Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Fine Time in Irvine

Notwithstanding my early rising and tedious drive to the Orange Curtain, today was actually quite palatable. As I neared my destination, I saw an interesting vanity plate. Really? Really. (You may click to enlarge.)

The deposition took place at a court reporting service. I'd never been to a depo at a court reporting service. I've always taken or defended at either my office or the office of other counsel. But, because this case has so many parties, neither plaintiffs' counsel's office nor deponent's counsel's office had enough space.

I am officially a fan of depos at court reporting services now. Because these peeps want to get your business for future depos, they take really good care of you. They ordered a yummy free lunch for all of us sharks and had a bunch of snacks laid out, including cookies, pastries, candy, and anything else your sweet tooth desires. I felt like we were being fattened for slaughter. For the record, I only ate my yummy free lunch...and forgot to take a pic of it before I scarfed it down, but here are a few snackeroos that sat right in front of me. Resist! Resist!

The depo was incredibly boring. I read my objections into the record immediately. As I'd expected, plaintiffs' counsel wrote me a really lame and inflammatory response letter this morning. It just made him look like a bigger stupider asshole. I love when people dig their own graves. Anyway, the depo was so boring that I resorted to drinking coffee and Diet Pepsi to get through it. Of course, I also had water for true hydration purposes.

The great part about going to OC was that, despite such short notice, I got to hang with some pals at the nearby Z'Tejas after the depo, and we celebrated the birthdays of ihearttim (whom I met in person for the first time) and Young_Love. There's a group pic of all of us floating out there somewhere, but you'll have to be content with these margarita and cake photos for now. I also met the lovely Mrs50%. There were these two other Asian girls there, too. I think one of them paid for law school by working at Hooters, and the other lived a few trailers down from Eminem on 8 Mile. Who knows? All look same. Har har har.

I drove home in only 45 minutes after happy hour. Whee! Mr. Monkey and I then took his cousin to BCD Tofu House for dinner. Rest assured, I did not, in fact, eat a full meal after having just inhaled half-priced mini shrimp tostadas and fish tacos, as well as birthday cake. I had three slurps of tofu and boxed up the rest.

Afterward, we hit Kiwiberri for dessert. I had a small original with my usual strawberries, pineapple, and mochi. After holding back on snapping my usual bloggy-blog pics at dinner, I unabashedly whipped out the iPhone for the yogurt copycat. Kiwiberri is better (i.e., less icy) than Yogurberry , but still not as good as (i.e., icier than) pinkberry or ce fiore, not to mention Kiwiberri currently lacks a functional website. Maybe pinkberry's infringement suit against Kiwiberri currently pending in the Central District has something to do with it. The logo and look of Kiwiberri stores have definitely changed since the suit was filed.

At least the lighted lit glowing cube table was kind of cool. pinkberry doesn't have these. Score one for the infringer.


  1. jealousE that you got to hang out with the OC gals. not so jealousE that you had to get up at the crack of dawn to drive down there.

    love me some tofu house --- once the weather gets really icky, we make frequent trips there for lunch. wheee!

  2. glad something good came out of it, lunch with friends and then bcd tofu with the hubs...

    have you ever tried/heard of ice pan? its alright, they make ice cream from liquid form right in front of your eyes.

  3. I hate when I miss a fun group!

  4. sounds like fun! I'm a lurker on The Nest and always wanted to meet I heart Tim and Young_Love. I'm jealous. :)

  5. yay for free food!

    yay for GTGs with OC girls!

    and, yay for cell phone pics of ridiculous vanity plates!

  6. z'tejas happy hour AND bcd in one day? totally jealous. i rarely eat tofu anymore. :(

  7. That vanity plate is hysterical! I saw one today that said "I <3 CPK" I only wished I had my camera. Happy hour looked like fun!

  8. I thought I left a comment on this entry. Turns out I didn't. I suck. Hi!

  9. Sounds like a good trip, despite irrational opposing counsel!

  10. I'm still hyperventilating over the fact that I got to meet THE "WeezerMonkey".

    =) I hope you have more depos in Irvine.

    "What is he OCD or something?"

  11. Oh I forgot to mention.. my boss has the ULTIMATE licence plate.

    Picture this, Newport Beach, Bentley, and a license plate that says..."Saweeet"



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