We did it, we finished our Bench Bucket Hit List! The finale of all finales included keeping our original goal of bowling, doing karaoke and adding a fancy dinner.
I had lobster and crab, because I
You did, and I deserved just lobster.
And we both deserved champagne.
Here we are toasting with our spouses.
The guy singing live in the restaurant sang Happy Birthday to Tricia. Tricia gave him a thumbs up, not realizing he was blind, but it was the thought that counted, right?
Tricia got one candle which was cool because 40 would have
And we got artsy with the mirror because why not? How the hell can you not get obsessed with a mirror when it’s right there?
Then we were off to a place in Altadena that had both karaoke and bowling in one location. Check out the glowing lanes and orange balls.
We were dressed up too much for bowling,
however the bowling shoes did go well with
We sucked at bowling.
Yeah, but we gave it the old college try.
Good thing we were better at college.
Then came the karaoke. And we had to have a few drinks to work ourselves up to it. We waited forever. Or what felt like forever. The song we thought we could sing was not available.
We instead went with our favorite montage
song, Turn the Beat Around.
After hours of watching young hipsters that were all apparently in some sort of Glee spinoff, we got slightly more nervous, and slightly more drunk.
We got to use the flask you gave me, good gift.
I thought we might need it.
When our time finally came, which almost didn’t, around 1am after tipping the karaoke chick, we jumped up onstage. They put our name on a screen which made us feel important.
Terror and a strange ability to perform combined and this happened.
You danced around a lot.
I did that to distract from my singing.
I was counting on you to sing.
The worst part of the song was when it got
really fast and we just stood there staring
at the screen, not singing.
Damn Gloria Estefan really sped that song
up. We just kept saying “yeah, yeah, yeah”
when we didn’t know what to do.
And you were pointing at one point
I was trying to get the Glee spinoff group
involved, at one point they looked
interested in our raw talent.
But then they weren’t. And then we were done.
What a relief.
I’m so glad we did it.
Happy Birthday to us. Now Tricia is 40 and Siana will be soon.
Oh you just had to point that out again.
I can’t help it! It’s not my birthday yet!
Onward into a new year. We’re 40 now. Everything is changed. Well not really, but at least we finished our Bench Bucket Hit List!
Happy Holidays to all!
Moving on down our Bench Bucket Hit List, we did something we've been meaning to do for years. We went to Zig's and had the bullet, it was life changing. Zig's is super close to where we both live and we're not sure why we haven't been here a million times.
The bullet is basically a hamburger on a baguette with ortega chiles, cheese, onions and a special sauce. Here are two angles of the burger to show it's amazingness
Thank goodness we split it. You never want to share
with me but you had to.
Yeah, cuz I wanted to order chili fries and onion rings.
And we did. And we ate most of it. The chili fries were a bit much, but the onion rings were awesome, deliciously crunchy.
We decided we need to come back to Zig's for all our meals. Our waitress agreed.
You should come here for breakfast, people say it's
better than IHOP and half the price.
We agreed. The Waitress seems really invested in our happiness.
It's taco Tuesday, and you can come back every week and
try different tacos.
SIANA & TRICIA
Yeah, sounds great!
We know next time to order more of the fried things and less of the fries. Like there's a combo with onion rings, fried zucchini and fried mushrooms. That's our future.
Now that we're full, it's time to head to our other destiny, The Copper Bucket.
First we have to decide how to get in. It's in the same shopping center as Zig's, but the back door has a lot of people hanging out and we feel nervous like, the clientele are, how should we say….
Yeah, I was trying to be polite.
We decide to take a long walk around the front to a weird unmarked door. We walk in and there are lots of men.
But it's not a gay bar.
That would've been more our vibe.
And somehow we may be considered cute here.
Not sure if that's a compliment. Wait, isn't it Tuesday?
Why are there so many people here?
It's very lively.
I thought it was going to be like us and a few old guys
with a crusty bartender.
Instead, it's like happening, man.
Shhh - don't give away our age!
We order two vodka drinks. But we forget to say what kind of vodka, so they kind of suck. But they only cost $3 so we drink them anyway.
Then we decide to play with Tricia's new glasses, and realize that we look even more like twins now that Tricia has glasses. Like that thing where people say we look alike, see this blog.
Time for another drink, this time with Grey Goose vodka.
These are better.
And they were cheap too! This is definitely not a gay bar.
Drinks are so expensive in West Hollywood.
We sound like old ladies. Thank goodness no one can hear
us due to the loud rap music.
And randomly country music too.
But the crockpots and random scarecrow behind you make
me feel at home.
Siana leans her head against the bar next to her.
Don't lean your head against the bar, there's cheese on it.
Tricia's new glasses really work!
We're like a weird Tina Fey club. In a bar with Eminem.
You have M&M's?
There may be some on the bar.
It might be time for us to go home. It is Tuesday night after all. Also we feel like we need to leave before something happens. This is starting to feel like a bar where people fight. The few girls that are here look like they might get in a fight. We're just too old for that! As we run out the front door we see a painting of a boat and wonder if it is indeed the original Copper Bucket?
We see the riff raff behind the bar next to the parking lot, consider hanging out one last time...
Quick, get in my minivan!
Guess we aren't that tough anymore. But we'll always have the memory of these cheap vodka drinks. And the potential fights that were about to break out. And the crockpot.
Another year of a successful MS Walk and we want to thank everyone that contributed! And don't worry, if you didn't get a chance to contribute, you still can, click here to donate now!
We'd like to say a special thanks to Edgar Aguirre for helping direct his fundraising efforts to the Bench as well, which helped us raise a grand total of: $1,240! To date Team Andrea has raised $15,405 to stick it to MS, way to go team!
Wouldn't it be cool if we could get that team
number up to $16,000?
Yes, I prefer a round number to finish this whole
While you consider making that donation to help us reach that goal, check out a few photos from our great day at the MS Walk.
Here we are with the awesome Andrea
And here are the mini walkers that joined us on the walk
And on the Bench
And our fundraising efforts got us into a cool VIP tent where we had access to extra snacks, thanks everyone!
Thanks again everyone for all the support and if didn't get a chance to contribute to the fabulous Team Andrea, click here to donate.