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As I may have mentioned before, I am a huge fan of cruises. Although I haven't gone on one yet this year, I usually go on at least one or two every year. Where the cruise actually goes is wholly unimportant to me. Half the time I sleep through the stops anyway, and just stay on the boat. I just like having no cell phone, having great food available 24/7, and sitting on the back of the boat watching the waves.

It takes a certain type of person to enjoy a cruise. Usually that person is an old person. My friend Jonah and I are the two exceptions. I think we've gone on two cruises together, and each time we were the only people remotely close to our age. So much for meeting the hot ladies pirate-style.

On one such cruise we woke up at our usual time - 3pm. The boat was docked in Mexico, and was leaving at 5:30, meaning that everyone had to be on the boat at 5.

Tavern Man in California and his BIG surprise!

On City Goes Country

Tavern Man’s first trip to California happened in February, just a month and a half after my last trip to see him. I threw him into California lifestyle right away. The night he flew in, we went downtown to meet up with my friends. Tavern Man seemed a little quiet that night, maybe he was tired, or put off by the millions of people occupying a single bar. Where he is from, 10 people in a bar is reaching maximum occupancy. He survived his first night and was ready to see the rest of the Huntington Beach the next day.

We went to the beach and walked to the end of the pier to eat hamburgers and milkshakes at Ruby’s diner, an acclaimed spot in Huntington Beach, that every tourist must seek out during their visit. We took time to lay out on the sand and work on our tans. A perfect beach day in the middle of February!

Our next stop was Catalina Island. Luckily for us, my youngest sister’s boyfriend got us very discounted tickets, and the two youngsters tagged along. On the island we played a round of miniature golf. This golf course is one of my favorites. At each hole there is a fact about the island and the hole is set up to match the fact. It is a very fun and challenging course. I am proud to say that I won that round, and my golf skills are much better than Tavern Man’s. ;-) Next, we walked through the little tourist town to a kayak rental booth. Tavern Man brought his go pro and spent more time filming under water life than paddling. There is proof of this on his videos! Needless to say, my arms got their workout! When we got back from the island we got In-N-Out burger for Tavern Man. Our famous fast food joint in California with the best hamburgers and fries. Tavern Man was not openly impressed with his food, but I know secretly he was wanting more and wishing South Carolina had its own In-N-Out.

On his last day in California, my other sister and I took Tavern Man to Hollywood. The three of us hiked up to the Hollywood sign where we got a great smoggy view of LA and a very up close look at the sign. After the sign, we did the Walk of Fame and followed the stars along Hollywood Blvd. Doing the tourist thing was fun, but I myself can only handle a little bit of LA at a time, and I was happy to go home and just hang out with my family.

The next day I had to take Tavern Man to the airport very early in the morning. It was such a sad parting. My next trip in April was not set in stone. I didn’t know if I could get time off from work. But I wouldn’t have to wait until April. Tavern Man surprised me in a BIG way in March.

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