My good friend RS, who I’ve known since college, is getting married!! He moved to LA right after school and has lived there ever since. The wedding is taking place in Santa Barbara wine country, a few hours drive from LA. Since I am flying half way across the country to attend the wedding, why not hit two birds with one stone. I decided to make a week long trip out of it, sort of like what I did with the last wedding that I attended in Mexico City.
My girlfriend RH will be coming along with me on this trip. She has never been to California before, so everything will be a first for her.
When we showed up at the security check point, people were randomly selected to go through the expedite security line. We were lucky to be selected. All I had to do was send my bag through the xray machine, empty my pockets, and walk through the metal detector. Didn’t have to take off my shoes, take out laptop. etc. etc. It was great!!
RH catching up on some Zzzz…Is it me, or does that sleeping eye mask look like a colorful bra? By far the best thing about traveling with another person is that they can watch your bag while you sleep or go to the bathroom, and you don’t lose your seat in the process.
Speaking of bathrooms, there is a nice bathroom inside the Admirals Club. I went in at a little bit before 7 to do my, uhm, business. Awesome, I am the only one in the bathroom! Then at exactly 7:00AM, no less than 4 others come into the bathroom at the same time to do their business. Apparently, 7:00AM sharp is the unspoken time to do your business.
They had all these kiosks inside, but no one was using them. I tried using one, and quickly figured out why no one was using them. Instead of a normal kiosk where you just do everything through the screen, this kiosk just connects you to a live person over the phone. What’s worse is that you walk up to the kiosk, and you have to wait minutes just to connect to someone on the phone. Fuck that, I am waiting in the regular line. Seriously dumb idea. I bet they make you talk on the phone with a real person just so they can upsell you on a more expensive vehicle or insurance, etc.
Fortunately, the regular line isn’t very long. What did take a really long time was when we actually started speaking to an agent. They didn’t have the car that I had reserved(Ford Focus), so the agent told us to wait, and he just walked outside without explaining anything. 10 minutes later, he comes back and says that he’ll give us a Mazda 3 instead. I was actually pretty happy, since I like Mazdas.
The Mazda 3 is a joy to drive!! Mazda always makes really well handling cars, and I was super impressed with how this Mazda 3 drove. The turn in is actually shaper than my Audi A3. The brake feel was awesome as well!! I was really worried that they were going to give me some POS car from the car rental, but the 3 exceeded all my expectations. The only minor drawback is that it could use a little bit more power, but I love the car so much that it’s a small negative that I can overlook easily.
OC offered to drive us around in her car, Sweet Pea. It’s a 98 Pathfinder. My very first car was a 98 Pathfinder, so this brings back all sorts of memories for me. Her driver’s seat had a tear in the same spot as my old car. Sigh, I kind of miss that car. It is still the most reliable car that I have ever owned. Sniff.
Saw this guy walking three dogs. I saw one of the dog walk kind of funny, then realized that it was a three legged dog. Then I realized that all three dogs walked kind of funny, then realized that all three dogs were three legged dogs!! This guy has a three legged dog fetish!! JB, this guy has got you beat!
Lunch spot. We were supposed to eat Indian food, since OC and I have always eaten Indian food as our last meal when we see each other(we are leaving right after lunch). Well, apparently Indian food isn’t exactly beach town friendly, so OC couldn’t think of an Indian place to eat around here. I guess we’ll just have to settle for something more local, fish tacos. They eat fish in India, right?
After our dessert, we had to get back to OC’s place so we can hit the road. OC says that Friday afternoon traffic starts up at 1:30 and if we don’t get out of town, we could be stuck in traffic for hours and hours and hours and hours.
What about it, we have our luggage open in the middle of the street. SoCal is getting unseasonably hot weather right now. RH was getting hot in her jeans, so she decided to change out into shorts. We should have brought more warm weather clothes. The positive side of the heat is that OC says the sky has been clear instead of foggy like it’s been when the weather was cooler.
Ah, I remember these stop lights that regulates onramp traffic into the freeway. They are here to prevent too much traffic entering into the freeway at once, because that actually slows down overall traffic flow rate.
OC suggested that on our way out of town, we should go check out the Getty Center for a great view of LA since the weather is so nice.
To be continued at Cali Coast Day 1 Part 2.