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sunnyca

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Orange County Meetup
« on: April 07, 2014, 11:34:32 AM »
Not sure how many of us there are in Orange County- but would anyone be interested in a meetup?

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2014, 12:10:36 AM »
I'm up for a meetup. Would love to meet other like-minded people here. I'm in Irvine.

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2014, 10:42:24 AM »
I'm in the San Gabriel Valley but within driving distance to Orange County. I'm in!

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2014, 01:13:11 PM »
Sweet!  I'm in Irvine.  :)

Any suggestions on what people would like to do?  HH, cheap eats, a hike, or... ?

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2014, 09:07:48 AM »
I would love to meet up! Also in irvine (anyone with advice for saving $$ in rent while living in/near irvine, I'm all ears) hiking and cheap eats is always awesome :)

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2014, 11:02:21 AM »
Cool!  I generally end up hiking with the dog at Peters Canyon every weekend.  Anyone interested?

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2014, 01:15:52 PM »
Hiking sounds great. I have a 3-year old daughter though, so can only do easy hikes. Cheap eats is also cool if you guys would rather not hike with a kid.

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2014, 10:21:37 AM »
Add one more to the Irvine list.  I moved here about a year ago from Los Angeles. I'd definitely be up for a hike.

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #8 on: April 29, 2014, 11:55:11 AM »
Awesome!

Peters Canyon (the non-hilly loop) and Back Bay are two easier options that I know of which would also work for younger children.  Does anyone else have any other suggestions?

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #9 on: April 29, 2014, 02:06:16 PM »
Peter's Canyon is definitely more kid friendly than my Mt. Baldy idea. Seems like we have at least 4 Irvine locals. Seems worth a meetup!

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #10 on: April 29, 2014, 06:01:51 PM »
Count me in! I could use a relaxing hike for once..

Don't ask me for cheap eats though.. I frequent (cheap, unhealthy) buffets, and grocery stores...
Oh! Irvine Walmart french loaves were mispriced at $1 rather than the marked $1.49! Could put together our own sub-sandwiches in pure Mustachian DiY fashion ^^

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #11 on: April 29, 2014, 06:13:09 PM »
Sweet! 

Count me in! I could use a relaxing hike for once..

Don't ask me for cheap eats though.. I frequent (cheap, unhealthy) buffets, and grocery stores...
Oh! Irvine Walmart french loaves were mispriced at $1 rather than the marked $1.49! Could put together our own sub-sandwiches in pure Mustachian DiY fashion ^^

Cheap eats can be healthy... sometimes.  When I think of cheap eats, I think of yummy ethnic food that's shared family-style.  But bringing food is definitely the healthiest and cheapest. :)

How about next weekend or the following?  Now that I think about it, maybe sometime May 17-18 might be better... wouldn't want to interfere with anyone's Mother's Day weekend plans.  I'm flexible.

Let me know what you guys think!




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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #12 on: April 29, 2014, 10:46:22 PM »
May 17-18 works. Peter's Canyon?

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #13 on: April 29, 2014, 10:57:59 PM »
May 17-18 works. Peter's Canyon?

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Works for me!  I'm down the street, so I'll be walking over if that's where we all end up :)

Hiking sounds great. I have a 3-year old daughter though, so can only do easy hikes. Cheap eats is also cool if you guys would rather not hike with a kid.

Peters Canyon has multiple trails, but the one I'm thinking of is mostly flat and should be a fairly easy walk, even for little ones. :). Open to other suggestions, too, if there's another spot that works better.

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #14 on: April 30, 2014, 12:16:55 AM »
Darn, we'll be on vacation May17 through Memorial Day. I hope we can make the next one. You guys can do a harder hike if I'm the only one with a kid.

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #15 on: April 30, 2014, 10:25:39 AM »
Darn, we'll be on vacation May17 through Memorial Day. I hope we can make the next one. You guys can do a harder hike if I'm the only one with a kid.

Oh no!  Well, we haven't heard from the others yet so we'll see if May 17 even works. 

Regardless, have a great vacation!! :)

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« Reply #16 on: April 30, 2014, 11:47:17 AM »
I'm in OC too (HB area) but I'll also be gone then too (leaving ASAP to get out of this relentless heat!) so can't make it. But some suggestions are HB Central Park. The west side (between Goldenwest and Edwards) has some nice tree covered walking paths (blessed shade!), a lake, a nature center, a great dog park, a disc golf course, stables and dirt horse paths (no shade there but close to the ocean so cooler usually), picnic areas as well as a restaurant (Kathy May's In The Park) but too expensive for most mustachians, and play area for the wee ones (and lots of bathrooms for the "wee" ones also :-)!). The east side (between Goldenwest and Gothard) also has a lot of walking paths, another restaurant, the big Central Park Library and some other things. Both sides of the park have tons of free parking. There's also the Bolsa Chica Wetlands across from the Bolsa Chica State Park Beach entrance. Free parking there too (but not at the state beach) and dirt trails. No shade though but a bathroom and visitors center off Warner and PCH. Also Mason Park or Turtle Rock in Irvine (lots of trails in the hills behind Turtle Rock at Bonelli) and free parking too. Make sure and post here where you'll meet up just in case I'm around!

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #17 on: April 30, 2014, 11:55:14 AM »
Thanks for the great suggestions Spartana!

We'll keep posting here and hopefully you'll be able to make one of the meetups.  I was thinking of doing something that's both dog and kid-friendly, so if you bring your dog (I think you mentioned having one in a different post) that would be great! :)

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #18 on: April 30, 2014, 02:04:30 PM »
My favorite hiking spots I've found down here so far are Laguna Canyon, Crystal Cove, and, further away, trails in the San Gabriels.  Back when I lived in Los Angeles there was good hiking to be had up in Malibu (Sandstone Peak, Temescal), and the other side of the San Gabriels (Devil's Punchbowl).

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« Reply #19 on: April 30, 2014, 03:13:50 PM »
Crystal Cove and Bolsa Chica are great hikes.  I also like Silverado Canyon.  It's really surreal driving from Irvine to Silverado.   

This is one of my favorite sites for finding hiking spots:

http://nobodyhikesinla.com/

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #20 on: May 01, 2014, 10:00:58 PM »
What about doing a picnic around 6.30pm on one of the little grassy parks on Ocean Ave in Corona del Mar?  It's a perfect time to watch the sunset.  It' perfect for the little ones to run around (our son is 2).

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #21 on: May 02, 2014, 11:54:57 AM »
I was starting to think I couldn't make this, but I am free at 6:30 on Saturday! i work until 4:30.

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« Reply #22 on: May 02, 2014, 02:12:34 PM »
Picnic idea sounds good. I haven't been to Corona del Mar yet.

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #23 on: May 05, 2014, 02:34:16 PM »
A CDM picnic sounds fun!

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #24 on: May 06, 2014, 12:06:51 AM »
Great!  We could do Saturday, 5/17 if that works for everybody?  We live a few blocks away so can pick a specific spot and let everybody know.

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #25 on: May 06, 2014, 07:33:44 AM »
The 17th works for me!

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #26 on: May 07, 2014, 10:40:21 AM »
Yep, 5/17 still works for me. Let's plan for that!

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« Reply #27 on: May 07, 2014, 11:08:37 AM »
Awesome!  Let me know what I can bring for the picnic :)

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #28 on: May 07, 2014, 11:07:50 PM »
Great!  We are looking forward to meeting everyone!

Directions: Let's plan to meet at the little grassy park next to Ocean Avenue between Marguerite Ave and Larkspur Ave.  There's plenty of free parking, and it's a very bikable area.

What to bring: I'd recommend everybody bring (1) a blanket/sheet to sit on, (2) food, drinks, utensils.  I think for this first round without knowing exactly who is coming it may be too hard to coordinate different people bringing different elements of the meal, so many everybody just bring food/drinks for themselves?  I'm sure some extra desert or drinks wouldn't go over wrong either.

Timing: We will get there a bit before 6.30.  Sunset is at 7.30.

From our end, it will be me, Annie, and our son Jack (2.5 years).  See you soon!

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #29 on: May 07, 2014, 11:41:57 PM »
Okay I'm going to try really hard to make it! I'm coming from the San Gabriel Valley, if anyone else is coming from the area.

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #30 on: May 10, 2014, 06:11:46 PM »
Anyone here read doctorhousingbubble?  It's a blog that focuses on California real estate and its tendency to have much more exaggerated boom and bust cycles on average compared to other locales. Lots of local data on Irvine in particular:

http://www.doctorhousingbubble.com/


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« Reply #31 on: May 10, 2014, 08:21:37 PM »
I had stopped reading this thread when I thought it was gonna be a hike.  I'm not up for a hike but I can sure do a picnic in a park. Especially if my dog  is welcome. I live in Torrance, so it's a bit of a drive. 

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #32 on: May 11, 2014, 06:17:55 PM »
There are plenty of dogs at the park, so that should be no problem.  Assuming it's the kind of dog that can handle being around little kids, of which there are also plenty around there :)

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #33 on: May 12, 2014, 04:53:26 PM »
OK, I'll plan to be there.

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #34 on: May 12, 2014, 07:15:36 PM »
Might not be able to make it, Last minute plans are cropping up.. and I was really looking forward to running around with the doggies and playing with the kiddens..

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #35 on: May 15, 2014, 11:08:53 PM »
We look forward to seeing everybody there!  We will be the couple with the very chatty blond toddler.

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #36 on: May 16, 2014, 12:32:22 AM »
I'll be the lady with the black labrador retriever.

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« Reply #37 on: May 16, 2014, 01:53:34 AM »
Looking forward to it!

I'll be the short Asian girl with a bouncy Border Collie.

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #38 on: May 16, 2014, 08:29:46 PM »
I'm in!

Look out for a brown-haired middle height, middle build white guy, probably in jeans and a T shirt.

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« Reply #39 on: May 16, 2014, 09:05:32 PM »
I might be able to make it as I am back in town. Tall long haired blonde woman with shaggy bangs and with a little shaggy-haired blonde terrier (oh my God I just realized I look like my dog!)

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #40 on: May 17, 2014, 01:14:52 PM »
Is this the area if you Google Map it?

3225 Ocean Blvd, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

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« Reply #41 on: May 17, 2014, 02:03:19 PM »
Family emergency came up and I won't be able to make it. Sorry guys.

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« Reply #42 on: May 17, 2014, 02:16:45 PM »
Is this the area if you Google Map it?

3225 Ocean Blvd, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

Mike

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« Reply #43 on: May 17, 2014, 02:32:18 PM »
I'm in. I'm the Asian girl, wearing a disgustingly pink dress (:

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« Reply #44 on: May 18, 2014, 10:54:31 AM »
Well, it was very nice, but not what I expected.

I thought it should take me about 45 minutes to get there. Traffic was worse than I thought, so it took about an hour. When I got there it was really crowded. There was a large wedding party taking pictures, as well as a lot of other people enjoying the view.

I walked up and down the park, waiting to recognize someone, or for someone to recognize me with my black lab. Nope. So I sat down on the grass and watched the people. After a while Tad showed up, without wife and child. Said the toddler was sleeping and they didn't want to wake him. I could understand that.

We chatted for a while, wondering if we were the only ones to come. Tad suggested we walk the area again and see if anyone looked familiar. We did, and they didn't. So we sat down and started our picnic. Then Mike showed up and joined the picnic. And pretty soon Tad's wife and delightful toddler arrived.

At that point we must have been quite recognizable, so I stopped watching for any late arrivals. We had a nice time, sharing information and watching the toddler toddle.

My dog took a liking to Mike, and got a lot of petting.

it was heavily overcast by the time sunset was scheduled. We couldn't see the sun but we pretended. As it got dark we packed up our things and went home.

No idea where all the others were.

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« Reply #45 on: May 18, 2014, 12:56:52 PM »
Agreed, it was a good, low key way to spend an early Saturday evening, and Tad picked a really amazing spot. 

I hear you about the 405, Donna.  Even on late nights on the weekend it can be an hour or more to drive from LA to OC since that's when lanes tend to get closed for maintenance. 

I need to get a dog...


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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #46 on: May 18, 2014, 02:14:55 PM »
Sounds like fun, I'm bummed I missed it.

I'll definitely have to go to the next one, whenever it is.

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #47 on: May 18, 2014, 10:50:16 PM »
Ditto - Annie, Jack and I enjoyed meeting you guys!  Looking forward to hanging out again.

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« Reply #48 on: May 20, 2014, 01:29:02 PM »
Oops missed it. To be honest I totally forgot about it until just now. DOH! Maybe next time.

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #49 on: May 26, 2014, 11:52:50 AM »
I'm still pretty bummed I had to skip the first meetup- would anyone like to schedule something for the month of June?