The Travel Slut Diaries

Call me a travel slut. I enjoy taking vacations, whether it’s to places I’ve never been before, cities I haven’t visited in years, or a locale I’ve frequented. The last time I took a trip was over a year ago; I drove through the Central coast, LA, and down to San Diego. (Hey, that sentence rhymes!) Obviously, I’m not going to break that drought now since I care about the health of others and myself. But I can always look back on some of my past vacations. My travel slut diary is now open for you all. I’m not gonna post that trip I took last year, but a birthday vacay to LA seven years ago. 

First off, after looking through old pics of this trip, I realized two things. 1) I kinda miss my old head of black hair. 2) I’m still in awe over how I was able to afford a small place in the HoWood Hills that costed me $1700/week. If you’re side-eyeing my ass for why I’d spend that much for a vacay home for only a week, HERE is what justifies my purchase! 

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Views, views, VIEWS!!! I’m also a view slut, and if I can have killer views from my vacation home, I will have it no matter the price tag! OK, the price does matter but considering the surrounding properties in the neighborhood I stayed in (again, this is HoWood Hills and I’m sure some of my neighbors were rich-bitch celebs or drug lords hiding from the feds), $1700 a week was a bargain. And it was not a cheapo, shoddy shoebox I lived in–it was a home away from home, but pinkies-out fancy! 

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The owners of this place allowed me to bring my Wii console. On the very rare occasions I got tired of lounging on the balcony, I played Mario Kart! 

But if I could move that TV out to the balcony so I could play the Wii against a fantabulous backdrop, I would have. At least I got to dine al fresco. No better place to enjoy some BBQ!

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And blow out the candles when the calendar landed on my special day!

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And you best believe I did my fair share of sunbathing on dat balcony. Nope, I’m not sharing pics of me sunbathing here. 

I got more pics after the jump! 

2013 would also mark the first time I attended the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval. Another cool thing about being born on Halloween Eve is being in LA and knowing about this costume extravaganza. Who needs the overhyped Mess Gala and the style-exempt basics that get invited who can never get the theme right when the WeHo Halloween Carnaval is free, open to the public, and the costumes are amazeballs! 

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Side note: I creamed myself when I saw this trio, as I had a crush on Johnny Derp then! Although it feels incomplete without Captain Jack Sparrow and Sweeney Todd. 

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I’ve attended the WeHo HC plenty of times after (which gives you an idea of how often I’ve visited LA), and have yet to see an ensemble top that “Whac-A-Mole” costume. 

These costumes below, tho…so wrong, yet so on-theme. (Those who follow either teams would know the context of this.) 

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And there’s this tempting cover girl!

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Also, seeing pics of crowds hits different nowadays. What was seen as expected and kind of overwhelming would greatly disturb me if this same scene happened this year. I hope we all get the vaccine (OK, most of us–the asswipes who showed no guilt breaking Covid rules with their anti-mask ways, unnecessary traveling, and house parties deserve to get it dead last), so we can have fun times like this again!

More random pics from this LA trip…

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And seven years and many players and coaching changes later, the Clips still can’t silence ’em.  

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The rooftop deck at Wi Spa on Wilshire. I used to enjoy going to Wi Spa until I got annoyed by many of the attendees bringing in their phones in the relax rooms. What’s the purpose of relaxing when sone people keep checking their fucking phone every other second?!

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A classic gravy-smothered chicken-and-waffles with mac & cheese meal at…yep, you guessed it: Roscoe’s! I think this was at their Pico Blvd location.  

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Costumed creatures at the WeHo Pavilions (aka So-Cal Safeway), which gets packed during the WeHo HC. 

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Lovely sunshine, expensive homes, birds galore, and amazing waves at Manhattan Beach.  

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Palm tree orgy outside the Beverly Hills Hotel. 

One thing I’m unable to post was my time being part of a studio audience for “The Voice”! This was when the show was watchable, before the douchebaggery of Adam Levine went through the roof and Cee-Lo Green got exposed as an awful slob. I scored free tickets to the taping, but I was told in advance to not bring any electronics and food. The food part kind of sucked because I ended up eating lunch right before 8PM, after returning from the studio. Was starving and putting up with Adam Levine opening his mouth worth it? Of course. Anything to see Xtina in person! 

I’ve gone to LA plenty of times since, and the 2013 trip remains a special one. My bday trip in 2014 comes close, but only because the SF Giants won the World Series on the day I arrived in LA, so I trolled all the sad Dodger fans with my Giants gear the whole time. Not once did I get beat up or stared down, which ruled. 

Muchos gracias to my now-ancient Sony Cybershot DSC-HX20V, which captured all the above images to near-perfection.