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Published: July 26th 2018
I visited Los Angeles with a friend of mine from Simi Valley. This was actually my first time to the big city and a first to Hollywood Boulevard. Hollywood is a magical world of movies, a place where dreams come true and dreams die (double edged sword). For a layman like me, a visit to Hollywood was like taking a child to a candy store, I was very excited going in, but by the time I left I was wondering what the fuss was all about. But I got my Hollywood, and LA fix.
Of course I did not know what to expect except for what I had seen in the movies or heard from people had visited there. The fact is, not all movies are made/ filmed in Hollywood, better yet on the famous Hollywood Boulevard. My mind thought of all the movies I had watched through the years and wondered if any of the sets were still in existence, I knew very little at this point, of what movie sets look like, whether or not they were permanent. My friend was no help as he did not travel much nor know much about the on goings of Los
Angeles let alone Hollywood. He said that he tried his darnest not to come into LA unless it was a pressing matter.
The walk of fame is on the famous Hollywood Blvd, a tribute of the thousands of actors, actresses, artists, musicians . . . who have made outstanding contributions to television, radio, the music world and beyond. On this street are engraved pink stars with the names of the honored engraved, some having their signatures permanently sealed into the concrete. Now this is a place I wanted to walk too, just for the sake of saying I had ‘been there, done that’. It felt nice walking and reading the names of the different stars honored; I recognized many of the stars and found myself reviewing the movies they acted in at the back of my mind.
When I was there I only walked on one side of the boulevard, but the walk of fame is on both side of Hollywood Blvd. One thing that I missed was the Silver Four Ladies of Hollywood Gazebo on the La Brea avenue, this is a must see in Hollywood. I caught a glimpse of them as I rushed for my
ride at the end of our tour. I was able to find one of my favorite stars on the walk of fame - Eddie Murphy, what was amazing was that he actually left his name hand signed on the wet concrete and now it is permanently engraved in the concrete. At the Grumman's Chinese Theater is also over thousands of hand prints that can be seen, I did not have much time to go through all of them.
My now ex-friend was not a patient person nor was he the traveler; he was ready to leave just as soon as we arrived. He said he did not see what the fuss was all about because it is just the street and then a bunch of high priced stores and restaurants that few could afford. I did not want to try his patience, but seeing as I was the guest, I pleaded for a little more time so I could go to the Chinese theater. There was a performance going on as we approached.
Different performers including a giant almost 6'4 ft tall man dressed like a vampire. I did take a photo and looked like a dwarf standing
next to him. From here, we drove up hill and saw some of the expensive, fancy homes owned and occupied by the rich and famous in LA. We called it a day at about 5:40 and headed off to dinner, and then back to Simi Valley.
PS:Do not leave for tomorrow, what you can do today. Tomorrow is promised to no one.
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When ya can't beat 'em...join 'em. What a great pic Harriet. Definitely a pic for the Family Album.
Indeed, a slogan for winners and achievers. If you can't beat them, join them. It was such a fun thing to do then.