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Life is often its own adventure, with ups, downs, and a lot of things you don’t expect.

Life for the Duo has been a roller-coaster adventure over these past few months, but we think we are headed to a slightly more awesome ride – with less whiplash and more “aw man this is rad!”

We just saw the Anniversary of our Launch Day, of the day we found out our home was stolen, and of the day it was found – ransacked and in shambles. These past few weeks have been emotional and sad, remembering all of our great promise, and feeling our devastation all over again. Losing everything is not as much fun as it sounds, and it is really hard to describe to people. It would be easier to tell them that our home burned to the ground, at least then they might understand the total and complete destruction that losing the RV was for us. Most of the time we get a lot of, “Oh bummer, sorry your RV got stolen. At least you could just go home,” or, “Oh, did you have anything important in it?” The other thing we hear a lot is, “Well, at least it was covered by insurance, right? Just get it repaired and head back out!” If only any of these statements were true, and it were that easy! We would have hit the road ages ago! Sadly, however, it is a little (a lot) more complicated than that.

Insurance barely covered repairs, and even then they didn’t cover all the repairs. That, coupled with the fact that repairs took SIX MONTHS, took a big chunk (all) of our emergency money, travel money, living money, and some of everyone we knows money. Not to mention that the place were the RV was being repaired LOST our TRAILER. Just….POOF, up in a puff of smoke. There was also the pesky fact that someone STOLE OUR HOME AND ALL OF OUR THINGS. That is something even we have a hard time grappling with, still. We go to watch a movie, or read a book that was in the RV, or look for a cooking utensil, or a shirt we remembered having…and have to remind ourselves that if it was in the RV (and it was), that is it gone. A year later and it still kicks us in the teeth. Clothes? Gone? Bedding? Nope. Pots and Pans? Outta here. Starting from total scratch is scary, and very expensive.

We had to buy all new furniture, bed, bedding, clothes, stuff for cats, suits for Awesome K to job hunt in, TV, an entire kitchen of stuff, ALL. THE. THINGS. Sometimes, when people look at us blankly, I want to tell them to look around their house, then imagine that ALL of it is gone, and they have to start over. Not only did we do just that, we did it in a completely alien location! We were both from Denver, and we landed in Sacramento, thanks to some AMAZING friends of ours who let us stay with them until we could get on our feet a little bit.

We did just that. Awesome K got a job in Sacramento dealing poker, and Saucy G started working on her biggest project – a fictional novel! While we waited for the RV to get repaired, we explored Northern California as much as we could, with the (tiny) budget we had. We went to the Winchester Mystery House, which, by the way, is the greatest house ever! We took one of our Mews, Matilda Pants, to the beach where The Birds was filmed (luckily we didn’t see anything too scary). We even added a member to our Mews Staff! Saucy G spent her birthday in San Francisco, which is one of the greatest cities in the world (just make sure you go hungry)!

However, we quickly learned that Sacramento was not the town for us, and we started looking for better opportunities. Sacramento was also where we said our final goodbyes to the RV.

Unfortunately, due to lack of finances, the inability to get finances for travel, and the Universe giving a CLEAR message that this was not the path for us, we were forced to sell the RV. We sold her to a wonderful charity that gave the RV to a single Mom in need of a safe place to call home for her and her child. We sold the RV for 1/3 of what it was worth, which was a huge bummer, but it went to a great cause and a wonderful woman. If you see the RV (last time we saw her, she still had our crest on the back) give her a wave for us, but please do not disturb her new charges.

Even though she went to a good home, it was like losing her, and our dreams of traveling, all over again. It was the final goodbye to the life we had planned on for so long. There were a lot of tears, and some swear words, but we knew it was for the best.

After saying our goodbyes, we moved from Sacramento…which brings us to our NEW New AwesomeSauce HQ! The duo has landed in GORGEOUS Oceanside, California! Our first moments driving into our new city brought us flowers, a view of the ocean, and a renewed sense of adventure!

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Oceanside Pier

Awesome K has a job with one of the local casinos (in Funner, California. Yes, Funner is a real place!), doing what he does best. Saucy G is still working on her first novel, and the Mews have settled in nicely. There are a lot more breezes, trees and flowers in Oceanside, and 100% fewer fleas, which is a big plus for them. The weather here is always amazing, and we are just mere moments (about 20 of them) from the beach! We can literally go to the beach whenever we want! Saucy G grew up in a “landlocked” state, and had only been to the beach a handful of times, and only on rare special occasions, so being this close is mind-boggling!

We have even saved some pennies and gone on a few (small) adventures, and hope to go on more soon. Cost of living is pretty high in Oceanside, apparently EVERYONE wants to live in perfect weather near the ocean, so our adventures are a wee limited – for now. That doesn’t stop us from trying, though.

Our most recent adventure took us back to Las Vegas! Now, you may be asking, “Why on EARTH would you go there? After all that happened?” Because we love Las Vegas. We were married in Las Vegas, and we weren’t going to let one mean nasty person ruin the city that we love. So we went to “take it back” for ourselves. We went to the Flamingo and saw our brick (You can see our brick, too! We are the AwesomeSauce Duo, with our wedding date of 10/31/15 on it), we checked out the World Series of Poker (although we didn’t play in any events this year), and we relaxed by the pool. We might have avoided Bally’s, but other than that we had a wonderful time in the city we love. vegas at night

After Vegas we haven’t really been up to much. We go to the beach, we check out the sights, and we plot and plan our next adventures.

Through a lot of luck, and careful planning, we were able to get tickets to the San Diego ComicCon this year! You can check us out on Thursday and Sunday of the Con. We are also going back to Midsummer Scream for the whole weekend, which will be amazing. They say the Elvira, Mistress of the Dark will be there this year!! Saucy G is a HUGE fan, and is super excited for the chance to see her in person. Also, if we are lucky, and can get our hands on some tickets, we are hoping to go to this years CatCon in Pasadena!

So, that brings you up to speed on where we are at. It has been a helluva year, but we are still Awesome! No RV? NO PROBLEM! We may not have an RV, but that doesn’t mean our adventures have stopped!

Thank you for sticking with us through this crazy year. Now it’s time to put the past behind us, and focus on an awesome future! We will be back soon with new adventures, new posts, and all things awesome! elvira

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MidSummer Scream!

Groupon may be one of the best tools in any travelers arsenal. Not only can you find amazing deals on just about everything, you can also find tickets to events and attractions you might not have otherwise known about!

One night we were chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool, when we started cruising Groupon for something to do…

That’s when we saw it. A MidSummer Scream! A convention for horror, Halloween, and everything in between. Ghosts! Horror movies! Haunted Houses! REAL Haunted Houses! ALL HALLOWEEN ALL THE TIME! So, of course we had to go to that! 20160731_124420

We opted to go on the final day (remember, the final day of a convention or show is the best day, you get the best deals!), for the deals, and for the panel discussions. We were able to find a schedule online, and saw that one of discussions was going to be about the Winchester Mystery House! Saucy G has ALWAYS wanted to go there, hearing legends of it from her parents, and Awesome K had always wanted to go. He spent a lot of time in that area growing up, but never made it to the house. winchestermysteryhouse1

HOLY CRAZY PANEL, BATMAN! That discussion was AMAZING! We got to see pictures that no one else has seen, we learned the history of the house, and Sarah Winchester, AND we got some super sweet insider info! We learned about a few psychics who have come through the house, a couple of ghost hunters and their adventures, and we got to hear about a particularly interesting seance that happened in the house recently, performed by James Van Praagh! The best part was at the end, everyone who attended the panel was gifted a YEAR LONG MEMBERSHIP to the new Skeleton Key Club!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Yes, ALL the exclamation points are needed). Now the Duo can go to the Winchester Mystery House ALL THE  TIME! FOR FREE! Plus discounts on the gift shop (which is, of course, filled with all sorts of fun stuff), as well as discounts on tickets for friends! So, if you want to go to the coolest house ever built AND have an adventure with the DUO, now you can! 20160731_182351

After the panel, at the Winchester Mystery House booth, they were selling shadow boxes that contained actual relics from the house! The only had a few, and they were WAY out of our budget, but they were incredible! One in particular had blue tile, some crown molding, and a piece of wallpaper, all original from the House, for around $400. Saucy G may kick herself for the rest of forever for not getting that. Such a gorgeous box, an amazing bit of history, and it might even be haunted! If you happen across a this shadow box, let Saucy G know, she might be able to scrape up some cash. Or trade you. Or beg and cry at you. That sounds fun, right?

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You can almost see a corner of one of the Shadow Boxes. *sigh*

After enjoying our incredible panel, we hit the floor at the Midsummer Scream!

The entire show floor was covered in a fog. Screams echoed through the halls. A zombie shuffled by, a bag brimming with delights from the underworld. Slender Man stood tall and opposing, while a couple of rotting nurses took a selfie with him. It was perfect! The only way this event/day could get better would be haunted kittens.

This was the first annual event, so the show floor was not as jam packed as it could have been, but what was there was quality stuff. In addition to the Winchester Mystery House, there were several exhibitors and panels about haunted houses, make up artistry, and how to get into the horror business professionally. One entire section was made into a haunted house, but we might have been too scared to go in. From all the screaming, it seemed pretty awesome, though. There was an area where you could have Halloween effects and makeup done, which also looked AMAZING! A lot of booths were mini room escapes, promoting their larger attractions (like the game on your phone, but in real life. We NEED to do that one time).  There were also a lot of booths dedicated to paranormal investigations, a horror museum, a vlog about scary baking (which  we are following, because she is a delight), all sorts of cool and kooky things to purchase, and…..HAUNTED KITTENS! KITTENS!!!

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We didn’t take this picture – but these are the kittens!

Ok, so the kittens PROBABLY aren’t haunted, but as we all know, kittens and cats DO keep bad demons away from your house, so everyone should have at least two (for demon hunting, and to keep each other company). The actual booth was dedicated to cat and kitten adoption, and awareness of the perils of being a black cat*. Saucy G MIGHT have lost her mind a little bit, kittens and horror all mixed together like this. IT WAS EPIC! And this was just on SUNDAY! (This is also the reason there aren’t a lot of pictures taken by the duo. Too much awesome makes for a forgetful photographer).

We didn’t go Saturday, but we wish we could have (Long Beach was a little far from Altadena, AND we didn’t really know about it until it was too late to plan ahead)! On Saturday night there was a Halloween Ball, with only the greatest band of all time….OINGO BOINGO! OINGO….BOINGO!

All in all it was probably one of the coolest events we have ever been to, other than Nerd Mecca of course. Although it is definitely on par with Nerd Mecca…this had all horror all the time, goth makeup, and haunted kittens. It is really hard to top kittens. If you are in the Long Beach area, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for this screaming good time next summer! Don’t forget to check for discount tickets on Groupon! (This blog was not sponsored by Groupon, but if they do sponsorships, let us know).

AwesomeSauce Rating: Royal Flush. There were kittens! Horror icons! We won year long admission to the Winchester Mystery House! It does not get better than this, unless we went to the Fest for free. Or got paid. Seriously, this event was one of the best ever in the forever ever, and you NEED to check it out next time! We will be there!

Don’t live near Long Beach, but are dying for some devilish delights of your own? Fear not! Click HERE for a list of some horrifying haunts coming to your area!

 

*Black cats are the hardest to get adopted, due in part to the stigma and superstitions behind them.  During the month of October, it is especially dangerous to be a black cat, as they are often targeted for some nasty tricks. There doesn’t seem to be a concrete answer as to why they are less likely to be adopted.  In fact, in some cultures, black cats bring about the best of luck! groucho-cat

Catching up!

Oh hello there!

We have been BUSY BUSY BUSY! There is so much to tell you about! So, if all of a sudden you are inundated with AwesomeSauce Blogs, it’s because we finally had a chance to sit down, catch our breath, and do some writing.

Coming soon:

Come check out Santa Monica with the Duo, as they get to hang out at the End of the Road!

Thanks to a super friend of the Duo, we were able to go to COMIC CON!!! Follow us as we navigate our way through Nerd Mecca!

Of course there are card rooms to tell you about. Turns out SoCal (as the cool kids call it) is home to a couple of the best card rooms in the world! Did the Duo win all the Dollars? Find out!

We spent a day hiking through Hollywood! Horrors! Heroes! Hand prints! Hooray!

SoCal – Freeways, Highways and Byways, OH MY!

Keep your eyes out for invaluable Travel Tips! Such as, “Three Cats in a  Smart Car – A what not to do story.”

There will also be a couple of blogs about how we got to Vegas in the first place. What was Santa Fe like? How was Flagstaff? Is seeing a Giant Hole in the Ground worth it?

Finally, come with us to NoCal (Northern California, again, as the cool kids call it), as we check out a couple of breweries, and start adventuring in the City of Trees (and AMAZING HOUSES)!

All this and more coming soon from your favorite Adventure Duo!

 

The Anti-Awesome (a rant blog)

Days have gone by. They have turned into weeks. WEEKS have gone by. Then we get a phone call! Hooray! Joy! Something is happening!

Wait? What? No. Nothing is happening.

We told the Big Box Store that we would be leaving for California, and if we needed to do ANYTHING before we left, they should let us know. Being told there was nothing we could do, we drove four hours away.

By the way, you don’t know what fun is until you, your spouse (neither of which could be described as “svelte“), and three cats (one of which is also not at all svelte), cram into a Smart Car. With the rest of what you own. For four hours. Through the desert. In July.

After the ride of a lifetime (or the ride that felt like a lifetime? Either way…) we ended up Altadena! We settled into our very nice Air BnB, and waited. After about a week and a half, we finally got a phone call! YAY! Something was happening! Wait…no…no..instead we were told that we needed to come back to Vegas. Apparently they hadn’t had a chance to look at the RV yet, because of all the debris. Oh? Is this not something that could have been taken care of BEFORE we drove away? Yes, it could have, by the way, but we were told everything was cool. It wasn’t.

So, we hopped back in the car (sans Mews), and drove the four hours back to Vegas.

Do you want to know another way to have ALL the fun? Clean out the carcass of your dead dreams, throwing away ruined and broken goals, all the while in 115 degree heat. OH, and the carcass of your dreams is at least 120 degrees or more? By the way, the holding tanks have probably melted, because they sure smell like they have. That is a very distinct, and unique, smell. Rotten fridge, boiled waste, melted plastic, and despair all mixed together under the Nevada sun.

After about two hours, uncountable trash bags, blood, sweat, tears, and only a little bit of gagging, we finally got all the trash and ruined things out. We moved the rest of the things to the bunk area, and out of the way of anyone who needed to get in and get to work.

During all this we found a few more things were missing. There was the weird stuff – like the coffee press, the rack of knives was literally torn off the wall, and the jar of cooking utensils. Then there was the devastating. That term gets used a lot when describing all this, but there it is (and Saucy G doesn’t feel like using a thesaurus right now). We mentioned previously that the thieves had desecrated the urns we were transporting, and that they had tossed the urns around. Turns out they also STOLE one of the urns. STOLE. AN. URN. Who does that? After finding the first SIX urns, they get to the SEVENTH URN and thought, “you know what? They can’t ALL have ashes in them, lets just take this one.” Maybe they thought they needed an urn. MAYBE they were just trying to hurt us as much as possible.

WHO STEALS AN URN?!

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We packed up what was we could into the SmartCar, and got ready to drive the four hours back. Stopping into the office of the Big Box to let them know we were done, we were then informed that they would not be able evaluate the RV for three weeks. THREE. WEEKS. Just to ASSESS IT! All the while, it is sitting in the Vegas sun, tires exposed, wires exposed, holes in the hull…then when they DO finally assess it, then the insurance company will decide if it going to be totaled or if they are going to fix it, and what they are going to fix. Which might not be everything. THEN it will take AT LEAST another couple of weeks JUST TO GET A WINDOW! Not any of the other parts, or fix any of the other things.

Want more good news? Well! Worry not! There’s more!

Remember the Casino where we were parked? Where we were assured by security that the RV would be ok? Parked under a camera, under a light, where it was stolen in broad daylight? Under the “watchful” eye of security? Who then LITERALLY LAUGHED IN OUR FACES? Oh yeah, so, we got a letter from them this morning stating that they found themselves not liable. Surprise surprise. They thought they didn’t do anything wrong, and we are outta luck. No, there was no number to call or any way to appeal. Thanks a lot, Casino. Again, a real kick in the gut. Not even a comped meal, or a “hey, sorry your entire house was stolen under our watch, and your dreams crushed, here is a coupon for a buffet.” Nothing. Just a one page letter telling us to go away.

Now we are back to hurry up and wait, while wallowing.

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This is the exact opposite of awesome. UNAwesome. The Anti-Awesome.

Thankfully the Mews are happy and healthy and safe. We are safe. So, here we are, and here will wait until something else happens with the RV and we can move a step forward. Maybe. Hopefully.

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BoBana having a relax

Anyone want to go sit on the beach with some (possibly adult) beverages? We need a beach day.

Rating: You sit down at a table, then get moved to another table. The table you were just on, and got moved from, just one a Jackpot, and everyone at the that table gets $400. You get no dollars.

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We would like to thank you. Yes you. The outpouring of support, compassion, generosity, and the sharing of your own stories has helped us more than you know.

It’s not a lie. This has been devastating. Terrifying. Speaking for myself (Saucy G), I have had thoughts of giving up.

We won’t give up, though. We will never surrender! galaxy-quest-never-give-up-never-surrender

First, we have to see about repairs. Insurance will cover some, but not all. We are going to have the Big Box Place look at it, and repair it if possible. This has us a little wary, but the work will be “guaranteed” by insurance.

Other than that, though, we are pretty much on our own. Insurance will only cover the minimum of what was lost, only $3000. That SOUNDS like a lot of money, but the impressive new pots and pans set cost $2500. Granted, we wanted to live a minimalistic lifestyle, but this isn’t exactly what we had in mind. Obviously we won’t be getting the impressive big kid pots and pans, but there is so much to replace! All the things! Literally!

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Farewell Royal Prestige. We hardly knew ye. 😦

We are also looking into where to stay in Vegas for the next week or so. It’s harder than one might think to find a room, that allows pets, over the 4th of July, in America’s Playground. *sigh* They are either WAY expensive, WAY sketchy, or WAY Don’t Allow Pets. Who knew.

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We can tell you that we slept like babies last night, though.

Waking up every two hours crying.

 

When we awoke this morning, it was a brand new day! The sun was shining, the Mews were smiling (well, not really, they are starting to get antsy), and we started on “Operation RV Recovery” or “Operation BAD GUYS SUCK, We are AWESOME.” Not knowing where to start, we thought we would check out social media to see what the rest of the world was up to.

Turns out you were all trying to get us back on our feet!

Jason Hart has been a friend to Awesome K for over *cough lots cough* years. He is like a brother-from-another-mother. Well, Mr. Hart has set up a GOFUNDME page. This is so Awesome, and Wonderful, and Thoughtful. It is so, well, Awesome!

https://www.gofundme.com/AwesomesauceDuo

We also saw that a lot of people on here wanted to donate to our cause, and were looking for a paypal! We set one up, in case you were still feeling like helping. That can be found at:

https://paypal.me/awesomesauceduo

The name on the account is Saucy G’s real name. Apparently AwesomeSauce Duo isn’t a legal name. Silly.

Today we are feeling a little better. A little stronger. A lot more loved. Thank you, again, for lifting our spirits when we needed it the most. It can be a scary world out there, but it is also filled with wonderful people. Thank you for reminding us of that.

More to come soon. Maybe even an adventure post or two, since that is what we do after all!

 

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