Track 16 Gallery
February 2 - March 30, 2002
Signlanguage: The Experience > Santa Monica
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It had been a crazy week at work. I would call John each day (my good friend) and start ranting about the latest thing driving me crazy - and he would remind me about Friday. "Just think, you'll be on a plane heading down to Santa Monica, and we'll have margaritas as we watch the sun set." I couldn't wait, and the thought of the weekend put a smile on my face. It would be by own Red Barchetta adventure.

Finally, Friday came and John picked me up at work at about 1:00. We headed to San Jose, and we were hoping to catch an earlier flight. We just did - thanks to John's insistence that we try. We made it by a few minutes, and we were off! I fell asleep, and when I awoke my mouth was hanging open. I sheepishly asked my neighbor if I was snoring, and she smiled and said no. John cracked that he had amused himself during the flight trying to make baskets in my mouth with random objects.

We picked up our rental (a Jaguar - we were splurging!) and headed to the hotel. Soon we were dropping our bags in the room, and heading for the bar at the top for my promised margaritas and sunset. I was still uptight, and John kept pestering me to relax. We had dinner reservations at Nobu Malibu later in the night with a couple of John's friends, so we could take it easy for a bit. John had been raving about Nobu for awhile, so I was eager to see what the fuss was about. He was right - dinner turned out to be pretty good - and the so was their exclusive sake (Hokusetsu Jyunmai). Dean Cain and Jane Seymour were there as well.

The next day we walked down to the Third Street Promenade and had breakfast (and a bloody mary to take off the edge from the night before). It was a gorgeous day - blue and warm. Along the way, we found a toy store with a really cool Lord of the Rings display. While taking pictures, I heard kids excitedly pointing at the figurines and calling off all the names - pretty amazing. After breakfast, we then headed down to the Santa Monica Pier, enjoyed the sights, and rode the Pacific Wheel - the same Ferris wheel that rolls into the Pacific Ocean in the movie "1941."

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