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Two Girls for Every Boy (2/3)

Bonjour from Montreal! We’re having a great time during or stint back into Canada, eh. Despina was an awesome host in Toronto and Montreal is pretty sweet so far too. Just wanted to get another SoCal flashback update in before heading back out on the town. We’ll be in Burlington, Vermont tomorrow followed by Camden & Portland, Maine. I’ll add pics to this post later as I get a chance.

While out in the OC/LA area we hit several beaches, including Laguna, Doheney and Huntington. We even took our very first surfing lessons on Huntington (aka Surf City USA). Our instructor was veteran surfer, Ted, at Zack’s Beach Resorts, located right next to the Huntington Beach Pier. To start things off right, I came out of the restroom with my wetsuit on inside-out AND backwards. Once that little snafu was corrected we were off and running and crashing into waves and falling and crashing into waves and falling and, well, you get the idea. Although the waves at Surf City USA were smaller than usual, they were still way too big, fast and crunchy for beginners like us. But it was still a blast trying. I did manage to actually stand on a wave for about two seconds toward the beginning of our lesson and body surfed several others but the crashing waves really took their toll. Before I knew it I was too tired to keep my balance anymore. Doheny Beach, recommended by Kelso, was much better suited for beginners due to its smaller and slower waves. Unfortunately, they weren’t renting wet suits so we ended up just hanging out on the beach there. Maybe we’ll subject ourselves to the punishment again in Florida.

-SammyB

This is how we do it in the OC (1/3)

Hello from freezing Chi-Town! First of all, congrats to our dear friends back in Big D, Justin & Anna, who are celebrating the first year of what we affectionately refer to as the “Big Mistake.” Just kidding, Anna! 😀 Justin & Anna have been happily married for an entire year now…how time flies. They are celebrating in Dallas in the April SNOW! Crazy… I actually have to be back in Dallas for a wedding by late May so we’ll see how the remainder of the trip schedule goes. But for now, on with the updates!

Flashback: March 5th, 2007. (The 1st of my 3-part catch-up series for SoCal.) We arrived in Orange County after a breathtaking drive up the PCH. First stop, Shanghai’s aunt’s place in Mission Viejo where we were treated to the awesome homemade food & hospitality only relatives can provide. I’d been to LA before but never the OC. It was rediculously nice though a little too suburban for my taste. We met up with Kim, Steph, and Shanghai’s friend, Kelso. Kim and her ludicrously cute shi-tzu puppy, Gizmo, put us up for a night. Kim and her coworkers, Rob & Mike, also took us out for drinks and tasty dim sum at Sam Woo’s in Irvine. Kim works for a not-to-be-named famous video game company and, despite my best efforts, neither her nor her coworkers would reveal anything about the top-secret project they are feverishly working on. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see… It was good to see Steph too. I hadn’t seen her since my trip out to Cali a couple of years ago for the Coachella Music Festival. I’ll let Shanghai tell you about Kelso but mad props to him for basically giving us his place to stay in Costa Mesa while he was whisked away on “work.”

Steph and the Sams
Steph with the Sams in the Irvine Spectrum

Blizzard & SammyB at Sharky’s
SammyB, Mike, Kim & Rob at Sharky’s in Costa Mesa

Gizmo
Gizmo, Kim’s shi-tzu puppy

Flickr Photos have been updated all the way through last night in Chicago so enjoy!

-SammyB

Hold On For One More Day…

The votes are looking a little low right now. To spice it up, I added some clips from the road trip movies we’re polling on which ones resembles the Sams the most. My favorite is the Tommy Boy clip (Fat man in a little coat!). The Harold and Kumar scene is pretty good too. How much do you want to bet that somewhere on their road trip Sam and Sam broke into a popular song together.

The only clip missing is from Sideways. I couldn’t find a good one on Youtube.

-Justin

Tommy Boy

Harold & Kumar

Thelma & Louise

Rain Man

Last of the Mohawkans….

For my Shanghai friends, this won’t be a new thing…you’ve seen it…you’ve loved it…

For all you others out there…we were recently in Vancouver, BC wandering around Chinatown (2nd only to San Francisco’s Chinatown…U-S-A…U-S-A…U-S-A!) and came across a block of hair salons offering CD$8.99 haircuts….which is the closest I’ve come to a Chinese-priced haircut in a long time (it’s still more than twice the usual price in Shanghai, but what the heck…you only live once). As an added bonus, everyone spoke Mandarin so it felt just like Shanghai…

So there it is…

Afterwards, as we walked down the streets of Chinatown, I noticed mothers grabbing their kids and pushing them away from me…so I guess it works.

Rokk!

Road Update!

Just a quick update from the road….

btw…there is nothing in Montana and Wyoming….nothing….nothing….nothing

well, there’s legalized poker in bars..but other than that…nothing…

Be sure to keep checking back…we’re getting a little better with posting and stuff…much more to come….

Note: In case some of you don’t know yet..we did receive our t-shirts from our fantastic sponsor at Bulla Clothing (check out their site link in the upper right corner)…so we do have t-shirts to give away…..I wonder what you have to do to get a genuine “I’m with Sam” t-shirt….hmmmm? I wonder….

The Sams arrive in Chicago

Chi-Town

Another quick update…

We’ll be in Chicago on April 6th in case anyone wants to try to meet up there that weekend.

Who’s on first?

Just a quick update from Missoula, Montana…

While we were leaving Spokane, Washington, we decided to skip Banff and head through Idaho to Kalispell, Montana. After a night there we went up to beautiful Glacier National Park and are staying in Missoula tonight. But that’s not the reason for this post. A while back you voted to have us try and get a Texas Ranger baseball player to say our tagline, “I’m with Sam, who YOU with?” Well, we actually made it out to the very first Rangers Cactus League spring training game in Surprise, Arizona, and here’s what we came up with…

Yeah, it’s hard to hear, but he said it!

What goes on the road, stays on the road!

There’s a new fun little poll on the side menu. Sam and Sam’s fun road trip had me thinking if their road trip was a movie, which movie would they most resemble? The movie had to have some sort of road trip and only two buddies hence something like European Vacation was not considered. Likewise with Wild Hogs.

If you have additional movie suggestions, leave them in the comments section.

-Justin

Here We Go Again

After a fun-filled weekend with our friends in Seattle, Vancouver and Whistler, the Sams are back on the road again…this time heading east! Despite an unpleasant run-in with the Canadian Border Patrol on the way to Vancouver, we’re headed back up to Banff, Alberta. (There was an uncomfortably long stare-down match between Shanghai and the lovely border patrol lady after she exclaimed, “why would you do such a stupid thing?” referring to our attempt to videotape the border crossing.) Many people have told us Banff is just unbelievably beautiful so we’ve added it to the trip. Here’s a map of the route we have planned from Seattle to Mount Rushmore. We’ll be camping out in Yellowstone National Park along the way. Can’t wait!

Seattle to Mt Rushmore Map

-SammyB

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