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#172- BBQ Birthday Party at the Treehouse in Hollywood Hills

Since Monday, I had only four TV dramas (Gossip Girl & Smash & Ringer & Revenge), meals and work, but I was having fun with my projects.

And, today I had a fabulous day at my fabulous friend, Erika’s BBQ Birthday Party at her treehouse in Hollywood Hills.

Erika lives in the cute treehouse (guest house next to the house of the landlord). She has such a nice taste for everything. Fashion, Hairstyle, Interior, Book, Art, Music and Boyfriend (musician, Luke) etc…

The house (including her house) & garden encircled by trees and flowers. It was so peaceful to being there. I really had a great time at her party.

Great friends + Great food & drink + Great conversation = Perfect party

The invitation message said, “BYOM- bring your own meat :) Afternoon drinking, BBQing and corn-hole! And of course, any extra booze will stoke the party”.

Sweet 1 / My friend, Kimberly: Erika’s direction was great, but my driving was not great… I got lost! Her place is 10 minutes away from my place, but I got lost…and I called my friend, Kimberly. Kimberly was on the way and she was close to me, so she waited for me around the corner where I got lost. She escorted me to Erika’s place and she escorted me to where to park as well. Oh… she is such a nice & kind friend! (She also helped me to u-turn my car when I go home…!)

Sweet 2 / Erika’s boyfriend, Luke: Erika is so lucky to have Luke as her boyfriend. He made a cute sign (Erika’s E shape sign made of wood) with balloons in front of the house. He decorated place with balloons, set up the music and cooked vegetable BBQ for Erika (she is a vegetarian). He was also BBQing for everyone. So sweet!

Sweet 3 / A landlord of Erika, Robert: Erika is so lucky to live in the cute house and she has a nice landlord, Robert. He baked a birthday cake for Erika. The chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream was so delicious! We sang birthday song for her. So peaceful moment!

Culture shock 1 / The time frame: I always try to do “fashionably late”, but I always do “professionally early”…today, I was early, but I got lost, so I was on time at the party at 12:00pm. I guess, I am too Japanese sometimes (we are punctual people).

Culture shock 2 / The phrase: Erika told me, “Have a good one, you are so cute to say that”… I didn’t know that this phrase from 70’s and this phrase is a casual phrase…oh no… I always use this phrase for business email…! I thought this phrase is a nice way to say to people, because I don’t know when people read my email, in the morning or in the afternoon or in the evening (N.Y.,England, Japan etc), so I thought “Have a good one” is better than “Have a nice day”. “One” is a pronoun for morning, afternoon, evening…right? Ahhhh, English is very hard to learn…

Culture shock 3 / The corn-hole? : When I read Erika’s invitation message, I thought she made misspelling for “whole corn”. I thought they will grill whole corn on the cob. Moreover, when Luke was setting up two chairs and small cushions (I didn’t know that the things are the corn-hole) next to the other chairs in the garden, I told him that “what a cute decoration!” I thought, there are very interesting shape chairs and small cushions…Ahhhh, I need a stylish & personal dictionary!

Like attracts like…I really think when I go to someone’s party.

Erika is such a stylish & smart & cool & creative person, so of course her friends are very stylish and creative people. Musician, Fashion newspaper reporter, Fashion newspaper editor/stylist, TV show editor, TV production person, Fashion designer, PR person, Color Specialist for hair, Graphic designer etc…

Luke showed me many creative things (including colorful vegetable BBQ).

Shauna told me many spiritual fun stories.

Juli told me fun West Hollywood life stories.

Michelle told me how social media is doing these days.

Shauna (there were two same names) told me how Vancouver is wonderful place.

David (an owner of Dirtee Hollywood at www.dirteehollywood.com) told me how difference between East coast and West coast.

Many more Erika’s friends shared fun stories with me.

A nice person has nice friends = Life is beautiful

Happy Birthday Erika! I am glad that I celebrated your birthday today (her actual birthday was on April 9th).

P.S. My beef sirloin kabobs from Gelson’s was much much better taste than my cooking at home with my oven…Luke is the best BBQing person at the party :)

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles April 15, 2012
Copyright © 2012 Yoko Fujimoto

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