TravBuddies and CouchSurfers Collide...the OC Meet Up!

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Me, Sarah, and Silvina

Only one "word" can describe this meet up...OMG!!!  My stomach is still hurting this morning as I try to recount all the hilarious antics of the night before.  Angel (Knead2travel) is hosting a foreign exchange student from Japan and decided to throw a bonfire in her honor.  Talk about perfect timing since I was coming down this weekend anyways....YEAH!  It also seemed that a number of birthdays fell/fall right around now so another excuse to celebrate! 

It was shaping up to be a pretty small and intimate meet up with the girls/guys count almost even.  I was bringing my friend Jose and also talked my friend Silvina (silverv) into coming so she could meet the Orange Country crew.  Since she lives in the OC - this is the perfect opportunity for her to meet some of my favorite friends and fellow TB'ers like Angel, Warren, and Tiffany! 

Jose and I decide to carpool down (thanks Jose for "volunteering" to drive) and we stopped at the grocery store for snacks and some alcohol when I get a call from Angel.

Kenny and the best tattoo ever....LOL!!!
..I thought it was to make sure we were coming since we were about 30 minutes late at that point but no....eeeek!  There are no fire pits.  WHAT? Her, Josh (smuffygt), and Saeko wandered the beach and no pits anywhere...apparently people had been camping out since morning to save them.  I told her to go play nice with someone and see if they will let us share and as she smartly pointed out...uh, they are all families so probably not a good idea to go flirt with the husband...LOL.  Oh well, give me a point for trying at least!  And then, bright idea hits...I remembered there were lights on the grassy knoll area by the pier when we meet up with Jpchoi a few weeks ago!  We decide to switch it to there and have a picnic of sorts...plenty of places on Main Street to go after if we want as well.
Silvina (silverv), Josh (smuffygt), Angel(knead2travel) and me
  Angel tries to get ahold of a few people and I text Silvina to advise of the change and Jose and I are off to find parking. 

Of course, we were the only two there right away and spread my darling Pooh blanket out and made ourselves comfy waiting for the gang to arrive.  Lots of interesting people watching opportunities.  Soon Silvina and her friend Jas arrive.  Then some of the Couchsurfers arrive who were totally awesome - Sarah, Mike, and Kenny. Next I see Angel, Josh, and Saeko walking up!  All that is missing is Warren (ocwarren) and Tiffany (tiffybear24).  Soon, another CS arrives, Francisco, who was an absolute riot.  Although it seems like hours later, Warren arrives with another Couchsurfer, Markus, and the party is off and running! 

Sarah was the smart one and brought premade margaritas with some nice Patron she recently received as a birthday gift.

Don't lose a hand there Angel!
  Smart girl!  Once the margaritas were done, we opted to pour the Absolut Ruby Red and Red Bull in the cooler - should've been smart and poured the WHOLE bottle in so we could've pitched it instead of just half.  Hmmmm, lesson learned! LOL.  We were hanging out drinking, eating, and goofing around when Jose and I decided to go for a bathroom break.  As we were leaving, we saw two police officers arrive on their offroad type vehicles and they parked just on the sand, looking directly at our group. I was a little nervous with the bottle being down there and then saw they were somewhat preoccupied talking to a guy sitting on the wall by the beach path.  As we came back, I realized the person they were talking to and giving a ticket was Mike from our group! OMG! WTF!??!  Didn't realize it but he was smoking down there and there are posted signs that there is no smoking on the beach.
Francisco finishing off the Guacamole on Angel's pants! LOL
  And apparently, he threw a cigarette butt which they gave him a "warning" for the littering.  The ticket for the no smoking is apparently $100 or more.  Poor Mike!  They also apparently told him to remind us and warn the group that we cannot drink on the beach....huh, us?!? *We are angels of course* 

From there, there was so much going on it would take me hours to blog about everything so here are some of my favorite highlights of our picnic on the beach...and PLEASE NOTE:  THERE WILL BE UPLOADED VIDEOS FROM THIS EVENING!! :D

- Kenny (from CS) - showing his tattoo - probably one of the funniest ever

- Mike (from CS) - explaining to the cops that he is unemployed and the money to pay this ticket is essentially coming from their paychecks.

OMG! Jumpin Jelly!
..apparently they didn't see the same logic in that.  Angel then running down and actually taking a pic of Mike and the cops as he is getting the ticket

- The dirty things one can do with rum infused fruit and the pictures that prove it 

- Angel's leg landing in the container of guacamole somehow and watching Francisco lick it off!! Eewwwww!

- Sending poor Jose off to pour the Absolut in a cup to get it in the cooler, only to still have 5 cops eyes on us so we send Warren off to the car to store it

- Discussing Kenny's evil look about him, especially as he sat there twirling his mustache hairs in a menacing way!

- Kenny getting up from the group and rather than saying "be right back" he says B-R-B! O-M-G..he's a walking text message! LOL

- Sarah, Jose, Kenny, and Mike playing football with a ton of kids.

Whoo Hoo! Look at us go!
...the kids then chanting Sarah's name as they somewhat beat her up! Jose swinging the kids around like the rocket ride at Disneyland.  Mike being the biggest kid of all as he claims victory (complete with victory spike and dance - YES THERE IS VIDEO)

- Kenny serenading Angel (well, more like rapping)....and YES, video of this as well

- Certain memorable quotes about Jelly and Jellyland.  No, Jellyland is not overpriced!  It is free and very much worth it!

- Jump shots...OMG. Photographic proof of silliness at its best!

- Huh, wait, how do you pronounce Saeko's name...Psycho?!?! No........!

- Sarah saying watch this as she does a killer punt with the football.

Da girls - Saeko, Sarah, Angel, Tiffy, and me
..only to have it veer to the left and strike some poor unsuspecting person laying on the wall, along with his friend/family member in the face! LOL

- Mike's humpty dance - no explanation even necessary

- Francisco mentioning his butt is not for free as I come up behind and grab him! LOL  Sorry "Free Butt!" :D :D

- Josh trying to teach Warren karate moves

We began to part ways...Silvina and Jas left somewhat early and then Angel was headed out with Saeko and Josh since Saeko was exhausted - she just arrived from Japan earlier in the day!  Sarah had talked to her friend who works at Fred's Cantina across the street so we decided to go visit her for a bit.  Jose and I had to go drop stuff off at the car, didn't want to show up with our heavy blanket and snacks!  More fun ensued in Freds:

- On the way back to Fred's - I saw a dog with a Yamika.

Jose and I at Fred's Cantina
..yes, a chihuahua had a Yamika!

- Jose checking out the girl walking in front of us with her shirt that said "music" across her butt....."What are you doing?" "Uh, I am watching the beat of the music".  LOL

- Videos of girls in bikinis with power tools....?!?!

- Francisco feeling unfufilled as ads for bar and food specials would flash across just at the best part of the music videos with scantly clad females!

- Discussing why "Pour Sugar on Me" is a strange idea.......as the bar back pours sugar on one of the bouncers who's dancing with the girls

- Jose and another guy doing the "Cupid Shuffle" - they were totally in sync - it was awesome!

- Warren totally letting loose and shaking his groove thang like I didn't know he could (Fav video of the night!)

Awww, we said our goodbyes and Jose and I headed off to home.

Another shot of Warren and I
....as we drove down Beach, stopping to try and get the windows of Jose's rental car wet so we could sit out of the windshield (no wiper fluid).  LOL.  We finally stopped at the gas station and he cleaned the windows...while I took pics like everyone else does to me when I am out cleaning the windows!! (JULZ!!!) 

What a fun night! I really enjoyed meeting the Couchsurfing crew and look forward to their arrival on the TravBuddy scene here soon!  Also plans to see at least a few of them again this week before I head out to Vegas with Melanie next week!  Fun times and thanks again to Angel who hosted a completely awesome meet up! 

PLEASE NOTE: Still trying to upload vidoes to You Tube...will update blog with video clips as soon as they are finished!! :D

kranski says:
Sounds like you had an awesome night...Hope my meetup in BKK next week is just as exciting.
Posted on: Sep 07, 2008
danny291 says:
OMG! a walking text message! so happy to know theres others like me! :)
Posted on: Sep 06, 2008
jpchoi says:
back to huntington eh?
Posted on: Sep 02, 2008
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Me, Sarah, and Silvina
Me, Sarah, and Silvina
Kenny and the best tattoo ever....…
Kenny and the best tattoo ever...…
Silvina (silverv), Josh (smuffygt)…
Silvina (silverv), Josh (smuffygt…
Dont lose a hand there Angel!
Don't lose a hand there Angel!
Francisco finishing off the Guacam…
Francisco finishing off the Guaca…
OMG! Jumpin Jelly!
OMG! Jumpin Jelly!
Whoo Hoo! Look at us go!
Whoo Hoo! Look at us go!
Da girls - Saeko, Sarah, Angel, Ti…
Da girls - Saeko, Sarah, Angel, T…
Jose and I at Freds Cantina
Jose and I at Fred's Cantina
Another shot of Warren and I
Another shot of Warren and I
Jose getting ready for an absolut …
Jose getting ready for an absolut…
Hi Silvina!
Hi Silvina!
Angel and I
Angel and I
Angel looking like....well, an ang…
Angel looking like....well, an an…
Most of the gang
Most of the gang
Enjoying our picnic
Enjoying our picnic
Josh (smuffygt) and Angel (knead2t…
Josh (smuffygt) and Angel (knead2…
Another shot of Silvina, Josh, Ang…
Another shot of Silvina, Josh, An…
Yikes....Joses crazy self shot!
Yikes....Jose's crazy self shot!
Warren and I
Warren and I
Warren...look AT the camera!!
Warren...look AT the camera!!
Silvina, Warren, and me
Silvina, Warren, and me
WTF is Angel doing! LOL. Mike, Ang…
WTF is Angel doing! LOL. Mike, An…
Sarah, Francisco, Jose, and Kenny …
Sarah, Francisco, Jose, and Kenny…
Mike doing the white boy dance!
Mike doing the white boy dance!
Hungry boys fighting over the rum …
Hungry boys fighting over the rum…
Awww, whats a little love among f…
Awww, what's a little love among …
Kennys orgasmic love for the pine…
Kenny's orgasmic love for the pin…
As he revels in the moment.....
As he revels in the moment.....
Silvinas turn! Sexy!
Silvina's turn! Sexy!
Saeko enjoying herself (or perhaps…
Saeko enjoying herself (or perhap…
Cmon Josh...a smile, just a littl…
C'mon Josh...a smile, just a litt…
Not sure where I was looking but i…
Not sure where I was looking but …
Josh and Angel
Josh and Angel
Angel and I
Angel and I
Francisco helping Angel out of her…
Francisco helping Angel out of he…
Not wasting any guac!
Not wasting any guac!
Cmon Jose...at least smile a litt…
C'mon Jose...at least smile a lit…
Silvina and Jose being a brat...no…
Silvina and Jose being a brat...n…
Markus caught me! LOL
Markus caught me! LOL
Adorable pic of Silvina
Adorable pic of Silvina
Silvina and I trying to do our sel…
Silvina and I trying to do our se…
Kenny and one of his new friends
Kenny and one of his new friends
Markus and Jas
Markus and Jas
Another round of self shot attempt…
Another round of self shot attemp…
Jose swinging the kids!
Jose swinging the kids!
Wow....polar bear legs! :D
Wow....polar bear legs! :D
Fish taco time!
Fish taco time!
Josh, Angel, Kenny, Francisco, Sae…
Josh, Angel, Kenny, Francisco, Sa…
Warren enjoying his Wahoos
Warren enjoying his Wahoo's
Wait...was that almost a smile cra…
Wait...was that almost a smile cr…
That is the closest to a smile we …
That is the closest to a smile we…
Angel and Saeko - cute!
Angel and Saeko - cute!
Action shot! LOL
Action shot! LOL
Saeko and I heading up the granny …
Saeko and I heading up the granny…
What is Markus doing?!?! HA HA HA
What is Markus doing?!?! HA HA HA
Cmon boys..JUMP!
C'mon boys..JUMP!
Cmon....you can do it Jose!
C'mon....you can do it Jose!
Good sports Francisco and Jose!
Good sports Francisco and Jose!
Look at Jose....and Franciscos bu…
Look at Jose....and Francisco's b…
YIKES...yes Warren, you were in my…
YIKES...yes Warren, you were in m…
Warren showing a little leg
Warren showing a little leg
The serial killer look! :D
The serial killer look! :D
Warren learning some karate moves
Warren learning some karate moves
OMG..trying to coordinate the grou…
OMG..trying to coordinate the gro…
Almost everyone is jumping!
Almost everyone is jumping!
Cmon Mike and Kenny!
C'mon Mike and Kenny!
ANGEL!!!! LOL
ANGEL!!!! LOL
Kenny had to spoil it! LOL
Kenny had to spoil it! LOL
Its not what you think....but who…
It's not what you think....but wh…
Markus, me, Warren, and Francisco …
Markus, me, Warren, and Francisco…
Markus and I with our small bevera…
Markus and I with our small bever…
Jose on the dance floor
Jose on the "dance floor"
WOW Francisco..you are quite the l…
WOW Francisco..you are quite the …
LOL!!! The fallic straw
LOL!!! The fallic straw
Sarah and Mike......not sure why M…
Sarah and Mike......not sure why …
And take it up one notch.....
And take it up one notch.....
Poor Markus...I think he was done …
Poor Markus...I think he was done…
NICE!!! We all agree that is Franc…
NICE!!! We all agree that is Fran…
Warren and I...awwwwww
Warren and I...awwwwww
One last SK Kenny shot! :D
One last "SK" Kenny shot! :D
Warren thinking we wanted him out …
Warren thinking we wanted him out…
Francisco looking adorable!
Francisco looking adorable!
Open your eyes! :D
Open your eyes! :D
Kenny and the infamous mustache tw…
Kenny and the infamous mustache t…
Warren on the outside peeking in! …
Warren on the outside peeking in!…
Mike looks oh so happy! LOL
Mike looks oh so happy! LOL
Warren getting his groove on!
Warren getting his groove on!
With my boys - Warren and Jose
With my boys - Warren and Jose
Whoo Hoo! Manual Labor baby!
Whoo Hoo! Manual Labor baby!
I think you missed a spot!
I think you missed a spot!
On our way home from Huntington Be…
On our way home from Huntington B…
VIDEO: OCWarren dancing....Unfort…