Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Los Angeles Trip

Ok, feeling better today and ready to tackle a bit of a trip report for my journey to La La Land! I could probably write for days about it, but I will try to keep it short and sweet. (added note, yeah, the short part just didn't happen, sorry!)

Basically, I had a terrific journey. My flights to the U.S. were uneventful and actually quite pleasant. I enjoy flying and really enjoy having a window seat, here's my view of Cancun's hotel zone on my departing flight.

I arrived in L.A. on Friday afternoon and was met by a liveried chauffeur holding a card with my name on it. It was a lovely treat! (Mostly the family didn't want to deal with rush hour traffic in picking me up, who could blame them?). One of the first things I learned is that Los Angelenos have a different idea of "near" and "far" than I do. I asked the driver if my brother lived close to the airport (I had no idea) and he said "Yes, they are close, but it's rush hour so it might take a little longer, but they are nearby". Well, an hour and a half of driving and miles and miles of road didn't feel "nearby" to me!

I arrived at my brother's house to warm hugs and a cold drink and was immediately put to work helping set up for the wedding. My mom whispered "Nothing is done, I don't know if we can get it done!" in a bit of a panic, so I dove in with two hands, climbing ladders to set up lights, scrubbing bathrooms, anything that needed to be done to get the house ready for 40 guests the next day. By this time it was early evening and I was FREEZING. My thin Cancun blood can't deal with temperatures less than 80 F apparently. We worked for hours setting everything up with a mid-evening treat of Thai food and Rolling Rock beer! Divine!!

The next day was BUSY, a lot to be done for the big show, I mean wedding. Priority one was a trip to Target, yahoo! I knew I would need a wrap or something to put over my skimpy halter dress in those frigid temps and of course a few last minute items were needed for the bar. It was hard to do a quick run into the store that dreams are made of, but we managed to get in and get out fast with everything that we needed. It was in Target that I really started to notice the Mexican influence in L.A., many Spanish speaking people and signs all around, I loved it, I felt right at home!

The rest of the day was a lot of running around to places that were "nearby" (Los Angelenos really need a lesson from Grover). I got my nails done, my folks picked up the cake in Pasadena and a great group of friends help with the final set up. We had many meetings and rehearsals with the producer/wedding coordinator who did a bang up job! By 6:30 the guests were arriving and we were ready to go.

Now here's the sad part, I don't have any wedding photos yet! As "official" photographer I took hundreds of pictures, but used my brother's camera so they are all still with him. He hasn't forwarded them to me yet so alas, you'll have to believe me when I say it was a beautiful affair, absolutely perfect. The ceremony started with my father singing, always a great way to start the tears flowing. He was so worried that he was going to crack, and he did, but it was because of emotion, he was fighting back the tears too. My mom and I escorted by brother down the aisle and his husband was escorted by his best friend. One of their very close friends was unable to attend the wedding and he asked if I could read a letter from him which I was happy to do. Another close friend acted as the officiant, having gotten his certification online, he did a BANG UP job, I wouldn't be surprised if he had more job offers after that night. The ceremony was brief and lovely, lots of tears of joy from the crowd and the participants.

The party after the wedding was incredible. Great caterers, a fabulously hunky bartender took care of everyone's thirst and the casino tables were a big hit. Of course there was a dance contest and a run way walk showdown, it wouldn't be an entertainers' party without them! A grand time was had by all, the last guest left around 4:30 am and we all crashed out.

The rest of my trip was spent eating, shopping (oh for a Target and a Fry's in Cancun!), playing cards and dice games, shopping downtown (it was like being back in Mexico, I spoke more Spanish than English that day and got some great bargains) and hanging out with the family. I was glad to be able to extend my trip a couple of days, the short weekend just wouldn't have been enough.

I realize that I really needed this vacation. It gave me perspective on where I live, who I am, what I am doing with my life and what my goals and priorities are in life. I'm still working through the psychological impact of the journey, I know it doesn't sound like such a big deal, but after four years of not leaving Cancun and 3 1/2 years of being MOMMY, I needed the break and the peek at a much different life to remind myself of who I am. I'll let you know if I have any gigantic revelations, it's all in process.

I think that's about it for now, I'm hoping bro will send pics soon so I can share how beautiful it all was! To end, here's a shot of Los Angeles from the air as I was leaving (and crying my eyes out).

Hasta pronto amigos y amigas!


dichuy said...

Great time indeed!

And don't you just love the process. I try and step back from therapy from time to time to see just how far I've come and it never stops amazing me. Keep up the great work girl!

Jonna said...

Ah, the Angeleno concept of space. When I was a teenager we would regularly put a hundred or more miles on the car just going out on a Friday night. It has gotten more constricted though with the increasing traffic, I notice that my son always states distance now in terms of time instead of miles.

Beth said...

Glad to hear you're on the mend and that the wedding was a smashing success!!!

I giggled thinking of you freezing in California, when we're up here in Canada thinking that California is such a tropical place compared to here!!!

JJ said...

I am so glad you got to do Target right. No trip to the US from Cancun is really complete without it. I can't wait to see the pictures!

Islagringo said...

Yes, the pictures! Tell him to take a break from the honeymoon and start emailing them to you!

Heather said...

Yeah!!! Now you know why growing up in San Diego I just assumed everyone was mexican and every spoke spanish in the usa, lol! Glad you had a great trip, looking forward to the pixs. You are getting me excited for my 1st kid free weekend in Vegas this weekend, im having so much mommy guilt.

K.W. Michigan said...

Pictures .. come on Bro .. send the pictures! Glad you had a great time. Don't cry you know they will be in Cancun next year to visit you!?

Fned said...

What an awesome trip. Can't wait to see the pics of the wedding (I love hearing all the little details of weddings and pictures are always a plus!!!!)


Brice said...

Sounds like a great time!
I'm just captivated by the smog on your goodbye shot.

My Way said...

I always used my trips back home as gauge and a way to look at my life from an outsiders perspective. It always helped me realize what I wanted and where I thought I needed to be to get that. I strongly recommend trips outside of Cancun and hope you will have more planned in the future.

Sounds like such a great time. I'm glad you had so much fun. Good for you!

Kathy said...


I knew there was something I liked about the US. NOW I remember!

What is it about Tarjay that brings us such joy? I swear, the entire family looks SO forward to Tarjay when we return, I can't tell you.

But the hiring sign just looks so WRONG! :)

From our last trip to the other side, the one thing that really stood out was the incredible number of really obese people out there. Yeah, Mexico has fat folks, but I remember just being WOWed at all the huge numbers of obese people. And the SHOULDERS ON THE SIDES OF THE ROADS!!! What a concept!!! :)

I personally am really looking forward to going to thriftstores. I ADORE thriftstores even more than Target.

CancunCanuck said...

Dichuy- Hello and welcome to comment-landia! The process is what it's all about, and yes, analyzing the distance we've come and how far we have yet to go is one of the most thrilling parts of life. Thanks!

Jonna- The constant driving and traveling in L.A. would probably make me a little bit crazy (particularly if it was a drinkin' night!). I wish the family had used time instead of "just around the corner" to tell me how far things were, lol!

Beth- I know, I am a terrible Canadian! I realize that it's actually a physiological reaction at this point, my blood has thinned and the body just can't cope with cooler temps any more. I guess I would readjust to Canadian temps if I went back, but I sure wouldn't like the process, lol!

JJ- Oh Target, how I love thee, let me count the ways. I think we were there five or six times total, such a lovely place! My brother has apparently figured out their discounting codes on price tags. He'll find something he likes, hide it in the store and go back when he knows the price has gone down. He's a Target Genius, teehee.

IslaGringo- I know, boys, come on and get those pics to me! I know he is swamped with work, but sheesh, he's in demand here, lol!

Heather- Oh hon, do NOT feel guilty, it's necessary to take that break in order to a) refresh, b) appreciate them and c) have them and hubby appreciate all that YOU do in caring for them. Enjoy Vegas and relax!

KW- Still waiting for pics, argh. My folks will be visiting soon, probably February, but I never know with the bro, he's a really busy guy and just can't seem to find the time for vaction!

Fned- I can't wait to show them to you, it was lovely. Little detail? They had miniature teeny tiny champagne bottles that were actually full of bubbles so when they came back down the aisle it was under a canopy of burbujas. :)

Brice- The smog was intense, at times it felt like fog, especially looking towards the mountains.

My Way- I don't know when I'll be able to travel again, but I hope I don't have to wait another four years for a trip NOB. The perspective on everything was valuable, but more than that, the break from responsibility was divine!

Kathy- Oh man, Tarjay and Fry's indeed, something for everyone! Yes, the obesity issue was certainly prevalent and wow, the fabulous roads with shoulders and no garbage and no giant holes, what a concept indeed! I am SO with you on thrift stores, I miss them greatly. I rarely bought new when living in Toronto, it was either Salvation Army "dollar a pound" or slightly more upscale vintage stores, awwwwww.

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