I had two hours in between my double, so I raced to the DMV to get a new license. Last week, somewhere in between my apartment and Ronnie’s, I lost my wallet. The most annoying part about it was that I was completely sober. I’d have felt better if it was a drunken mistake. While anxiously waiting for them to call G250 (they were only on G217), I thought about how I need a break. After Africa, I was supposed to cut one of my jobs, but since there have been unexpected expenditures, I’ve just kept both and continue working seven days a week, but I need a break. A mini-vacation. So I’m deciding to take this Monday off and getting out of L.A. Not far, somewhere in Orange County, as I wanted to explore the gay scene in Cali’s Republican mecca. My options are Laguna Beach or Garden Grove. Laguna Beach for obvious reasons, but Garden Grove is a bit of a question mark. When I was searching for gay bars, one popped up in Garden Grove. I have a special place in my heart for Garden Grove, as it’s home to the Crystal Cathedral (my first job out of college was a door-to-door pyramid scheme and on my lunch break I’d sit under the tower and wonder what it’d be like to be a priest instead of a salesman) and it’s the name of one of my favorite Sublime songs. So I read different reviews of the gay bar and it sounded just right up my alley:
- "Cholos, Vatos, Drag Queens, and Rancheros seem to have claimed this bar as their own." — Danny from Long Beach.
- "This place is way run down. It’s like they decided to throw a party in a closed down bar in tia juana. They have no air conditioner so its WAY too hot inside, it was full of trannies when we went so that was kinda odd, but the strippers were very friendly, when they saw we had money to tip they were letting us grab their "goods" that was the highlight of the night." — Jordan from Laguna Nigel.
I’m torn. Do I get bougie and relax on the beach in Laguna, or do I get dirty and rough it in Garden Grove? Both sound good to me. Which one would you suggest?