Monday was Memorial Day (clearly) and I have never spent one quite like this. First off, Sunday Funday was the night before - which involves numerous beers and countless amounts of Jameson - so we went to bed quite late. Scotty and Maraine came up from San Diego to hang out, which is always a good time. Monday we woke up and planned to meet with the crew from Sunset at 11:00 at Little Dume. Naturally, due to Brittany Walters (my other half) and our favor of procrastination and constant lateness, we show up at noon, pushing noon thirty. We get beer, coolers, and food and load the surfboards in my jeep and went down to the private beach.
The rest of the day consisted of swimming in the ocean, shades of red accumulating simultaneously on everyones back, and everyone trying on wetsuits. I've been dying to surf for months so I finally got up and decided to try it out! The first day was pretty much an acclamation of the surf board - balancing on it, swimming on it, sitting up on it, and trying to stand up without a wave to show how balance was key. The first few waves were spent getting used to the pull of the wave on the surfboard and my body. I tried to stand up once and guess what happened? I drank some tasty Pacific Ocean. Needless to say, Scotty was coaching me through everything and we spent the next thirty minutes trying out the small waves to get me started off. It felt great! It felt great walking into the ocean in a wetsuit with a surfboard, looking like a natural but being a complete novice.
After the beach we stopped by the Pavillions for some food to have a barbecue at Villa Malibu. Of course, I got to cook everyone's hotdogs and hamburgers and even a huge steak loin! We weren't the only ones with the idea to cookout and before we knew it there were thirty people at the pool, everyone was cooking out, playing beer pong, smoking the huka(sp?), and having a great time. It was a great memorial day.
One of my friends at the cookout, who lives on Point Dume is Kelly Voyles. I'm pretty sure I've mentioned Kelly before - she's from Atlanta but graduated from Pepperdine. She is an exceptional artist. She does sculptures from mixed media and they are seriously amazing. Well, she's been training for the Rock n' Roll marathon and her family couldn't make it out here to see her race. Sooooo, my other half (Brittany) and I took Sunday morning off, made the drive to San Diego and waited at the finish line for her! The night before we decided to surprise her, thinking she would visit her car before taking off the race, and we bought some window chalk and graffitied her truck to all extents.
Kelly finished the race in a little over four hours, which I think is badass for her first marathon with hills like that! She's a rockstar. She is amazing and I'm so glad we're friends. Congrats to Kelly - her motivation is such an influence.
Something else that is pretty cool is what I will be experiencing in a few weeks. There's an event that is held all of the country called "Taste of the Nation." It's a charity event that helps prevent child hunger. They raise so much money every event they have to help feed hungry children in America. Well, this year, I get to be a part of it. Some of the best chefs in LA will be there and my chef is one of them, because he is one of the best. It's going to be a great learning opportunity and I couldn't be more excited.
Well, it's 3:30 in the morning here and I've been going strong for the past week. Time to get some rest before class tomorrow. To my friends and family back home, I can't wait to see you again, and I am so thankful you all have been such a contribution to my life and who I am becoming.
Love you, Ninja ;)