Aloha from Arizona! I just got here today after 12 beautiful, life-affirming days in southern California. When I arrived I rented a car for a day and used it as my motel room for a night because plans to stay with a friend fell through last minute and I figured a car was my best option. I got a free upgrade so it was a very roomy Kia Sorento and I really enjoyed my time in it, well driving it was awesome but the sleeping in it part was not as enjoyable because the temp was much cooler than I had anticipated. Anyway the next day I went to the 24 hr Fitness I used to frequent when I was going to school for massage therapy just down the street in 2008. It was fun being back and seeing what was the same and what had changed. Always improvements/expansions/new buildings when I visit. The next two days I stayed with friends in Long Beach and spent most of our time on a boat which was relaxing and a great opportunity to get my tan on. My third day in town, a 5-year facebook friend came to get me and that was the first time we had met in real life but as soon as we were next to each other in the car it was like we were old friends catching up and at the same time, discovering all of our previously unknown similarities.
We were essentially inseparable from that moment on and made lasting memories with each passing hour. We went to see Passafire, Stick Figure, and Tatanka play that night where I met a bunch of cool people including the producer of Sublime’s self-titled album, and many other songs/albums that were recorded at 17th St Studio in Costa Mesa. Which we ended up going to later that night. It was an honor to be where so much of my favorite music was recorded. All the instruments and equipment was equally impressive including keyboards played by Stevie Wonder and Bob Marley when they were recording. It was magical, so thanks to Sherie and Lewdog for that highlight!
One day I went to LA and met up with my friend Derek S. We did a lot of walking and too the train to Hollywood one night. I really wanted to see someone I know and I asked Derek if he ever randomly ran into anyone he knows and he said no. But to my great surprise, as we were crossing the street I saw my friend Brent! It was really unexpected and so exciting to see a familiar face in an unfamiliar place. That was definitely a highlight.
I went to some softball games, road bikes, fell off of bikes, skateboarded, went to Abalone Caves, went swimming, hung out with two of my favorite little kids who I’ve known their whole lives, Daniela and Santiago (cuter than ever), did yoga once, watched TV, ate more salmon than I have over the past year, danced to live music, local music (check out The Originalites, and Soul Drop), went to the farmer’s market, juiced, met really wonderful beings, took lots of pics, was in lots of pics, laughed harder than I have in a while, texted a little much, slept a little, had dinner with my California mom, and gave a couple massages. (I’m sure I’m leaving some things out)
ALL IN ALL IT WAS ANOTHER AMAZING TRIP TO CALI. I DIDN’T REALLY WANT TO LEAVE BUT ARIZONA WAS CALLING. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO MADE MY TRIP. I LOVE YOU ALL AND CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU AGAIN. xoxo