A Mini TB Meet Up For Sushi....and Yes, This is a Blog About a Night Out in the Drugstore! LOL

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Tracy, Mel, me, and Al

Tracy (Tre69) and I had been talking at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday night about my sushi place in Long Beach and she asked if I was going again before leaving town.  Hadn't planned on it but I will look for any excuse to go there! :D  We made plans to go Sunday evening and I knew Melanie was coming back from Mexico this morning so I messaged her and of course, she was in.  Alice (Alicegourmet) and her husband Victor planned to join us.  Unfortunately, Angel and Silvina couldn't make it!! Booooooo! :-) 

On my way down, I picked up my friend Al, one of the regulars from the sushi bar that I know (and also the one from Friday night who was feeding me lobster.

The TB girls...me, Melanie, Tracy, and Alice
.whoo hoo).  We ended up getting to Aki's early as Mel and Tracy were running late.  Alice and Vic got there so we chatted until spots opened up at the sushi bar and we made our way over to sit with Aki. 

Seeing how I hadn't eaten all day, Alice and I decided to start ordering some food...sorry Melanie and Tracy! LOL.  They arrived shortly thereafter and OMG....MELANIE WAS TAN! I am sooooo jealous!  She looked fabulous...can't believe it had been a whole week without the Queen CW. No IMs, no 5 phone calls a day..I was going through withdrawals!!!  We all said our hi's and introductions and it was time for some serious sushi eating!  

Melanie did her Hamachi test and Aki passed with flying colors.

With my favorite guys - Alex, Craig, and Aki
  She has admitted this is the best place now! :D We had some super yummy things and I even tried something new.....Tracy had these little mushroom things that looked like little sperm.  They were disgusting but tasted ok...I just couldn't get past the shape!!! Aki was even laughing at us as I examined them and discussed their resemblence to either a male genitalia or a sperm.  Yeah, Melanie has a pic of me eating the little guys that will likely surface at some point! LOL

There was lots of laughter and antics at dinner....Melanie was laughing so hard that Aki and the guys were cracking up and the people down the bar couldn't help but laugh and they had no idea why either...they just said her laugh was infectious!!! HA HA HA.   Some of my favorite moments of the dinner:

Three girls and a Sprite.

Happy ice cream girls!
..just for you Will (W_clemmons) - We cut Tracy off after two btw!!

Mel: "OMG Tracy...you don't use soy sauce when you eat a roll".  Tracy: "No I do it straight".  Me: Yeah, she doesn't need lubricant to get it down. 

Aki handing us his special deep fried fish bones.  Melanie: What is that?  Aki: Deep fried fish bones.  Melanie: How do you pronouce that?  Me: FISH BONE! LOL  

Sadly, Alice and Vic had to leave early so they missed much of the commotion and silliness that seems to automatically happen if you put Mel and I in a room together....add Tracy and viola!  Instant sideache from laughter!!!  My poor friend Al - he was just quiet - for once! He claims it was because he was sober tonight but I think he was just stunned at the "3 Girls and a Sprite Variety Show".

Mel doesn't quite want to share her ice cream!
  :D

We said our goodbyes to Aki, Craig, and Alex in the bar and were off to take Al home since he didn't want to partake in ice cream adventures with us! We were trying to find something still open at 10pm that had sugar free and we decided that Melanie's old stand by of Rite-Aid (previously Thrifty's) was the obvious choice!  For those that do not know...Thrifty's was a drug store chain that was in California and known for their great ice cream over the years....Rite-Aid took them over and in Las Vegas, the Rite-Aids have been taken over by Walgreens so that means no more good ice cream for Melanie!  Everyone say, "awwwwwwwwwww..." now! LOL

I am not sure what was funnier...just being in a drug store ordering ice cream at 10pm or watching Tracy jump up and down as they had Malted Chocolate Crunch!  OMG.

Yes, I kissed a bat and I liked it!! LOL
...she was so excited. 

Me: It has what in it?!?!  Moth balls?!?!   Tracy: HA HA HA  No, they are MALT balls! Gotta love the balls!

Since she raved about it sooo much I opted to change my order from 2 scoops of the sugar free Peanut Butter Cup to half and half with the Malted Chocolate Crunch.  Well, since we all got cones and my friends are too nice to let ice cream drip in my car (not that I could've really driven with that thing anyways) we decided to check out the drugstore in the meantime.  OMG...I will never look at a Rite-Aid the same again. 

We found the Halloween aisle.  OMG......I think we spent almost an hour in the same aisle as evidenced by the photos!!  And since I had been having some pretty strange conversations lately with a fellow TB'er (Ketmeister) about BATS.

Awwww....see my bat brought my flowers!!!
....this seemed like the oh so appropriate time to play nice with the little bat on the shelf!!!   Yes, I have come out of the closet Ket....I am a BAT LOVER!!  BWWAAAHAAAAA!   I had poor Tracy almost in tears as I told Mr. Bat to make sure he was looking at Tracy this time in the picture!! :D  And Ket...notice this bat brought me flowers....black roses but he at least brought me flowers!!!! 

Oh boy, I think we must have played with every costume and prop on the display.  The security guy kept walking by and looking at us as the laughter coming from the aisle was pretty loud!! Especially when I touched this rat in a cup that starting moving and making noise and Tracy touched a few more and the darn thing let out a huge burp! LOL Melanie was on the next aisle and heard it and was like "OMG what are you guys doing NOW"  We took a video of it which I am currently uploading to You Tube.

OMG...Yes, the Anti Monkey Butt!!!!
....it was silly! 

We decided to wander around the store a bit more before leaving and noticed the end cap of Depends for Men and then hit the pharmacy section.  I spotted the alcohol and was headed down to check out the wine when I heard Tracy exclaim, "ANTI MONKEY BUTT?!?!" And the loudest laughter ever.  I went back over and sure enough, there is a product called Anti Monkey Butt and it's supposed to help uh, well, keep your rear end dry and basically a calamine powder! But the logo, the monkey's large red butt, and the wording on the package had us completely in tears.  Of course the security guy walks by right as we read the package and laugh even harder. I am still amazed we did not get thrown out of the store. 

Figuring it was time to mosey on out before we did get kicked out.

Take one for the chicken group......
..we started to make our way back to the front when Mel spotted the fall decorations.  OMG...she found the oddest shape chicken and in support of the CHICKEN GROUP, we tried to get her to pose with the chicken but she couldn't keep a straight face long enough to even get a picture in!! LOL.  So, sorry fellow chickens, I tried!!! :-)

Sadly, we then departed and headed back our separate ways home.......fun times and I honestly never thought I'd see the day when I'd blog about a night out in the drugstore but here you have it......LOL!

mellemel8 says:
OMG WE ARE OUT OF CONTROL :P
Posted on: Sep 09, 2008
TRE69 says:
Erin...thanks for introducing me to Aki Sushi...it was fabulous! I can't believe you remembered all the dialogue!
Posted on: Sep 09, 2008
poohstanggt says:
LOL! We spooned last night! I had to find a "batplacement" for my Asian Euro one!! BWWAAHAAAAA!!!
Posted on: Sep 08, 2008
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Al and I - sushi buds reunited!
Al and I - sushi buds reunited!
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Pssst, Craig over here!
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Tracy being silly!!! LOL
My super mushroom
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Tracy eating the little spermshro…
Our self pic
Our self pic
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Me, Al, Aki, Mel, and Tracy
Al thinks I am edible!!! LOL
Al thinks I am edible!!! LOL
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Melanie's happy...sugar free pean…
Ok..not happy enough - she had to …
Ok..not happy enough - she had to…
My new friend! LOL
My new friend! LOL
Doing the Happy Dance!
Doing the Happy Dance!
You have the Social Grace of an O…
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Yes, I am a bat lover!
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Mel is just Mel...
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Oh wait, she's a little witchy! LOL
Down the hatch! LOL
Down the hatch! LOL
Hellooooo Mr. Bat! :D
Hellooooo Mr. Bat! :D
This is for you Ket!! BWWAAAHAAAA
This is for you Ket!! BWWAAAHAAAA
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Look at the camera this time Mr. …
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Eeeeekkk..Tracy scared me!
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