This was the last REMAP party that I had the pleasure of being part of. Jeff organised it to welcome all the new interns who had joined- ZHao, Json, Conan, Nya, and Petev among them. Prior to that, Zen organised an email thread for most of us going from Westwood. Also, she really wanted to bring something for Jeff. Helium balloons, to be specific. And so with my rusty memory of seeing a helium tank at Aahs! (the neighbourhood time-suck-gift-shop) for Zen to try her luck at, and a rough budget from everyone who pooled money, we managed to get ourselves a number of floaty balloons bordering on the obscene. Obscenely crazy. XD
If this kitchen counter looks familiar, it was because Deb and I spent New Year’s Dog-sitting for them!
A few of the guys went to play beach volleyball, while another group of us took a walk down to the Venice Canals nearby. Annabel came along too, and I was charged with walking her. I missed it so much, and was sad that Deb wasn’t there. :(
After our trip to the tourist attraction, I noticed Annabel sticking out her tongue more often, and was horrified to realise that I hadn’t brought water out for her! Luckily, Zen, Marta and Nya helped her get a cup from a restaurant (which didn’t allow pets, but were kind enough to accomodate our request).
I went further down the jetty with Annabel while the rest stayed behind to take in the view, and came across two men fishing. They had a few paper bags on the ground, which Annabel went straight to. One of them dug through a paper bag and fished out a loaf of warm bread for her. That was so nice of him! I thanked them and went back to join the rest of the guys. Annabel is such a lucky girl! I tried to ration the bread to have her down about half throughout the rest of the walk, since she had after-walk treats waiting for her back home.
I bade Zen help me take a few shots with Annabel right before we turned in to the house. I’m going to miss her and Mrs. Hudson :(