Thomas and Umi's Birthdays
An Thomas and Umi (Francis)'s birthdays at Buca di Beppo. That seems to be a popular restuarant these days, as we just had Billy's birthday there...
The start of the night was a little premature over here. Alicia and I met up early to do some shopping at 3rd Street Promenade, then headed over to the scheduled 7:30pm meeting time. Only we didn't realize the reservation was really for 8:00pm, and the evite said 7:30 just because we've done this enough to know that everyone runs late.
heh. Whoops. So we stood outside and talked for an hour til the first group-- Thomas, Kim, Devin, Nam, and others showed up.
We were seated in the Pope's Room at the Santa Monica Buca di Beppo. Our 14 people turned into 19, which was good-- the table was just big enough. =) Having a bust of the Pope in the middle of the room along with all of the appropriate decorations was rather interesting. The slightly domed ceiling in the room really made for weird acoustics, too. You could hear the person across the room from you loud and clear if you leaned in just right. It made listening to two or three conversations possible! Freaky indeed, particularly after everyone else had showed up and we filled the entire table.
We exercised powers of authority and had Thomas do all the ordering. Three different salads, parmesian chicken, margerhita pizza, garlic bread with cheese, baked ravoli, two orders of tortelloni (sp?), macroni, etc... mmmm... tasty. Plus lots of alcohol. Mohitos in particular were very popular.
Things that happened that night:
It was fun! I hear there was more partying at Thomas' place afterwards, but I had to be boring and go home, since I had that whole work thing the next day.
Names: I don't remember everyone's name. If someone wants to be so kind as to name everyone in one of the group shots, I'll be happy to update the page.