Hometown Celebrations

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I went to the Bay Area on March 20th with my parents and my cousins for two funerals, a death anniversary, and Wrestlemania. I stayed there for almost 2 weeks and returned home March 31st.

We took two cars, the Green Goblin and the Dodge Durango. My truck ran smooth during the entire trip. I only felt a little nervous climbing the hills of Tehachapi but after that I was pretty damn sure it would make it all the way. The trip took a little bit more than nine hours but just thankful to have made it without any problems.

The first funeral was my Aunty To’oa. My memory of her is when I was a kid, and was living back in the Bay Area, I remember going over my auntie’s house with my mom. They’d be gossiping for hours and the best part was my auntie would be baking a bunch of Samoan goodies. I’d be stuffing my face while they were talking away. Probably nobody else can bake as good as my auntie.

The death anniversary was my Uncle Huber. Last year I was in the funeral, I just didn’t post any updates about it. I remember Uncle Huber being really quiet. He was one of those men who didn’t say much, but when he spoke people listened.

The second funeral was my Uncle Eddie. I have a memory of him, my dad, and me standing in line at a Sizzler. I was a bit chubby and in middle school at that time. He gave me advice about my weight and going to high school. It was basically to start losing weight so when I get to high school I can can get out there and start chasing girls. I remember telling him “Nah, I’ll have a car to chase them with”.

My cousin Josh treated me and his brothers to Wrestlemania 31. It was freakin’ awesome. We missed out on the pre-show matches cause we decided to eat at McDonalds first, and also cause of the long walk from the golf course (designated parking lot) that is across the street from the stadium. I only have one bad thing to say about the experience and it’s about the seat size at Levi’s. I mean holy crap was the seats small, I sat down and my sides were being hella bunched up. The way me and my cousin made it work was that one person had to lean forward while the other leaned back. After the show I bought a hat as a souvenir and now I practically wear it almost everywhere I go (It’s my new favorite hat). Another minor thing to complain about was that I didn’t get to really explore the stadium and get some garlic fries but who cares, I was at freakin’ WRESTLEMANIA!

The drive home wasn’t that bad. I got lost somewhere near Buttonwillow cause the GPS didn’t update in time but instead of backtracking I decided to keep heading in the same direction and let the GPS reroute. I soon passed by some farms, and then nothing. After awhile I started passing by some mansions. I also noticed that the cars all around me were all the luxurious types. I couldn’t figure out why there were so many rich people in the middle of nowhere, and soon enough my question was answered as I passed by a Halliburton oil refinery. I stopped at Baker and ate at Burger King, and soon enough I made it home. Another smooth ride, and now I’m sure I can take my truck anywhere including the moon and back.

The entire trip was a sad, unique, and happy experience all rolled into one. Also, I might go back sometime for the 4th of July. We’ll see.

[Edited 4-22-2015: Added post title. I can’t believe I posted without a title. Didn’t know it was possible.]

 

 

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