Last Night in California

26 Feb

I know I haven’t been great about posting lately but I have been busy dealing with some things with Hemi which I will tell y’all about later this week but I wanted to finish my California posts before I forgot everything that we did!

Friday after we left the campsite, we went back to the house, showered and napped to prepare ourselves for a night out on the town!

We decided to go out to a Dueling Piano bar in downtown San Diego.  Joshua and Lori got a babysitter for the night so the two of them, Joseph, and I all went out.

On the way, guess who we picked up to join us for the night??

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JESSICA!!!  It is completely pathetic that we have to go to a completely different state to actually hang out, even though we both live in Texas?? Or is it completely awesome?  I like to think completely awesome.  She was in San Diego with a friend that was in a wedding so they made a vacation out of it.  So while her friend was at the rehearsal dinner, we stole her for the night 🙂

Apparently there was a slight mix-up with our plans though because Lori said she told Joshua Dueling Pianos at the House of Blues and all Joshua heard was House of Blues.  We parked a few blocks away from House of Blues and when we walked up Lori said, “This isn’t where they have the Dueling Pianos…”  and Joshua said, “No that’s at Shout.”  Turns out Shout was about 10 blocks away but since we had already paid for parking we just decided to walk rather than move the car.  All three girls are in high heels so it was super fun to walk all that way but we finally made it to Shout and it was standing room only.  We’d come all that way so we weren’t going to go somewhere else so we went in, ordered drinks and stood by the bar.  Luckily Lori has eyes like a hawk because she saw some people stand up and before they could even fully push their chairs back, she was over there asking if they were leaving.  Turns out they were so we were able to take their table!  Definitely perked up the night for us!  That is until I knocked over Jessica’s half-full (I’m optimistic) drink at one point but luckily our waiter felt bad for her and only charged half price for her next one…probably because she’s cute.

At our table (Jessica was at our table too but I used that picture already)

At our table (Jessica was at our table too but I used that picture already)

I had never been to a Dueling Piano bar before and it was awesome!  There were two older guys that played the newer songs and two younger guys that played the older songs.  They were crazy talented.  They played everything from Journey to Gangnam Style.

Left: Young guys on pianos, old guys on guitar and drumsRight: Wait staff dancing to Gangnam Style

Left: Young guys on pianos, old guys on guitar and drums
Right: Wait staff dancing to Gangnam Style

The crowd was very diverse and it was interesting because I’m used to going to College Station bars that really aren’t all that different from my age, ethnicity, and style.    I had a blast and I definitely want to go to more Dueling Piano bars in Houston!

When we were ready to leave the bar, we walked out and saw a pedicab guy waiting.  His bike and carriage were both decked out in neon lights and he had a radio jamming loudly for everyone to hear.  Joshua asked him something and they guy held up his hand and said, “5” so I figured it was $5 per person because everyone started piling in for a ride back to the vehicle.


We were dancing and singing to the music while Mr. Bicycle guy started sweating a bit and we were starting to fill bad for him.  I say starting to feel bad for him because I never completely felt bad because he pulled over about 2 blocks from the vehicle and kicked us off because he was panting and sweating.  I couldn’t tell if his difficulty breathing was for show or not but then he told us it was $15…PER PERSON!!!  We all freaked out and were mad because we thought he said it was $5 but apparently he said he could take 5 people…It was $75 for all of us to take that stupid bicycle carriage about 8 blocks!  We could have taken an actual cab all the way back to their house (which was about 45 minutes to an hour away) for that price!!! We were all just really pissed after that because we felt like we were robbed by that stupid guy.  But with that being said, I may take up pedicabbing in Houston because he made $75 in less than 15 minutes…a work out and major payout?  Yes please.

The next day, Joseph and I had to be at the airport for our flight, which left San Diego at 2pm.  We decided to go to brunch at Hash House A Go Go which is basically a restaurant with brunch food at ridiculous proportions.  The wait was about 45 minutes so we decided to take Chloe to the park, which was about 4 blocks down and 2 blocks over, while we waited.


We played at the park for a little while then walked back to the restaurant and after about 20 more minutes, we were finally seated.  It didn’t take long to order and get our food.  I ordered the Tractor Driver combo which was a pancake, 2 scrambled eggs, and 2 pieces of bacon.  This is what I got…


That pancake was bigger than 3 of my hands and I’m almost positive that had to be more than two scrambled eggs.  Either way, it was pretty tasty but I barely put a dent in that massive pancake!

After brunch Joshua, Lori, and Chloe dropped us off at the airport and it was sad to leave because it’s nice seeing them and it was fun out in California…but we unfortunately had to get back to reality.  Bright side: we had a layover in Las Vegas scheduled for about 2 hours.  I crossed my fingers for David, the rapping flight attendant again but sadly he wasn’t on our flight.  We did have a funny lady from San Diego to Vegas though.  When she was talking about the air masks that fall down and how you are supposed to secure yours before your kids she said if you have more than one kid, put the mask on the most promising kid first.  It made me chuckle.  When we landed in Vegas and were waiting to get off the plane, Joseph looks behind us and says, “Oh man!  Who is that guy?!  He’s on TV.”  And I said, which guy?  And he says, “Don’t look right now but I think he is on something…is it Pawn Stars??” And I’m like, “I don’t know!! You told me not to look!!”  He says, “I think it’s that guy that does the restorations.”  I say, “Restoration Rick?” and proceed to Google image search Restoration Rick and show Joseph a picture and he says, “I’m pretty sure that’s him!”  So I stand up like I am anxious to get off the plane and hold my phone to snap a sneaky picture of him…

Restoration Rick

And what do you know?? It IS Restoration Rick!!  I told Joseph I was going to ask him to take a picture with me but Joseph said no because he was all embarrassed…I tend to embarrass him a lot.  But we got off the plane and got a better look and it was definitely him.  He was limping and was with some young, good-looking lady.  When he was walking through the airport a few people were staring and he waved at some people and then people murmured around him so at least we aren’t the only Americans to watch the History Channel 🙂  It was exciting to see a celebrity…even if it was just Restoration Rick.

Since we had some time stuck in Vegas I decided it was time for me to try out a little gambling.  I’d never gambled legally before so since I was in Vegas, it was a must.  I got $20 out of the ATM to use and gave Joseph $10 and kept $10 for myself.  We started off at a $1 machine and tried it once before bailing on that because it went by too quickly.

Joseph at Slots

Then I went to a quarter machine and played a few dollars, winning some then losing all of it.  Then I gave up on those and decided to do the penny slots because we still had plenty of time to burn.  I put in $2 and won a bit then lost it then put in my last $5 and randomly selected the 3x my bid on 20 lines (which was a whopping 60 cents for that spin) and ended up hitting some BAR symbols and a light that was 3X my winnings!  I had no idea what I won so I just waited and watched the machine as it lit up with pretty lights and played lots of fun money sounds and music.  Joseph was about 3 slots down and after about a solid minute of the music he asked, “Is that thing still going?!”


Turns out I won $39.97!!  Not too shabby for a penny slot!  So I immediately cashed out because I didn’t want to press my luck and this way I left Vegas a winner! haha

We boarded our next flight and finally made it back to Houston around 10pm.

We had such a great time in California and I was sad when it was over but I definitely want to go back soon because it is GORGEOUS out there!  If you’ve never been, I highly recommend it!


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