Monday, December 31, 2007


And this is the time to attach the trailer with the car to the yellow yellow truck and leave the so well know LA freeways. It is nice to leave LA driving out ...

Sunday, December 30, 2007


This is it. This is the time to leave. The time when my room is completely empty. The time when I have to leave my keys to someone else. The time when I have to close the door behind me. I lived here more than 4 years now. I still remember when I came here for the first time to see a "room for rent with shared bathroom". It was October 2003, and Jake was waiting for me. And after few months Leif came. And Jake left. And Leif left as well. Today Aaron is not even here to say goodbye. Jason is here. He didn't go to the gym, just to give me the final hug. It is time to leave. But I am not sad. I am actually happy for the wonderful time that I have spent here. I have learn a lot in these years. And I have shared a lot of love with these places and my friends. And I just hope that I will be able to be as happy as this also in Seattle ...

Saturday, December 29, 2007


At the end it had to happen and it did happen. The I-5 did reopen. And now we don't have an excuse anymore. We really have to leave California, LA, Hermosa, the surf, the pier, the beach and all our friends. The boxes have been ready from a while now. And after 1 week that PENSKE kept on hold our truck, now we really have to go and pick it up. A new adventure is starting. We are moving to Seattle! And we have decided to rent this bright yellow yellow truck. We parked in front the "244 Monterey Blvd Surf Club" and we started loading it ...and after 3 hours we were done. All our was in that truck, but the cloths for the 2 - 3 days trip that is awaiting us and for the gifts that Nene has prepared for our friends ...... the room is now empty and this will be our last night here in Hermosa. We will sleep on the couch.

Friday, December 28, 2007


Our friends did it again. They organized an other farewell party for us. This was the 4th farewell party. And this time it was at Loy's place. A pizza party. And probably it will be the last one. Sad, to think that we have to leave. But tonight we have really enjoyed the friends that we have here in LA. And those are some of the pictures that we took that night. Lovely memories. Amazing friends. I love them ... nothing less and nothing more ...

Thursday, December 27, 2007


I think we will never be able to leave LA. An other party and here it is, an other party. This is the baby shower for Sheila, Nene's sister. First time for me in a baby shower. It is a funny concept of party. More like a 5th grade party. Of course no alcohol and no lsmoke and no oud music is allowed. And there are those funny games all about how life will be once the baby will pop out. But I really liked it. it was fun. And here a picture of how the baby will most likely look like ... eheheh ...

Wednesday, December 26, 2007


I have been living here for 5 years, and I always managed to miss all the 99cents stores that are spotting every single community in LA. I am not sure why I missed them. I guess I just thought I didn't need anything over there. And I guess, I was wrong. Today Nene bring me to one of them and there, I realize what I have missed ...... funny picture. It is really amazing how things can be cheap here ... everything 99cents. Anything you can think about that could cost between $1 and $20 in a normal store is here for just 99cents! Anything! Totally amazing! If you will go to LA, don't do my mistake ... before anything else ... go shopping in one of the 99cents store .. :)

Tuesday, December 25, 2007


The I-5 is still flooded. And the sun is still warm here in LA. Why should we leave? No reason. Especially when you have lined up an other party with your friends. Today is the time to go to visit Christina in her bar. Drinking a beer at the Redondo Beach pier with your friends. Nothing more perfect than this. This time are Christina, Justin, Dan, Emily, Mae and Jill ... and those are some of the pictures that we took ...

Monday, December 24, 2007


So here we are. Still in California. We were supposed to leave 2 days ago, but the flood of the Interstate 5 just south of Seattle, didn't help us our plans. We should drive 300miles more through a wingding mountain road in order to get to Seattle. And we don't like that. So we decided to wait here until the I-5 will re-open. And because we have wonderful friends, they decided to continue to celebrate us. One farewell party per day, until we will leave. So this is still our California. And this is an other farewell party. At Mae's place with Jill, Geline, Mae, Christina, Emily and Dan ...And those are Emily and Dan playing with Tina's glasses ...
... nice memories our friends. We will miss them!

Sunday, December 23, 2007


It has been a while since I wrote in the blog. Not because nothing happened. Actually a lot of things did happen. Even if I didn't write about it. But not everything is lost. I still remember most of it, and I have also some pictures. So, I have decided to make a fast replay of those beautiful months. I hope you will enjoy the ride ...

Saturday, December 22, 2007


The storm that has created so many problems and floods in the NorthWest (and that floodedthe I-5 to Seattle) has found his way here to Southern California ... no rain at all here, but 8+ feet waves for the few dudes who dared to go out there to surf. Wonderful day on the beach for my last surfing memories in Southern California ...

Friday, December 21, 2007


This is the way the interstate 5 looks like. Totally flooded. The segment between Portland, OR and Seattle, WA is closed! Why do I care? Because tomorrow I am supposed to drive there on my way to Seattle ...I am not exactly sure what I will do. Most likely we will have to postpone our trip of 1 day. They say that at the earliest it should re-open on Thursday. But nobody knows if it is really going to happen. What can I say? Mother nature wants me to stay some more hours in Southern California. I will have to spend an other day in sunny Southern California ... :D

Thursday, December 20, 2007


For a long time I tried to imagine how the last surfing here in Hermosa was going to be. I thought it was going to be sad. But actually it didn't come out sad at all. It was a perfect weekday morning surf. Not a lot of people around. Not big waves, but who really cared about that?!? The most important thing is that I was in the water with one of my best friends here in LA, Oliver. Surfing is really about getting out there and relaxing. And this last surfing ere in Hermosa has been exactly about like that. The perfect surfing day. I will miss surfing here in Hermosa with my friends. But hopefully, once I will be in Seattle, I will make some trip down to Hawaii. And there I won't even need the wetsuit anymore... :) ...
... and here the last picture ... when we came out of the water we met Kerry and Yama who were coming down for a late morning surf ... and I love this picture ... the icing on the cake ...

Wednesday, December 19, 2007


Those are some pictures that I found in my camera the day after the California Farewell Party. Don't ask me what they were doing in the South Park. I just found them really funny ... so here they are ... Jason, Justin, Mae, Amy and NeNe at their very best ... life in Hermosa is really a lot of fun ... I will miss it ...

Tuesday, December 18, 2007


It is all for real. We are really ready to leave California. We are a little bit sad. This is the place where I lived in last 4 years. This is the place that I loved. This is where I lived with wonderful roommatess. This is where I met a lot of friends. This is where I learned to surf. This is where I dared to dream more. This is my California. Sad, yes I am sad. But I am also happy, because in Seattle I won't go alone, I will go with my soulmate Nene. And this makes my happy. So, for our farewell we decided to organize a big party. Nothing crazy, but big enough to invite all our friens. Fifty of our best friends came to my place to celebrate (or maybe to make sure that we will really leave), and those are some of the pictures that I took. Wonderful memories of a special nite ...And this is Jason in front of the fridge with the "244 Monterey Blvd surf Club" hall of fame. Now Jason is the president. In that piece of paper there are a lot of wonderful memories. Every name has a special story. Most of them will be friends forever. Other completely disappeared from my life. I miss all of them, but it is OK. I am happy about the real friends that were here with me to celebrate. And of course in the party we have also some babies. Here are Rene, Hana and Zoe ...

Monday, December 17, 2007


After a bunch of momerable cold hiking days in Yosemite National Park we have packed all our stuff in the carand we droved across the Tioga pass. The Tioga pass is the highest pass in the lower 48 states, and it is one of the passes that divides the West from the East Sierra, and normally it is closed due to heavy snow after the first snow in October. So we have been very lucky to find it open. Once on the East side of the Sierra we went to visit one of my favourite places here in California. It is Bodie and it is a real wild west ghost town. Founded in 1876 as a mining town its population when from zero to 8,000 people in 6 years. That was the gold rush. From there California took its name. The Golden State. And Bodie was the Sin City of that era. Everybody still associate the name of Bodie, with the phrase "Goodbye God, we are going to Bodie". Its bad name was probably due to its numerous bars where the local men were spending the small fortunes made with the gold mines and of course for its daily shooting. Basically the Wild West that we saw in hundreds of Hollywood movies was a reality here some 140 years ago! What remains of that town are only the ghosts and some building. The visit is really interesting, even if it was the 3rd time for me there. The town now looks like a strange collection of old and weird stuff. You could almost guess that it was the set of a movie or something. But people was really living here ...

... when you walk thru these streets it is easy to imagine that maybe also our cities will be like Bodie in few years ... :o

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