Thursday was predicted to be a pleasantly warm day so the decision was made to venture off to Venice Beach. It was warm in K-town but by the time we got to the beach it was not so warm and rather foggy. We walked to the Santa Monica pier and by that time the fog had lifted and the sun began to shine. We explored the pier, rode on the famous carousel, people-watched at muscle beach, walked in the sand, and ate delicious fried cheese on stick.

After the beach however, is a different story. We departed at the wrong time and really got to experience what LA traffic is all about. Now I see why everyone complains because a 30 min ride from the beach became 2 hours!

The next day we visited the dead at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. It’s full of old dead jews, Johnny Ramone’s grave, and a memorial dedicated to Toto from the Wizard of Oz. Apparently Toto’s original resting place was disturbed when they installed a highway (JERKS!). After the cemetery we drove to Silver Lake, the hipster part of town, to walk and check out the shops. I didn’t mean to purchase anything but I found an adorable vintage dress for a great price.

My best friend Rebel has been visiting a friend in Oceanside all week and took a bus into LA for one night only to visit. A group of us went to a bar called Saddle Ranch that has the largest batch of good looking workers I’ve ever seen. Rebel’s friend Kirstie knows just about everyone there and we got hooked up with free drinks and cotton candy and even the general manager bought us all two rounds of shots. With all these free drinks I might have been just a bit tipsy. When we returned home (minus a Sarah) after shutting down the bar, Rebel and I were locked out of the apartment because we didn’t think to ask for keys. We ended up making friends with some cool neighbors who kept us company until Noel returned home from his adventure.

All in all it was a great day/night and I got to spend some time with my bestie that I haven’t seen in almost 2 years since I left Ohio.


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