May Week (Not Mayday)

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After getting out of a 4 hour class on Ethical Leadership, I got a call from Josie to hit up Spaceland. I had missed trivia at Royal Clayton’s earlier that night. She attended trivia with engineers from work, it was refreshing that they lost without me. Unfortunately, they lose when I am on the team as well. One of her co-worker’s roommates, Larissa, was a violinist for our favorite, Rilo Kiley, and was performing with a band of girls at Spaceland that night. The band she was playing with was awesome. We also became good friends with an Architect from Brooklyn who goes by the pen name William Grey on his blog. I commented that his legs were the size of my entire body. We measured and his legs are as high as my boobs.

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The next day we hit up The Standard Hotel Downtown LA‘s Rooftop Bar with our new architect friend. We drank, ate, and lounged on the water bed pods and basked in the sun. Josie ended up falling asleep, I got some reading done for class, and we all had some great conversation. Of course, we still had our uncouth moments. I spit out my gum in a napkin in the pod and when our drinks arrived I asked, “How long until someone spills?” Josie managed to spill her beer at that exact minute.

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I left early for class and Josie got into some shenanigans afterwards, she ended up at my house late that night. The next day I headed to Magnolia on Lake after an unsuccessful day of dumpling hunting in Alhambra. I am a major fan of Magnolia’s mac n’ cheese but it didn’t feel right ordering it without Josie. I tried something new and had the turkey chili in the corn bread bowl it was equally delicious.

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Today, Thursday, Josie went to work and I helped my friend Nora apartment hunt in West LA. I got a text from the guy that wanted to interview us for a grad school project on the subculture of foodies he asked if the UGs had any plans. I wrote back and said we had talked about having sushi in Hastings Ranch. I texted Josie to find out what the name of the place was and she responded, “Can’t find the name online, but it’s across from the bowling alley in back. Starts with an I…” Magically, our interviewer knew exactly what she was talking about and responded “Ichima?” That was the place and we all planned on meeting up there at 7:45. Nora and I were the last to arrive and were immediately impressed by the cheap sushi prices that Josie was raving about. The UGs had their regular chicken bento box for Josie and beef sukiyaki for Carina. Our guests stuck to traditional, yummy, and reasonably priced rolls. We had some good food chatter but the best part of our dining experience was our neighbors. The table next to us was filled with bikers that toasted to “Loose women and fast motorcycles.” Our favorite part was when the waitstaff put on loud music and everyone clapped and sang to Biker Mark, aka the Birthday Boy. We were fortunate enough to be able to have him in our photo. When the bill came and was $79 for 4 people, 4 sushi rolls, 2 appetizers, 2 entrees, and 3 desserts we were beyond impressed. I was in shock and said, “It is so cheap when we don’t drink”. Josie agreed and was so glad she removed her belt and put it in her purse mid meal. By the way, I apologize for cutting off our interviewer and new friend while he was speaking and for blocking him in the photo.

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