August 22, 2008

on the metro, scary dolls and the DMV...

Thursday Jay and I decided to go on an adventure. Neither of us had ever been on the metro before, and it just sounded exciting, so we decided to take a day and go to LA. And really? The metro was quite thrilling. Granted, it was more expensive to take the metro than drive, but it was worth the experience. I was all, "I want to take the metro to work every day! There are two levels! What! This is so freaking cool!"

(I know, I know, I'm easily entertained. I think we've established this.)

We missed the morning rush by taking the 9:00 trip to LA. Once there, we walked around the usual sights; Olvera Street, China Town, the open market. (I ended up taking our small camera because I didn't want to lug around my Rebel, but I totally regret it now. There were so many things to take photos of! Argh.) We ended up eating lunch at the greatest place in all of creation, Hoagies and Wings. We decided on Hoagies and fries. (I, personally, have something against wings and the way they sticky up my fingers. It makes me physically upset.) We sat there eating our grilled goodness, watching some freaky, bendy Chinese kids do some Olympic sport I'd never seen that involved hula hoops. I kept wondering what it would be like if I had the ability to lift my leg up next to my ear like it was the most natural thing in the world. I decided that I'm okay with being the least flexible person I know. I can come up with a better party trick than allegedly not having a spine or any joints to speak of. (Don't quote me on that.) Anyway, the hoagies were delish, and we moved along to our next place of interest.

Near Union Station, you can tour the oldest standing house in LA. I should've known that something about it was going to be a little odd, considering when we walked into the first room there was a woman who I thought was part of the set until she started talking to me. I wanted to kindly say, "Ma'am, it may not be a good idea to hide around the corner and sit on that ancient chair, looking like a mannequin. Because I almost peed my pants just now. Thank you for that." But I held my tongue. It was pretty interesting, once we were walking through the rooms; I'm always fascinated by historic things like that. The last room we went through was the children's room. And apparently they had a penchant for seriously disturbing dolls back then, because we were faced with this little gem:

Maybe it's the large, unblinking eyes. But I swear to you, there would be no sleeping if this thing was on a shelf in my room. Just saying.

After walking around for a while, we grew tired and plopped down to enjoy a couple delicious fruit bars. Then we discovered an art show for a man who apparently paints on tortillas. You think I'm kidding when I am most certainly not. It was seriously impressive, although it did give me a mean craving for a quesadilla.

We headed back to the metro after a while, and made our way back home. Luckily, my "Jay Day" wasn't yet over, as we still had happy hour at El Torito, then a free movie - Stepbrothers. By time we arrived home, we were both exhausted and I had a headache from all the sun. But it was such a wonderful day.

In other news, I was in and out of the DMV today in LESS THAN 45 MINUTES AHHH. How did I pull this off, you ask? Made an appointment online. I even arrived there armed with a new book and plans for returning all the phone calls I've been putting off for the last few days, just in case I spend the greater part of my day sitting in an old chair, but I didn't even have time for any of that. Impressive, right? And now I can look forward to hopefully having a drivers license photo that doesn't make me look like a thirty-something newscaster. (How I manage to look a decade older than I actually am is beyond me.)

And aside from the child who apparently thought he was a velociraptor and refused to stop screeching while I filled out my paperwork, I was hardly bothered by the whole thing.


  1. haha oh yes do you remember when Jurassic Park first came out and everything boy in your class though that screeching like that was the coolest thing ever?

    Oh and please tell me you loved Stepbothers? Granted I was a little (lot) buzzed when I saw it, I laughed the entire time and even want to see it again. I'm glad you had a good "Jay Day"!

  2. Oh, that sounds like such a nice day.

    I spent a nice one with my guy today, too. It's so nice to just hang out like that after a busy week.

    Yay. :)

  3. LOL I love the velociraptor comment - sounds like an amazing day!

  4. Sounds like a fun day!

    Is the metro the "subway" in your area? It has two levels?!

    Forgive the stupid question :) We don't have much public transportation 'round these parts, lol

    I thought Step Brothers was hilarious! Even better getting to see it for free.

  5. okay... that doll is creepy. I'm scared. ;/

  6. That sounds like an exciting day! I've never been on the metro. :( We don't even have a metro where I live, haha.

  7. I think it's so cute that you call your little date days "Jay Day" -- "John Day" or "Johnny Day" doesn't have quite the same ring to it. Dangit, I'll have to think of something that rhymes! Anyways, sounds like a whole lot of fun -- The metro sounds cool ... I love historical places like that! And I think you should totally post your before and after driver license pics. I wanna see!


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