After a safe flight, I have spent the last 3 days preparing to run in the LA Marathon on Sunday 3/17. I have reconnected with a friend named Ricardo Calderon and I want to say a special thank you to him for allowing me to stay at his apartment while I am in LA! We have shared some great moments over the last couple of days. We ate some killer all-you-can-eat Korean Barbeque yesterday.
On a more hilarious and dangerous note, while we were returning from the airport on Thursday, Ricardo casually mentioned that he needed to go to the restroom pretty badly… Within about 30 seconds, this casual statement turned into us violently swerving off an exit, nearly ramming into a vehicle at the intersection at the bottom of the hill and ultimately with Ricardo throwing the E-brake and bailing out of the vehicle in the middle of the intersection shouting “YOU HAVE TO TAKE OVER!”
Fortunately, I know how to drive a manual, so I jumped over from the passenger seat and threw it into gear while horns were blaring and I look back to see my friend relieving himself on the sidewalk near the intersection. When you gotta go, you gotta go.
I also briefly met up with my friends in the band Spoken and hung out with them after their show with Volbeat at the House of Blues. If you haven’t listened to their music, you should check it out.
Today I am headed to the LA Marathon Expo to pick up my runner packet and bib for tomorrow! In preparation, I went on a 13 mile run up to the Hollywood sign yesterday and got to see a great view of LA (minus the smog).
I will post again soon, but I need to head up to the Expo before it closes at 5:00. Hopefully I can find a ride to San Francisco!