Spontaneous travel is rare in life, but when it occurs it is fabulously
Case in point: Saturday at noon I was sitting at home in Los Angeles talking on the phone with my girlfriend who
was at a conference in San Francisco. Over the course of a 15 minute conversation, I learned that my college
team, UCLA, was playing in the Elite Eight in San Francisco (I had thought they were playing on the other side of the
country). I also remembered that Gogol Bordello, after their
Friday show in LA, was also playing in San Francisco Saturday night.
By 12:30 I had reservations on a 2:00 Southwest flight. I made it to the airport by 1:00, arrived in San
Francisco at 3:30, caught a BART bus to the Oakland Sports Arena by 4:00 and, by tip-off, was sitting in a seat my
girlfriend had procured from a scalper a mere two hours earlier.
After the game, which UCLA
won, we headed out to dinner, and then to a club called Slim’s where we tipped the doorman $50 to let the two
of us into the sold-out Gogol
Bordello show. By 2 a.m. we were wiped out. A quick cab back to the very hip and cool, highly
recommended Ian Schrager hotel Clift, and then it was night-night.
Wow, a 13 hour whirlwind tour. I’m out-of-pocket a few hundred dollars, but it sure was fun! I
highly recommend such spontaneity if you can squeeze it in! You only live once.