The flu is among us friends, and it is packing a wallop. Stuffiness, body aches, dizzyness, it’s all there, you’re getting your money’s worth with this flu. The question is, what is an ideal itinerary for a weekend of sick?
I started off by emailing in sick early Friday (calling in sick is sooo 90s.) Lucky for me the fiancée was also hit by this flu so we had the opportunity to enjoy a sick day together. We quickly decided that we
wanted needed ramen. It’s hot, it’s a huge food bomb, and we’re obsessed with it even though we only just discovered it a week or so ago. I spent the next couple hours watching the clock until it turned to 11:30am so we could order from Chabuya. 11:30 hit and we made our way to Sawtelle, me running with the cash, Kate driving the getaway car.
Every time we’re on Sawtelle we wonder what’s up with Ketchy’s II. I saw two normal looking girls eating there which really just adds to its mystery for me. I will check this place out.
I headed into Chabuya, confirmed my order, stressed about a tip (how much are we tipping on to-go orders nowadays?) and headed home. I don’t remember what we ordered because that information has been lost in a Nyquil haze, but I’m pretty sure it was awesome.
Then we hit the TV, for a marathon that would last a full day and a half. We started by catching up on our 30Rocks and some Eastbound and Down, then hitting the movie collection. Here are the movies we watched at least a piece of:
To Live and Die in LA: Someone at work told me there are cool chase scenes through the LA River in this movie and that it’s directed by the same guy that directed The French Connection. As of today I have seen neither of these movies all the way through but they remain on my to-do list. I got a good 20 minutes into To Live and Die in LA before deciding I wanted to watch The Karate Kid instead.
Karate Kid 1, 2, and 3: I don’t always have the best attention span for movies, so the fact that I sat through all of the first three Karate Kids in a row is pretty impressive. Here’s the thing about these movies, this shit was like Star Wars Jr. to me when I was a kid. The thought of going back to Okinawa with Mr. Miyagi and Daniel-san after all these years was exciting. What I came to realize though is: Karate Kid pt. 1 still holds up. The other two, kinda hokey. After fighting for his life in Okinawa, Daniel is gonna head back to California and stress about defending his title? Also, who the hell is this Mr. Miyagi guy? Did Mama-san bother to do a background check on this guy before leaving her son with him? Does he not call his mom before entering a death match in Okinawa? Why is the maintenance guy letting this kid enter a death match? Most of my questions center around the death match as you can see.
Can’t Hardly Wait: I think I’m too old to love this movie, but it’s like when you’re 15 and you’re dating a 13 yr old and you’re like “this age difference is weird” but then you get older and the fact that you’re 46 and she’s 44 is far from shocking…? I don’t think that really explained my point but it’s an old movie and I’m old so I think in the end it’s an appropriate movie for me to like. Did someone order a Loveburger?
Gremlins: The same person that told me to check out To Live and Die in LA told me that this movie stands up to the test of time. This movie starts off fine. As an adult you can feel the playful mix of comedy and horror, but things get ridiculous pretty quickly. These gremlins apparently learn how to play cards and smoke cigars within a week of being born. Is this really an ancient Chinese secret? The Chinese are hiding creatures that mature from age 0 to 65 in a week? We need to get more eyes over in China. I was with this movie until they took over a bar and assumed the roles of depressed drunks and town floozies. A Mogwai driving a Barbie Corvette though, that’s cool. I’d do the same if I were that size. Also, the band Mogwai. Took their name from Gremlins? Well alright.
Magnolia: Well cancel all your plans folks. If you’re strapping into the PTA Train (Paul Thomas Anderson) you better have your best pajama pants and a warm pillow with a cool side because you are not going anywhere for a while. This movie, while awesome, is a trip to a whole set of emotions that you may not want to opt into. Sure it seems all fun and quirky when John C. Reilly is bumbling around to some Aimee Mann tunes, but this is like opting into painting Mr. Miyagi’s fence. You don’t know where you’re gonna end up.
Somewhere in the middle of our film studies we decided that it was time for more ramenization. This time we ordered takeout from Asahi Ramen. I ordered the curry ramen and it is the best thing on earth. Seriously. My coworker Angela had told me not to order takeout ramen because the noodles get all bloated but both Chabuya and Asahi serve it on the side, so it’s fine. Damn I’ve been eating a lot of ramen.
While on Sawtelle I ran into a little market to buy some of those ramen spoons. They had a minimum spend of $10 for a debit card so I had to go to the ATM, but GOOD NEWS, the closest ATM was at Tomato Bank. This is only good news because I’ve always joked about joining the Tomato Bank and this was coming pretty close. $3.00 per ATM transaction? Daaaaaamn Tomato Bank, we are not meant to be. Anyway that curry ramen was amazeballs and I think I’ll be ordering all my takeout ramen from Asahi Ramen from now on.
Sunday morning we decided to pretend we weren’t sick and head to our fav Sunday brunch place Luna Park for some bottomless mimosas. It was amazing. We attempted to go shopping at Westside Pavilion but my 4 mimosa buzz made trying on clothes seem like too much of a hassle and we left pretty quickly. Somehow I think Kate ended up with like 4 pairs of shoes. I don’t know.
Oh we also had a $50 gift certificate to Best Buy that was going to expire this weekend so we needed to pull the trigger on something. We ended up with two Just Dance games. Why not.
I don’t know that this is the way you should spend your sick weekend in LA, but it is one way. If I could change one thing about my sick weekend I would have ordered ramen on Sunday too. I have some catching up to do.