Another Anticipated TB Arrival - Julie (Pinchora) & BBQ at Sal's (SinCityTraveler)

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Welcome to Las Vegas Julie!! :D

OMG....still giddy from the excitement of meeting Dana (Jerseygirl67) from the day before, it was already time to pick Julie up at the airport. Originally Mel was going to go and I was gonna stay and work but still needed to shop some more (I know, I know).  We ran some pre meet up errands and arrived just in time for her landing! *YEAH*  Melanie had the forethought to make cute arrival signs for us to hold like the high rollers get when they get into town...the only difference - we were in flip flops!  Most people looked at us like we were nuts, especially since I was the one holding just the TravBuddy logo sign  so people were more intrigued. And just to taunt Julie, Mel wore her Rams jersey (Julie is a big Steelers fan).

Look at those snazzy TB logos!
  While we were standing there for what seemed like an eternity (I think it was 30 minutes...LOL), Brett (metsbwd) called to confirm his arrival the next day (I think I needed a TB taxi logo on the side of my car for this trip...ha ha).  Stood there and talked to him for a bit while we people watched and then I finally saw her....JULIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Just like with Dana, it was like old friends and we were off to Sal's house...with a slight detour. We stopped by ghetto mall #2 as they have a hooker heaven shoe store (still on my mission for the flamed stilettos!) and of course......we spotted a Disney Store!!! YEAH BABY!!! Quick run through and found a million things I wanted but I actually showed some restraint, albeit rather difficult!  Another semi quick stop in a clothing store and we were off to Sal's 

Poor Julie.

Typical West Coast car photo! :D
...she's known Melanie and I for about 2 hours at this point and here is where life starts to get interesting.  Mel and I had our first "fight" revolving around directions to Sal's as she had me going back and forth on the 95 fwy several times - I finally just yelled, "WILL YOU JUST CALL SAL BECAUSE I AM NOT DRIVING BACK AND FORTH!" Julie sat absolutely quiet in the backseat! LOL  Sorry Julie!!  We finally got turned the right way and then Melanie has us get off the freeway so she can have us go back on the other direction AGAIN because she's used to coming to Sal's house that way and she will get us there.  OH MY GOD!  Yeah, Julie had an intimate knowledge of downtown Las Vegas after our hour shuttle back and forth through the same freeway interchange, affectionately known as the "Spaghetti Bowl" here.
Yes, that is me learning to use the car wash!
 

Next, we had to make a pit stop for ice as requested, although we are about an hour late for dinner at this point.  Hope someone saved us some BBQ!!!  I also really wanted to get my car washed, which admittedly, I've never done one of those gas station drive thru type deals.  Ok, before anyone makes snide comments...I've always either washed my own car (yes, I am not opposed to some manual labor), taken it to the hand car wash, or in this particular situation, I wanted to run it through my company's onsite one for our company cars but didn't have time before I left Sacramento.  So yeah, this was a new experience for me and one I'd preferably not like to repeat.  We asked the guy in the gas station about it and he rattled off three types that made zero sense to me and all I could say is, "HUH?"  Julie took a stab at interpretation and he said she wasn't far off.

Group shot from Sal's!
.....Ok, something to do with basic, some clear coat of whatever, and then the biggun was like a wax and underneath wash.  Look, I still have several hundred families of bugs so no wax, just basic so I can get the multi layers of dirt down to around 2 or 3 before driving back home then I will have it detailed. 

So, we enter our little code and I keep repeating all the steps in my head of what we do when get there and ok, we are on the track and going through.  OMG, talk about instant clausterphobia!  Geezus! Yeah, I won't be partaking in that again anytime soon. I was unsure I was going to be able to sleep good after that!  Little did I know at the time, Sal had something that would knock me right out (and no, it wasn't his fist or anything illegal.

Julie, me, Sal, and Dana - Cuervo tme! LOL
..just a good old fashioned martini!)

Ok, we are at Sal's now which is like 2 blocks from this gas station and let the party begin. I had zero intention of drinking but after finding my head still spinning from our hour trek through the same interchange, I was ready for something, anything, just make it strong.  Sal had made Lychee Martinis.....OMG!  Please, just forego the glass and give it to me straight!!! HA HA HA.  That was one of the best martinis ever but yikes, ask for strong and you shall receive. 

At this little gathering were Sal obviously, Dana, Sven (Svenman99) and his girlfriend Stephanie, and a few of Sal's "RLF's" were present.  They were awesome to mess with and soon,  I found myself in the kitchen doing a shot with Dana and Julie.

Cheers - the gang at Sal's (minus Sven and Stephanie who had already left)
  Huh, where o where did my little martini go?!?!  OMG, James (Pearcetoyou) would be proud, I put aside my prissy drinking ways for a moment and passed the time with Jose.....as in Cuervo. I continually give James a hard time for his old drink of choice but I see he's returned to his right mind and is back on red wine!! :D   It was now time to eat...finally.  I don't even remember eating that day and perhaps I might not have in anticipation of Sal's culinary skills on display!  And lemme tell you - Sal doesn't disappoint.....!!!!!!  :D

Hard to believe it was already time to get going. Mel and I needed a good night sleep in anticipation for the Pre Meet Up the following day, plus...you know we had to come home and work on our blogs!!!! LOL.

All the girls on Sal's bed...a big whoo hooo
   KIDDING!! We actually came home and Melanie planned to try and catch the repeat of Project Runway and I headed to sleep...well at least bed! I ended up on the phone for an hour venting about my rotten work day and that, combined with eating late, and that dang Lychee martini (or the tequila shot or combo of both) was a very bad combination....When I got up in the morning I had a vague recollection of wandering the hallway (which I do walk and talk in my sleep...LOL) and blabbing on the phone.  I went to my call log and yup....sure enough, I called someone at 1:15am.....fortunately, the call lasted 37 seconds so how much damage could I do on voicemail, right??!!?!?  Eeeeek!!!

Jelly says:
How's your liver?? haha
Posted on: Sep 16, 2008
pinchora says:
ha ha ha... thgis was a good evening!!! I enjoyed the driving around... now I won't get lost if I come back by myself!!! Ha Ha Ha!! You girls are too much!
Posted on: Sep 16, 2008
ratu says:
WTF you're always having party!
Posted on: Sep 16, 2008
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Welcome to Las Vegas Julie!! :D
Welcome to Las Vegas Julie!! :D
Look at those snazzy TB logos!
Look at those snazzy TB logos!
Typical West Coast car photo! :D
Typical West Coast car photo! :D
Yes, that is me learning to use th…
Yes, that is me learning to use t…
Group shot from Sals!
Group shot from Sal's!
Julie, me, Sal, and Dana - Cuervo …
Julie, me, Sal, and Dana - Cuervo…
Cheers - the gang at Sals (minus …
Cheers - the gang at Sal's (minus…
All the girls on Sals bed...a big…
All the girls on Sal's bed...a bi…
Julie enjoying her water or being …
Julie enjoying her water or being…
The view in the car wash...OMG!
The view in the car wash...OMG!
Sven and Stephanie
Sven and Stephanie
Dana, me, and Julie
Dana, me, and Julie
Sven, Stephanie, me, Dana, and Jul…
Sven, Stephanie, me, Dana, and Ju…
Cheers!
Cheers!
Mel and Dana...self portrait
Mel and Dana...self portrait
Sven, Stephanie, and Sal
Sven, Stephanie, and Sal
Bottoms up Julie!
Bottoms up Julie!
Mel and Sven
Mel and Sven
Sal, Dana, and Jason
Sal, Dana, and Jason
TB hubby and I enjoying our Lychee…
TB hubby and I enjoying our Lyche…
Me and my TB Hubby!
Me and my TB Hubby!
Awwww, a little Julie on Mel! LOL
Awwww, a little Julie on Mel! LOL
Melanie pretending not to like us …
Melanie pretending not to like us…
Dana jumping on TB as soon as she …
Dana jumping on TB as soon as she…
Ok, she roped us all into logging …
Ok, she roped us all into logging…
Whoo Hoo....infamous circle photo
Whoo Hoo....infamous circle photo
Julie ready to pass out (hhmmm, cu…
Julie ready to pass out (hhmmm, c…
Ok, Sal had to join in on the fun!
Ok, Sal had to join in on the fun!
End of the night car photo!
End of the night car photo!
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