Li Du didnt attend the rest of the auction. There was nothing valuable left behind in the units being auctioned off. If he attended, it would just be a waste of his time.
The other treasure hunters, however, didnt know this. They were in a dilemma. A part of them wanted to watch as they cleared up the unit, while the other wanted to return to attend the auction.
Li Du couldnt understand their thinking, and said, "Whats the point of standing around here for? Why not go back to the auction and make some money?"
"They need motivation," Hans said, his eyebrow twitching. "Motivation for continuing in this business."
"What do you mean?" Li Du asked, clueless.
Hans explained, "They know that even if they attend the auction, they probably wouldnt make much money out of it. Might as well stay and see how were about to make tons of moneyuse us as a motivator to keep going. Or, they could imagine being us."
Li Du understoodto some extentwhy they were here: to satisfy themselves. "But I still dont get it. Whats the use in staying here to watch?"
Hans shut the door of the truck and said, "You dont understand, buddy. Youre a natural in this business. Its almost as if you have Gods blessing. Were not. Most of us arent.
"Youve never experienced it before," he said, shaking his head. "The feeling of attending five or six consecutive auctions, and only breaking even, or even going into the red. Its miserable.
"That feeling makes you want to leave this business, but you know you cant because you want to persevere down this road. So what do you do?
"You watch others strike rich to motivate yourself. As long as you persevere, eventually, youll be like them and strike rich."
"You have a deep understanding of this," Li Du said.
Hans shrugged. "If I tell you more about the past screw-ups I had, youll discover that I have an even deeper level of understanding than you realize. Lets go!"
They found a new motel to stay in. Beside it was an exciting-looking restaurant, as well as Griffith Park.
Griffith Park was one of Americas largest city parks. It was five times larger than New Yorks famous Central Park. There were outdoor theaters, a zoo, an observatory, a museum, and a childrens playground.
"What are we here for?" Li Du laughed. "Were not on vacation."
Hans asked him to wait for a bit. He went to the ticketing booth and came back with a postcard. He displayed it to Li Du. "Ta-da, a mysterious card, right in front of your eyes."
The postcard, which was a 3D pop-out card, was extremely beautiful. When it opened, a wonderful park emerged.
"It really is pretty," Li Du exclaimed.
"Of course," Hans said. "A souvenir from Griffith Park. You cant get it from anywhere else. Its a perfect gift."
"Thanks, brother." Li Du went up to give him a bear hug.
"Lets hope Sophie will be as touched when she receives it," Hans laughed. "Remember, if she jumps into your arms, then quickly confess."
"Sure, I will," Li Du said.
Since they were already here, they naturally wouldnt miss out on the chance to tour.
The park was huge. There was no way they could tour the whole thing in one go. Hans led them to a strolling path.
"This path is very rugged, isnt it amazing? If any of you liked the original Spiderman movies, then you can follow it. It will eventually lead to one of the caves where they shot one of the scenes."
Hans was introducing to them to the park like a tour guide.
After going around the outer areas, the sun started setting, the sky turning dark.
The four walked to the restaurant while they chatted. Business was booming in the restaurant, but Hans had already made a reservation. They went in right on time and were able to get their seats almost immediately.
After sitting down, Hans said, "The dishes here are very famous too. They have all sorts of fruit salads, fresh vegetable salads, tofu rolls, vegetarian curry, and homemade red tea. Everything is worth a try."
For their main course, they ordered flame-grilled lamb, chicken shawarma, cold eggplant with dipping sauce, homemade pitas, and all sorts of fresh seafood.
"Here in LA," Hans continued, "we definitely must try the seafood. You cant get this kind of seafood in Flagstaff. Its not as fresh."
Li Du was quite interested in the seafood, so he ordered a grilled Alaskan king crab. Once it was served, the king crab was shockingly huge, almost the size of a human baby.
The beverages they ordered were the draft beer and local whiskey. Li Du chose to drink plain water. He didnt want to make it a habit of getting intoxicated every day.
They had their fill, but the activities for the day were not over yet. Hans now brought them to the nearby Griffith Observatory.
The observatory was built in 1935, and there were three prominent viewing spots. There was also a high-tech planetarium inside, and the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon presentation theater.
As long as the skies were clear, they could observe the stars.
"Dont you like astronomy Li? Big Quinn, you toodidnt you study astronomy? Alright, today, you guys can let loose."
"Look for aliens," Godzilla joked.
This topic had sparked Hanss interest. He said, "When I was young, I would always wonder about this. What about you guys? Are there aliens out there?"
Pondering this, Big Quinn mumbled, "Well, purely guessing, I would go with yes. They might even have a whole civilization, since the universe is so wide!"
"There is no doubt about this," Li Du said. "Theyre there. Us to them, would be like how ants are to us. All sorts of lifeforms exist on Earth, right? So why not throughout the universe?"
"I agree with boss."
Hans was trying to annoy them. "But you guys dont have any evidence. No one has discovered life outside of Earth."
Li Du let out the bug. He gazed at this strange bug as he mumbled, "No, there is. Ive seen it. Its just that you guys cant see it."
Hans laughed, "Alright, you have a pair of mystical eyes. Were relying on those eyes of yours to make money. Lets go in and watch the stars."
"What are you going in for? Youre not interested in this."
"Im going in to pick up chicks," Hans said. "Also, Im actually quite interested in stargazing as well. I studied astrology in university, and even interned with a fortune teller."
"Interning on the bed, right?" Li Du mocked.
Hans gave him a cheeky smile. "No, but we did end up on the bed."
There was a fee for renting telescopes. Li Du didnt care about these small fees and rented an observatory platform with Big Quinn. Through the powerful telescopes, they watched the stars.
Hans had been off with his guess: Li Du didnt like astronomy. He just liked watching the starry sky.
He preferred watching the starry sky directly with his own eyes, to feel the magnificence of the entire celestial night sky.
However, he hadnt wanted to reject Hanss good intentions. Also, he didnt have the experience of watching the night sky through a telescope, so this was still something new to him at least.
They left only when the observatory was about to close. After a good nights rest, they prepared to return to Flagstaff the next day.
However, right when they were about to depart from the motel, Hanss phone rang.