We arrived at LGB just after dark, caught an awesome sunset on the descent into Cali. All this flying is a humbling experience, you truly begin to understand your own insignificance on an intuitive level. The grandeur of the mountains and the surreal peacefulness of the cloudscapes, sporadically dotted with the passing shadows of planes thousands of feet above you.

We were picked up by Jeremy’s friend Kate at the airport and immediately headed to In-n-Out Burger. Joe had never had the “In-n-Out” experience;  so we popped his cherry. We’ve been eating meals about twice a day at oddly spaced intervals, so by the time we find some grindage people are usually pretty ravenous.  Steve “Mitch” Micciche has the most “unique” eating habits on the trip (Read: If it’s not shitty and preprocessed, he doesn’tusually eat it.) and totally held up our order with his “Lemon-Up”.  After the diligent crew at In-n-Out finally got the mix of 7up and Lemonade proportionally correct and delivered our eats, the crew went “Beast-mode” and quickly demolished each individual “#1 meal — Animal Style”.

Morning ride to the airport in LGB

Morning ride to the airport in LGB

We spent about an hour at Kate’s house, finishing up production on the Chicago blog post and the Boston video, then it was off to Johnny’s Saloon. Johnny’s is Huntington Beach’s equivalent to The Pink in Buffalo. It has an unique Rock-a-billy clientele and an awesome atmosphere. The music was classic country, old school punk, with some random Gansta Rap inserted to round off the corners.

Sign above the bar at Johnnys

Sign above the bar at Johnny's

Johnnys doesnt serve the following...

Johnny's doesn't serve the following...

We chilled out and exchanged stories most of the night; we all don’t know each other that well yet. Which gives the trip and interesting dynamic. The team is built with the following relationships: Joe and Clark have known each other since College, Steve and Jeremy go way back, and Joe is the connection point that bridged the gap. Joe met Steve and Jeremy through his roommate about three months ago.  Clark didn’t meet Steve or Jeremy until two weeks before the trip.   So needless to say, our crew is still developing it’s social structure.

Clark pulls a Jergler

Clark pulls a "Jergler"

Check out the totally rad decor, the candles move up and down...Goth-a-billy?

Check out the totally rad decor, the candles move up and down...Goth-a-billy?

Much to Joe’s chagrin, Huntington Beach doesn’t have After-Hours. So we headed back to Kate’s and got a totally awesome 5 hour nap on her living room floor.  It was about 57x better than the sleep we caught on the frigid marble floor of Logan the night before.   At 5:45am PST we were woken up by our gracious hostess and we headed out to SEA.

Kate at 5:45am with her dogs... shes going to hate me for posting this!

Kate at 5:45am with her dogs... she's going to hate me for posting this!

After navigating the treacherous Los Angeles traffic, we caught the Big Blue Bus to SEA.

Long Beach Airport in the Morning

Long Beach Airport in the Morning

Big Blue Bus on the Tarmacadam in LGB

Big Blue Bus on the Tarmacadam in LGB

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Boston Video

10 Sep
2009

Here’s the teaser trailer for the Boston episode. Chicago/Long Beach coming soon….

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Chicago

10 Sep
2009

The boys finished out the night in Boston with a brief nap on the cold floor of Logan, while they waited for the airport to re-open. At around 4:30am, they awoke and made their way through the TSA lines. At around 8am they caught a flight to Chicago. As soon as they touched the ground, Clark immediately had to go “Live-to-air” radio broadcast. After that wrapped, the boys grabbed the L and headed into the city.

Joe and Clark had to jump off the L for a quick interview with Mancow, just in time to get harassed by some transit police while speaking on a national broadcast. Then they received a text message from Clark’s fraternity brother, congratulating him on the mention on the Howard Stern Show. The crew was extatic to find out that Robin plugged the site (So if you are a Howard Fan – Like we are; Welcome to the project!). The team made their way to Joe’s friend Bina’s pad for a quick shower and “the hair of the dog” before heading for The Willis Tower!

The folks at SkyDeck Chicago (@SkyDeck) were nice enough to give us the tour of The Willis Tower and let us roam around “103″ taking in the beautiful view of the city.

Then the guys headed to Giordano’s for some of their famous deepdish pizza. It took about 40 minutes to make, but it was well worth the wait. Everyone agreed that it was the best chicago-style pizza that they had ever had.

Finally, the dudes had to head back to Ohare to catch their flight to LGB. Some locals gave us the wrong directions, if it hadn’t been for Joe’s diligence in map reading, we would have missed our flight. Luckily, we caught the “Mo Betta Blues” piloted by Capt. Tony and FO Sean and crewed by Sabrina, Lorri, and Curt, gave us an excellent flight to Long Beach.

We’ll be partying in Downtown Huntington Beach tonight, come meet up with us!

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Howard Stern voices his opinion about Twelve Hours in a City! MP3 (1.6 MB)

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Day 1 – Boston

9 Sep
2009

We said our goodbyes in BUF and caught our 8am flight to BOS. We arrived at Logan without any difficulties. Upon arrival, we had our first SNAFU of the trip; our ride had passed out drunk the night before and was a no-show at the airport. After about 15 minutes of trying to get him on the horn, we just jumped the T to Government Center and started our walking tour of the city.

Boston Skyline

Boston Skyline

We then proceeded to catch a bite to eat at the “No Name Restaurant” on the pier next to the World Trade Center. Clark had a delicious bowl of seafood chowder, Joe went for the fried scrod, Jeremy had some fried shrimp, and Steve tried broiled Halibut for the first time… and he liked it! We had a pleasant experience at this hidden gem and we enjoyed the Boston accent of our server and the visual of eating besides the boats that had made the catch that we were enjoying.

Seafood Chowder

Seafood Chowder

The gang then found their way to a Dunkin Donuts that had Wi-Fi, we took about an hour off to catch up on media relations and plan some of our future tour stops. After that we proceeded into the city center and found a park that was littered with sleeping white-collar workers. We took another little break and enjoyed the fountain while “Wheezing the juice” on some municipal power (Sorry Boston Tax Payers, It’s hard keeping smartphones, cameras, laptops, and batteries charged while on the run).

Office Worker Sleeping in a Park

Office Worker Sleeping in a Park

At this point we were pleasantly surprised by an e-mail from @dunkindonuts inviting us to watch the Red Sox game from the Dunkin Donuts box at Fenway Park! So we packed up and headed to Fenway for the game, where we witnessed the Sox trouncing the Orioles.

Fenway Park at Sunset

Fenway Park at Sunset

We were surprised again when they gave us gift bags full of shwag. Which we had to ask our host to drop-ship back to Buffalo for us since we don’t have any room in our bags.

Dunkin Donuts Gear

Dunkin Donuts Gear

After the game, we headed back to the center of Boston to check out some of the bars in the historical district. We met up with Ben (@tangon) and he took us to the oldest bar in the United States which happened to be having a Karaoke night. Joe, Jeremy, and Steve, finished their night there. Clark and Ben split to Cambridge and stumbled upon one of the coolest clubs in Boston. It had Live DJs spinning Hip Hop and R&B and live VJs mixing up 80s-90s video footage. It was packed to the walls with hipsters and BBoys/BGirls breakin and shakin.

Unfortunately, time flies when you’re having fun and all too soon it was time to hop a cab to Logan and catch some sleep before our 7:55am flight to Chicago.

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CNN.com

Check us out on CNN.com/travel
Sorry for the brief post, the best way to keep track of us during the day is via our Fan Page or our Twitter Streams.

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In this episode, Clark takes us through his gear for the trip:

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The Buffalo News

As we finalize our last-minute packing, nerves are running high—as is the excitement. Our story was featured on the front page of The Buffalo News this morning!!

We’re down to mere hours until our first flight, anyone place bets on whether Joe will miss it or not? We should be at The Buffalo-Niagara International Airport by 6 a.m., feel free to see us off, as we embark on our 31-day adventure. [Will the TSA even allow such a thing anymore? If not, feel free to post on our Facebook wall.]

We’re excited that so many people have offered ideas for our time in their cities. If we’re visiting your city and no one has given us the low-down on where the real hot-spots are [wink wink], please let us know!

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Reduced Price Party

Reduced Price Party

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors it’s now only $10 at the door to come party with us at the Bon Voyage celebration tomorrow night!

Come celebrate with the cast and crew of Twelve Hours in a City. We’ll be filming for our first episode and keeping the club hectic until the owners kick us out in the wee-hours of the morning!

Who: Clark / Joe / Steve / Jeremy / Friends / Family / Fans
What: The official Bon Voyage! party for the Twelve Hours in a City crew.
When: September 3rd, 2009 – 9pm until we drop.
Where: Social (228 Franklin St) Buffalo, NY
Why: Party with the crew of the show, help $end them on their way, win merch from our sponsors!

This party is not to be missed, a fun filled evening at the newest club in town. This one will be recalled in local lore for years to come. Make sure you’re a part of it!

See you there,
Joe and Clark

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Social Media Revolution

This video outlined the fundamental concept of this project so well, that we don’t feel the need to provide written content; we are only doing so for the benefit of the web spiders. This is the social media revolution; you either get it, or you don’t– or as a mentor of ours used to say “You’re either on the train or in front of it”.

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Joe and Clark

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