So I took Friday entirely off so I could lounge around, finish my applications, and wait for Amber to show up. Did all of that and still managed to pack for the trip. Amber showed up around 2pm and we went over to Stonestowne to drop off my application for Borders and to have lunch at Boudin. Later we stopped at The Limited so Amber could do some shopping. I am so glad that I am not the only one that is going through shopping withdrawals (although we stopped at Nordstrom’s on our way out and there was a leather jacket that was calling to me).
It was after 4pm by then, so we got Mike to take us to Daly City BART station and we headed to The Embarcadero station to meet Amanda, and our timing at the station was perfect. Just as we were coming up to call Amanda; we saw her walking into the station with a beautiful bouquet of flowers for Mew. So we all boarded BART and headed to Oakland to catch our flight.
We breezed through the security checks and had about an hour wait for our flight. During that time, we got so many compliments about the flower arangement. And the scent of these flowers was so strong; at least 20×20 around us you could smell them. I love being at airports just to watch people. I think that I could spend the day at the airport, just looking at, listening to, and writing about all of the people that would pass me. I had kind of planned on doing something like that before 9/11, but now I’m sure that if I did something like that, security would come to take me away.
So we flew to So Cal on Jet Blue. OMG, Jet Blue is my new favorite airlines. First of all, none of that cow herding that you have to do when you fly Southwest; Assigned seats baby. They load the plane starting from the middle outward, and they load from the front and the back. So simple, yet so smart. The seats are leather and there is leg room so your legs don’t get cramped. But the best thing by far; DirecTV in every seat; Oh yeah baby. Granted there are only 24 channels, but still. The only thing that sucked on the flight is that I had to keep my window closed, so I couldn’t take pictures like I had wanted too.
So we land at the Long Beach Airport at 9:30ish. Through the window in front of me I got a glimpse of all the ships out in the harbour backed up cause of the strike two weeks ago. I wish I could have gotten a picture of it, has it was a sight to see. Anyway, the Long Beach Airport is like in the middle of the city I guess. This airport is OLD. Talking about going down the stairs and walking to the terminal. And the baggage claim area, once the entire luggage is unloaded off the plane, the conveyor belt just stops. Old School.
So Mew and her boyfriend Eric show up and we head out straight to the Oktoberfest festival. Mew got all of us some passes, but they had expired at 8pm, so we were going to try to use the “It’s Mew’s Birthday” plan to get in free. Well, after going to the wrong mall, we got to the place (We could tell by the picture of the giant breasts of the German beer girl) and there is a line that is longer than some of the lines at Disneyland. AND IT IS NOT MOVING. The bouncer at the gate said that it was a 20 min line, but I highly doubt that we would have got inside in 20min. So we decided to leave and to goto Huntington Beach to go bar hopping.
So we get to Huntington Beach and we clean up a bit and go bar hopping to get Mew her free birthday drinks. So many things happened on this bar hop. Somehow a bra came off and it fell down to the street (we were at a bar on the 2nd floor balcony). So young kid, maybe 14-16, tried to throw it up, but couldn’t do it. Eventually, Andy, this guy from Canada, was able to throw it back up to us. He later came up with his group and we talked for awhile. Their was this guy named Jason who claimed that he was a stripper. But he chickened out when we tried to get him to dance and strip for Mew for her birthday. Later, when we left that club, we met the kid that couldn’t throw the bra up to us and ended up giving the bra to him. Has we left, he had a girl on his lap and two other girls hanging on to him. Oh yeah, we def. helped him get laid that night. There is one more story that I have to share, but it’s going to require its’ own entry.
So we left the beach and headed to Mew’s house for the night. Mew and Eric went up to finish celebrating her birthday, while Amber, Amanda and I stayed up talking. The next day we kinda woke up late and just lounged in the morning, which was good. I wasn’t hung over or anything, but it felt good just to lay in bed and just be leisurely. We eventually got showered and dressed and headed to Mew and Eric’s friend Joe’s house. When we got there, we found out that Joe was leaving and he told us to make ourselves at home. Amanda and I find a Playstation and Jeopardy and are hooked. After awhile, we decide that we are hungry, so our group goes to this seafood place to get some food and we head out to the beach to eat it. While at the beach, Amber decides to be Ms. Dolittle and starts to feed the birds. The rest of us hastily shove the rest of the food down our throats and get away from Amber and her small mob of birds.
So it’s about 5pm and I want to watch the game, so we start looking for a bar to goto. Being proud of the fact that I am from S.F., I naturally have on my 49er’s cap on and my Barry Bonds jersey. So most of the bars are full and are not letting anyone in, and I’m sure that what I was wearing wasn’t helping. In one of the bar, this drunken ass blocked my way into the bar for like 30 sec. And once we got in, OMG the looks. I knew that if we stayed, I would probably be fighting my way out. I think that everybody else in the group realized this too, cause they ussered me out before a riot could start. So we goto this bar called The Stag, which was perfect. The bartender was cool, their wasn’t that many people, and the Angels fans here were pretty cool. The bartender hooked us up with refill of drinks. I am glad that I didn’t have that much money, or I would have gotten wasted there. So we played a couple games of pool and other things and watched the game for awhile, before we headed back to Joe’s house.