high school to join TB and we have not seen each other since shortly after graduation (which we won't talk about how long ago that was though...LOL) and she was coming to the meet up too! *YEAH*  

Silvina and I were going to meet Jenn at Neomeze early so we could hold tables since they wouldn't take reservations (Jenn called and their mailbox was full.

Me and Silvina
..what the heck!?!?)  Anyways, traffic in Los Angeles being what it is....it took me almost 1 1/2 hours from Torrance to get to Pasadena.  There were several bad accidents along my trip up the freeway which didn't help! Going the other direction, a car lost control and spun out in the fast lane, taking out a multitude of cars in its path, smoke still rising from the tires spinning out as I passed.  I was thinking, whew..glad I am not on that side of the freeway.  Yeah, traffic karma got me! All of a sudden, there are cops swooshing by me and traffic comes to a complete stop.
Sam and Silvina
Two freakin city buses crashed into each other and they closed the lanes of traffic to deal with that.....OMG, you have to be kidding....right?!

All the while I am sitting there, I am texting Jenn with questions on where the venue is, where did she park, and most importantly, what is she wearing! LOL.  I finally get up there and am somewhat cranky by this time (and thanks Michael (moon_over_michael) for letting me moan and groan all the way up).  HA HA HA.  I got parked and inside and whew...Joy, Rob, and Paul (loganbruin) were already there so Jenn wasn't alone!  Round of drinks (Shirly Temple w/extra cherries for Jen) and we ventured out to the patio area which was AWESOME. Perfect set up for our size group and we could still order food out there!  They wanted us to all order food if we sat inside at the restaurant part.

Eat your heart out Steve..LOL! Hanging w/ Rob and Joy!
...as it stood, only Jen and I were ready to eat right then. 

Jen and I checked out the menu and were thrilled when we found out they had garlic fries.  We decided to brave the garlic breath together and screw whoever else complained! HA HA HA.  She ordered the salmon sandwich and I ordered the chicken and brie sandwich.  Mine was excellent but wow....were those fries super garlicky! Oh well, Jen and I had each other! LOL. 

It was great to meet some new travbuddies - Sam (samurai06) from Irvine, Paul (loganbruin) from LA, Mark (koticphreak) from LA, Colt (burner1313) from uuuuuh, I forget where...Valencia?!?! And to see the "crew" - Alice (Alicegourmet), Joy (pvtjoy), Rob (robthetraveller), Jen (Jenn79), Sheila (Sheila35), and Tracey (Tre69).

Alice and Jen
 

We stayed until fairly late and Silvina, Sudip, and I ended up talking to this awesome group of graphic artists and advertising people that were there.  They were not TB's but I think we've convinced Katie to join!  We sat and talked to them for quite a bit and they were all awesome.  Silvina and I were getting tired around 1am so we decided to call it a night and ask for our checks.  They brought us our bill but nothing was itemized, only charged to our cards already.  I was a little concerned that 4 drinks and a sandwich was $80 so I politely asked her and she was rather offended that I needed an itemized receipt and asked me what was wrong. Rather than say hey I think you charged me too much, I just told her I needed an itemized copy for my business.

Rob taking self shots w/my camera (he didn't know Joy left the zoom on..ha ha)
LOL.  It worked but unfortunately, yeah, the bill was correct.  That was a little painful for one night out so I will be watching my spending the rest of this week!

While we were waiting for our checks, I decided to brave the bathroom one last time in case it was a long drive home.  Yeah...well, that was quite the experience!  I snaked through the table to get inside and didn't even make it past our couches when some guy jumps in front of me, lifts his shirt and starts shaking his chest and belly at me.  I was rather stunned and just pushed him aside and walked in LOL.  Down the stairs there were two people in the hallway getting it on....literally. He was unzipped and her dress was up and yeah....I saw things I shouldn't have.  They were totally unfazed by people walking by either.

Silvina, me, and Sudip
....OMG.  That was a first for me!  I get in the bathroom and there is a lot of noise coming from the handicapped stall.  Long line of course (this place is a happening night spot and they have 2 stalls in the women's restroom...WTF?!?!).  The handicapped one never opens and after the three people ahead of me go, finally it's my turn! I come out to wash my hands as the occupants, yes occupants, of the handicapped stall emerge....uhhh, two rather large lesbians. They were fixing themselves, their hair, kinda putting themselves back in their tops, and off they went! OMG yet again!  I get outside and the lesbian couple are in the hallway (exactly where the couple having sex was) arguing about something.  I sneak by with what little space there was left to squeeze through since their butts and me combined took up over 3/4 of the space when they are standing one in front of the other.
Paul and I....ready to make our beautiful blog together! LOL
...not being rude but it was a very small hallway alone, without having three people deep, especially those who have "junk in their trunk" so to speak! LOL  

Anyways, I get by finally and then I see Sheila rounding the corner..I just kinda give her a good luck look and as I turn to go up the stairs, I slip on beer from a broken beer bottle!  Eeeek.  Thank heaven I didn't fall as I would've been cut all over by the broken glass. Perhaps, not a good thing for the restaurant given my career in the civil litigation field! So, I get my shaky legs up the stairs and start to head out the door when I am jerked backwards....WTF, not Mr. Jiggles again lifting his shirt.  No, no this time I have an older man holding my arm going "Hey Baby! C'mere Baby""..

Mark and I
..among other things that transcend the PG13 ramblings of this blog.  I was not a happy camper needless to say and walked back to the bench and proceeded to share my 10 minutes of h*ll with Silvina and Sudip who looked at me like I had lost my mind.  No, this all really happened me on my mini trek to the bathroom.  Geez, had I known all that...I would've held it until I got home! LOL.

By this time, new bills had arrived, we signed and said our goodbyes and Silvina and I were out. Sudip had told me before he got to the meet up that he was probably going home early since he had a lot to do still before he left back to South Korea. Interestingly enough, he decided to hang out with the graphic / advertising people which I think was awesome!   Now, I should note that I thought Mark had left already but was apparently inside getting a drink.

The gang (not pictured: Paul, Alice, and Colt)
  When he came out, everyone was gone!  He texted me but I didn't get it until I got home that asked where did everyone go.  Poor Mark! 

I got in the house and much to my surprise, my parents were both still awake and watching TV. I went to say goodnight to them and my Mom let out a bit of a shriek and covered her face, telling me to go to bed.  Huh, what did I do?!?! OMG, apparently my garlic odor was quite the stench and the entire living room had the lovely aroma of garlic.  I instantly thought of the Peanuts character that always had the dust cloud around him....perhaps that is me with the garlic!  Could've gone with the sweet potato fries but those had garlic on them too as I later found out!  Oh well.........sorry to everyone I talked to! LOL. 

It was now 2am and a few more texts with Mark and I fell asleep...literally in the middle of my last text to him! Guess I was really tired!  Oooopsie!  :-)

TRE69 says:
Whoa!!! Just my luck..All the fun stuff happens AFTER I leave! What an evening for you Erin...hahaha...welcome back to LA!!! Until the next meetup!
Posted on: Aug 08, 2008
Sheila_0808 says:
hahaha! that was crazy, but luckily i didnt encounter any drama while i was in the bathroom.

Had a great time girl! Good seeing you again;P
Posted on: Aug 05, 2008
Jelly says:
Erin...
Why the sudden venue change?? What a pain to drive for those in OC and Long Beach and all the coastal cities.

Glad you had fun anyways. I'm glad we were able to relax on Sunday after :-)
Love ya girl!
Posted on: Aug 04, 2008
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Sudip and I screwing around
Sudip and I screwing around
Me and Silvina
Me and Silvina
Sam and Silvina
Sam and Silvina
Eat your heart out Steve..LOL! Han…
Eat your heart out Steve..LOL! Ha…
Alice and Jen
Alice and Jen
Rob taking self shots w/my camera …
Rob taking self shots w/my camera…
Silvina, me, and Sudip
Silvina, me, and Sudip
Paul and I....ready to make our be…
Paul and I....ready to make our b…
Mark and I
Mark and I
The gang (not pictured: Paul, Alic…
The gang (not pictured: Paul, Ali…
Alice and I
Alice and I
Tracy and Paul
Tracy and Paul
Me with Paul and Sam
Me with Paul and Sam
Sam and Silvina
Sam and Silvina
The gang....at least Joy and Sudip…
The gang....at least Joy and Sudi…
Sneaking out to take a pic of the …
Sneaking out to take a pic of the…
Tracy and I
Tracy and I
Studly Rob with his shades
Studly Rob with his shades
Cute Joy!
Cute Joy!
Mark claims he always closes his e…
Mark claims he always closes his …
Another specialty Rob self shot
Another specialty Rob self shot
Joy and I
Joy and I
The smokers lounge..HA HA
The smokers lounge..HA HA
Sam and I
Sam and I
Sudip enjoying his water
Sudip enjoying his water
Uhhh, what is that Rob?!?! HA HA
Uhhh, what is that Rob?!?! HA HA
Ohhhh, watch out Joy! LOL
Ohhhh, watch out Joy! LOL
Cmon Tracy, show us you can tie t…
C'mon Tracy, show us you can tie …
The Garlic Girls - Jen and I
The Garlic Girls - Jen and I
Awwww, is Rob gonna buy Joy a rose…
Awwww, is Rob gonna buy Joy a ros…
Hmmm, it appears that way
Hmmm, it appears that way
Why yes he did!
Why yes he did!
Awwww, pukey pukey! LOL.  The happ…
Awwww, pukey pukey! LOL. The hap…
Jen intently watching Colts tricks
Jen intently watching Colt's tricks
Jen trying it for herself
Jen trying it for herself
Hmmmmm........LOL
Hmmmmm........LOL
Cmon Paul - smile!
C'mon Paul - smile!
Sheila and Jen having a chat
Sheila and Jen having a chat
Silvina and I with our new friend …
Silvina and I with our new friend…
No, I dont want to go home
"No, I don't want to go home"
Awwww, good night guys!
Awwww, good night guys!
Pasadena
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