Hippie Hot Springs – Part 1


I’m on vacation, so I won’t be able to blog this week. Instead of leaving my blog empty, I’ve decided to share a fun journal entry I wrote during my vegan transition. It’s too long for a blog post, so I’ve broken it into short pieces.

Hippie Hot Springs – Part 1

My sister’s friend, Kelly, just published a poetry book, The Little Sparrow and she’s doing a reading at The Spaghetti Factory in San Diego. I know Kelly well, so I’m going to the reading and dragging my husband, Paul, with me.

I’ve never been to this restaurant, and when we arrived, I couldn’t believe how big it was. There were three spacious floors filled with chattering people eating pasta. We were directed to the third floor where we found Kelly, sexily clad like Marilyn Monroe, and about twenty other people, at least half of them in costumes.

I knew it was costume party, but Paul and I didn’t dress up. Paul hates wearing costumes unless it’s for an acting gig. And although I like dressing up, I didn’t have the time to get something to wear.

I saw my sister and her partner Linda and walked over to them. My sister was wearing a white button up shirt, suspenders, a black tie with white polka dots, and a black hat and said she was Benny from the movie Benny & June. Linda didn’t wear a costume, but Michelle insisted that she was dressed as June.

I sat down across from Linda and next to Dianne, an outgoing middle aged woman that I’d never met before. Dianne and I got into a conversation about the abstract style of art she paints. Her description was showy, and several people around us turned to listen. When she saw she had an audience, she announced, “The next party we’re going to have will be a painting party!”

“That sounds like fun,” Linda said.

“I’ve been thinking about having a painting party for awhile,” Dianne continued. My plan is to pour paint on huge canvases and then we’ll all get naked and roll in the paint and create beautiful art with our bodies.”

As she was talking, I thought, “This must be the woman who throws the “clothing optional” pool parties that my sister’s told me about.”

“I’ll pass on the painting party,” I said.

“You must not be anything like your sister,” she responded in a way that made me feel I was the most boring person in the world.

This is the end of part 1, but check in tomorrow for part 2. The story gets more interesting and funny as it goes on!


Photo courtesy of Cruise Art.

About celestedimilla

Hey there. I’m Celeste, California girl, writer, psychotherapist and burgeoning plant-based foodie.
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13 Responses to Hippie Hot Springs – Part 1

  1. Maryanne says:

    I’m with you Celeste, I wouldn’t join in the painting party either. Maybe I’d just watch 😉

  2. sophiazerg says:

    Hahaha – that was a good read! I’d be the other prude declining the painting party offer!
    Sophia 😉

  3. lucylox says:

    I think I’d give it a miss too! Have a wonderful holiday x

  4. Shannon says:

    Have a great vacation! I too am on a bloggy hiatus, but I didn’t plan for any posts while I’m away. Too much else to do instead. Looking forward to getting back.

    PS — I would have gone to the painting party if nothing else than to enjoy others in their element. I’m a prude but really enjoy others just being their whole selves — yes, even clothing optional. Your sister sounds like a hoot.

    • Thanks so much for your comment Shannon. And I have to say that I’m not surprised that you’d have gone to the painting party. You seem friendly, outgoing and like the kind of person who doesn’t get bothered by much. You and my sis would probably get along famously! Anywho, I hope you had a great vacation! Celeste 🙂

  5. Kelly says:

    I just started reading your blog. It is awesome! And thanks for the advertisement!

    • Hi Kelly! Sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to you, but as you know I’ve been on vacation. I really appreciate your support with my blog, and more than happy to promote your book. I loved it! By the way, Michelle tells me that you’ve been having some health problems. I hope you’re doing better. Celeste 🙂

  6. I LIKEd these six parts in reverse order, but I read them in correct order. Just wanted you to know……..lol

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