Hey what’s up readers? Yes I’m still here 🙂 I had a few people opt in to one of my contact forms asking if I was still blogging and active on this site, although I haven’t blogged since the end of July I am definitely still here! I spent the month of August traveling and didn’t spend too much time on my laptop… I ran all of my online business from my smartphone and outsourced the stuff I couldn’t do on my phone. So yeah, I’m back!
In the beginning of August I spent some time in the Fort Lauderdale-Miami area with some friends, which I don’t really consider “traveling” because I live a few hours north of Miami but still I was away from home doing business and networking down there with some cool cats.
Live from iheartradio Ultimate Pool Party, Miami FL
I was also down there at the end of June for the Iheartradio Ultimate Pool Party! What an awesome weekend… had VIP tickets so it was cool hanging poolside with a bunch of rich pricks and Nick Cannon. We got to see Lil Jon, Iggy, Neon Trees, MAGIC and Jenny from the block Jennifer Lopez perform… yeah it was pretty badass not gonna lie Lol.
The first week of August I flew up to Connecticut for a few days for the first time.. was very cool seeing all the hills and landscape etc it is so much different then Florida.
View from my friends pad in CT 🙂
I stayed at a friends house in the hills of Hartford CT and they showed me around the area for a few days.
Hiking thru the hills 🙂
My favorite part of the whole trip was just hiking a few miles with my headphones in through the hills in Middletown… yeah I’m easy to please.
I prefer the little things anyway.
On my last night there, their neighbors had all of the neighborhood over for an outdoor cook out with steak tips, some italian bread with mozzarella cheese on top (best thing ever) and of course expensive red wine!
Yeah I was staying with rich friends and they like their expensive wine.
It was just cool sitting outdoors around the table under the stars and having dinner with a bunch of people I didn’t know… none of my neighbors in Florida really talk or do BBQ’s and stuff like that so it was nice to see people still get together and have dinner with each other.
After 5 days in Connecticut I flew back down to Florida for like 9 days before I was off to my next adventure in Los Angeles, California.
This was also my first time going to California let alone the west coast of the United States so yeah I was obviously pretty excited Lol. So I packed up my duffle bag yet again for a week in Los Angeles, my friend Jen was nice enough to drive me to Ft. Lauderdale Airport on August 20th so I could catch my flight… I had a long day ahead of me with a layover in Dallas before I finally landed in LAX at 4pm California time.
I finally made it there on time and stepped off the plane and on to the streets of L.A for the first time.
I met up with some friends who live in Los Angeles so they drove me to my hotel so I could check in and drop off all my stuff before we headed out to Long Beach for dinner at the Yard House… I was starving after flying around all day so I had a big ass ribeye with shrimp on the side… I deserved it 🙂 .
We didn’t do too much that night because I was pretty tired and I’m from Florida so they are 3 hours ahead of what I’m used to so I crashed pretty early for their time.
The next day we all met up again and they drove me into the heart of Los Angeles where Hollywood BLVD, Beverly Hills and all the cool stuff is at… so that was pretty awesome.
We walked down Hollywood BLVD looking at all the stars and people dressed up as superheroes and cartoons Lol….
Then me being the tourist I am, I decided to pay the $35 and hop on one of those buses that drive you all around site seeing where they explain some of the history of the area.
They drive you through Beverly Hills, Hollywood hills and all the other cool spots so you can go ‘celebrity hunting’ lol although I didn’t see any celebrities on my trip… it’s okay I’m not star struck they are humans too, right?
The next day I went to the Aquarium of the Pacific to check out all the marine life there… really cool learning about all the animals, fish and other stuff they have. The penguins were so funny to watch swim around and waddle around lol penguins are badass.
This was where my trip went kinda downhill… I normally don’t write about the ‘negative’ going on in my life, but the last 2 days of my trip were pure hell.
I had horrible pain in my lower back (kidneys) but I didn’t want to go see a doctor out there or check into a hospital because my flight was 2 days away and I just had a fear of getting stuck out there. So my stubborn ass just sat around my hotel in horrible pain for the last 2 days while I waited for the day my flight left… I had no appetite and didn’t eat anything… lost a few pounds and really looked like crap Lol I wish I had a picture to post but I wasn’t taking selfies at the time.
Luckily I found the strength to walk out of the hotel and find a cab and get to LAX and catch my flight.
It never hurt so much just to walk through an airport it’s usually an easy task… especially for someone young in their early 20’s like me… but I caught my first flight to Phoenix which connected to Ft. Lauderdale from there… that 4.5 hour flight was awful lol I was still in the worst pain of my life and I hate flying anyway so being on a plane for 4.5 hours didn’t help. (Flying over Ft. Lauderdale beach above.. What a view! 🙂 )
Just thankful that I made it home safe! I went home and went right to bed, I didn’t have the energy to go to the hospital that night. The next day I woke up and felt a lot better so instead of going to the hospital I just went to the local walk in clinic and they accepted my insurance (whewww…)
After some blood work and other tests they said I had a bad kidney infection… no wonder the lower back pain!
So they put me on the BRAT diet which is like bread, bananas, rice, apples and toast I think they said… so I had to stick to that for a week and drink tons of water everyday to flush out my kidneys. I’m doing a lot better now just taking my diet and health a lot more seriously… I stopped drinking coffee and alcohol and haven’t in weeks and I feel a lot better.
Anyways… I’ll post some of the pictures I took while I was out in Cali below… hope you guys enjoyed reading 🙂 Share some of your recent travel stories in the comments I would love to hear them!
Me on the tourist bus thing
Love you guys 🙂 Joe
I plan to get back to blogging regularly tomorrow!
I’ll do some MLM reviews like usual and throw in some training in there as I get back in the groove of things.
Racking up my frequent flyer miles 🙂
Long Beach, California
Aquarium of the pacific, Long Beach CA
Penguin I tried to recruit into MLM…
Penguins… penguins everywhere.
Big fish and Big Lobster/Crab thing
Eric Clapton Sign outside Guitar Center, Hollywood CA.
Famous California palm trees
Santa monica blvd, CA
Chinese looking building California
El capitan Hollywood California
Beverly Hills Sign