tan|cao

back in black

Posted in Uncategorized by t2then on April 19, 2010

so it’s been a quick minute, but sorry for the delays.  i was away in mexico on a cruise with the family.  i’ll break it down for you day by day.  that way you won’t have to spend the money and still get the adventure.  so here’s how it goes.

day 1: you get to la early at the butt crack of dawn to avoid traffic, then you plant yourself somewhere nice for breakfast and wait until boarding time.  tin picked up some snacks at a store which consisted of bbq’d baby crabs.  strange.  once you’re through the scanners and on the boat, hit up the lunch bar for some much needed food and get comfy because you’ll be sleeping in dorm rooms sized rooms.

hmm…weird.  i take it seriously when someone steals my name.

day 2: arrive at catalina island. to your surprise, it’s not that big of an island. it’s overcast today so you decide to pick up a sweatshirt on the way out.  the fun is part definitely riding in the mini boats that carry you to shore.  around noon time you grab some fish and chips and decide it’s pretty boring so you head back to the boat and check out the casino, which sadly, is closed for now.  it’s here that i lost tons of money, but there really isn’t much else to do.  continuing on.  let’s hit the bars, grab some drinks, head off to dinner and enjoy a nice double dose of lobster tail.  gotta keep it real.

damn…a broken chain link always sucks.

in between, you can always pass the time with a good game of words with friends.

day 3: by now you’re use to the rocking of the boat, the small closet sized bathrooms, and the toilet (which sounds like a jet engine taking off after every flush).  today we land in mexico so it’s time to hit the street and start hustling people for what they’re worth.  maybe head down some alley ways, maybe go to the docks, maybe even go to the cigar and mexican art shop.  it seems like at every stop, the vendors are outrageously knowledgeable at whatever it is they’re selling.  we listened to shark stories and the fisherman showed us deformed babies with down syndrome, three eyes, two heads, and bent spines.  then we dropped a dollar.  next we headed to the liquor shop and learned about the differences in tequilla, how it’s made, and even tried some.  towards the end of the day, tin and i picked up one cigar for 17 bucks.

only for the extreme male.  i’m extreme, and i couldn’t even buy this one.

this one had a scorpion in it.

day 4: they call this the “fun day at sea,” and they’re right about the “sea” part.  moving on.

day 5: the boat has landed and it’s time to head back to land.  don’t forget to say goodbye to the towel animals, they have feelings too.  we spent a day in LA to do some shopping and eat some breakfast at a great dim sum restaurant.  the food was amazing and so were the prices.  it’s always a good sign when the table is somewhat messy and the plates are empty.  the rest is really up to you, but we headed to westminster to hang out, grab some coffee, and then begin the long trip home.

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