What do you get when you take five different people from different parts of the country and give them an AOL Journal? Well in this case, you get a mini AOL-J private convention in Los Angeles next weekend.
For the past couple of months, Andrea has been planning a get-away week with her good friend Carol. After researching a few areas in the country (not to mention a few bats of the eyelashes and big smiles -- sprinkled with a dash of manipulation -- from yours truly), they finally decided to take their vacation in San Diego.
Even though SD is a two hour drive from here, I threatened to crash their party if they wouldn't see to it that they come early enough to spend time in LA with me.
So the past few weeks have been filled with emails to/from each of us. -- To the point where I went to hit "Reply All" on an unrelated email today and was shocked to see it wasn't an option. That's because it was from a different friend, addressed only to me. Imagine that. A personal email.
Yesterday's round robin included ideas of what the first-time LA visitors might want to see or do for entertainment. I had previously mentioned how important it is to experience an IN-N-OUT Burger while here. Since it is not a national fast food chain, Andrea, Carol and DiAnne hadn't heard of such a place. And honestly, the first time I heard it, well, we've all had that visual.
Somewhere along the line, IN-N-OUT Burger became INSIDEOUT Burger (a mistake easy enough to make). "As long as I get to see the beach and eat a famous insideout burger..." The repeated Reply Alls came flooding in with descriptive visuals and concerns about the kind of food it might be. The meaning and the real name of this fine establishment was lost on some.
It's the best drive-thru fast food in the area. Accept no substitutes. If it's not IN-N-OUT, it's an impostor!
So please pay attention, this is important: