Donna in Hollywoodland

The blog from Los Angeles and Hollywood by Donna Grayson

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:
Nails
and
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.

Labels: , , , , , , ,


posted by Donna Grayson  # 11:08 PM (0) comments

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 !

Buck Rogers on IMDB.com
and
Gone with the Wind on IMDB.com




Labels: , , , , , , , , ,


posted by Donna Grayson  # 10:53 PM (0) comments

Sunday, May 17, 2009


Newport Inglewood Earthquake


Yes, we had an Earthquake today 5/17/09 at about 8:39 pm.
Magnitude 4.7 - which is a pretty good shaker.

I was doing some light housekeeping - and rearranging the books in my bookshelf.
It felt like someone picked up my apartment building by six inches and layed it straight back down.
Then we rolled and rolled.

Cinnamon the Cat just layed by her food bowl with a look that said "Are you scared? Am I supposed to be scared?"

I stuck my head out of my apartment, and there were plenty of neighbors in the hallway. It was the usual "Did you feel that?" conversation.

Nothing even fell over, but it was still a pretty good shaker.

In case you care what Miley Cyrus and Lindsay Lohan said on Twitter, I found this news article to tell you all about it.

And now would be a good time to check out the US Geological Survey for the map of all the most current Earthquakes.

And if you want to know what my fellow Zazzlers are saying about the Earthquake, check out this Zazzle Forum Post.


Labels: , , , , ,


posted by Donna Grayson  # 9:57 PM (0) comments

Saturday, September 06, 2008


Photography for the Week

Nature Photography.
The first photo of clouds was taken on the airplane to Seattle last year.
The second and third photos are nature photos that I took around LA.
The last one - is a photograph of a design of a historic building in Hollywood, which I then colorized.


above the clouds 1 profilecard


red flowers stamp

Palm Trees & Office Building print

colorized flower keychain


Labels: , , , , , , , , , ,


posted by Donna Grayson  # 11:45 PM (0) comments

Tuesday, May 27, 2008


The Window



the window postcard

the window
by DonnaGrayson_Photos
Get this custom postcard
at Zazzle



Labels: , , , , , ,


posted by Donna Grayson  # 10:57 PM (0) comments

Monday, February 11, 2008


old building


old building postcard
old building
by
DonnaGrayson_Photos

Get this custom postcard
 at Zazzle


Labels: , , , , , , ,


posted by Donna Grayson  # 6:45 AM (0) comments

Sunday, November 18, 2007



La Brea Tar Pits

The weather's getting colder, and it gets dark at 5 pm now...
but I found time for a nice walk around The La Brea Tar Pits.
Wearing a jacket, of course.

And it only smelled like tar, when I got to close to the actual tar pits.

Lunch was at Callenders Grill.
Service was slow. But the food was delicious.
It was the combo on the menu: half foccacia turkey sandwich, soup, and gorgonzola-pear salad.

If you want something faster, there is a Koo-Koo-Roo next door.
And an also an Organic To Go .

I so wanted to stop in LACMA to see the Dali Exhibit... but well, next time.


la brea tar pits 1



la brea tar pits


Labels: , ,


posted by Donna Grayson  # 7:25 PM (0) comments

Saturday, November 17, 2007


Getty Museum Friday Night


Last night, was "Fridays Off the 405" at The Getty Museum.
From what I understand, it was the last such event until March.
And good thing, because it was Cold - with a capital "C".
And foggy ... and misty ...

I got out of the chill to go check out the museums exhibit on Medieval Art on loan from Cleveland Museum of Art.
After listening to a few jokes from my fellow patrons about Cleveland in Medieval times - don't ask, you don't want to know - I walked around the gallery.
Beautiful religious artifacts, and even some real Shining Armor, the kind they wore in battle.

Even though the Friday night event is going on break due to winter - you can still check out the Medieval art during regular museum hours up to January 20 2008.

We listened to "DJ Spun" (Rong Music) .
Then I grabbed a Hot Chocolate, and hung out to listen to "Free Blood" .

I will visit again in March, when the weather warms up.

Labels: , , ,


posted by Donna Grayson  # 12:02 PM (0) comments

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Shopping on Melrose


Shopping On Melrose card

Shopping On Melrose Greeting Card


Shopping On Melrose postcard

Shopping On Melrose Post Card



Labels: , , , , ,


posted by Donna Grayson  # 11:14 PM (0) comments

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Hey on The Sidewalk

I was walking around Los Feliz, when I came across these words on the sidewalk.


hey on the sidewalk card

hey on the sidewalk - photograph on a greeting card


hey on the sidewalk shirt

hey on the sidewalk photograph on a tshirt
This tshirt is available in many different colors and styles




Labels: , , , , , ,


posted by Donna Grayson  # 8:53 PM (0) comments

Monday, September 03, 2007

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

Labels: , , ,


posted by Donna Grayson  # 11:33 AM (0) comments

Monday, July 23, 2007


July 23 2007



Construction print

Construction Poster






Labels: , , , , ,


Saturday, July 21, 2007

Ratatoulie


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".


Labels: , , , , ,


Wednesday, July 18, 2007

July 18 2007
Click on the pictures, to see my latest designs on Zazzle.


Union Station Clock Tower

Union Station Clock Tower - Postcard



Labels: , , , , ,


Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Monday, July 16, 2007

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Saturday, July 07, 2007

July 7 2007 Newest Zazzle

My Zazzle Creations for Today


Griffith Park House Poster

Griffith Park House Poster by DonnaGrayson



Both of the above prints are available as a poster - or with framing and matting of your choice.
Just make your selection on the Zazzle page, the box to the right.

Labels: , , ,


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.

Labels: , , ,


Wednesday, July 04, 2007


July 4 2007 Zazzle
My items on Zazzle today


Los Angeles Is So Hot....I'm Melting shirt

Los Angeles Is So Hot....I'm Melting by DonnaGrayson
Get this custom shirt at Zazzle
This design is available on many different shirts, in many different colors. Just go to the Zazzle page, and make your selections on the right.

Happy Fourth of July ! This photo is also available on a postcard and a poster print.

Labels: , , ,


Happy Fourth of July !

I hope you had a wonderful Independence Day !

I started out my day meeting some friends in Westwood for a movie.
At first my plan was to take Sunset straight west, but as I was heading that way I realized that everyone else would be heading to the beach.
So I did the one thing I hate to do - I jumped on the freeway. It was the Hollywood freeway going through downtown LA with that horrible freeway interchange that connects over .
Its the 101 to the 110 to the 10 to the 405 .... yikes ! pretty scary !
The last time I drove that was over a year ago.
I was so happy when I made it to Wilshire Blvd in Westwood and normal surface streets again.

Sicko Movie
We saw the movie Sicko by Michael Moore .
Actually, by choosing a documentary that was not a children's movie - we ended up with no holiday crowd to deal with. And since it was a matinee, everyone was at the beach it seemed.

I have to admit I am not a political person, most of it just doesn't interest me. And I really don't like most documentaries.
So I have not seen a single one of the other Michael Moore movies.
But since I had surgery for breast cancer in 2005, and even though I have a PPO insurance plan, I got hit with a huge bill at the end of my hospital stay and radiation treatments.
So I really wanted to see this movie.
Universal Health insurance is the hot topic right now. And I think it is something everyone should be studying and thinking about, so we can make a wise decision if it ever comes to a vote.


After the movie was over, we all headed over to Pastagetti .
A casual restaurant on Westwood Blvd, with very yummy food. I had a chicken and pesto pizza. One friend had a spinach salad with strawberries in it - I kept saying "That looks so good, I have to come back and try that. I really have to try that."

My friends all decided to take a walk around Westwood Memorial Cemetery .
It was a nice warm day and they were interested in seeing some of the Celebrity gravestones.

But I had to spend the evening with Cinnamon the Cat so the fireworks didn't scare her. So I headed home.
And I am glad I did. The fireworks in Hollywood were very loud this year. Lots of illegal fireworks going off on my street.
At one point, someone was setting off fireworks in between the apartment buildings, and I had to slam my window shut. After they heard me slam it, they stopped. I don't know what they were thinking - that no one was home to disturbed by loud explosions outside there window.
Cinnamon and I sat on the couch with the laptop. And when there would be a big explosion, she would look up at me.
I'd say "Its okay sweetie". And then she'd just go back to sleep.


Labels: , , , , , ,


Tuesday, July 03, 2007

July 3 2007 Zazzle Items

My latest items on Zazzle

This photograph is also available on a greeting card, and poster print.
Available also on a greeting card or post card. Zazzle poster prints can be purchased by themselves as a poster. Or there is a variety of picture framed and matting available as well. Just make your selections on the Zazzle page.

Labels: , ,


Sunday, July 01, 2007

July 1 2007 My Designs on Zazzle


Downtown Los Angeles Poster
Downtown Los Angeles Poster byDonnaGrayson
This poster of Downtown Los Angeles is available for purchase by itself - or Zazzle has options for a variety of frames and matting. Just click on the picture, and make your frame and matting selections in the box on the zazzle page. This design is also available on a postcard and greeting card.

Labels: , , ,


Church Tonight


And... after unpacking my groceries, I still managed to visit a church tonight.
I went to the evening service of Mosaic , which meets in downtown Los Angeles at The Mayan Nightclub .
Yes, it is one of those churches that rent out a nightclub on Sunday night.
Walking in, it was so weird walking passed the bar with the stale alcohol smell from the nightclub last night.
They had alot of good rock music for worship, but the crowd was very young. I think in a few weeks I might check out the morning service they have in Beverly Hills instead.

Labels: , ,


Sunday, June 24, 2007

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.

Labels: , , , , , , , ,


Thursday, June 21, 2007

LACMA


I belong to the email lists for all the Los Angeles museums.
Actually, I have an entirely separate email, just for signing up for mailing lists.
And thats mainly what my MySpace account is for. Not really to meet people.
Every nightclub, theatre and museum seems to have a My Space page now. And I can get notices of their events right to my myspace account. Or via their mailing lists to my other email account.

Once a year, LACMA has a "Late Night at LACMA" - it goes until 3 am.
And its free.
So I wasn't planning on staying till 3 am - but I figured I would just stop by.

So I drive over to the Museum on Wilshire.
The line going east was for people who did make reservations. And it went passed the Tar Pits .
Then the line going west - well, I don't know what that was - but it went way beyond what I could see.

No, I don't want to wait in line - oh, at least an hour. Maybe more.
So I just drove passed and headed home.

Here is the LACMA My Space Page

Labels: ,


Monday, June 18, 2007

Whole Foods - Part Two

After work, I head back to Whole Foods, and get my store credit, for my fancy $5 cupcake that they forgot to put in the bag yesterday.

As I walk up, I see people eating on the patio. The hot food from the Deli take-out section looks pretty good.
So I take my store credit, I head over there and put a variety of hot foods in the cardboard container.

I like those cardboard containers, I wished more places used them.
I hate Styrofoam and plastic containers - I always worry about the chemicals that are leeching into the hot food.
The cardboard containers the Whole Foods uses are really good.

Well, dinner adds up to about $10 - and I use my $5 credit from the cupcake I never got.
The food is ... okay. Not worth $10.
What can you expect from food sitting out on hot plates.
The best was the lasagna and tamale.
All the rest was either to cold (they did provide a microwave), or it was bland.

I was drinking an Iced Chamomile Tea that was delicious. No caffeine.
I have to remember to by a 6-pack of it next time I am shopping here.

As I ate, I eavesdropped on conversations.
The two men behind me were discussing the positives and negatives of vegetarian and raw diets.
The one man insisting that the vegetarian diet was the best.
And the other man saying a vegetarian diet made him sick because he did not get enough protein. So he now eats about 80% raw foods, and fish once a day.
It was an interesting conversation to listen to.

Labels: , , ,


Sunday, June 17, 2007


Whole Foods

Last trip of the day - Whole Foods Market for grocery shopping.
All my organic veggies for the week. Salad stuff.
Organic easter-egg radishes, in pink, white and red - very pretty.
Some free-range chicken.
Sushi for dinner.
And.... a chocolate wheat-free cupcake with whipped cream center.

I get home.
I unpack the bags.
No cupcake.
They didn't put the cupcake in with my groceries.
And the thing was Five Dollars.

I call the store. Yes, the $5 cupcake is at the cashier stand.
They tell me to come by tomorrow for a store credit.

This is about the third time, that the cashiers at Whole Foods have forgotten to put something I've paid for in my grocery bag.

Well, I will have to wait until tomorrow for the $5 wheat free chocolate cupcake with the whipped cream center.

Labels: , , , ,



Mr. Brooks


After the morning in Brentwood, we headed on over to the new Landmark Theatres
on Pico Blvd in West LA.
The place is still under-construction, but the general idea is very similar to The Archlight in Hollywood.
The theatres have great seating inside. Its assigned seating. Great concession stand. And there is a bar right next to the theatre. Soon there will be a restaurant and bookstore.

The concession stand may have fancy items - but my Pom Tea was $4.50 ... that for one bottle during the movie. Fancy food, but concession stand prices.


Mr Brooks
I saw the movie Mr. Brooks
Starring Kevin Costner .

This is the scariest movie I have seen in a while. Costner plays a wealthy business man, who is a serial killer at night. There were two places in the movie where I almost jumped out of my seat.
And I bet Kevin Costner gets nominated for an Oscar for this one - he was great.

Labels: , , , , ,



Pictures From Brentwood Country Mart

Brentwood Country Mart

Brentwood Country Mart


Brentwood Country Mart

Brentwood Country Mart


Brentwood Country Mart

Brentwood Country Mart


Labels: , ,



Brentwood Country Mart


Spent the day walking around Brentwood Country Mart - looking at all the expensive stores.
With all the expensive items.
Very pretty things, but way out of my price range. But still it was fun to look.

The Brentwood Country Mart is one of the places that celebrities go to shop.
Except today being Fathers Day, there wasn't alot of people there at all and some of the stores were closed.

We stopped in the Brentwood General Store - and I bought
Cuisine Hand Butter.
Then at Bellas Beauty, I bought
Bellvita Honey & Mandel Almond Shower Gel and
Bath Lotion .

Lunch was at Barney's Gourmet Hamburgers
in the center of the Brentwood Country Mart.
I had the Sunshine Burger, which was delicious with sprouts and avacado, on multi-grain bread.

Gee, two hamburgers in two days.... yesterdays burger at Johnny Rockets at The Grove was terrible, and todays at Barney's was delicious.
Either way, I may need to lay off the red meat for a while.


Labels: , , , , ,


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.









Labels: , , , , , , , ,


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!"

Labels: ,


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.

Labels: , , , , , ,


Saturday, June 09, 2007

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.....

Labels: , , , ,


Sunday, June 03, 2007

Los Feliz Street Fair

Early morning... I headed on over to The Los Feliz Street Fair.
One of my favorite things about summer... all the Street Fairs....

I started out the morning with a coffee and danish from PsychoBabble Coffee House .

I was volunteering at a booth for The Egyptian Theatre .
We were handing out the movie calendar, and getting people to sign up for our mailing list.
Anyone who signed up, got a free poster from a stack of donated posters.

After my shift was over, I met up with friends, and we bought some Italian Food for lunch.
I walked around looking at all the different vendors - but after yesterday's long walk, I could only do so much - and I ended up going home soon after.


Los Feliz Street Fair

Chief of Police at Street Fair



Los Feliz Street Fair

Doggy Adoption



Los Feliz Street Fair
Street Performers on Stilts

Labels: , , , ,


Saturday, June 02, 2007

Culver City Art Walk


Over in Culver City today, for the Annual Culver City Art Walk.

We walked for Four hours, and must have seen 20 Art Gallerys.
After parking by the Helms Bakery & HD Buttercup Building , we walked east on Washington.
Then up La Cienega to Venice Blvd ... and back....

I can't remember when I last walked for four hours straight.
When we got in the car to head home, as I sat down I said "Oy!"
And I am not Jewish.
My friend, who is Jewish, and has known me for six years said
"Well, thats the first time I have ever heard you say Oy."
Oh, I'm gonna feel the 4 hours of walking tomorrow....



Culver City Art Walk



Culver City Art Walk



Culver City Art Walk



On my way home, I stopped at Eat Well Restaurant on Beverly Blvd.
I had a delicious green salad with Salmon .
Very relaxing after walking all day.
I sat outside and read.

Labels: , ,


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.

Labels: , ,


Friday, May 25, 2007


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.

Labels: , , ,


Tuesday, May 22, 2007


May 22 2007 Photos

citywok City Wok in Studio City



Ventura Blvd

Ventura Blvd in Studio City

Labels: , , ,


Saturday, May 19, 2007


LACMA


Los Angeles County Museum of Art ..

Being the internet-geek that I am, I spent most of the day wasting time on the computer. But I really wanted to catch the "Modern West" and "Re-Site-ing The West" Exhibits at LACMA....

I manage to make it to the Museum, alittle bit after 5 pm.
I'm thinking - well, they close at 8pm, so thats plenty of time.

I am dashing up the stairs, to the ticket booth - and who do I see coming out of the museum ?
Rob Schneider
Yeah, Deuce Bigalow himself.
As a friend later said.... an Art Museum and Rob Schneider just don't seem to go together.
So I double-backed to take a second look and make sure it was him.

It was - and he was with a blond woman.
And he saw me recognizing him - and I was kind of starring at him.
And he kind of smiled at me....

But I was polite and went on my way... but I felt like running up to him jumping up and down and yelling "I'm probably the only Female in the United States who really LIKES your movies!"
But I did not become a Rabid Fan. I continued on my way back to the ticket booth.

I go up to the ticket booth, and I say to the guy "Its after 5pm - do you have a reduced rate?"
And he says "Yes we do - Its Free"

I'm very confused. I just saw a famous comedian in the courtyard, and now they tell me the Museum is Free after 5 pm on Saturdays.

He hands me my "FREE after 5pm" ticket - and I continue on my way - Of course, keeping an eye out for any famous comedians who might be at the museum that day.
I never see Rob Schneider again, so I don't get to turn into an hysterical fan.

After a burger in the cafeteria, I spend alot of time in both the "Modern West" exhibit, and the "Re-SITE-ing The West" exhibit. It was wonderful. Beautiful California landscapes, paintings and photos.

But the "Dan Flavin: A Retrospective" was just not for me. Walking into a room filled with green neon lights that burn my eyeballs out of their sockets, is just not my cup of tea.
I look at few of the fancy neon lights - I look at some of the permanent collection instead.

Whats the perfect way to end a day at an art museum?
A horror movie.
I drive to Hollywood and Highland .....
to see "28 Weeks Later" .
I never saw "28 Days"... but since "28 Weeks" was on the Top 10 List for a while - I wanted to see it.
I also like Robert Carlyle as an actor too...

Gee... The Art Museum, A Famous Comedian and A Horror Movie - all in one day.

Labels: , , , ,


Saturday, May 12, 2007

No Strings

No Strings

I was a volunteer usher at the UCLA Frued Playhouse for The Reprise performance.
Tonights performance was "No Strings" - a musical by Richard Rogers.

Scott Bakula starred in this. So the show was sold out.

Labels: , , ,


Friday, May 11, 2007


The Dresden


Tonight, hung out at The Dresden in Los Feliz, to catch the music of Marty and Elayne.

I also tried their chicken quesadilla which was very good.
And a friend had a shrimp cocktail.
The place was getting really crowded just as as I was leaving.
I'm not much for the late, late crowd...

Labels: , , ,


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

Labels: , , ,


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

Labels: , , ,


Sunday, May 06, 2007

Picnic in Griffith Park


LA People Connection had a really fun picnic in Griffith Park today.
The weather was perfect, and we had lots of food.

I don't really go to alot of picnics. So today was extra fun.

My entire Griffith Park set is here:
Griffith Park Set

Here are some pictures from the day:


Picnic in Griffith Park - Sandwich recipe

This is the sandwich I made. Click on the picture to get the recipe


Griffith Park Picnic The picnic table


Griffith Park A Fun Picnic

Labels: , , ,


Friday, May 04, 2007

Friday Way to Late


So I didn't get out of Spider-man 3 until nearly 3 am.
Way to late for this old girl.
I had already arranged to take Friday off as a vacation day.
Due to all the excitement, and the late dinner, I was awake until 5 am.

Then I ended up sleeping until 3 pm.
Except for my landlady knocking on my door at Noon wondering why I hadn't taken my newspaper in.
She apologized, said she worried when she saw the paper was still out on my doorstep.

So now it is 3pm, and wow - is my system off.
Groggy - and coffee didn't help.

I had already made plans with Los Angeles People Connection , to meet up at
Fox and Hounds in Studio City.
No drinking for me... I stuck to regular cola.
And I got a chicken pot pie for dinner - or is it still lunch at 9pm. Whichever, it was really good.

A cover band started to play, and the music was really good.
All English Rock and Roll.
It was a very fun night.

I was waking up, just as it was time to leave.

Labels: , , , ,



Spiderman-3

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

Labels: , , , , , ,


Wednesday, May 02, 2007


May 2 2007 Photos


hollywood & highland

Hollywood and Highland



Hollywood High School

Hollywood High School



shadows

Shadow of a Tree

Labels: , , ,


Sunday, April 29, 2007

Sunday in Toluca Lake



Volunteered at Falcon Theatre this afternoon.
For the play, "Balancing Act".
It was the second time I have seen it.
Yeardley Smith is so funny in it.

After that, it was time to run errands.
I went to Marie Callender's and had a wonderful dinner.
Chicken with Mushrooms and Artichokes.
The portion was so huge, it was three servings - so I took some home for lunch at the office tomorrow.

I had actually been craving artichokes lately. And whenever I buy them, I don't seem to get around to cooking them.
Artichokes are a difficult vegetable to prepare.
So this was a perfect dinner... It satisfied my artichoke craving.

Then I ran into Trader Joes . The one on Riverside Drive is actually pretty small.
But I got most of what I needed. Especially my two favorites, the Organic Cranberry Juice, and Organic Decaf Chai Tea.
Then I realized on my way out, that Trader Joes has a monthly drawing.
If you bring your own grocery bag, they will enter you in a drawing for a free gift certificate.
I have to remember to bring my own bags in the future.

The only thing I noticed ... Our weather has been really weird lately.
We have had really blazing hot days, and then today seemed to cool down a bit.
But at both Marie Callender's and Trader Joes - the air conditioning was turned up to a bone-freezing chill.
At the restaurant, I had to ask to change tables, because one side of the restaurant was so cold. And where I ended up sitting - I was still cold.
Then I hurried through Trader Joes because it was so cold there to.
And it wasn't just me - believe me, it was freezing cold in both places.
I wonder if it was because it was just so warm outside, and no one adjusted the temperature once the weather started to cool off for the evening.

Labels: , , , , ,


Saturday, April 28, 2007

Alex Theatre


The Alex Theatre in Glendale has a wonderful tour.
We got a complete history lesson about the theatre.
And we went everywhere, all the way down to the basement, and up to the projection booth.
We got a great tour backstage.

I have to say I loved being on that huge stage !!!

I took a bunch of pictures.
I will eventually put them up on my Flickr page .
It takes me forever, because I take so many photos - but eventually they will be up there, I promise !

UPDATE: Here ya go: The Alex Theatre Tour Fickr Set - great pictures of the theatre !

Labels: , , ,


Friday, April 27, 2007


April 27 2007 Photos

Kisses Me and Cinnamon the Cat

history museum Hollywood History Museum

circle Circle in Hollywood

Labels: , , , , ,


Wednesday, April 25, 2007


House of Blues


Dinner tonight was with friends at House of Blues Restaurant in West Hollywood.
One friend has someone visiting Los Angeles from Paris, France.
So we all went and had dinner in West Hollywood.

I had a delicious steak, with sauteed mushrooms.
Turned out I was the only one of the four of us who liked mushrooms.
And three of us ordered steak....

Labels: , ,


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

Labels: , , , , ,


New Acting Pictures


I spent the day in Westwood, having new acting pictures taken.
We walked around the Westwood area, and I ended up with 300 pictures to chose from.
I brought about nine different outfits. We used four of them.

After the picture taking was over with - I went to the Century City Mall .
I haven't been down that way since they re-paved Santa Monica Blvd.

And a humorous article in the Los Angeles Times inspired me to go eat in the Century City Food Court.
The article talked about how many Talent Agents have moved to the Century City area. Both Creative Artists and International Creative Management are in the area now.
And they all hate having to eat in the food court. But thats one of the few choices that they have.
You can read the article here:
Power plays - for a food court table

My favorite line from the article:""With all the suits and sunglasses, it feels like "The Matrix: The Food Court".

So I stopped off. I got Teriyaki Chicken, and an order of sushi, and it came with a soup.
The place was so crowded, there was no room to sit outside.
I had asked for the food "To Go", because I figured it would be to much food to eat in one meal.
Half of it was going home.

It was a good lunch, at a reasonable price.
And a very fun place to People Watch.

Labels: , , ,


Sunday, April 22, 2007

Saturday, April 21, 2007

The Geffen and The Newsroom Cafe


I went online and bought tickets from Goldstar Events .
This is a great on-line service that allows you to purchase tickets for plays and other events at a reduced price.

I got tickets for the play "Heroes" at the Geffen Theatre .
Even though my ticket was almost half priced, I ended up with fantastic seats in the 3rd row.
It was great being up that close.

The actors in the play were George Segal , Richard Benjamin , and Len Cariou .
The play is a comedy about three friends in a French military hospital in 1959.

After the play, we stopped off at the Newsroom Cafe on Robertson Blvd in Beverly Hills.
We sat at one of the tables for four.
One of the waitresses came over and asked us to move to a table for two.
There was hardly anyone else in the restaurant, most of the tables were empty.

But we decided that we would just switch tables and not make a fuss.
As we switched tables, the waitress looked at her watch.
I said "Well, I guess she is expecting a big dinner rush."
My friend said "Well, if she is our waitress, she is not getting a big tip." He was alittle mad that we had been asked to move, since the restaurant was mostly empty.

Well, she wasn't our waitress - we had a waiter and he was nice.
I ordered a shark dinner special, it was very delicious.

We kept looking around the restaurant, and there were no other people coming in.
When we finally left at close to 7pm, there were still very few people in the restaurant, and mostly empty tables.

It was very annoying to be asked to move to a small table when there was no one else in the place.

We went for a quick walk up and down Robertson Blvd, passed The Ivy .
Looking for Stars - or at least some paparazzi who were looking for stars.
It was a pretty quiet night.
We saw a few stick thin women in very expensive skimpy clothes - obviously Models.

One little skinny woman walked passed me - accompanied by a tall, humongous guy who looked like he belonged in a street gang.
My friend said "You don't think they are dating do you?"
I said "No, I think thats her body guard."
I don't know who she was, I didn't recognize her.

Then, I passed a skinny rock & roll looking guy.
I couldn't tell if his long blond hair was a wig, or a bad dye job. I think he was wearing a wig so maybe no fans would recognize him.
Since he was trying to be incognito, I looked him straight in the face, trying to figure our who he was.
He nodded and half-smiled at me, as we passed.
I think he was trying to figure out if maybe we knew eachother.
I mean, why else would I be looking directly at him...
Could it be because he was wearing a really bad wig, so obviously he is somebody famous - and I wanted to figure it out.

Labels: , , , , , ,


Friday, April 20, 2007


April 20 2007 Photos
hollywood and highland Hollywood & Highland Elephant

Hollywood Wax MuseumHollywood Mural

on Highland On Highland

Labels: , , ,



Ear Nose And Throat Doctor


First, this is a new doctor - way down in Downtown Los Angeles where I have never been before.
Since I have no idea where I am going - I end up running late.

I arrive into the office with the huge envelope with the CT scan xrays.

The ENT doctor was a very nice lady.
We went over my medical history.
She handed me a kleenex tissue.

"Why are you handing me a tissue?" I ask

"Oh, I am just going to put some spray up you nose to numb it", she replies.

"Why are you going to numb my nose?"

She says "So I can put an instrument up there at look at your sinus."

"No,no - we aren't doing that. Nothing up my nose." I say.

"Well, I can't give you a thorough medical exam without looking up your nose." she says

"Thats fine, just look at the CT scan" is my reply

"Oooh, You're going to let me look at your CT scan" she says with alittle tone in her voice.

We talk. She points out the deviated septum. She circles two cysts in my sinus.

I tell her I will not take the sinus sprays because they have steroids, and I have had breast cancer in the past.
She tells me that really the only other thing that can be done is Surgery.
Surgery ???!!!!!
No.....

I'm not in any pain. And I just got over having surgery in 2005.
No, no - I can not deal with that idea.

I ask her "Are these cysts anything having to do with cancer?"

"No, these are not cancer related at all". Was her reply.
She can tell I have suddenly become very skittish and nervous.

"Ok, I am just going to take a wait and see approach, since the cysts aren't causing me any pain."
And I start to pack up.
She gives me a nasal wash.
And I am out the door like lightening...

Labels: , ,


Wednesday, April 18, 2007


Xrays


I have to go see an ENT - Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor - later this week.
It turns out that when they did the CT scan of my sinus - it showed that I have a slight deviated septum, and some cysts in my left sinus.

I have to go and pick up my Xrays today, so I can bring them to the ENT doctor with me.
So today I drive from Hollywood into downtown Los Angeles, to the office of my medical group where they actually took the CT Scan.

The woman at the Xray Reception informs me that because my Old Doctor used to be in Glendale, my patient number begins with a Glendale ID number - and they have shipped the Xrays to Glendale.

"But I have changed Doctors to my new doctor here in Downtown Los Angeles. I have seen him twice. My old doctor in Glendale left the group. So I am coming here to the Downtown LA office now. The Doctor here in Los Angeles is the one who order the CT scan anyway."

It doesn't matter. It all depends on that Number on my chart.
I fill out a form to have my number changed in their computer system.
For the future.
Today, my records are on the other side of town

So I decide I am just going to have to drive over to Glendale and get this done. Today.
Once in Glendale, I am given the huge folder with the Sinus CT scan in a matter of minutes.

I spent way to much time driving to try to get this simple task accomplished.
I waste far to much time on crazy doctor things.

Labels: , , ,


Tuesday, April 17, 2007


WRAM


Do you know some people who are completely self-absorbed ?
I found this quote surfing around the internet and I just loved it.

Found this Quote on HotJobs.com

Quote:
"My eighth-grader daughter refers to certain people in her social group as "maybe a little WRAM."
What does WRAM mean? I asked her. It's an acronym, she said: it stands for World Revolves Around Me.
There are a few networkers I could affix that label to without much trouble. Don't be one of them: networking is supposed to be a two-way street, and the more you focus on helping your fellow networkers, the more good things will come back to you -- trust me."

So don't be WRAM...

Labels: ,


Monday, April 16, 2007


Stress Control Food

Why is it that when we are really stressed out, we crave food ?
Especially bad food ?

I was thinking this as I drove away from the terrible doctors appointment with Dr. Psycho.
I had decided to drive directly to Fat Burger .
I needed a Fat Burger. I craved a Fat Burger.

Is it a learned response ?
Eat something, and you will feel better.
Well, thats for sure.

Or is it a physical response ?
Stress happens, the body craves nutrition, so go eat.
And then you feel better....

Once at Fat Burger, I decided to try to be some what controlled.
That is something I am trying to learn : That when I eat out, its not an excuse to pig out.
I am learning to eat out, and still be somewhat sensible in my choices.

So I order the Turkey Burger.
Instead of a regular hamburger.
A Much better choice.
But okay, still Onion Rings.
I have to have the Onion Rings.
Fat Burger makes great onion rings.

And then, I feel so much better.
And Dr. Psycho is long forgotten.

Links:
Fat Burger
Burger Cooking Items
Burger Cookbooks

Labels: , ,



Weird Oncologists


This a really Weird Doctor's Appointment story .. so I will give some historical background in this post.

I only went to see an Oncologist today because the doctor I had for 6 years left the Group, my new doctor asked me to follow-up with "his guy", an oncologist with 15 years experience, named Dr. G.
Doctor New told me he knew I didn't want chemotherapy for the breast cancer in had in 2005, but there would be no harm in just going to talk to Dr. G because he was "a really good guy".
So I said okay, and the office made an appointment for me with Dr. G.

Now... go back to 2005 to when I was diagnosed. My Breast Cancer Surgeon made me 2 appointments with two different oncologists... one was Dr. S, - but I will call him Dr. Psycho .... 2 years ago, after I had my wacky consultation with him, he kept calling me and having his staff call me.
His staff would call me and say "We are calling to confirm you appointment." - and I had no appointment.
He kept calling me at my office, and it got to the point we were yelling at eachother. He would call, and I would tell him not to call again - and he would. I told him point blank that even if I was going to have the Chemo, he would not be giving it to me... and I would never have him be my doctor. Then one day he called and we were screaming at eachother... and my coworkers overheard it and were very worried... and he was yelling at me "You are going to DIE ! You are going to DIE if you don't have chemotherapy!"

So I sent him a Fax ... and I told him that if he continued to call me, or have his staff call me, I was going to get a Restraining Order against him.
After that, he didn't call me.

One of the reasons why I wanted nothing to do with Dr. Psycho was that he was a very good lier.
I was concerned about getting Chemotherapy because I have had only one kidney since childhood.
His reply was "Well, what will happen if the breast cancer spreads to your kidney - then you will really have problems."
When I told my regular doctor and my breast surgeon what he said .. they were both very honest.
Breast Cancer can't spread to your kidney. It can spread to your brain, lungs, liver or bones. Those are some how all related, and its to scientific so I can't explain it. But they both said if I were to ever end up with Kidney cancer,
it would an entirely different cancer, and not related to the Breast Cancer at all.

So there I was in 2005, weighting Pros and Cons on a Scale, trying to figure out what to do with my health and all the cancer treatments the doctors were telling me about....
And Dr. Psycho tries a scare tactic, and lies to me.
So forget him.

Not to mention he turned out to be a real Psycho, and gave me all sorts of weird phone calls.

So now Today, Thursday morning.....I take the morning off from work, and I drive to downtown LA (Its only about a 30 minute drive). I get to the office for my appointment with Dr. G, who is the new oncologist that my doctor recommended. I tell them I am here to see "Dr. G" and I pay my insurance co-payment, and I wait in the waiting room. The Nurses take my blood pressure. And Nurses take me to the exam room. We even have a little conversation of how Dr. New recommended Dr. G because he likes him and he has 15 years experience.

In the Exam room I take off my shirt and bra, and I put on that little smock . So I am waiting there in the little smock for Doctor G...... and in walks Dr. Psycho !

Right away I knew it was not Dr. G, because Dr. Psycho is much younger.. I am thinking of the 15 years experience that Dr. New talked about .... and I sense that something is really wrong .... and Dr Psycho says to me "Donna,
do you remember me?"
And I look down at his name badge, and it says "Dr. Psycho". (Well, Dr. His-Real-Name.)
And I was so mad !

He said something about a Mix-up, and Dr. G was not available - Did I want to talk to another Doctor?
I stood my ground and said "No, Dr. New, recommended Dr. G because he has 15 years experience, and they know eachother."
He said "But are you sure you don't want to talk to anyone else?" Of course, he means Himself.
I said "NO, I want to talk to the doctor, that my new Doctor recommended."
He started to ask me questions about my health and my cancer follow-ups. I told him I had passed all my mammograms and was following up with my Breast Cancer Surgeon every 3 to 6 months - but that I wanted to discuss that with Dr. G and no one else.

So after I am naked in that little smock - he says "Ok, we will cancel your appointment today, and you can make another appointment with Dr. G."

So I put on my clothes, I go back out to the front desk ... and they try to make another appointment with me.
I tell them my Day Planner is at the office and I will have to call them later on.
The two nurses smile at me like Brain-Washed Cult Members.

Then they give me back my check for my insurance co-payment !!!!
Isn't that the weirdest thing - they cancel the appointment and give me my check back - after I am naked in the little smock in the exam room and have seen a Doctor !

Well, I wasted the entire morning that I took off from work.
They could have called me the day before, or even that morning, and told me that Dr. G was not available, and ask if I was willing to see another doctor ... but I am sure they didn't because Dr. Psycho thought he could get me in the exam room, naked in that little smock, and I would be vulnerable and easily manipulated.
I don't think it was a scheduling error. Dr. Psycho knew I was coming in and planned it.
I felt so Emotionally Abused, .....

I sent Dr. Psycho's office a fax right away - and I told them I was not their patient, do not call me, and I will be getting a different oncologist referral from Dr. New.
Then I sent Dr. New a fax, asking for a different referral, and telling him the entire story of my history with Dr. Psycho, including what happened in 2005, and with what happened this morning.
I am sure Dr. New is mad, because he got me to the point where I was willing to see an oncologist and then Dr. Psycho screwed it all up.
They should have called me before I went down there and rescheduled my appointment, but Dr. Psycho is a very manipulative person.

I also have a call into the health care group's complaint department. I'm waiting for them to call me back...
Believe me, I will be placing a complaint.


Links:
Books on Natural & Holistic Cancer health

Here is a fantastic website:
BreastCancerChoices.org

Labels: , , ,


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

Labels: , , , , ,


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.

Links:
LA Times story on power outage
Baseball Books on Amazon.com
Baseball DVDs on Amazon.com

Labels: , , , , ,



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

Labels: , , , , , ,


Monday, April 09, 2007


Farmers Markets links

If you are in California, and are looking for Farmer's Markets to buy your veggies at, I have found a few links

California Federal of Certified Farmers Markets
and
Farmer Net
Also
Local Harvest has information for the entire US

I guess with Spring here, I have fresh produce on my mind....

Link:
Vegetable Cook Books

Labels: , , , ,


Saturday, April 07, 2007


April 7 2007 photos

Farmers Market At the Farmers Market on Fairfax


The Grove The Grove near Fairfax


flowers Beautiful flowers at the Grove


Labels: , , ,


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.

Labels: , , ,


Sunday, April 01, 2007

Wednesday, March 28, 2007


Insomnia, subtitled: How I Love Coffee

Its 3 am .... And in my groggy sleep-deprived state, I call the office and leave my boss a voicemail.
I say "its 3 am, and I am still wide awake".
I will be late for work.

I never really get insomnia. But lately its happening often.
I need to totally cut out the coffee. Like that will ever happen. ha ha ha...

But for now ... no point in just laying there staring at the ceiling.
I make myself a cup of Trader Joes Decaf Chai Green Tea, and I play games on Pogo.com until about 4 am, when I start to feel myself nodding off.

As I start to drift off, finally falling asleep, I hear a distant "poof! poof!".
What is that "poof" noise ?
I figure it out... its a Coffee Maker.
Someone in my building is making their morning coffee, while I slowing drift off to sleep.

Oh, how I love Freshly Brewed Coffee.
And I can't wait until I can get enough sleep so I can wake up and have a cup......

Labels: ,


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
and
the NBC TV website

----------
Storm Photographic Prints on Amazon.com

Labels: ,


Sunday, March 25, 2007


A pretty print of Downtown LA, as seen through the Palm Trees


Labels: , , , ,



March 25 2007 Photos



Downtown LA Downtown Los Angeles


bathtime Cinnamon Dries off after her bath

Labels: , , , ,


Saturday, March 24, 2007


Souplantation

A delicious lunch today at Souplantation on San Vincente in Brentwood.

I filled up on the salads. It great that its all chopped and prepared right there for you.
I can eat veggies that I normally don't buy - like radishes.

Also, the clam chowder was delicious. With corn bread.
Then for dessert, I had alittle chocolate pudding and lots of fresh melon.
My friends liked these peanut butter/chocolate things they had.
But I am not a peanut butter person at all.

For the month of April, Souplantation is having alot of items with Lemon.
Theres going to be a Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup,Summer Lemon Salad w/ Spiced Pecans, and a Hot Lemon Lava Cake.
I will be definitely going back.

Oh, also... look for the coupons in the Sunday Los Angeles Times . You can eat at Souplantation for a discount with the coupons.

Labels: , ,


Friday, March 23, 2007


Pet Food recall

I am completely stunned by the Pet Food Recall that is going on.
I just can't believe something like this is happening.
It saddens me to think how many little innocent pets have died, or become seriously ill, because of this.

On the nightly news, one commentator mentioned the entire thing brings up a whole new question.
Is any of this poisonous food, in any human food ?
Supposedly it has something to do with the Wheat Gluten in the canned pet food. It was imported from China where they are allowed to use the rat poison around food products.
Why are we buying any food product from a country that is allowed to use pesticides that the USA has banned ?

There needs to be a big investigation into this entire thing.
Who are we buying our food products from, and how are they farming ? Why aren't we buying wheat Only from the United States and other countries that watch what they put in their food?
As far as I am concerned, the only thing that can make up for this is a
huge class action lawsuit, that will make Menu Foods pay for what has happened.
Because, since they are buying from China, we aren't going to get the company that grew the wheat to be accountable for what they have done.

As far as Cinnamon the cat goes, she has been eating organic canned food.
I actually switched her about six months ago, because a few times she did throw up and have diarrhea.
I thought it was because she was getting old, she's around 11 years now, and I thought a higher quality would be better for her tummy. Now, I wonder if something was wrong with the food even six months back.
Since I switched her canned food 6 months ago to organic, she hasn't had a single stomach problem.

Her dry food was still Iams Weight Control - and a full bag of that went into the trash. I won't take a risk with any of it. I bought a bag of the Brandon Farms, and she really liked it.

But the "By Nature" and "Brandon Farms" brands that they sell at Ralphs is made by Menu Foods as well, even though the website says that they don't use wheat products.
I really don't want to use any food manufactured by Menu Foods, because morally I don't want to give them a penny of my money.

Here are the cat foods that I use :

At Whole Foods Markets:
Pet Promise

At Mayfair Market ,which is part of Gelson's
Newmans Own Organics

These I have found at Ralphs Grocery :
By Nature Organic
and
Brandon Farms
The only thing about these two brands is that the website says they are manufactured by Menu Foods, even though they don't contain any wheat, and safe to use according to the website.
Just the fact that Menu Foods is in involved in the production, makes me not want to buy them. We need to "vote" with our dollar.

I wrote an email to Ralphs Grocery Store Management, since thats where I shop most often, and I asked them to carry Newmans Own pet foods. Then I emailed Newmans Foods and asked them to put their pet food in Ralphs.
We need to let the grocery stores know how we feel.

Also, check out the fantastic blog on PetConnection.com
There is up to date info on the pet food recall posted.
Its a very informative website for pet people.

Labels: , , , , ,


Thursday, March 22, 2007

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.
"What?"
"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.
"Oh..no...they 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

Labels: , , , , ,


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.

Links:

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

Labels: , , , , ,


Thursday, March 15, 2007


Store Window Greeting Card

A fun and colorful photo, available as a Greeting Card -


Labels: , , , ,


Wednesday, March 14, 2007


March 14 2007 Photos


clouds in glendale

Palm Trees in Glendale

Los Feliz Clouds Taken along Los Feliz Blvd

cinnamon sleeping Cinnamon the cat sleeps

Labels: , , , , , , ,


Monday, March 12, 2007


Smilin' Faces Don't Tell The Truth

I'm in the car driving to the doctor. Somewhere passed Vermont, going east on Olympic.
And a car goes by, with the radio blasting.
And this is what I hear:

The truth is in the eyes
Cause the eyes don't lie, amen
Remember a smile is just
A frown turned upside down
My friend let me tell you
Smiling faces, smiling faces sometimes
They don't tell the truth, uh
Smiling faces, smiling faces
Tell lies and I got proof


The band name is Undisputed Truth. And the song is "Smiling Faces Sometimes", from 1971.
And I found a fan page at The-Undisputed-Truth.com. The Group only lasted during the 1970s.

My first thought when I heard the lyrics blaring out of the car was "Wow ! I haven't heard that song in ages!"
Then I thought about the lyrics - "A Smile is just a frown turned upside down."
Thats kind of a cute way to say some people are not what they seem.
And they can turn back and forth between the two very easily.

I like the part about "The truth is in the eyes, cause the eyes don't lie".
As the Yiddish Proverb says "The eyes are the windows to the soul."

I was just disappointed to find out, that only two compilation CDs are available.
Smiling Faces: The Best of Undisputed Truth
and
The Collection which is an Import.
There are a few other compilations available, but you can only find Used CDs, not new. And the original recordings are still only available on LP Records.
I so much prefer the original albums the way the musicians intended for them to be heard. And its just so sad that The Undisputed Truth's LP Records have not been transferred over to CDs and made available.

Labels: ,


Sunday, March 11, 2007


GhostRider


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.

Links:
The Official Ghostrider website.
Ghostrider Trailer is on YouTube.com

Labels: , , , ,



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.

Labels: , , , ,


Friday, March 02, 2007


March 2 2007 Photos



Griffith Park A doggy in Griffith Park



Griffith Park In Griffith Park



Griffith Park Griffith Park Trees



Horse at Griffith Park A Horse in Griffith Park


Labels: , ,


Thursday, February 15, 2007


Union Station

Union Station Union Station & Palm Trees

Labels: , ,


Sunday, February 11, 2007


Pictures Taken at Bel Air Presbyterian

clouds



clouds

Labels: , , ,


Wednesday, February 07, 2007


Joseph's

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.


Labels: , ,


Tuesday, February 06, 2007


Harvey House
Me at the Harvey House at Union Station

The beautiful Art Deco Harvey House at Union Station. Thats me sitting in the bar/club area. Click on the picture to see it bigger. The mirror behind me has these adorable little bubbles etched in....

Labels: , ,


Monday, February 05, 2007


Palm Trees

Union Station

Palm Trees at Union Station

Labels: , , ,


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

Labels: , , , , , , , , ,


Friday, February 02, 2007


Mural Union Station

Union Station Beautiful Mural at Union Station

Labels: , ,


Thursday, February 01, 2007


Me at Union Station

Me in Union Station Thats me waiting at Union Station

Labels: , ,


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.

Labels: , , , ,


Monday, January 29, 2007


Union Station on Flickr

The Union Station Flickr Set has been posted.
If you would like to see all the great pictures from the Tour of Union Station, check out the Flickr Set.

Labels: , ,


Sunday, January 28, 2007


Art and Food

Spent the afternoon at LACMA , for the exhibit on "Magritte and Contemporary Art".... featuring the artwork of René Magritte .
This exhibit was so well-done and fun. We had a great time.

After that, for the evening, we drove into Studio City, to hang out at The MiniBar Lounge.
We had a group of about 20 - and we were ordering at least one or two servings of all their little food items, and we were sharing.
I liked the "Salmon Brie Strudel" and the "Yucca Bread" the most.

Labels: , , ,


Thursday, January 25, 2007


Jan 25 2007 Photos

Blue Clouds

The Clouds in Los Angeles have been amazing



Clouds

Gorgeous clouds

Labels: , , ,


Monday, January 22, 2007


Pipes

The pipes in my kitchen sprung a leak.
It was actually leaking into the underground parking area beneath me.
The landlord came by, doing detective work, and trying to find the origin of the leak.
They searched all the apartments in my little section - the one above me, and the one next to me.
And Of course, it was from my kitchen.

That meant a big whole in my ceiling.
And plaster every where.

Leak in my Apartment
Its fixed now. But for about a week, it was pretty awful.

Labels:


Archives

08/26/1990 - 09/02/1990   12/07/2003 - 12/14/2003   12/14/2003 - 12/21/2003   12/21/2003 - 12/28/2003   12/28/2003 - 01/04/2004   01/11/2004 - 01/18/2004   01/25/2004 - 02/01/2004   02/01/2004 - 02/08/2004   02/08/2004 - 02/15/2004   03/07/2004 - 03/14/2004   04/18/2004 - 04/25/2004   05/23/2004 - 05/30/2004   05/30/2004 - 06/06/2004   06/06/2004 - 06/13/2004   06/27/2004 - 07/04/2004   08/22/2004 - 08/29/2004   09/05/2004 - 09/12/2004   09/26/2004 - 10/03/2004   10/10/2004 - 10/17/2004   11/14/2004 - 11/21/2004   12/26/2004 - 01/02/2005   01/02/2005 - 01/09/2005   01/23/2005 - 01/30/2005   01/30/2005 - 02/06/2005   02/06/2005 - 02/13/2005   02/13/2005 - 02/20/2005   02/20/2005 - 02/27/2005   02/27/2005 - 03/06/2005   03/06/2005 - 03/13/2005   03/13/2005 - 03/20/2005   03/20/2005 - 03/27/2005   03/27/2005 - 04/03/2005   04/03/2005 - 04/10/2005   04/10/2005 - 04/17/2005   04/17/2005 - 04/24/2005   04/24/2005 - 05/01/2005   05/01/2005 - 05/08/2005   05/08/2005 - 05/15/2005   05/15/2005 - 05/22/2005   05/22/2005 - 05/29/2005   05/29/2005 - 06/05/2005   06/05/2005 - 06/12/2005   06/12/2005 - 06/19/2005   06/19/2005 - 06/26/2005   06/26/2005 - 07/03/2005   07/03/2005 - 07/10/2005   07/10/2005 - 07/17/2005   07/17/2005 - 07/24/2005   07/24/2005 - 07/31/2005   07/31/2005 - 08/07/2005   08/07/2005 - 08/14/2005   08/14/2005 - 08/21/2005   08/21/2005 - 08/28/2005   08/28/2005 - 09/04/2005   09/04/2005 - 09/11/2005   09/11/2005 - 09/18/2005   09/18/2005 - 09/25/2005   09/25/2005 - 10/02/2005   10/02/2005 - 10/09/2005   10/09/2005 - 10/16/2005   10/16/2005 - 10/23/2005   10/23/2005 - 10/30/2005   10/30/2005 - 11/06/2005   11/06/2005 - 11/13/2005   11/13/2005 - 11/20/2005   11/20/2005 - 11/27/2005   11/27/2005 - 12/04/2005   12/04/2005 - 12/11/2005   12/11/2005 - 12/18/2005   12/18/2005 - 12/25/2005   12/25/2005 - 01/01/2006   01/01/2006 - 01/08/2006   01/08/2006 - 01/15/2006   01/15/2006 - 01/22/2006   01/22/2006 - 01/29/2006   01/29/2006 - 02/05/2006   02/05/2006 - 02/12/2006   02/12/2006 - 02/19/2006   02/19/2006 - 02/26/2006   02/26/2006 - 03/05/2006   03/05/2006 - 03/12/2006   03/12/2006 - 03/19/2006   03/19/2006 - 03/26/2006   03/26/2006 - 04/02/2006   04/02/2006 - 04/09/2006   04/09/2006 - 04/16/2006   04/16/2006 - 04/23/2006   04/23/2006 - 04/30/2006   04/30/2006 - 05/07/2006   05/07/2006 - 05/14/2006   05/14/2006 - 05/21/2006   05/21/2006 - 05/28/2006   05/28/2006 - 06/04/2006   06/04/2006 - 06/11/2006   06/11/2006 - 06/18/2006   06/18/2006 - 06/25/2006   06/25/2006 - 07/02/2006   07/02/2006 - 07/09/2006   07/09/2006 - 07/16/2006   07/16/2006 - 07/23/2006   07/23/2006 - 07/30/2006   07/30/2006 - 08/06/2006   08/06/2006 - 08/13/2006   08/13/2006 - 08/20/2006   08/20/2006 - 08/27/2006   08/27/2006 - 09/03/2006   09/03/2006 - 09/10/2006   09/10/2006 - 09/17/2006   09/17/2006 - 09/24/2006   09/24/2006 - 10/01/2006   10/01/2006 - 10/08/2006   10/08/2006 - 10/15/2006   10/15/2006 - 10/22/2006   10/22/2006 - 10/29/2006   10/29/2006 - 11/05/2006   11/05/2006 - 11/12/2006   11/12/2006 - 11/19/2006   11/19/2006 - 11/26/2006   11/26/2006 - 12/03/2006   12/03/2006 - 12/10/2006   12/10/2006 - 12/17/2006   12/17/2006 - 12/24/2006   12/24/2006 - 12/31/2006   12/31/2006 - 01/07/2007   01/07/2007 - 01/14/2007   01/14/2007 - 01/21/2007   01/21/2007 - 01/28/2007   01/28/2007 - 02/04/2007   02/04/2007 - 02/11/2007   02/11/2007 - 02/18/2007   02/18/2007 - 02/25/2007   02/25/2007 - 03/04/2007   03/04/2007 - 03/11/2007   03/11/2007 - 03/18/2007   03/18/2007 - 03/25/2007   03/25/2007 - 04/01/2007   04/01/2007 - 04/08/2007   04/08/2007 - 04/15/2007   04/15/2007 - 04/22/2007   04/22/2007 - 04/29/2007   04/29/2007 - 05/06/2007   05/06/2007 - 05/13/2007   05/13/2007 - 05/20/2007   05/20/2007 - 05/27/2007   05/27/2007 - 06/03/2007   06/03/2007 - 06/10/2007   06/10/2007 - 06/17/2007   06/17/2007 - 06/24/2007   06/24/2007 - 07/01/2007   07/01/2007 - 07/08/2007   07/08/2007 - 07/15/2007   07/15/2007 - 07/22/2007   07/22/2007 - 07/29/2007   07/29/2007 - 08/05/2007   08/05/2007 - 08/12/2007   08/12/2007 - 08/19/2007   08/19/2007 - 08/26/2007   08/26/2007 - 09/02/2007   09/02/2007 - 09/09/2007   09/09/2007 - 09/16/2007   09/16/2007 - 09/23/2007   09/23/2007 - 09/30/2007   09/30/2007 - 10/07/2007   10/07/2007 - 10/14/2007   10/14/2007 - 10/21/2007   10/21/2007 - 10/28/2007   10/28/2007 - 11/04/2007   11/04/2007 - 11/11/2007   11/11/2007 - 11/18/2007   11/18/2007 - 11/25/2007   11/25/2007 - 12/02/2007   12/02/2007 - 12/09/2007   12/09/2007 - 12/16/2007   12/16/2007 - 12/23/2007   12/23/2007 - 12/30/2007   12/30/2007 - 01/06/2008   01/06/2008 - 01/13/2008   01/13/2008 - 01/20/2008   01/20/2008 - 01/27/2008   01/27/2008 - 02/03/2008   02/03/2008 - 02/10/2008   02/10/2008 - 02/17/2008   02/17/2008 - 02/24/2008   02/24/2008 - 03/02/2008   03/02/2008 - 03/09/2008   03/09/2008 - 03/16/2008   03/16/2008 - 03/23/2008   03/23/2008 - 03/30/2008   03/30/2008 - 04/06/2008   04/06/2008 - 04/13/2008   04/13/2008 - 04/20/2008   04/20/2008 - 04/27/2008   04/27/2008 - 05/04/2008   05/04/2008 - 05/11/2008   05/11/2008 - 05/18/2008   05/18/2008 - 05/25/2008   05/25/2008 - 06/01/2008   06/01/2008 - 06/08/2008   07/27/2008 - 08/03/2008   08/03/2008 - 08/10/2008   08/17/2008 - 08/24/2008   08/24/2008 - 08/31/2008   08/31/2008 - 09/07/2008   09/07/2008 - 09/14/2008   09/21/2008 - 09/28/2008   09/28/2008 - 10/05/2008   11/09/2008 - 11/16/2008   11/16/2008 - 11/23/2008   11/23/2008 - 11/30/2008   12/14/2008 - 12/21/2008   12/21/2008 - 12/28/2008   12/28/2008 - 01/04/2009   01/04/2009 - 01/11/2009   01/11/2009 - 01/18/2009   02/15/2009 - 02/22/2009   02/22/2009 - 03/01/2009   03/01/2009 - 03/08/2009   03/08/2009 - 03/15/2009   03/15/2009 - 03/22/2009   03/22/2009 - 03/29/2009   03/29/2009 - 04/05/2009   04/05/2009 - 04/12/2009   04/12/2009 - 04/19/2009   04/19/2009 - 04/26/2009   04/26/2009 - 05/03/2009   05/03/2009 - 05/10/2009   05/10/2009 - 05/17/2009   05/17/2009 - 05/24/2009   05/24/2009 - 05/31/2009   05/31/2009 - 06/07/2009   06/14/2009 - 06/21/2009   06/21/2009 - 06/28/2009   06/28/2009 - 07/05/2009   07/05/2009 - 07/12/2009   07/12/2009 - 07/19/2009   07/19/2009 - 07/26/2009   07/26/2009 - 08/02/2009   08/02/2009 - 08/09/2009   08/09/2009 - 08/16/2009   08/16/2009 - 08/23/2009   08/23/2009 - 08/30/2009   08/30/2009 - 09/06/2009   09/06/2009 - 09/13/2009   09/13/2009 - 09/20/2009   09/20/2009 - 09/27/2009   09/27/2009 - 10/04/2009   10/04/2009 - 10/11/2009   11/22/2009 - 11/29/2009   11/29/2009 - 12/06/2009  


DonnaGrayson.com Main Page
Donna's Music, Poetry, Acting Resume, and More ...

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?