Donna in Hollywoodland

The blog from Los Angeles and Hollywood by Donna Grayson

Monday, August 03, 2009

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Funny moment at Target

The other day, shopping at Target on La Brea and Santa Monica Blvd.
I looked in my basket and I had:
Nail Polish.

Of course, the nail polish was not for the nails - the nail polish was for my finger nails.
Sally Hansen Maximum Growth Plus in Vanilla Whimsey.

The nails were for hanging a Tapestry that I bought on Ebay
from Full Moon Loom
Its black, blue and purple with stars and moon designs.
And will eventually be hanging on a wall.

As for the Nails and Nail Polish....
I was alittle embarrassed to bring just that to the check-out stand because it was
just, well, kind of weird.
So I found some earings on sale too.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Buck Rogers and Scarlett O'Hara


I just had the wonderful experience of seeing "Gone With The Wind" on the big screen at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences on Wilshire Blvd.

To start the night off, they showed News Clips of the Gone With the Wind premiere.
Very exciting to see a Clark Gable interview.

First, a wonderful panel discussion on Gone with the Wind and it included some of the child actors from the movie.

Then they showed the first in the Buck Rogers serial.
If you ever get a chance to see one of these, I really recommend it.
Buck Rogers' is a pilot whose plane crashes and he is frozen - until the year 2440 or thereabouts.
He then because an astronaut / pilot in the new time period.
The serials were made in the 1930s - so it is funny to see what they thought modern technology would look like.
For example, in the 1930s there was no knowledge yet of computers. So when the Scientists in 2440 have to look things up, they are still using Books.
This got major laughs from the audience.

And then the screening of the nearly 4 hour long "Gone With the Wind". Including intermission.
This is truely one of the most outstanding romantic movies ever made.
Gorgeous on the big screen.

Of course, I could go on and on about the Dysfunctional relationships in Gone with the Wind.
But I won't - its meant to be a dramatic romance and it sure is.
I'll just blame everything on Ashley - if he had married Scarlett, whom he loved - and not the other woman who was the perfect wife - well, none of this would have happened.
Ashley and Scarlett would have settled down to a crazy married life wrapped around her self-absorbed behavior, and everyone would have been happy.
Instead, everyone married people they didn't love - and its emotional torture.
Then of course there is Clark Gable as the dashing Rhett Butler - and its a major melodramatic romance.

I loved every minute of it !

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Sunday, September 07, 2008

Tropic Thunder

Caught Tropic Thunder today. (I am running a few weeks behind on my movies.)
Its still in The Arclight Dome , and still Number #1 at the box-office.

Very funny ! There were scenes were I just laughed and laughed.
Totally hysterical.

There are alot of "Hollywood Insider" type jokes. But if you remember that it is a
"Movie About Making a Movie" - you will totally get it.

It must have been a pretty expensive movie to make - all those helicopters !
But I would guess that Ben Stiller can pretty much get any budget he wants - his movies are so funny !

As we left the theatre, the first thing I said was:
"I wish Tom Cruise would do more Comedies !"

I think Ben Stiller is the only person who get Tom Crise to do something like this.
Watch the ending credits - they are hysterical !

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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Hi From Donna

I am so sorry that I haven't posted to in such a long while.
I've been so busy in my real life. Then when I get on the computer I am usually playing
around on the POD (Print on Demand) sites, as well as one Stock site.
POD means I design it - but they print it and mail it to you.

So if you would like to look around at some of my artwork, and the artwork of others -
here are the links to my Art Galleries ...

and other places that you can find me out on the Internet....

Great stock site for artists and photographhers

Greeting Card Universe:

All sort of fun original greeting cards:

Zazzle Original Gallery:

Flowers, Tshirt designs, monograms:

Zazzle Photos:

My original photography on cards, posters, mousepads and more

Zazzle Abstracts:

Fun abstracts on all sorts of fun items


Tshirts, tiles, tile boxes, hats and bags and more


Posters and cards


more posters and cards


A new gallery of tshirts

Oh.... And don't forget the CD "Impatience"...

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MySpace Music

Donna Grayson MySpace Music

More Places:

Regular MySpace

Donna Grayson Myspace

YouTube Page

Donna on YouTube

And my Flickr Page if you just want to look at pictures

Check out the Funny Short film I was in:

One Man's Trash

Keep checking those websites - I am always adding new items !

Donna Grayson

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Monday, February 11, 2008

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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Circle in The City
Photo taken on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood, CA

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circles in the city

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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

A Star from Hollywood
Photo taken at The Grove on Fairfax Blvd

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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Hollywood Blvd Shoes

I won the highest honor over at Zazzle ! A "Todays' Best" for this Greeting Card.
The photograph is from a walk taken down Hollywood Blvd one day.

Hollywood Blvd Shoes card

Hollywood Blvd Shoes Greeting Card

Hollywood Blvd Shoes stamp

Hollywood Blvd Shoes Postage Stamps

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Monday, September 03, 2007

Vine Theatre Hollywood

I had missed both "Live Free or Die Hard" and "Oceans 13" when they were in the theatres.
Then one day as I was driving down Hollywood Blvd, I saw that they were both playing as a double feature at The Vine Theatre.

The Vine Theatre is an old movie theatre that shows movies past their run, as double-features for only $7...
Its old, alittle run down. But they seem to keep it pretty clean inside.
And I liked the popcorn, because it was plain with an undetectable amount of salt.
When I attended yesterday, I saw the 5pm show of Live Free or Die Hard and the 7:30 show of Oceans 13.
There were mainly couples there, a few singles - less than 20 people in this huge old theatre.

Here is Vine Theatre Info On CitySearch
Here is Vine Theatre Info on Yahoo Movies

Movie Links:
Live Free or Die Hard official movie site
Oceans 13 official movie site

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Theatre Recommendations

All of my favorite Los Angeles area Theatres have announced their new Seasons.
So stop by their websites, take a look and go see one of their outstanding plays.
Or better yet, call them up about becoming a Volunteer Usher.
As a volunteer usher, you get to help out a non-profit theatre organization for the evening, and you get to see the play for free in return.

The Falcon Theatre
on Riverside Drive in Toluca Lake

The Colony Theatre
on 3rd Street in Burbank

The Geffen Playhouse
in Westwood

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Sunday, September 02, 2007

Movie Recommendation - Death At A Funeral

Death AT A Funeral
I saw the movie Death At A Funeral over at Arclight Cinemas .

This is an English Comedy about a family who all come together for a Funeral. It starts out with the wrong body getting delivered for the funeral - and then things just get worse - and funnier - from that point on.

I laughed so hard I had tears running down my eyes. I had to tell my friend "Before we go to dinner, I have to fix my make-up, I was laughing to hard."

Also, the two lead actors, Matthew Macfadyen and Rupert Graves are both very handsome.

This movie is going in my "Top 10" all time favorites list.

Click here for the Official Death at A Funeral Website

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Saturday, July 21, 2007


I met up with a friend at The Farmers Market
for lunch at the French Crepe Company .
I had the Chicken Milano Sandwich, on Ciabatina bread with Provolone and Tomato.

Then, we went over to The Grove to see the cute animated movie, "Ratatouille".

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Friday, July 20, 2007

Dylan Documentary

I volunteered tonight at the Egyptian Theatre for the Documentary about Bob Dylan, "Don't Look Back".

And I got to meet one of my favorite performers from the 1960's, Donovan.

It was another great night of Rock and Roll movies.

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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Monterey Pop, 1968

Volunteered tonight at the Egyptian Theatre. They had a big party before the movie "Monterey Pop" from 1968.

On display, was Grace Slick's wonderful Paintings and Art work.
And attending the party were Michelle Phillips , Eric Burdon , Grace Slick.

I volunteered by helping give out tickets and wristbands - so I saw everyone who was there ! It was a very fun night !

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Sunday, July 15, 2007

Mods And Rockers Party

Volunteering again at the Mods and Rockers Festival.
This time there was a Free music concert in The Egyptian Theatre courtyard.

Performances by:

Spencer Davis
Stephen Bishop
"Monterey 67"
"The Records"
"The Ravers"

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Saturday, July 14, 2007

Talk to Me

Drove over to the Arclight Cinemas, bought our tickets.
Then walked across Sunset Blvd to Kabuki's restaurant .
As we are crossing the street, four people are walking towards us.
I recognized the tall redhead with the wild make-up, and I grab one of my friends my the arm.
My friend exclaims "That's Shirley Manson of Garbage !"

Kabuki's restaurant - I was starving, I bought the largest combo plate they had. Everything was on it.
Chicken Teriyaki, Beef ribs and Shrimp and Veggie Tempera.
Enough for three meals, I had to put the rest in my car and take it home for lunch tomorrow.

We saw "Talk To Me" starring Don Cheadle. I really liked it. I think it is one of my favorite movies of the summer. A historical story, with drama, comedy and music. Really an entertaining and educational film.

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Party at The Pig & Whistle

Volunteering over at the Mods and Rockers Festival again this evening, over at The Egyptian Theatre.
A pre-party at the Pig & Whistle, for the documentary, "Who Is Harry Nilsson ?"

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Friday, July 13, 2007

Mods and Rockers -the Beatles

The Annual Mods and Rockers Festival at The Egyptian Theatre, started out tonight with a screening of "Whats Happening? The Beatles in the USA
Lots of Beatles fans there !
The evening was completely Sold Out .... A Very Groovy night !

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Saturday, July 07, 2007

Tiki Party

I was over at the Egyptian theatre , volunteering for the annual Tiki Party and Luau Dinner.
It was alot of fun. I put wrist bands on people after they bought their tickets.

We had a wonderful Teriyaki chicken dinner, with pineapple upside down cake for dessert.
People were all in their Tiki outfits.
It was a great time !

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Thursday, July 05, 2007

Farmers Market on Fairfax

The Fairax Farmers Market is having Thursday night Jazz in the west courtyard.
I met some friends over there. It was very nice, because there were plenty of tables set-up.
You can eat dinner from the food vendors while you listen to the jazz music.
I got some korean chicken bbq with rice and veggies.
And we sat and listened to the jazz music.

Then we walked around the Farmers Market for a bit.
I stopped off at one of the bakeries.
Anything with coconut, oh I love it !
I picked up some delicious macaroons.
They tasted like each individual macaroon had a stick of butter.
That was some buttery flavor mixed in with the coconut.
But oh, they were so delicious !

And I also picked up some cherries - they were huge !
The size of apricots, I kid you not... one cherry was three bites.
And they were so sweet and perfect.

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Saturday, June 30, 2007

Soda Pop

Tonight, I saw a play at The Ark Theatre in Los Angeles.
The play was Soda Pop" - a funny musical set in the 1950s at a Soda Shop.
It was really fun, with alot of music from 1950s.
Made me want to look into some of that old music from the 1950s, and starting playing some of those old records - er, I mean CDs.

Chart Toppers: Dance Hits of the 50s
I Love Rock & Roll: Hits of the '50s
Magic Moments: The Best of '50s Pop

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Fantastic Four - Rise of the Silver Surfer

NameI saw the movie Fantastic Four Rise of the Silver Surfer.
It was over at Arclight Dome Theatre in Hollywood .
I love the Dome, if you are coming to visit Hollywood, I highly recommend seeing a movie in the Dome.
Its beautiful inside, and the screen is huge.
Its the perfect screen for a summer blockbuster like "Fantastic Four".

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Breakfast and Books

In the six years I have lived in Hollywood, I have never been to the IHOP on Sunset Blvd.
So after dropping off some books at the Library on Sunset and La Brea, I decided to give it a try.

Frankly, that part of town is not one of the best areas. And there is a bus stop right in front of IHOP so I always see strange people there.
But the IHOP itself is really nice.
There is plenty of free parking in the back. And inside the restaurant it is very nice.
They gave me that big pitcher of Coffee - so I drank to much caffeine. Fresh Orange Juice ...
And I got the Mushroom and Spinach Omelet - which had real fresh spinach and real fresh mushrooms.
Very tasty.

And I remembered to bring my vitamins with me. So I took those with my breakfast :)

NameI am reading the book "It Works for Me: Celebrity Stories of Alternative Healing" by Heide Banks.
Its a very interesting book, with true stories of what alternative treatments celebs use for their health.
I think it gives a good overview of different alternative practices, for a variety of different health problems.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Colin Farrell Shops At My Ralphs

I love reading The Its almost an addiction, I read it everyday
on my lunch-break.
I really love the Privacy-Watch Section.
Regular every-day people, email in stories about seeing famous, and not so famous, celebrities in every-day places.
Its really a fun section to read.

So I look at todays section, and there is a story about Colin Farrell at the Hollywood Blvd Ralphs' Grocery Store .

When I am to lazy to drive to the Whole Foods on Beverly Blvd. - this is the Ralph's Grocery Store that I go to.
And I have never seen Colin Farrell there.
And believe me, I look - not necessarily for Colin Farrell - but I look at people.
Because sometimes you do spot somebody.
Especially the people when its late at night, its dark out - and they are wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses.
I really stare at them, because I figure they are probably on a TV Show I don't watch.

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Sunday Lessons and Movies

Church this morning was at Hollywood Presbyterian Church .
And after that it was a quick trip to Whole Foods on Beverly.
I made a huge salad from their salad bar... and brought it home while I updated my Zazzle page .

Then I volunteered again tonight at Egyptian Theatre , for Crispin Glover's movie "What Is It?".
I was ticket taker, and then I got to go in and see the movie.

One of the more interesting questions I was asked tonight as ticket taker was "Do you think we will be offended by this movie?"
I guess the woman who asked me that works with Disabled people and thats why she wanted to see it. But it an experimental movie, and its not to some people's tastes.
I tried to explain that the reason some people find it interesting is that there are Disabled people who are cast in roles that are not necessarily written for Disabled people... and that is explained more in the Question and Answer that is given at the end.

If someone asks that question - Will They Be Offended - its difficult to answer.
Because first, I think if you are going to a movie and you think that the movie might be offensive itself, its best to research it more on the internet before you go. And second, if you are the type of person who is picky about what they see so you have to ask that question- well, its probably best not to see it. Go see something else instead.

As for me - do I get offended ? Yes, alot of things offend me.
But I have developed a Method.
Most scenes in movies are over with in a few minutes. And then its on to the next scene.
That is any movie you see these days - in any movie theatre. Big Hollywood Blockbusters, as well as small independent films.
So I have learned to close my eyes. Listen to the dialog. Then open my eyes again when that scene is over.
If its to bloody or gory or sexual for my taste - just close my eyes.
And when I open them again, its a whole new scene.

All in all, I liked the movie "What Is It?".
And if you knew me personally, you might be surprised by that - especially if you noticed the first paragraph in the above blog entry notes I started off the day at church this morning.
But, I think there are many underlying messages, and if you are okay with Experimental Films I think you could find this a very interesting movie - if you look for messages underneath the plot.

As for closing my eyes - there were a few scenes to sexual for my taste, and so I closed my eyes.
And I absolutely do not like needles - so any scenes with injections - well, I had to close my eyes or I'll just pass right out.

The Q&A with Crispin Glover after the movie... almost everyone who saw the movie stayed for the Q&A.
It was almost like attending a Master Class in Independent film making. I got the impression many of the people in the audience wanted to be doing what he is doing - making their own type of movie, with their own creative expression, and independently distributing it themselves.
There was alot of learning and teaching going on.

I think Crispin Glover gave one of the Best Q&A sessions I have ever heard at The Egyptian.

I desperately wanted to stay and volunteer for the Book Signing that was going on in the lobby afterwards.
But the Q&A was going on forever, and it was close to midnight.
So I had to tell the theatre manager I could not stay - tomorrow is a work day.
And I had to take off.

Here's a link to the official Crispin Glover Website.

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Saturday, June 23, 2007

Saturday in Hollywood

Headed over to the Mann 6 Theatres in the Hollywood and Highland , to see "Knocked Up".

What is the deal with the tourists, who can't obey the traffic laws ?
And why aren't there more traffic cops making the tourists obey the laws?
I don't really ever cuss out strangers, but I did today.
I am going north on Orange, with the green light to turn left on to Hollywood Blvd.
In the middle of my green light - three German men start to cross Orange right in front of my car.
I slam on the breaks, and yell "I have the green light you Morons!" followed by a long string of cuss words out of my mouth.
I had really truly almost hit them.
They yell back at me in German - and I can tell they are drunk.
Its not even Two o'clock in the afternoon yet.
After I drive away, they continue crossing against their Red Light.

Next I head down the steep ramp on Orange into the Hollywood and Highland Complex.
Its really sunny and bright out - and as you go down the ramp, the parking structure is a dark shadow.
For a few seconds you are blinded because you are in bright light - looking down into a dark shadow.
My car makes it into the dark shadow - and then I see Tourist walking Up the steep ramp !
Right straight into my car !
They are walking up the side that the cars go down.
Again, I slam on my breaks, and more cussing out of my mouth.
They just look at me.

As I get my ticket from the machine - I yell over to the guys in the booths cashing people out of the parking structure "You have people walking UP THE RAMP!"
They just ignore me, like I am some crazy woman.
I drive through the structure and I see an parking employee:
"You know there are people walking up the ramp. They are going to get hit. You should have someone placed at the ramp, to make sure people don't go up it."
He shrugs at me "I'm down here - I don't see whats going on up there."
I reply "Well, can you at least tell your Supervisor that someone complained about people walking up the ramp?"
"Oh, yeah, uh-huh, I can do that", he said.

Never mind, its Summer - there are tourists all over the place.
And Hollywood doesn't seem to be doing anything to control the pedestrian traffic.
I am surprised more people don't get hit by cars.

After I get my movie ticket, I run to the concession stand.
And there is not a single employee anywhere.
Not an employee in sight.

Two other people are also standing at the concession standing looking lost and forlorn.

I finally yell across the lobby
"Is there a Concession Stand person?"
The manager finds someone - and now I am super-late for the movie.
So late for the movie, I sit in the very last seat in the very last row by the door.

I liked "Knocked Up" , it was funny.
And Katherine Heigl is great in it.
The story-line was uplifting. And even though alot of the humor is very raunchy, it had a very real pro-life lesson, about making the right decisions - and emotionally growing through making these strong decisions. And.. plus, lots of raunchy humor.

After the movie, I grab a chicken wrap sandwich from the corner restaurant,
and I head over to the Egyptian Theatre .
I am volunteering tonight, for Crispin Glover's movie "What Is It?".
I am Captain, which means I have to hang-out in the lobby all night and watch the front door.

The theatre was very full, as it was the night before. And the movie "What Is It?", is experimental and draws a very Artsy Hip crowd.
So hanging out in the lobby is fun, because I get to people watch.

After the movie, Crispin Glover had a table set-up. He is selling his books, and doing autographs.
Many of his fans came with a digital camera - and I ended up helping out by taking photographs during the evening.

It was getting way passed midnight, and I just can't stay up that late - not even on a weekend.
One of the other volunteers took over for me, as I headed home.

Here's a link to the official Crispin Glover Website.

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Friday, June 22, 2007

From One End Of Town To Another

My agent called me yesterday. I have an audition at 4:30pm this afternoon out in West Los Angeles.
That meant I had to fight traffic after leaving my job in Hollywood early, and then somehow try to make it back in time to volunteer at The Egyptian tonight.

I don't like driving the freeway. So I take Olympic straight down. The Casting Offices are on Purdue, near Pico.
Since I used to work in the area for 12 years, I kind of know my way around. But the last time I auditioned at this place, the parking was horrible.
Low and Behold - my Parking Angel was looking out for me - and some one pulled out, just as I arrived.
I got a parking spot right across the street from the Casting offices.

All I knew was that was for a commercial that would show in Turkey. We would never see it in the United States.
I looked up the name of the product on the internet, but it was a popular word in Turkish.
So I really wasn't sure what product I would be auditioning for.
Its either an alcoholic drink, or the latest Pop star's new album.

I even ask a 20-something young man who was looking at the story-board with me, if he knew what the product was.
He just smiled and walked away.
I guess he didn't want to chat.

We look at the story-board, read a description, and get a Polaroid taken.
They call us in groups of six.
Turns out my role is that of a Coffee Shop Waitress.

We were told "This is not a McDonalds commercial. Do not be bright and cheery. This is very melodramatic.
A dark setting. This of it as a David Lynch movie."

My role was to be a sad, distant Coffee Shop Waitress.
And when the product appears, I look happy and hopeful.

After the Casting Associate was done filming my group of six - someone asked him, when were "They" going to be looking at our tapes and making their decision ?
The Casting Associate answered "Oh, they will see it in about 5 minutes. They are working in Brazil right now, and I transmit the auditions over the internet to them. So someone in Brazil will be seeing your audition in a few minutes."

Well, I can actually say I have transmitted over the internet, and watched in Brazil.
Its kind of a weird feeling actually.

As I was leaving West LA, I stopped at Big Tomy's on Pico Blvd and Sawtelle for some fried zucchini.
Which I ate in the car on the drive back to Hollywood.

Everything was fine, untill I tried to go North on Highland.
Traffic was unbelievably backed up. All the way to Santa Monica Blvd.
I turn up Franklin - and I try to take Orange up to Hollywood and Highland.
But one the small residential street by the Roosevelt, Orange is backed up and not moving.
So I turn left on a Sunset and come up La Brea. Then to Franklin.
As I approach Hollywood & Highland, I see all sorts of "NO Right Turn" signs.
I take another side street, and make a left on Hollywood.
Finally, I make it to Orange, and to the Validated Parking at Hollywood and Highland.

I later learn, that Ratatouille was premiering at The El Capitan , and most of the street was of blocked off.
AND there was a big opening night concert with Jack Black, and Kristin Chenoweth and Plácido Domingo, at The Hollywood Bowl .

So that all explains the traffic nightmare.

I make it to the Egyptian by 7:15 - but I had already told them I expected to be late for my volunteer shift.

Crispin Glover's show started at 8pm.
I was volunteering as Ticket Taker. But I went in after the show started, and saw Crispin Glover's live performance of "The Big Show".
I stayed for about 10 minutes of "What Is It?" - but I was to tired from driving to West LA and back in traffic.
I will be able to see it some other time over the weekend.

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Saturday, June 16, 2007

The Grove

After early afternoon of dealing with my Car... I headed over to The Grove .

First I headed over towards the Farmers Market .
Stopped for lunch at Johnny Rockets .
I ordered a burger, with mushrooms and swiss cheese. And it was terrible. It was the greasiest burger I have ever had. The grease was dripping of my burger as I ate it.

I thought about returning it.... but I was trying to make the movie showtime.

So I head on over to the Pacific Movie Theatres ,
to see Pirates of The Caribbean .
I really wanted to see this movie... but I was waiting until all the crowds died down to go.

And just as the movie started ... my stomach started to do weird things.
It was all the grease from the burger.
I usually don't eat fatty things like that.
Oh, no... I worried I was going to get sick during a 3 hour movie.
I made it through the movie ... but the entire bag of popcorn I bought, sat on the floor. I couldn't touch it after that hamburger.

I loved Pirates of The Caribbean .
I just wish there would have been more scenes with Johnny Depp.
But my favorite scene of all is when Bill Nighy transforms back into what he was before he had all those tentacles all over the place.

If you like Pirates, here are a few designs by some of my friends on Zazzle - that have a Pirate theme.
Just click on the picture to see more.

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Smog Check

The renewal from the DMV for my license plate stickers has been sitting on my coffee table for about three months now.
And it was due on June 12.
I can't blame the DMV on this one - they gave me plenty of notice.

I went on-line a few weeks ago, and I paid my renewal fee.
That way I won't get a late fee on top of it.
But there is still the issue of the Smog Check to deal with.

So I tried to wake up early today, and go to my favorite car repair shop - Sams Sunset Fuel on Sunset Blvd in East Hollywood.
It didn't work. I turned off the alarm, and I went back to sleep.

After I woke up, and had my cup of coffee - I resigned myself to dealing with it.
I drove over to Auto Chek Centers, about a block away from Sams.

By this time it was the afternoon, and I was the only customer.
They guy with the clipboard, took all the information.

I laughed and said "Don't worry. I really don't expect to pass."

Nearly one year ago, I had been told I needed a new fuel pump.
My 1995 Crysler LeBaron Convertible still has the original fuel pump.
But I was told those fuel pumps are very expensive.
I needed a new radiator at the time, so I opted for that instead - and I have just never gone to get the fuel pump.
The car repair guy told me my engine was good, my transmission was good - and the 1995 Chrysler Le Baron only has 65,000 miles on it .... so get the fuel pump.
I've never gone to get the fuel pump.
I am probably getting terrible mileage.

I waited in the Auto Chek Service area. The guy reved up the engine in the stall - much faster that I have ever drove or ever will drive.... my poor car.

I was joking with the cashier "Its not going to pass."

And guess what ! The car passed !

The guy comes in with his clip board, and says "It passed"
My reply "Really ?? That surprises me!"

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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Sunday in Hollywood

First, I overslept really late ... and was rushing to get out the door.
I wanted to grab dinner at a restaurant, but I didn't have time.
So once at Hollywood and Hollywood ,
I ran into the new Quiznos .

The guy behind the counter looks at me and says :
"First, before you order - we are out of ......"
and he lists about 20 different things like "all of our salads" and "roast beef",

I stood there saying "Okay, what DO you have?"
And I ended up with some beefy cheese sandwich ...I think it had mushrooms in it too.

Then ran down Hollywood Blvd, to make it in time for my volunteer shift at the
Egyptian Theatre .
There was a performance of Brand Upon The Brain by Guy Maddin.

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Saturday, June 09, 2007

The Value of Names

Over at The Falcon Theatre tonight to volunteer.
The play was "The Value of Names".

And it starred Jack Klugman.
Wow ! It was great to see him onstage !

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Morning in Studio City

I was trying to rush out the door to get to my bank in Studio City before it closed.
My car insurance company sent me some kind of small refund, and I wanted it in the bank today.

I was in such a rush, I decided to hop on the Hollywood Freeway, near Hollywood and Bronson.
It was completely backed up all the way to Hollywood Blvd.
Being impatient, I sped over to the Freeway entrance on Argyle and Franklin.
It too was backed up all the way to Franklin.
I decided to just get on it, and go ...

And I was so right.
If I had taken Cahuenga - it would have taken me forever.
The parking lot to the Ford Amphitheatre was filled with - Motorcycles.
Cahuenga Blvd ..... all Motorcycles...

I was trying to see what was going on, but I was to busy hitting the gas so I could get to the Barham exit, and make it to The Bank.

Alas, and Alack ! No, I did not make it in time ...
I got to the bank and 1:20 ... and therefore I had to use the ATM machine.

Funny, when you deposit a check in the ATM machine, they won't even show it until the next close of a business day.
I remember - back in the olden days - when you would deposit a check in the ATM, and it would kind of subtract out of your account, because they had to "hold the funds" in order to clear the check.
I am sure the banks eventually got in trouble for that..

Well, my money's not hitting my account till Monday night ... but I decide to head out to The Good Earth for Breakfast anyway,
I have a yummy veggie omelet, toast, and I ask for a fruit cup in stead of potatoes.
It was still alot of food.

I sat and read a very interest book.
Fame Junkies: The Hidden Truths Behind America's Favorite Addiction by Jake Halpern
Its a very interesting book about "The Celebrity Culture" - and America's addiction to fame.
Imagine my surprise, as I am reading the book - and there is an interview with someone I know.
Only in Hollywood.....

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Friday, June 08, 2007

Brand Upon the Brain

Volunteered tonight at Egyptian Theatre .
There was a performance of Brand Upon The Brain by Guy Maddin.

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Saturday, June 02, 2007

June 2, 2007 Photos

Cinnamon the Cat

Cinnamon the Cat Wakes Up

2 Oscars

2 Oscars

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Monday, May 28, 2007

Holiday Monday Off

I didn't have any plans for the day... and I really just wanted to relax.
I headed over to Swingers on Beverly for Breakfast.
I think it was about 3pm. After being sick yesterday, pancakes seemed very comforting.

I go inside of the restaurant to eat - and the music is so loud that I couldn't even hear the waitress.
Her mouth was moving, I know she is asking me for my order ... so I just answer whatever.
I actually try to read her lips.
Then... I hear some other customers complaining about the level of the music, and I know its not just me.

Not only does my waitress have a nose ring that is either brand new or is infected - Once they turn down the music, I hear her telling another waitress about her glasses.
She got the glasses from a thrift store, she has alot of them - some of them are other people's prescriptions and when she wears them she can't really see.
For some reason she thinks not being able to see is really cool, as long as the glasses look really cool.
Or hip, or fly - whatever the word is these crazy young'uns use these days.

I try to think back to all the crazy things I did when I was in my 20s - the crazy clothes and shoes I wore.
I wore some platform shoes that would make me lose my balance.
But no, I never wore glasses that impaired my vision just to look cool.

As I eat my pancakes, I read the LA Times .
And there is an article in there about a medical condition where if some people get to much sunshine they get depressed. It has the opposite effect on them.

So I think - Sunshine ! - lets go to the Beach !
It takes an hour to drive to Malibu straight west on Sunset Blvd. But by the time I get there, everyone else is leaving, and I get a nice parking spot down by the Charthouse Restaurant.

As much as I loved being at the beach, with the gas prices and the one hour drive each way - I don't know if I will be going back to Malibu for a while.

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Sunday, May 27, 2007

Oh, Food Poisoning

I stopped off at the Food Court in Hollywood and Highland . One of those places way in the back, behind the movie theatres. I got a healthy chicken dish, with vegetable side dishes.
And I got Food Poisoning....

It was my night to volunteer at Egyptian Theatre.
The movie was My Cousin Rachel from 1952.
Starring Richard Burton and Olivia de Havilland .

I had signed up to be the volunteer Captain, which meant I was there all night.
Lets just say, it was a very difficult evening due to my tummy troubles..
I did drink alittle white wine when I got home - and I think that helped to kill some of the bacteria or whatever was in the food.
You know, alcohol as an antiseptic ....

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Friday, May 25, 2007

New Acting Pictures

The touch-ups on the pictures that my Agent selected as my new acting headshots were ready.
At work, we got off early due to the holiday, so I drove over to my agent's offices to get them.
They actually just moved from Westwood, to Mid-Wilshire-Korea Town - which is so much closer to where I live.

I managed to find street parking, and the offices are now in a rather large high-rise building.
There were two elevator banks - one was for the 1st to 15th floors. The other for everything on floor 15 and above.
I know to people in the midwest and on the east coast that doesn't sound like alot of floors. But for California, we don't get much taller than 20 or 30 floors or thereabouts.

So I get in the elevator that went the highest, and pressed the floor for my Agents office.
Whoosh !!!!
I zoomed way to the top - and then once at the floor, I bounced for a while as the elevator tried to align itself with the floor.
I swear, I almost tossed my cookies...
As I got off the elevator, I was shaking.
That was some ride.

I picked up the disk with my new pictures on it. Chatted with my agent a bit. Got a little tour of the new offices. They are much bigger that the offices in Westwood, but run about the same rent.There were still boxes that were being unpacked.

Now, I have to somehow manage to get into the elevator and make it back down.
I think about taking the stairs all the way down, because I just don't want to get in the elevator alone.
The first elevator arrives, and it is empty. I lean over, punch a floor, and step out - sending it on its way to go Woosh to the bottom.
The next elevator arrives with 2 people in it. I get in, press the floor, and cling to the side.
The lady laughs "Oh, you don't like our elevators. I guess you don't like roller coaster rides much either, do you?"
No I don't...

Once back on solid ground, I decide to take a little walk around the area. I have time on the meter anyway.
I notice lots of Frozen Yogurt shops in the area.
I thought those all closed down. But in this section of LA, there are plenty. Frozen Yogurt on every street corner.
I stop in one, and I order a slushy frozen mango drink.
The girl makes it, and hands it to me. She actually somehow glues a cellophane top on to the cup. And all the words on the cellophane are in Korean.
This now has me worried, because I thought I was just ordering a slushy mango drink. And now I am wondering what I am drinking.

I drink it anyway, and the on the ride home I go down some side streets, and look around.
There's lot of interesting buildings. I will have to come down this way again and bring my camera...

Anyway... Here are some of the Top Choices for my new Acting Headshots....

Acting Headshot - Commercial - My Agents Tops Choice

My Agents Top Choice for A Commercial Headshot

Acting Headshot - My Favorite My personal favorite

Acting Headshot - Business The Business Woman Headshot

Acting Headshot - Dramatic Downscale
Actors Headshot - Downscale Dramatic

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Big Foot Lodge

Big Foot Lodge on Los Feliz Blvd in Los Feliz.
I went with about 20 other people from LA People Connection .

Big Foot Lodge is becoming my favorite place to hang out. Its one of those local bars where everyone goes.
Business People, Entertainment People, Hippies and Punks, Nice people, Weird people, Young People, Old People.
Every time I go there it is a completely mixed crowd. No one type.

One of my friends recognized an Actor from a TV show that I never watch.
I meant to look him up on IMDB when I got home - but I forgot his name, and the name of the TV show.
So I guess that doesn't really count as a Celebrity Sighting.

The only bad thing tonight was that the music was really loud, and it was hard to talk to my friends.
But I ended up staying there until 1 am - which is something I never do.
I don't usually keep late nights like that.
I was one of the last of our group to leave.
It was a fun night.

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Sunday, May 13, 2007

Hot Fuzz
Hot Fuzz Movies

Lunch was a combo dinner at Kabuki Restaurant .

And then over to the Arclight Cinemas, for Hot Fuzz...
I loved Hot Fuzz !!! It was sooo funny !

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

May 10 2007 Photography

Mels Drive InMel's Drive-in

nancy sinatra

Nancy Sinatra
Mural just off of Highland in Hollywood

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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Griffith Park Fire

Imagine my horror, when after just having a wonderful picnic in Griffith Park last Sunday....
I could clearly see the fire from where I live.

First, in the afternoon - we could see it from my office windows.
I ran some errands after work, and it looked like it was all over.
Then when I finished my errands, and came home - this is what I saw....

Griffith Park Fire

This is what I saw driving home

Griffith Park Fire

From the Roof of my building

Griffith Park Fire

From the corner of my block

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Saturday, May 05, 2007

May 5 2007 Photos

me in Hollywood

Me in a window during my photo walk in Hollywood

silhouttes in hollywood Silhouettes in Hollywood

oh, yes rub my back

Rub the Kitty's Back - Cinnamon the Cat Loves it

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Looking For Mr Goodbar

Went to a screening of Looking for Mr. Goodbar from 1977.
over at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.

This is a movie with some really serious subject matter. And I wanted to see if for
Diane Keaton's performance.
Its hard to believe that Diane Keaton won the Golden Globe for Best Dramatic Actress, but she wasn't even nominated for an Oscar.
It was probably due to the subject matter.
She won for Annie Hall instead.

There is some interesting information on the movie at Wikipedia.
The book and movie are based on the true story about Roseann Quinn .

There is alot of talk on the internet as to exactly what the name "Goodbar" in the title refers to.
One other thing in the movie perplexed me as well.
Was it common for people to bring books to bars, and sit and read ?
I know now we have Starbucks, and people go to coffee shops to read.
A Bar seems like a strange place to read a book - its dark and noisy.
Maybe it was just a thing that the character did to get attention.
Or maybe people really did that in the 70s...

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Friday, May 04, 2007


12:01 midnight ... okay, thats kind of confusing...
12:01 midnight of Thursday May 3... is actually the same as 12:01 in the morning of Friday May 4.
The tickets and the show-time listings on the internet were actually alittle confusing.

First, I met my friends (2 other women, and 1 guy) at The Bowery on
Sunset Blvd for the latest dinner I have ever had in my entire life.
My system was so off, that I ordered something I don't ever eat, I don't like, and its totally unhealthy because its a scavenger ... Beer Battered Shrimp.
I took a few bites, and I couldn't finish it...
I am sure it was good. It was just that my stomach did not know what it wanted at 11:00 pm at night.

My friends and I all had our tickets, and The Arclight Cinema is assigned seating.
And we all got our seats together.

While my friends were off doing something else, I got into the Concession stand line.
I was the only single woman in the concession stand line.
It was pretty much 90% men, and they were all looking at me.
It was way to funny.
Who would have thought the concession stand line at the first screening for Spiderman would be a good pick-up joint?

Nevertheless, I was in a rush to get my food and get back to my seats.
When I got back to my seat, I told my friends what the concession stand was like.
And one friend - she is much younger than me - said "Yeah, it is a Sausage-fest in here".
Okay - thats the first time I ever heard that term.

Just before Spiderman-3 started, a young guy - who looked like an Arclight employee except her was wearing a Cap on his head - walked up to the microphone.
He started to read from a piece of paper: "Thank you for choosing Arclight Cinemas, We hope you enjoy this screening of Spiderman-3 ... please remember to turn off all cell-phone and pagers..."

Half-way through the introduction speech, the audience realized that the person doing the reading was none other than Tobey Maguire ....
And everyone started to cheer !

Tobey Maquire stood off to the side with about 20 other people - and they stayed for about the first 30 minutes of Spider-man 3.

My friends and I had a great time. But I was so caught up in the actually event of the 12:01 screening, that I am probably going to have to go see Spiderman-3 a second time....

Here are some Spiderman-3 pictures, taken around the Arclight Cinema:

Spider-man 3 at 12:01 midnight the morning of 5/4/07

Cinerama Dome 12:01 Spider-man 3

Spider-man 3 at 12:01 midnight the morning of 5/4/07

Spider-man 3

Spider-man 3 on Sunset & Vine Spider-man 3

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

May 2 2007 Photos

hollywood & highland

Hollywood and Highland

Hollywood High School

Hollywood High School


Shadow of a Tree

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Sunday, April 29, 2007

April 29 2007 Photography


The purple building in Hollywood

palm Hollywood Palm Tree

hollywood and highland

Design at Hollywood & Highland

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Friday, April 27, 2007

April 27 2007 Photos

Kisses Me and Cinnamon the Cat

history museum Hollywood History Museum

circle Circle in Hollywood

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Monday, April 23, 2007

April 23 2007 Photos

Cinnamon Cat Cinnamon the Cat

Angus Burger Ad Angus Burger Advertisement in Hollywood

Which one would you wear ??? Sunglasses in Hollywood

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Sunday, April 22, 2007

Film Noir - He Walked By Night

The Film Noir Series is over at the Egyptian Theatre .

I saw "He Walked By Night" from 1948.
There were some great shots from old Los Angeles in the movie.

The movie starred Richard Basehart , and Jack Webb.

If you are a fan of the TV series "Dragnet" which starred Jack Webb, check this movie out.
It is the movie that was the inspiration for Dragnet.

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Friday, April 20, 2007

April 20 2007 Photos
hollywood and highland Hollywood & Highland Elephant

Hollywood Wax MuseumHollywood Mural

on Highland On Highland

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007


I volunteered tonight over at the Egyptian Theatre .

Turner Classics held a pre-screening of its new documentary, about Marlon Brando
Brando - A TCM Original Documentary

Its going to be on Turner Classics in May - and I highly recommend that you catch it.

Marlon Brando is one of the greatest actors in history. Every acting teacher I know raves about him.
Its so amazing to watch him in his early movies.

I have to tell you :
I was ushering and helping the VIPs go to their assigned seating.
I smiled at Gene Simmons as he went to his seat.
He smiled back at me.
Yes, Gene Simmons from KISS .
He looked pretty good, and I really liked his gold shoes.

Here's a Link for Pictures from the Event:

Marlon Brando DVDs

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Sunday, April 15, 2007

April 15 2007 Photography

Hollywood Blvd Dinosaur At the corner of Hollywood and Highland

hollywood blvd & highland The corner of Hollywood and Highland

sleeping Cinnamon the Cat Sleeps

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Friday, April 13, 2007

Black-out, Traffic and Baseball

I had to make it from Hollywood to Burbank by 7pm.
I was a volunteer usher over at The Colony Theatre .
So I leave the office by 6pm.
Gee ... that would be plenty of time, don't ya think...

I get on Cahuenga - and it is a parking lot.
We are not moving.
I am thinking "Is it always like this? Do people deal with this every day?"
Because I never really drive from Hollywood into Burbank right after work on a Friday night.

Finally, nearly an hour after leaving the office - I turn right on Franklin east, and jump on the freeway at Argyle.
I exit at Barham, entering all the traffic way at the beginning of the build up.

I see at all the cars behind me, who have just been sitting there while I spun around the long way to get to Argyle.
And these people are not nice. They are irritated from sitting on Cahuenga for over an hour. No one will let me cut in to get over to the right lane.
One guy and an I almost side-swiped eachother.

I am so happy when I finally reached Barham Blvd - and then I realize the problem.
There is a Black-out !
Studio City is entirely dark. Not a single traffic light is working.

As I drive up Olive, I call the Colony Boxoffice. I tell them that there is a black out in Studio City. And traffic is one big parking lot.
I arrive at The Colony 40 minutes late. Thats 7:40 pm.
It took me One hour and 40 minuted to make it from Hollywood to Burbank.

I got there in time to help them hand out programs, and of course help at Intermission.
Just as I walk into the lobby, I hear one theatre patron telling another "Oh, yeah, I can still make phone calls in a black-out, I just can't get on my computer."
An older couple come racing in, and have to wait a few minutes before going into the theatre because the announcements have already started. "We got stuck in that black-out, our entire neighborhood was without power", they tell me.

I actually got complements from the Staff on being very helpful with all the theatre patrons.
But it was just that I was on some sort of adrenaline high from trying to fight all the traffic to get there.

I did get to see the play "Rounding Third".
A very funny story about two guys who coach Little League Baseball.

The people who came to see the play were really into it.
One person wore a baseball jersey.
Another guy brought his kid, for a Father and son night at the Theatre.
The play was very funny. And worth the rush it took me to get there.

LA Times story on power outage
Baseball Books on
Baseball DVDs on

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April 13 2007 Photos

Palm Tree

Palm Tree near The Grove

Palm TreesPalm Trees Across from The Grove

Cinnamon in the Shadows Cinnamon the Cat in the Shadows

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Back to the Gym

What many people might see as Irresponsibility:
I have a monthly gym membership of $35 automatically deducted from my checking account every month.
And I only go about twice a year.

So yes, the gym is getting all that free money.
But... I don't really see it as wasting money.

First, I see the wasted monthly fee as punishment for not going to the gym that month.
Its my own fault, I signed up on the dotted line years ago. I should be going.
So thats $35 I can't spend on anything else. You would think it would be a good lesson, but it doesn't really sink in.

Second, when I do get the urge to the go to the gym - or a Doctor gets on my case about not exercising like what happened yesterday - the Gym is already there.
All I have to do is back up my gym clothes and go. No problem.

If I didn't have the gym membership: After the doctor told me to exercise, I would spend two weeks on the internet researching the best gym to join. And by that time, I would lose interest and motivation.

So in the long run, it is $35 well spent.

After work today.... off to the gym I go.
After work, all gyms are crowded.
Being surrounded by all those skinny healthy people can be intimidating.
But I paid my money just like everyone else, so I deserve to be there.

I head on over to the Treadmill area. It pretty full except for one or two machines.
There is a really really Hot young guy - buff and muscular - stretching near the machines.
I look at him and ask "Are you in line?"
No, he isn't - so I take the available treadmill.
And I make the note in my head "Benefit of going to the gym: watching hot young muscular guys stretching next to the Treadmills."
hmmm, this might not be so bad after all.

Of course, I am the slowest person on the treadmills.
I put the earphones on my head, and turn into the gym music.
I have also brought a magazine to read. Which also require reading glasses.
So it takes alittle while to get set-up to walk on the treadmill.
And walk I do ... for 20 minutes.
While I look at the magazine and read. And listen to music.
I manage to get up to speed 2.
Not so bad for a first day.

After the treadmill, I feel really invigorated. I want to do more.
I tell myself not to overdo it on my first day. If I injure myself or get too sore, I will just be discouraged.
I go over to the recumbent bicycles anyway.
And I can't figure out how to work them. I think they are all broken.
Besides, I shouldn't be doing more on my first day. Its best that I don't overdo it. So I head on out.
And I say to one of the people at the front desk "Are those low bicycles in the corners not working".
And he explains "You have to pedal first, then punch the button."
Ohhh, okay, now I know for next time.
And there will be a Next Time ...real soon.

New Balance Shoes
Exercise Items

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Monday, April 09, 2007

Dancing with the Stars Wars

I am still into "Dancing With the Stars" .

As for tonights episode, image a 40-something year old chubby lady, standing directly in front of her TV-set in her pajamas with little yellow ducky's on them ... and shouting : "That is soooo COOL ! That is way SO way cool !"
.... as she watches Joey Fatone and Kym Johnson dance to "Star Wars" music.

Yup, that was me this evening....
That dance was so cool !

Click here for more "Star Wars" Music

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Sunday, April 08, 2007

Happy Easter

On Easter Sunday, I know how important it is to get to Church early.
Mainly to find a parking place.
So I told myself I would get there at 10 minutes before the service started.
Well, I was 5 minutes late to Hollywood Presbyterian .
Because I was late, I had to sit way up in the balcony - because the rest of the church was full.

Part of the reason I was late, was trying to figure out what to wear.
The weather has been so weird - and for Easter Sunday it was pretty cold.
To cold for a Easter-y floral sundress.
So what to wear ?

In my closet was a dress I bought on the Internet nearly two years ago. In the catalog, it looked sexy enough for a night out.
But when it arrived it wasn't sexy, and it was actually kind of weird looking.
I thought the color was going to be cranberry from the catalog - but its a weird dark mauve/fuchsia shade - a color that I don't think I have ever seen before.
Plus, on top there are a few black sequins.
I only kept it because it fit me. But I can never figure out where to wear it.

So I finally decided to wear it to church. The weird mauve fuchsia color is fine for Easter.
As for the black sequins - well, this is Hollywood. I can get away with sequins in church.

So I sat up in the balcony, and it was a lovely service.
The Cathedral Choir sang a selection from Puccini's "Gloria" .
The Mass Choir sang "O, The Blood" .
And the Cathedral Bells performed - which I just loved.
If you ever get to hear a performance by a Bells Choir, I recommend it. It is all bells of every size and tone, and it just beautiful.

Easter Music on

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Saturday, April 07, 2007

Breakfast, Movie

Over to Mel's Diner is West Hollywood for Breakfast.
Yes, I got their Eggs Florentine. It is my favorite breakfast.
Read the LA Times .

Then I went into West Hollywood for about a half hour walk, and I took some pictures.
I will be posting them over on My Flickr Page sometime soon.

Then I dashed over to The Arclight Theatres.
I decided today to see the movie Zodiac.

First, when I went up to the concession stand, the nice guy behind the counter asked me my name.
I said "Donna"
He said "Donna, I'm Joshua - I see you here all the time. You come here alot."
I said "Yes, I do."
He co-worker asked him "Why are you asking her for her name ?"
Joshua replied "She comes here all the time. Don't you" he asked me.
I replied "Yes I do. Where you here for AFI ? I was here every day for AFI."
As I walked away I thought to myself "I think I am seeing to many movies. Maybe its time for a new hobby."

I had put off seeing Zodiac, because it runs 2 hours and 40 minutes.
I wasn't sure that I could sit still that long.
But it has so many great actors in it - Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards , Robert Downey Jr.

I am glad I went to go see it. The acting was amazing.
The only bloody parts were in the beginning. After that it was all detective work.
Three hours flew by - it didn't even feel like 3 hours. The length of the movie really allowed all the Details of the investigation to be in the movie.

Most of my friends know that I like the commercial cutesy movies. So I have been telling them "You know, I am really surprised that I liked Zodiac so much. It must be that the bloody parts were at the very beginning. And the rest of the movie focused on the investigation. It was really fascinating."

Here's a link:
Zodiac Movie Official Site
Books About the Zodiac Murders on

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April 7 2007 photos

Farmers Market At the Farmers Market on Fairfax

The Grove The Grove near Fairfax

flowers Beautiful flowers at the Grove

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Thursday, April 05, 2007

Maundy Thursday

First here's a link explaining Maundy Thursday .

In a nutshell, it is the day to remember The Last Supper, Garden of Gethsemane, the Washing of the Disciples Feet and the betrayal of Christ by Judas .
So, we are remembering the things Jesus did before he was taken to be crucified.

The term "Maundy" is a rough translation of a Latin and Old French word, that basically means "A New".
As in "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you"

In the past when I have visited Catholic church, the Mass for Maundy Thursday is very long. Presbyterian keep it at a regular service length.

I went over to Hollywood Presbyterian .

Two beautiful songs were sung tonight:

"Seekers of Your Heart" by Mel & Dick Tunney & Beverly Darnall

Because your heart was broken
Because You saw the need
Because You gave so freely
Because of Calvary
We can now be Called your own
Complete creations Filled with You alone


Where You There ?

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Check out Cyber
I love living in modern times ... all those old fashioned hymns out on the internet with midi's of the music.

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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Shopping at Trader Joes

Stopped off at Trader Joes after work.
It seemed like everyone else in the area had stopped off after work as well.
Wall to wall people. Trying to maneuver around the veggie aisle to grab a package of 4 little mini-artichokes was very difficult.

As I am wandering around the aisles, near the frozen foods - I see a guy in white starched suit, with one of those cell phones bluetooth things that plug right into your ear.
He is looking at an empty shelf of chips. And he's shouting into his phone: "This is NOT acceptable. Its the worst. Its the worst in the entire region. Completely unacceptable".

I continue on my way - and I discover one of the best things in the entire Universe:
Trader Joes Organic Cranberry Juices.
Organic Cranberry Apple Juice
and... the absolute best Organic Cranberry Lemonade
And And ! .... they are on Sale at only $2.99 for 64 fluid ounces !
Its time to stock up.

After that, I pick up another one of my favorite - dried organic cranberries
to mix with a package on unsalted mixed nuts.

Then I grab alittle bunch of flowers before I head on over to the check-out stand.

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Saturday, March 31, 2007

A Day In Hollywood

I signed up for an early morning volunteer shift at Egyptian Theatre .
They don't usually have things where I need to be there at 9:30 am. But today was an all day event, sponsored by The Korean Cultural Center of Los Angeles and The Japan Foundation of Los Angeles .
Two Anime movies, Aachi & Ssipak from Korea, and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time from Japan

Of course, I was running late. It is Saturday after all.
So instead of parking in the Hollywood and Highland lot, where they will validate - I grab a spot on the street and start to feed the meter.
I am standing there, digging through my purse trying to find that Quarter that is stuck at the very bottom.
When a group of four nice gentlemen go passed by me.....
And one of them puts a Quarter in the parking meter.
"You don't want to get a ticket. They are really strict around here, I know how it is" he says.

"Oh, yeah, okay - thanks." I say stunned and almost speechless at what just happened.
As they continue on their way.

By the time I run/walk to the Egyptian, they are an entire half block away.
I thought they were going to the Anime event - I mean why else would a group of four guys be in Hollywood at this time of the morning ?
But by the time I realize they are walking passed the Egyptian, it is to late for me to run after them to say anything, and I really wanted to invite them to the free animation screening.

As I am volunteering, a theatre patron asks another volunteer about where to eat in the area.
The volunteer tells him about the great places to eat over at Hollywood and Highland . I hear them mentioning "California Pizza Kitchen" and Beard Papa's Creme Puffs.
They are talking about how delicious the creme puffs are....

Soon the Anime movies are starting. But now I have to move my car.
The meters on the street are only for one hour. And I will be in Hollywood all day.
So I go drive me car into the Hollywood and Highland complex.
I can get validated - 4 hours for $2 - but it really won't matter, because I will be there all day.

Walking back up through the mall, to make it back to Hollywood Blvd and the Egyptian, I walk right passed Beard Papa's Creme Puffs.
How long has it been since I have had a Creme Puff ?
Oh, around Twenty Years.
Thats it. I am having a Creme Puff.

I walk into the store, and yes they sell Creme Puffs. There is a few flavors to choose from.
And a few other desserts. I am wondering "How can a store survive only selling Creme Puffs?"
I order one with chocolate filling, and a cup of coffee.
And it is sooooo delicious.
Then its back to finishing my shift at the Egyptian.

Later on in the afternoon, I meet up with friends.
I have been getting opinions on the movie ""300" , trying to figure out if a women in her 40s, like me, could possibly enjoy an ancient Greek war move.

I have asked two other friends. One said Yes, it was Fabulous.
The other said No, it was to violent and she hated it.
So I decide to ask one more female for one more opinion.
"Oh, it is fantastic ! You have to see it !" she says.
"Well, I heard it wasn't that good" I said "Oh, no... its great... there are really fit buff men who wear nothing but leather diapers through-out the entire movie. Its fantastic, you have to see it !"

Well, thats a good enough review for me. I'm there.

I walk over to the Mann's Theatres at Hollywood and Highland.
I was hoping to see it in the Chinese, but the timing doesn't work out right.
I will have to see it in the Mann 6.
I ask the ticket seller how big the theatre is. It only has 150 seats.
He notices the look on my face "But we've only sold 8 tickets, you can sit anywhere."
I buy a ticket, alittle unhappy about the situation.
This is the kind of movie you really want to see on a huge screen.

In line to get my concessions. I am trying to ignore the family in front of me.
The mother and father look like they just walked out of a Bar, are alittle tipsy, and its only early afternoon.
The mother has bleach blond hair, and she is wearing black leggings - not a good choice for someone in her age range.
The poor little boy just wants some candy.
"No, you aren't getting any sugar. Thats all you eat is sugar", says the mother.
She orders a couple of Combos. Popcorn, Soda, Candy.
The Concession Guy asks her "What size combo do you want?"
"I don't care" is her reply.
She and her husband are completely confused at the concession stand choices.

I move to a different line and get my concessions and go into the theatre.
I sit in the very last row of the 150 seat Mann 6, hoping to get a good view.
It was okay from the last row.

"300" is a movie that both men and women will like. There is definitely alot of war in it - because thats what its about.
And blood, and heads getting chopped off. But its all in Slo-Mo, so it doesn't seem the realistic.
During the movie, I only had to shut my eyes once.

And yes, as my friend said, lots of really hot dudes in leather diapers in the movie - "300" of them in fact.

I did enjoy the relationship between the King and his wife .
I wonder if thats really how they treated their women back then.
Oh, and there is one really steamy love-scene that is worth the price of your admission ticket.

And.... its also a history lesson, because these events really did happen.

After that, I am ready for dinner - so I stop at "California Pizza Kitchen".
And I have the healthy Chopped Salad, with no salami, but with chicken.
Next to me is a table of Working Actors, who are discussing acting teachers, casting websites and similar.
It was interesting eavesdropping on them. One of the actors was saying how studying at one of the Improv schools, like Second city, or the Groundlings, was considered very impressive by most casting directors. They give it even more consideration
than if you studied theatre arts at a four year college.
I don't know if thats true - but that what he said.

After arriving in Hollywood at 9:30 am, it is finally time to go home - and its 8pm already.
The parking validation didn't help - I was there all day, and I have to still pay ten bucks to get out the lot.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Freak Storm

I work on the 16th floor of a high rise building in Hollywood.
Thats actually pretty tall for a building in this part of California.
The highest buildings in my area are maybe about 30 stories, though Downtown LA has a some higher.

(Here's an interesting link about Los Angeles High Rises LA Almanac )

Anyway, today I was sitting there working, looking down over Sunset Blvd.
A pretty, bright sunny day.
I look to the north, towards Burbank - and there is this big black wall of clouds rolling in.

Before I knew it, there were grocery bags and trash blowing right at my eye level on the 16th floor.
I was worried a piece of trash was going to slam into the window.
On the street, I look down to see waiters rushing to put restaurant tables and chairs inside before everything blows away.
The palm trees are bending over in the wind.
Then a downpour of rain - thick heavy rain drops come down fast.

Then it stops.
The clouds move south, heading towards Redondo Beach and Torrance.
And its a pretty bright sunny day again.

Here's an article about the Storm in the Los Angeles Times
the NBC TV website

Storm Photographic Prints on

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Thursday, March 22, 2007

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Premier The Lookout

AT the Egyptian Theatre , it was the premier of "The Lookout" starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt (remember him from "3rd Rock From the Sun"), and Isla Fisher (she was the crazy one in "Wedding Crashers" ). Along with Jeff Daniels as the blind roommate.

A very suspenseful movie about a man with brain damage, who gets coerced into helping with a bank robbery. The scenes with the bank robbery had me on the edge of my seat.
The acting is excellent.

After the movie, there were wonderful appetizers, sushi, and little sandwiches in the Egyptian Courtyard.

I walked around, and saw Sasha Baron Cohen, who is engaged to Isla Fisher.
I said to one of my friends "He's not as tall as I expected."
Yes, he's tall... but he still looks taller in the movies.

Isla looked adorable, in a cute polka dot dress.

My friends and I hit the dessert table and enjoyed the delicious chocolate macaroon balls.

If you want to check out the pictures on WireImage, they are here :

red carpet pics

arrivals pics

party pics

The Lookout page.
The Lookout Offical Movie Site

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Sunday, March 18, 2007

Wild Hogs

Over at The Grove to catch an early afternoon matinee.
I really wanted to see "Wild Hogs".

A moving starring men over the age of 40 ? I am sooooo there !
Such a good cast, John Travolta, William H. Macy, Tim Allen , Martin Lawrence , Ray Liotta and Marisa Tomei and Jill Hennessy .

It was such a funny movie. From the beginning to the end.
And then make sure you stay for the closing credits because those are hysterical too.

Also in the movie is John C. McGinley , from the TV show "Scrubs" . He is so funny as the local cop. And Peter Fonda makes a surprise visit. He seems to be in all the motorcycle movies lately, He was in Ghostrider too.

Oh, okay... my favorite scene: the four guys - Travolta, Macy, Allen, and Lawrence - are skinny-dipping in a pond. Macy's character takes off his shorts, and you see his rear end - or maybe it was a "butt" double.
He jumps into the pond with the rest of the guys.
They are in the water up to their waist. A really funny cop, played by McGinley, comes along and wants to get in the water with them, although he is looking for much more in the way of action.
The four guys have to get away from him, without offending him since he is the local cop.
Its such a funny scene.

And why doesn't Ray Liotta do more comedy ? In "Wild Hogs" he is the bad guy. I loved him in this. Whatever you do, don't miss the funny closing credits. Because Liotta will really make you laugh during the credits.

My only complaint - the younger actresses.
William H Macy was born in 1950. His love interest, Marisa Tomei born in 1964.
Tim Allen was born 1953. Jill Hennessy plays his wife, and she was born in 1968.
I think would have been better to see these roles played by women who were not 14 to 15 years younger that the male actors. Though granted, with Hollywood age-ism, both Tomei and Hennessy are older than what would normally be cast in a movie like this.
It just that if the movie studio felt that actors in the 50-ish age group can carry a big hit movie - then I wish they would have done the same with the actresses. Even though both Tomei and Hennessy are great in their roles.

After the movie is over, we head over to Dupars . For their delicious Chicken Pot Pie.
And I call a female friend on the phone.
"Guess what movie I just saw?" I ask.
"Wild Hogs" I reply.
"No you didn't" she said.
"Yes, and it is so funny! You have to see it!" I said.
"No, I don't" she said
"Yes, yes .... John Travolta, William H Macy, Tim Allen - they are all naked in a pond!" I explain.
" aren't", she replied shocked.
"Yes, yes they are. You have to see it !" I say.
"Nooooooo" says my friend.
"Well, at least request it from Netflix when its available. Because it is really is hysterical."

Check out the Wild Hogs Official Website

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Hollywood sky

A beautiful photo taken in East Hollywood. Available as a poster, greeting card or post card.

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Saturday, March 17, 2007

Billy Connolly at the Brentwood

I drove over to the Westwood area, to the grounds of the Veteran's Administration.
I had signed up to be a volunteer usher at the Brentwood Theatre.
Billy Connolly was doing his one-man show.

If you need to ever drive to the Brentwood Theatre ,don't get confused. The actual address is on Wilshire Blvd and Mapquest will take you to Wilshire Blvd. But you have to actually drive into the Veteran's Administration grounds.
So...From Wilshire Blvd, go north on San Vicente - and then you make a right on a little street called Bringham. Then you will be inside the Veteran's Administration Grounds and you can make it to the theatre.

When I arrived, I was given my volunteer assignment for the evening. I was going to be in the Member's Lounge serving wine and soft drinks. The manager said that lately they had not been getting many members stopping by before the show.
And the night before they didn't have anyone stop by. She asked if I minded being in the Lounge.I said "As long as I get to see the show, I'm fine with this. I just really want to see it."
She said yes, of course, and about two minutes before eight pm, I should head into the theatre.

After she left, I was in the lounge for a good 20 minutes. The thought flashed through my mind that I had gotten all dressed up in my black pants and white shirt for nothing, because I was just sitting in a room all by myself.
Then a friendly couple came in to have a drink before the show. We had an interesting conversation all about the local theatres. We had seen many of the same plays. It also turned out that the husband worked in the music industry as well, and he knew of the music company where I work.
So my assignment in the lounge was not a waste, I spent it in nice conversation with this lovely couple.
Soon a second couple came in for a drink.
And soon after that it was two minutes before eight, and it was time to go into the theatre.

Billy Connolly's show was a complete sell-out. So the volunteers had to find places to stand in the back. There were no seats available.
And the show was two hours long, without intermission.
So yes, I stood in the back of the theatre for the full two hours.

Volunteering and Standing - not a bad price to pay when you consider that the tickets were around fifty something bucks.

I already figured that since it was a comedy show, that is was going to be raunchy and irreverent in places.
If you go to something like this, you have to know what you are getting into.
And I just don't see the point in getting all offended if the comedian says something that you don't agree with.
Its comedy. So just enjoy the moment. At least I kinda sorta think that way sometimes.

My favorite part of the show was when Billy Connolly talks about the need for Reading Glasses once you get passed a certain age.
His son and him go fishing, and he leaves the glasses at a coffee shop along the way. They have to go back to get the glasses because he couldn't see to put the bait on the hook.

Its something I can relate to because the last few years I have needed reading glasses.
And since I need them all the time, I always put them on top of my head. Then I can't find them. I look all over the place.
And finally the last thing I do, is I pat the top of my head, and there they are.
Once I had them on top of my head, and was squinting to read something. My friend said "The glasses don't work if they are on top of your head. You have to wear them over your eyes."

The rest of the show was alot of different funny stories.
The most disgusting is when Billy Connolly tells about the three different times that women have vomited on him. He think he's made some kind of record by being vomited on three separate times by three different women.
Yes, they were gross stories. But they were also funny.

He talks alot about religion. Jokes about alot of new age stuff - Angels, Feng Shui and more. Its all "bullocks" and "shite", which actually sounds more polite than if he would have said the American equivalent of those words.
He says something along the lines of "For those of you have religion, thats fine for you - just keep it to yourself" before he goes into one of his religious comedy bits. He came off as being somewhat respectful of other peoples beliefs, while still going for the laughs.

One of his running jokes was about three Great Religious Leaders who had had spiritual visits while they were alone. #1 Moses and the Burning Bush (so funny ... Billy Connolly wonders why the Bush didn't ask for any
water, or why Moses didn't offer to put out the fire), and #2 Mormon Leader Joseph Smith and the visit by Angel Maroni and #3 one other visit which I have forgotten whom it was.
He asks the question - why wasn't there any other people there ? Why were Moses and Joseph Smith both alone at the time ?
How convenient.
He repeated the phrase "How convenient" enough times that you knew he was expressing his doubt about the reality of the event.
His reasoning being because there were no witnesses then it might not be true.
I laughed along, because it is a comedy show, its funny and entertaining, and I was having a good time.

After the show, I head out to the parking lot to my car.
I am walking behind a young, hip, well-dressed couple.
The woman is saying "You know, he's right - there were no witnesses to any of those things. He has a really good point when you think about it."
She seemed to somehow turn a Comedy show into a religious lesson and was taking it all way to seriously.
Like she had been in a college course and had learned some great scholarly truth that would influence how she viewed religion the rest of her life.

It was a Comedy show... told by a comedian ... get a grip. Put it in proper perspective.
Don't think about it. Just enjoy it, then let it go.

Thats the reason why I wrote previously that I "kinda sorta" believe you can go out to be entertained and just enjoy the event for the entertainment value, and not be to worried about the perspective that it comes from.
I guess in a perfect world you could do that.
But there are those people like the hip young couple in the parking lot, who just can't seem to distinguish between a comedy routine and a real life religious lesson.
They take the words of a very funny comedian to heart, as something to believe - when its just meant to be silly entertainment.

What I really wanted to say to her was "You have to take these things by Faith. You can't prove them.
You just have to take it on Faith that its true. And the fact that the story has been passed down all these years, and its helped people - well that has to account for something too."

Anyway, as for me, I completely enjoyed the funny evening. I was happy to volunteer so I could stand in the back and watch Billy Connolly do his two hour comedy show.
If he comes to your town, I recommend that you see it - for the laughs - and just buy your ticket way in advance, because it will sell out.


Billy Connolly Official Website
Daily News Review of Brentwood Show

Billy Connolly DVDS and movies
Billy Connolly Music and CDs
Billy Connolly Books

My favorite Billy Connolly movie (and Cinnamon the Cats too!)
Garfield - A Tale of Two Kitties

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Sunday, March 11, 2007


So yesterday, I saw "Amazing Grace" - a Period Drama about the Political and Religious Leader William Wilberforce .....Today,something completely different.

First, I drove out to The Grove on Fairfax.
I saw "Ghostrider".
Action Adventure pictures are actually really fun for me.
"Ghostrider" had alot of Really Cool Special Effects.

And I like Nicolas Cage .
I met him once about 4 years ago, at an Egyptian Theatre weekend featuring his movies. And I stuffed the Gift Bags when he won the American Cinematheque Awards in the year 2001.
So he's a good guy. And I think he's a really great actor.

Wes Bentley is in "Ghostrider" playing "Blackheart", the son of the Devil. And he really stood-out in the role.
I wasn't familiar when any of his other work, so when I got home I looked him up on the internet.

I just loved - I mean, LOVED - Sam Elliott in this role as The Caretaker.He was so believable and brilliant.
Someone tell me if that was his real hair. He grew it long.
And thats the first time I have seen long grey hair look really sexy on an older man.

I am not familiar with the Marvel Comic Character . So it was alittle difficult for me to follow in the respect. In the movie, the characters do make references as to why they do certain things - so that helps you follow along.

Oh, and did I mention the Really Cool Special Effects ....

Here's a funny thing ... after I was done seeing "Ghostrider" - I drove out to
Bel Air Presbyterian Church
for their evening service.
Not because I felt I needed to go to church after seeing a movie about Demons taking over the world - but I had planned things that way just because the evening service was convenient to my schedule.

The Official Ghostrider website.
Ghostrider Trailer is on

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Ma'am, We Have Eggs Florentine

I grabbed the magazines out of the Los Angeles Times , and headed over to Dupar's Restaurant at the Farmer's Market on Fairfax.

I had a really, nice, young, gay-type waiter. He was very helpful and knowledgeable.
Looking at the menu, trying to figure out what to get - it was almost as if he read my mind.
"Oh, its not on the menu, but we do have Eggs Florentine", he said.
"Eggs Florentine ! Thats what I will have", I responded happily.
Ah, my favorite brunch meal of all time.

I was sitting at a table that was pretty close to the table of some scruffy internet geek-looking types. Our tables were so close, and we kind of looked at eachother. But what to say ... except a half-smile...
I guess they weren't internet geeks, because their talk revolved around business at a beauty salon. And one of the beautiful female employees who was having an affair with a very wealthy married man. And he rented her a ridiculously expensive apartment, and bought her a ridiculously expense car.
Both men were quite amazed at how something like this could possibly happen.

I read my Los Angeles Times magazines.
I ate my delicious Eggs Florentine, with a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice.
Did you know that the Vitamin C in the Orange Juice will actually help you absorb the iron in the spinach in the Eggs Florentine ? Its actually a very nutritional brunch.

But my very nice young waiter kept addressing me as "Ma'am".
"Ma'am, can I get you more coffee?"
"Would you like anything else Ma'am?"
Ok... I knew I was way older than he was - and from the conversation he had with the two scruffy guys next to me, my waiter was new in LA from the East Coast.

On the East Coast maybe it is considered proper etiquette to call a woman in her late 40s by "Ma'am".
But this is Hollywood, and there is very little etiquette. Flattery is much more impressive and appreciated.
Always call a woman "Miss". It doesn't matter if she is 102 year old.
If you call her "Miss", she will assume she is looking younger than she really is, and she will be very happy.
Calling an older woman "Miss" actually will make her day. Well, at least in L.A.

But my waiter was still very nice, young and innocent - so I decided to not be offended by being called "Ma'am", chalked it up to him just getting here from the East Coast, and I left him a good tip on the bill anyway.

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Saturday, March 10, 2007

Roman's Restaurant

Lunch was at Roman's Restaurant in Hollywood.
Their website is alittle loud with a big "boom" and then music, so don't let it scare you.
But their pressed wraps are delicious. I had a beef stroganoff wrap, and it was yummy. They take the beef stroganoff and put it in a tortilla-like wrap, and squish it on the grill. Very good.
I also like their coffee bar, a delicious pastries, cookies and bars.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Little Children

I was rushing to make it to the Laemmle Sunset 5 for a screening of Little Children .
I made it, but realized I had no cash.

So in the 8000 Sunset complex, I try to use the ATM.
And it won't accept my card. It just keeps spitting it back out.

So I run across Sunset, to the gas station and Mini-mart across the street.
It crosses my mind that if the card is somehow damaged, that I don't have enough cash on me to get out of the parking structure.

But my ATM card does indeed work at the Mini-Mart ATM, and I press "okay" when the machine says it will charge me an arm and a leg in order to withdraw my own money.

Finally, I make it to the Laemmle's sunset 5 to see Little Children.
Its a very dramatic movie. I wanted to see it because of the outstanding acting performances.
And yes, all the acting is really incredible.

Little Children is very dramatic and serious. Its not just a story about a child molester - that is only part of the story.
Its a story of how grown adults can act like little children in their own ways. And how their childish decisions effect their lives.

Jackie Earle Haley is outstanding in this as the local child molester, he certainly did deserve the Best Supporting Actor Oscar Nomination.
Its great to see how after being a child actor in the Bad News Bears movies of 70's, that he's continued on with his acting career in adult life.
He is very talented, and I think we will be seeing him in alot more award-winning roles in the future.
Check out the page on Jackie Earle Haley .
His website is JEH Productions , where you can see videos of some of his work as a Director for Television commercials.

Here is also a link for the Little Children Movie website.
and the DVD is available on

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February 27 2007 Photos

Hollywood Sign

The Hollywood Sign

The Palladium on Sunset Blvd

The Palladium in Hollywood

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Sunday, February 25, 2007

The Oscars
Volunteered at the Egyptian Theatre , for their big Oscar Party.
They served lots of delicious food starting in the afternoon.
Then once the Oscars started, we all watched them on the big screen.
It was alot of fun, with a large turn-out of people.
There were prizes given for the most correct guesses.

And... everyone got a Gift Bag that included the sound track from The Queen ,
and a DVD of United 93 .
And I also got a large Dreamgirls poster.

I love watching the Oscars on a large movie theatre screen, in a theatre filled with people. I don't know if I will ever be able to watch them on the little TV screen again.
This event was so much fun.

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Saturday, February 24, 2007

Oscar Shorts

Volunteered at the Egyptian Theatre .
Tonight, they showed the 2006 Short Films that are Nominated for an Oscar .

If you did not get to go to a screening of Oscar nominated short films, I highly recommend that you Click on over to
You can buy the 2006 Nominees on a DVD collection.
The 2005 Short Films are also available for purchase.

These short films are so good, its a shame that they are not shown in more movie theatres - so that more people can see them.

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Friday, February 23, 2007

A Star is Born

Volunteered at the Egyptian Theatre .
The movie tonight was "A Star is Born" from 1954 starring Judy Garland.
This is such an amazing movie. A real classic. Judy Garland is perfect is this movie.
One of my all-time favorites.

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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Half Nelson

AFI had a screening tonight at at The Arclight Cinema .
It was the movie, Half Nelson .

Ryan Gosling is nominated for a Best Actor Oscar. He plays a school teacher who has a drug problem.
I was so happy to hear that at the Spirit Awards he won Best Actor - and that Shareeka Epps, who plays a student in the film - won the Best Actress Award.

I was checking out some of the message boards about the movie.
And people were posting questions asking about how his Cat dies.
Yeah, thats what I was wondering too.
There is a scene, where he wakes up to feed the cat. And the cat is lying there dead.
I was wondering what happened. And according to some of the posts, we were to believe that his cat does die from eating some of his drugs.
It is supposed to show how far out of control his life is getting due to the drugs.

All in all, Half Nelson is a very dramatic movie, with outstanding acting performances.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Wishing You A Blessed Ash Wednesday

I wish you a Blessed Ash Wednesday...

I attended the evening Ash Wednesday service at Hollywood Presbyterian Church
It was a beautiful service that included communion.
I think its wonderful that more Protestant denominations are celebrating Lent, and especially Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

I'm A Star ... and so are You!

I'm A Star T-shirt available at Cafe Press.
"I'm A Star" is also available on Coffee Mugs, Mousepad, Baby Bibs and more shirts

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Sunday, February 18, 2007

Gangster Movies

Gangster movies while I was volunteering at the Egyptian Theatre .

The first was "Gangland:Bullets Over Hollywood" , which is a very interesting movie about the American Gangster movie from the silent film era to modern times.

Followed by the "Rise & Fall of Legs Diamond", from 1960.

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Saturday, February 17, 2007

A Busy Day in Studio City

I started the day off at the D Miller Salon in Studio City,getting my hair trimmed and dyed.
I went alittle bit darker than last time. It was supposed to be a very dark brown.
And it was more closer to a black.
It doesn't matter - my hair tends to fade quickly, and get sunwashed very fast.
So very soon, it was a nice dark brown.

And I splurged and got alittle bit more shaping with the trim. I specifically requested "long layers".
Nothing to drastic.

While I was in Studio City, I stopped off at the Daily Grill for a late breakfast.
I got my favorite, eggs florentine .... it was delicious.

While I had my eggs florentine, I read a very interesting book, Signs and Wonders by Albert Clayton Gaulden.

Then as I came out of the restaurant, I saw that DSW Shoes was having a sale.
Since I was looking for a nice pair of black loafers, I decided to stop in.
I emerged two hours later with two pairs of leather casual shoes and one pair of aerobic shoes.
According to my receipt, my bill was $125.27 - but I saved $117.37 off of the retail price.
So that is a really good savings.

I also joined the DSW Rewards program, which adds up my points everytime I buy something.
And then my points add up to even more savings.

I was having so much fun on my day in Studio City, that I was running late to meet friends at The Arclight Cinema .
I looked at my watch, and had to rush to make it there in time.

The movie we saw was Babel .
I really loved this movie. I thought it was very intelligent and well-written. And the story was amazing.
It is about four different stories in four different parts of the world - and each story is connected by a single Gun.
I thought the story of how one gun could effect so many different people was incredible.
It is one of those movies that really makes you think about what is going on in diffferent parts of the world.

Me, at the Daily Gill

rainbow fountain

The beautiful fountain in Studio City

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Friday, February 16, 2007

Scarface at The Egyptian

Volunteered at the Egyptian Theatre .

For a screening of Scarface .... the one from 1932.
This one is directed by Howard Hawks.

They also showed the more recent Scarface from 1983, that stars Al Pacino .

They played both tonight as a double feature...

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Sunday, February 11, 2007

Evening in Studio City

In the evening, I drove out to CBS Studios in Studio City for MFI International Fellowship .

Their guest speaker tonight was Doug Jones . He plays Pan and The Pale Man in Pan's Labyrinth .
I was very interested to hear him speak, because I had just seen Pan's Labyrinth a week and a half ago.
I had wanted to see it ever since I had volunteered for the sold-out midnight show at the AFI Film Fest .

Doug Jones has a website, The Doug Jones Experience .
There are alot of great pictures of his appearances on here.

After that, I needed to stop off at the Trader Joe's that is across the street from CBS.
I was out of the Trader Joe's Decaf Chai Green Tea. And its my favorite.

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Church, Gossip and the Internet

I drove to Bel Air Presbyterian Church . I took Sunset straight down ...and its quite a ways.
Plus I got lost ...twice ...

I think the Mapquest directions were alittle old.
I was all confused because the online directions said from Sunset to make a right on Sepulveda - and it doesn't work.
From Sunset ... you have to go north on Church Street.... then make a left on Sepulveda.

I finally made it - and entire hour late.
The church inside is beautiful. And it was packed with people, standing room only.
I stood at the back. Someone finally left because the service was almost over - and I got to sit down.

After the church service, there was a meeting of their "Beacon" group.
This is the church group for people in the entertainment business.
Scott Fish from Freeze Frame Entertainment was the guest speaker, and I really enjoyed the topic.
He shared about his history being a Manager in the entertainment biz.
But he also touched on something I think I need to deal with .. Gossip.

I don't mean gossip about people whom you know, with other people who know them too.
I try my best not to get into that already.
But those Celebrity Gossip Magazines and websites ... oh, I can spend hours looking at those.
When the latest mishap occurs with some Celeb, I am picking up the latest tabloid at the Grocery store.

And lets face it - its really not news. Unless someone dies, or does something that lands them in jail - what purpose does it serve except to entertain at someone else's expense.
And in my opinion, it just seems to foster more bad behavior on the people who want the attention.
And alot of the time, those Gossip rags are just making it all up anyway.
Its not a very productive way to spend one's time. If I want to be entertained, there are other more positive ways to go about that.

For instance, I have been enjoying some of the Acting Groups that post their comedy skits on You Tube .
And there are some musicians that post "open mike nights" where you can see them perform.
I love the fact that the internet has made it possible that all these struggling actors and musicians, can just post a video and be seen by thousands of people.

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Wednesday, February 07, 2007


I finally broke down and did it. I joined a singles group.
Well, its not just a singles group, its a dining club too.
Its called Tasty LA .

And the idea is that three men and three women within the same age group, meet up in a restaurant and have dinner together.
So that sounds like fun. I like trying new restaurants.

Tonight, was a general mixer. I think it was 20 men and 20 women.
We met at Joseph's Cafe in Hollywood.
Its a very nice place. And we all hung out in the bar area, and made small talk.
I have to say, everyone in the group was very friendly. I met lots of really nice people.
We had drinks, and hung out at the bar talking away. I had some interesting conversations.

Later on in the ladies room, I ran into a women who was probably about 15 years older than me. She was alittle down.
"I hope I meet an interesting man", she told me.

I tried to be encouraging.
"You know, I think its best to come to events like this, and just plan to talk to alot of people. Just think of it as an evening where you are going to mingle with alot of different people, and have an evening of interesting conversations."

She took it the wrong way.
"Oh, I guess thats all I can expect", she said.

I felt kind of bad for her - she really had her hopes set on meeting someone.
That. Very. Night.

At the end of the evening, one of the men had his two dogs waiting for him at the door of the restaurant.
They were Border collie dogs. They were very well behaved.
And beautiful.
There was another guy there playing with the dogs already.
He and I had the final interesting conversation of the evening - with the two beautiful Border Collies.

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Sunday, February 04, 2007

Out and About

I had completely forgot that today was Superbowl Sunday.
It slipped my mind when I was making my plans.
In a way thats good. It means everyone else in LA will be in front of their TV sets, and I can be out and about doing things with no one else to get in my way.

I volunteered at the Falcon Theatre for their Children's Matinee of "The Root Beer Bandits".
Yes, it was less of an audience than usual due to the Superbowl. But there were some Dads there with their kids.
I so enjoy the Children's Matinees. All the little kids are so cute. And the plays that the Falcon puts on for the kids, are very entertaining.

Later on, I went for a little walk in Griffith Park .
Funny, I don't live very far from there - and yet I never go.
So I drove over, and I saw they had pony rides. I stopped and took some pictures of the cute little kids on the ponies.

Then, I went over to The Arclight .
I saw "Pan's Labyrinth". I have been wanting to see it since they showed it at AFI when I volunteered there.
There are alot of gruesome scenes. When it got to bloody for me, I just closed my eyes until it was over.

Griffith Park

Pony Rides at Griffith Park

The Pony Rides

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Friday, February 02, 2007

Notes on A Scandal

Over at the Arclight Cinemas , for a late show of "Notes on A Scandal"

Yes, the acting was amazing. And the story kept me on the edge of my seat...
But the poor kitty who was owned by the psycho woman played by Judi Dench...
Did you see the "Cat Fancy" magazines on the table, covered in dirt and shovels, after she was done burying the poor little thing ....

I could completely relate to her getting more psycho because her poor cat had died.
Yeah, that would be me.... totally even wackier because the poor cat died. LOL !

The scene where she tries to stop Cate Blanchett from going to her child's school performance ... all because the cat died. Oh, I loved it !

And any movie that Bill Nighy is in - well, you have to see it ! He plays Cate Blanchett's older husband..... and he should have received a Best Supporting Actor Nomination, in my opinion. He's one of the best actors out there, and he was great in this.

Great movie.
Judi Dench
's character is so unstable in this, she is amazing.

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Thursday, February 01, 2007

Hollywood Sign Framed Print

My original photo of the Hollywood Sign is available at Cafe Press as a Framed Print.
The Hollywood Sign Photo is also available on Greeting Cards, Postcards, a poster and more . Click the picture to see it larger.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

The Groundlings

After work, I met up with a friend over at The Groundlings on Melrose.
We are both Actresses, and so we have been wanting to catch a performace at the Groundling Theatre.
We each ended up parking on a side street along Melrose. It was very dark and cold out.

We met at the boxoffice, got our tickets. Then we walked around Melrose looking for a place to grab a quick bite before the show.

We found a Mexican restaurant, that looked like a pizza joint in a way - there was a bar in the middle. And numerous people were at the bar.
It looked so much like a bar, I first asked "Can we order food here ?"

We sat at one of the tables - and all the tables had the really high bar stools.
It was loud inside - there seemed to be a TV going, and it was turned up high.

So we ordered quesadillas - and even though it is freezing cold out, we ordered margaritas for some reason.
As we drank the margaritas, they burned going down. And I noticed that I had not even drank a fourth of mine and I was getting alittle tispsy.
My friend commented "Gee its cold out, and the margaritas are icey - they burn going down."
I was starting to get suspicious. I think they were made super strong on purpose.
I skipped the rest of the margarita, and started to sip the water only.

Just then I noticed a guy at the bar. In about his early 30s.
And every few minutes, he would turn around and give us a really dirty look.
It happened about 3 times. I turned to see if there was a window or a tv behind us, to see what he was looking at. Because I couldn't figure out why he was looking at us.
My friend wondered if we were talking to loud, and I said "But they have a TV going."

The last time the guy turned around to give us a dirty look, I noticed the woman sitting next to him grabbed his arm as if to stop him from coming over to our table.
And the woman happened to be our waitress.

I said to my friend "Lets get out of here. There is something going on. This place is just to weird for me."

So we took off, and got to the Groundlings early.
We hung out in the lobby, collecting flyers for acting classes and chatting about the different improv places in Los Angeles.

The Groundlings show was a really funny improv. The place was full, almost sold out. It was their long-form improv.
The Groundlings Theatre is also actually one of the best places to take Improv classes in LA.

After the show was over, I insisted that my friend walk me to my car - and then I would drive her to her car.
It was way to dark out, and it seemed to be to many strange things going on that night.

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Friday, January 26, 2007

Jan 26 2007 photos

Palm Trees & Clouds

Clouds and Palm Trees

Palm Trees in Hollywood

Hollywood Blvd, near La Brea

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Thursday, January 25, 2007

The Kid
Volunteering at the Egyptian Theatre

Charles Chaplin
The Kid form 1921.

If you have never seen it, this is a timeless classic. And one of the most popular silent films ever made.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Jan 23 2007 Photos

Hollywood Blvd Hollywood Blvd, click to see larger - the clouds are amazing

Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church

Sleeping Cinnamon Cinnamon the Cat Sleeps

Believe in Something
I love the signs they put up at the Music Box Theatre on Hollywood Blvd

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Sunday, January 21, 2007

Dinner at Mels Diner

Volunteer Captain this afternoon at the Egyptian Theatre .

Then I wanted to stop by Mel's Diner again, and have the delicious Roasted Chicken with steamed vegetables.

Well, when I had it a few weeks ago, it was fabulous.
Everything was perfect. I couldn't wait to go order it again.
Tonight, my veggies were all watery. It was very blah.
Yes, they included the yummy Baby Chinese Yellow Carrots from last time - but it wasn't the same.
Must have been a different cook in the kitchen....

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Friday, January 19, 2007

Much A Doobie About Nothing

I volunteered at The Falcon Theatre in Toluca Lake.
The play was, "Much A Doobie About Nothing" by acting company "The Troubies" .

It is Shakespeare's play, "Much Ado About Nothing" - set to Doobie Brother's music.

A very funny musical comedy ....

I highly recommend "The Troubies" if you are looking for a fun night of theatre....

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Rental Car Commercial

In West Hollywood, for an audition for a Car Rental company commercial.
It was in nice, fancy offices - I never would have known there was a casting company there unless they told me. Nice, upscale...

Its pretty cold out. Enough to be bundled up with a coat and a scarf for us Californians.
The commercial asked for us to be dressed up in Tropical clothing, as if we were on vacation on a beach.
That was difficult, considering how cold out it was outside.

We all sat in the waiting room, out coats and scarves piled next to us.
And then they called us in - in groups of threes.
We were to act like we were three girlfriends out on vacation in the Bahamas.

After the audition was over, we all took off our sandals and put our boots back on.
Then we layered the coats and scarfs and gloves over our tropical outfits.
Before we headed back out into the cold wet Californian weather.

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Monday, January 15, 2007

Golden Globes on TV

Went to Whole Foods in the afternoon.

Then I spent time cooking, while I watched "The Golden Globes" on TV.

I made a very healthy, vegetarian lentil soup.

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Sunday, January 14, 2007

Golden Globe Nominees Seminar

Today, at the Egyptian Theatre it was the Golden Globes Foreign Language Nominee Seminar .
Many of the Foreign Language Directors were there, including Clint Eastwood , and Guillermo del Toro.

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Saturday, January 13, 2007

Oscar Roundtable & The Queen

During the afternoon, at The Egyptian Theatre , Newsweek Magazine hosted an Oscar Roundtable .

Check out the link above. Its a very interesting discussion. They are talking about their acting careers and how they got started. As an actress myself, I found this to be a very interesting conversation to listen to.

Many of the Best Actor and Best Actress nominees were
there, including Brad Pitt , , Cate Blanchett , Forest Whitaker , Helen Mirren , Penelope Cruz , and Leonardo DiCaprio .

After that, if the evening there was a screening "The Queen" and Helen Mirren did a Q&A after the movie was over.

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