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Bad Boys, Bad Boys – Whatcha’ Gonna Do? – Angela and I are coming for you!

13 Oct

Now I know you have been waiting for it so without any further delays – The 3am Undercover Sting Operation. This is going to read like an episode of cops and that is exactly what it was like. It’s also long- no  real long – so be prepared. You might as well go grab a snack and a drink. It would also be appropriate to play the song “Bad Boys” on your computer while reading this. Just click play on the youtube video and then scroll down…  🙂

To quickly recap for readers who haven’t followed all of our blog antics over the last few months – (you can always visit our archives if you want to take a look-see) Angela and I went on a live blogging road trip in July. We started in California- drove through Nevada, Arizona, Utah and Colorado before turning back and making a 5 day pit stop in Vegas.  Vegas provided its usual heat and entertaining environment. Gorgeous people by the Hard Rock pool, great food, music etc; Overall it was a very good time – minus one serious hang over. Ugh. On our third night in Vegas someone stole my brand spanking new iphone 4.  Below is the tale of how we got it back and send one convict back to the slammer. Really – not kidding. Don’t mess with us…that’s all I’m sayin’.

So at about 1:30am Angela and I left Vanity Nightclub located inside the Hard Rock and headed toward the valet with the intention of heading to another hotel. 1:30 in Vegas is still quite early and we weren’t quite ready to call it a night. We had also spent most of the day doing a whole lot of nothing besides lying around – so we had some energy to burn through. I was wearing skin-tight white jeans. You know the kind that are so tight you can barely fit anything in your pocket? We handed the valet our ticket and sat down on a planter box ledge to wait for the car. Well those damn pants were so tight I couldn’t sit with my phone in my pocket and neither of us were carrying a purse to put it in so I set it down right besides me. I mean right besides, like nearly touching my leg. I am in love with my iPhone….it’s always near by.  We started chitty chatting with one of the valets and next thing you know- car is there. We hop in, buckle up and pull out. I did feel like something was missing but when I looked over at where I had been sitting, the phone wasn’t there and I assumed I had dropped it into my purse when I grabbed it out of my trunk right before we’d gotten into the car. I dismissed the gut feeling. Big no no in hindsight.

See that teeny tiny pocket. It’s all the pants fault.

We pull into the Venetian and as we are sitting in the car waiting for the valet to come over I ask Angie to call my phone. I can’t find it in my purse and I’ve now assumed it has fallen out of the pocket of those way to tight jeans and nestled itself into a crack between the seat or something. I need to stop assuming things clearly. She dials and we hear no ringing in the car. Next thing you know a man answers the phone. (from this point on we will refer to said man as “The Robber”. )Angie says hello and tells him that he has our phone. The Robber says and I quote “I ain’t got no idea what you talkin’ bout’ I just bought me this phone in front of the Hard Rock for two hundred dolla’s, now if you want it I willing to sell it to you for $300. ” Angie tells the guy. This has got to be a joke. Where the hell are you – she demands to know and then says that it’s to bad that he ‘paid’ for it and that it  is our phone and that we are coming to get it and he is going to give it back. It is at this point that I intervene and grab her cell out of her hand. I’m thinking that her tactics and line of questioning isn’t going to get to far with a robber speaking ebonics. I pretend to cry and babble some crap about needing it for work and being devastated and then I tell him I will pay him whatever amount he wants. Pick a meeting spot, I will go to the ATM and then meet him with the dough. He says ” I already in sum trouble wit da’ law..don’t you go playin’ wit me. You best not be messin’ wit me. I’ll sell you your phone back lady, but don’t screw wit me- I just want my money back that I paid for it”  I assure him – I am not screwing with him. I’ll pay him and get the phone and we will both go our own merry ways. Now for a second it did cross my mind to just pay him. Then I thought- oh hell no. He is not getting away with this crap and I am not giving him a penny. I knew he hadn’t paid for the phone and that clearly he had stolen it. We had just left the Hard Rock 5 minutes ago. There is no way someone else could have stolen it and found a buyer in 5 minutes.

 Oh s*!t. What the hell are we going to do? My plan was to just drive to where he was- I would insist on a well-lit public meeting area – use my persuasive powers, long lashes and tears to get it back and then head home. That was not a good plan and this is why it is always advisable to have another member on your team to run your plan by. Angie yelled at me – Are you freaking crazy? He could have a gun – he could try to grab us.  Meanwhile the valet had now gotten in on the planning and is standing over us repeating “you need to call the cops…you need to call the cops”  The Robber has given me a short window of time to meet him. We are panicking and feeling the pressure of the tiny time window. We need a better plan than my earlier one.  

We pull out of the Venetian panicked with our adrenaline running. We have decided to call the cops, Angie insisted 600 times and if necessary try to buy more time with the robber with some crappy excuse about the ATM or needing to get our card out of our hotel room. Whatever is necessary. I didn’t take all those acting classes for all those years for nothing. First thing we do is call the Las Vegas Police Department. The lady who answers the phone sounds like a broken record from New Jersey- uh huh- yah- uh huh- yah- so what your telling me is that someone stole your phone…uh huh- yah -uh huh- yah.. I finally say – look lady. We are going to meet this criminal and perhaps his gang of merry bandits -we are tiny little caucasian females that are pretty cute, going some scary dark place at 2:30 in the morning in Sin City to meet a robber and if an officer isn’t sent quickly to meet us … well then if anything happens to us-  its on your conscience and you should take this more seriously. Also we are in a hurry because the Robber who seems to be running the show is paranoid and has only given us a tiny window of time before he bails out- with my brand new phone. Well alrighty then- her tone did most certainly change instantly – she asked for our exact location and told us  pull over and wait for just  few minutes. I again stressed that we did not have much time.. meanwhile the Robber kept calling me on the other line of Angies phone “where you at? where you at? you best not be playin’ me – don’t you be callin’ the cops, if i see a cop im runnin and u never gonna get this phone back- no cops-im putting the phone in a brown bag – i give you the bag – you give me the money” and my friends have also all started calling Angies phone. He is going through my phone book calling people. It just keeps getting better and better.

So we follow instruction and  are waiting in the parking lot of a hotel right down the street from the Hard Rock – the Las Vegas PD didn’t waste anytime and were there in seconds it seemed. We de-briefed em’ then we came up with a plan. They are going to follow us into the parking lot of CVS- keeping some distance and lurking behind, then as the guy walks up to meet me they are going to speed up- jump out- and get em’. Oh my gosh- we cannot believe this is happening. This is a true story people. It was straight out of a movie. Now I must add- by this point in our blogging history most of you know Angela’s personality well and know that she is high anxiety and worries quite a bit. It’s fair to say that this was a high stress situation and she was in fine worry form. But she was also in it to win it – and went right along with the plan. Undercover sting operations involving you and your BFF don’t happen everyday.

By the way – THANK GOD WE WERE 100% SOBER…. this is another reason to never drink and drive. You could need the police to help you with something…you never know when you are going to get robbed and have to track down the villian and have your own undercover sting operation. I’m just sayin’…..

This whole cop rendezvous only takes 2 minutes- they understand that the Robber is impatient and will jump ship if he suspects anything – and taking way to long would be a red flag. Speaking of the Robber – he calls again. “Where you at? What’s taking so long?” I begin reassuring him again – gee this is a needy paranoid criminal. I also tried to get some info out of him regarding what he looked like or what he was wearing so I could give it to the cops now following us. All he would say is – “I’m black- you don’t need nothin’ more – don’t worry bou’t what I’m wearing. I’ll see your car and come to you.” I guess he was also a teeny tiny bit smart. Or should I say he’d probably done this before.

Now please keep in mind we were partly doing this for you our loyal reader. Not for the story factor but the phone was full of pics from our road trip and we needed them for the blog. What’s a blog without pics? Speaking of which – we only have two pics of the Robber and you will find them below….

We see the CVS parking lot. Our blood is pumping. I think Angie may of actually started to do a little hyperventilating. Cop car is trailing 3 cars back. Nerves nerves nerves. We got this – we can do it. We are getting that brand new – way to expensive- you have to wait forever to get one iPhone 4 back.   I make the right into the parking lot and Angie and I start scanning for a criminal. I have him on the phone and am making sure he sees us pull in. Oh yes…. Angie was  also very concerned he would try to carjack my brand new BMW. The Robber says ” I see you..I see you..ok head toward CVS- Ok keep going straight – OH SHIT- Dam you- you have the cops with you – I see them right behind you.  Lady I told you no cops- no cops! Dammit! ” Did I mention that everytime I talked to him I could also hear him chewing gum like he had been up on speed for 3 days. Now I hear- wind- running- breathing- and gum chewing. Crap Crap Crap! Our plan was unraveling right before my eyes. Next thing you know the coppers go speeding past me- whip around a corner, the police car fishtales and then comes to a screeching halt.  Then they  jump out of their car and start running. Next thing you know- they’ve got the suspect on the ground- hands pinned behind his back – and as he lifts up his head I can see that he is chewing his gum like a madman. BINGO Bitches! Oh we got him. The plan worked..the plan worked! Praise sweet  little baby Jesus for the plan and the cops.

Now the bad news. He didn’t have my phone on him. But those cops are sneaky. They told him some story about having him on tape stealing the phone from the Hard Rock so he might as well confess. Meanwhile – as one cop detained him- one started looking for the phone. We figured it couldn’t be far. Fortunately the ringer is very very loud. I started calling it over and over and 15 minutes later the cop walks out of CVS waving it in the air. The Robber had run into CVS and thrown it into a bin of candy. Also CVS had him on film. Booyah!! There wasn’t a scratch on it. The officers did get a full confession out of him and then found out he was out of prison on parole no less. Yah- too bad for the Robber. It was not his lucky day. He was headed right back for the slammer. Do the crime..do the time. He should have known better. His parole officer said he had just gotten out of prison for stealing as well.

So how did he get the phone in the first place you might be wondering??? Apparently as I was sitting on the planter ledge waiting for my car and  talking to the valet, the Robber had slyly walked past-and picked it up right under my nose. He must have been very good at his thieving because we did not even remember catching a glimpse of him. You would think we would have remembered a 6’3 250 pound black man, with a jerry curl, wearing a bright green track suit top and big gold chains standing next to us. But nope we hadn’t even noticed him. The valet guy that we were talking to was very very cute however.  The funniest thing about it all – and the reason why ultimately I believe we got the phone back- was that we got stuck in the valet area for at least a few extra minutes after the car came looking for and trying to get change for a $100 bill to tip the valet – not the cute one- but the one who had hustled in the 95′ heat to get our car. We really wanted to tip him and the extra time we spent trying to get change gave the Robber a nice long head start on his get away. Had I noticed the phone right away I would of screamed or something and Hard Rock security that was out front would have been on it instantly. So while we were trying diligently to reward someone for a job well done- we were being robbed and our perpetrator was getting away. Funny how karma works.

By the time all the paperwork was done it was 4:00am. We had promised to keep the Venetian valet informed as to what happened…he was very concerned about our well-being. So after a quick stop at an AM/PM for a giant water bottle and some tortilla chips- we drove back to the Venetian- showed him our recovered phone- it was like a trophy and then headed back to the hotel exhausted with our faith in the Nevada Police Department riding high and talking about how we were a real live ‘Cops’ episode.  We would like to again sincerely thank the Las Vegas Police Department for all of their help and the expedited, speedy manner in which they responded to our plea for help.

As a result of this experience  I have now joined Apples MobileMe service – which allows me to remotely lock, disable and wipe all the data from my iPhone and trace my phone through it’s GPS system from any laptop or wireless device  anywhere in the world. I can also send text messages after I’ve locked the phone telling any other Robbers that Angie and I are coming to get em’.  🙂

Hope the story was worth the wait- I have a feeling it’s one Angie and I will both be  telling our grandkids!

X!

Eden and Angela

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Gluten Free Goodness and Lightning Strikes – Day 4 Part Two

29 Jul

We only spent an hour and a half at the Yampah Caves… A girl can only be submerged in 110′ water and steam for so long. We left fresh-faced, bushy-tailed and famished. Literally starving.

Yes I know it’s blurry.. Sorry 😦

Our food options can be limited.. as we have now found out in the great wide open..and being organic freaks and anti-chemical/preservative..we find we are regularly hungry. Hence Angie consuming so many sunflower seeds despite hating them.  I was so hungry at this point I was willing to forgo all of our food requirements (within reason, we could never do McDonald’s – have you seen the 4-year-old cheeseburger from there? google it) – with the exception of the gluten thing- so while Angie was jabbering away on the phone I pulled into the first mom and pop looking place I saw in Glenwood and gave her no chance to object.

We walked into Chomp’s Delicatessen with growling tummies and nerves. I know we are weirdo freaks…at least we know this. We were greeted by the smiley smart assed owner…a perfect match for us. We asked him 427 questions about his meats, veggies, preservatives etc; I know I said we were going to try to forgo our food requirments..but this is harder said than done. After successfully satisfying all of our rigid standards..we sprung the big one on him.. he had to make our sandwiches on the loaf of bread I had in my car. Yes we carry bread. At this point he simply remarked – how did the two of you get anyone to marry you? Angie burst into laughter…and then he made our sandwiches on our bread…actually he and Nelly made them..with love.  I ordered a veggie sandwich with added Salami…yes I know – an oxymoron. I’m Italian – I wish I did not like Salami..but I do – I love it. Angie had a straight veggie. The sandwiches were delicious in every sense of the word. He toasted the bread and melted provolone and sun-dried tomatoes into the bread..then layered them with fresh basil, ripe red tomato, avocado, seasoning and for me salami. We ate them so fast we could not take a picture. We then fantasized about them regularly over the next few days. If you’re in the area you must go there and tell Robert the owner that  the crazy road trip girls with their own bread sent you.. www.chompsdeli.com

Nelly and Robert – he had to cover his face because he said there were a lot of people after him..

Back on the road. Our main objective at this point was to cover as many possible miles as we could. The more we drive today – the less tomorrow and the sooner we would be in Vegas laying by the pool. The pool at the Hard Rock is a very powerful motivator for covering ground on the open highway. That and the cloud like dreamy beds, amazing view from our soon to be room, the $4 happy hour nachos and two for one Cadillac margaritas at Pink Taco. We were focused and motivated.

The next few hours were uneventful. We reminisced and told each other ‘remember when’ stories, surfed through Sirius radio, enjoyed the Colorado Rivers beauty, headed into Utah…drum roll and into an incredibly  beautiful lightning storm. We were a little concerned that at some point we would be ‘in’ the lightning storm but we told our selves that the possibility of no rain existed and that we would not be struck. We were right on one  front  and of course poor Angie was driving. I offered to switch 60 times but I think the prospect of me driving in the rain was scarier for her than the actual rain itself and her having to drive through it. She wouldn’t say that but I know that’s the truth! After 8 failed attempts to capture the lightning on video I hit the jackpot.  Video is about a minute long and if your impatient -giant lightning is in the last 10 seconds. 🙂

And then the heavens parted and the rain started. Now it should be said that Angie lives in Oregon – rain central – and I lived in Hawaii for 7 years… lots of rain there too. Neither one of us had seen nor experienced rain like this. The drops were falling sideways, were the size of golf balls and it was so loud when it hit the car that  we had to yell to hear each other speak. Everyone was driving 10mph with their hazards on. At one point we decided we had to stop driving – it was just to dangerous- so we pulled over into a rest area to wait it out. All of this was cramping our get to Vegas in a hurry style. Dang it. After a brief stop it did let up and we crawled back onto the highway.  Sunflower seeds, cherries, grapes, blueberries and cookies were on the dinner menu- we should have gotten an extra sandwich from Chomp’s to go…so we were hungry – again.  Fruit and seeds are not filling long-term and we’d fight you over that. LOL

I’d bought a Caramello candy bar at a gas station – yes we were still getting unbelievable gas mileage in the diesel 🙂 – but Angie made me feel like I would die from consuming the chemicals on the spot so I threw it out after one bite.We drove until 11:30 that night and stopped at a Comfort Inn located right of the 70 in Richfield, Utah. Of course we called 14 places and asked how soft the beds were. Would you expect anything less from us? By this point we had figured out how to get all of our luggage out of the car and into the room in one attempt…it looked kind of like a long luggage train with the cooler in the middle and a bunch of stuff piled on top while we each wheeled one bag and carried another. We were really proud of this – big improvement from Day One…but a hysterical sight to see.  We crawled into our soft  beds absolutely utterly beat but with the thought of the Hard Rock pool embedded in the forefront of our minds.

 We had logged 501 miles and were definitely feeling it. Only one more day of driving and then 4 days of R&R! Road trips require a recovery vacation afterward. Seriously 🙂

xoxoxoxo,

Eden and Angela

We’re road trippin’ and it’s freaking hot! Day 1 in the new BMW 335 Bio-Diesel!

19 Jul

So were we trippin’ when we decided to road trip it across Nevada, Arizona, Utah and then Colorado? The pot of gold at the end of the road trip rainbow is soooo appealing though… hopping on the Unity Tour for a little taste of ‘Rock Star’ life with Melanie, Pepper, 311 and The Offspring.. I mean everyone flies, there are so many adventure’s to be had and  beautiful things to see between LA and Red Rocks… and Cracker Barrel’s to eat at!!  No really.. I love Cracker Barrel. It’s the little country store and hospitable welcome and nice employees. I like it all. So when we came across one located in St. George Utah – you know we stopped.  If   Angie and I  both hadn’t learned in the last year we were allergic to gluten.. we would of gorged ourselves on Chicken N’ Dumplins- their signature dish.. instead it was chicken smoothered in colby jack cheese with green beans, cole slaw and pintos with a side salad. We ate every bite.  And of course we we’re not disappointed in our fantastic service and the cuteness of the lil’ ol’ country store…we wanted to buy the quilts, the costumes, the candy and the jelly.  The manager was fantastic in making sure everything was truly ‘gluten’ free and our waitress – Gabriela – a transplate from Long  Beach, Ca – enjoyed chatting with us about life back in California.

Ok – so let’s go back to the start of today. Intended departure time 10:00 am – actual departure time 3:00pm. What? We’re girls. We weren’t – nor are in a hurry. The beauty of the road trip!!! Another huge perk  – no luggage restrictions. We brought everything…like 16 pairs of shoes, 12 bikinis, 27 face and hair products all in full size – not  4oz bottles and one Brita water filter…  you get the picture. Yes Angie had to bring her Brita water filter. It’s wedged into the ice chest – right in between the berries and hard boiled eggs. Yes I know we are weird…but healthy snacks can be a challenge on the road. Alrighty- so we left at 3 and headed for St. George, Utah – our first designated stopping point. Truthfully the drive was pretty uneventful and went by really quickly. Desert is desert and this particular leg of the drive isn’t gorgeous. There is one section as your coming into Utah where we drove through this really cool section of road that had to of literally of been blastsed 😦 right through these amazing red rocks.. and on each side of you -right next to the road- the mountains just jot straight up..it’s almost like the road is a river flowing through the rock. That was super cool. We attempted to take a photo..as you can see below it sucks. Couldn’t capture it.

We pulled into St. George at 8 pm. We didn’t stop at all while driving. It was somewhat of a miracle that between two girls we didn’t have at least 2 potty breaks. I know..we were so proud… and we were guzzling that water from the Brita filter I tell yah.  Did the whole Cracker Barrel thing..as mentioned above…found out the time was different here – one hour ahead – and then went on our search for accomodations for the night. We are wingin’ it -every night. We have no idea where we are staying or where we will end up – oooo we are so adventurous!!  We pulled up hotels.com on the new kick butt iphone and started searching. Original plan was to find a bed ‘n’ breakfast… my sister recommended the Seven Wives Inn.. no pun intended in that name..we are in Utah 🙂 but it was late so we decided to forgo that idea and just book a room near the freeway. I’ve always wondered what the motels/hotels right off the freeway are like –  you know the ones you  always see while on a road trip  but never stop at . In all the traveling the two of us have done- we’d never stayed in one…let the good times roll. So we began hunting. I pulled up like 50 choices. How the heck are there 50 choices in this little tiny town? So our number one requirment – it had to be clean and number two – the bed had to  be soft.  Yep.. we are soft bed lovers and must have one and lastly – it had to be cheap! So flash forward 7 motels later.. the rates we’re all comprable…around $60 a night and most of them came with free hot breakfast – a pretty good deal … with the exception of the Claridge Inn.. it was only $45… clean, no breakfast and the bed felt like a slab of concrete. However desk guy was really cute and friendly- should of taken a photo. We had to pass on that one. I did however take the time to inform him about how the ‘a hard bed is better for your back theory/myth’ is a big fat lie. Angie laughed the whole time. And I should probably mention that at each of these establishments we went into the rooms and sat on the beds.  We are so high need. We ended up choosing the Quality Inn. Bed was soft, room was super clean, and it was $64.19 with tax and hot breakfast. By 4 am..the bed wasn’t feeling as soft and we probably should not of left the air conditioner on extra high. It was below zero in our room – I think this made the mattress harden. We did however manage to catch the newest episode of True Blood running late night on HBO. Very happy about that. Ok..now it’s time for bed. Tomorrow – we wake up, eat hot free breakfast and head to Zion. We’re gonna play Bob Marley as we pull on…we’re gonna be Iron like a Lion in Zion.

On a side note and worth a mention: When we arrived it was 106 degrees outside – 11 pm and we had  covered 391 miles in 5 hours and 11 minutes of driving -but here comes the best part…wait for it…wait for it…here it comes.. we  still had 167 miles worth of gas  in the tank (from our first fill up  at home ) of the new BMW 335 Bio-Diesel! That would be 558 miles on one tank of gas! Can you say HOLLLLLAHHH?? So the dealer wasn’t lying when he said I may be able to actually get 600 miles on a tank of gas!! This is very exciting. Those of you who know me personally – know – at the risk of sounding incredibly pretentious and being ok with it – that for nearly the last 3 years I have driven a gigantic – gas guzzling – emissions emitting 750Li BMW. I know- it was horrible for the environment. So it is a big deal to me that I got that great mileage and emitted the lowest emisions ever. I have redemmed myself.

xo The Road Calls! 🙂

Eden and Angela