||[Oct. 4th, 2005|09:04 pm]
It's been raining for about 4 hours straight now, and is supposed to keep raining through the night. I'm not talking a drizzle here, it just comes down in sheets. So my plans for the night have been scrapped due to the flash flood warnings.|
Little recap of my trip to California last week: I went with two of my best guy friends, and it was exciting because for as many trips as I've been on in my life, I've never got to go with just friends, so it was pretty fun. I'll try to chop it up so it doesn't get too boring to read.
Got in at about 10:00 a.m., and was picked up by my friend's brother, the marine. We drove from LAX down to Camp Pendleton and he showed us around. I was amazed at how huge the place was. I didn't really know what to expect when we were going to stay on a marine base, but the place is ginormous. I would have figured a decent sized area, but he said that it would take almost an hour to drive around the whole base. There's a mall, lots of fast food places, movie theater, golf course; basically a small suburb. He said that when full, it holds about 30,000 people, but about 15,000 of those are deployed in Iraq right now. Played golf on the base there and crashed early since the three of us woke up at 4:30 Minnesota time.
Woke up and drove to Miramar, a naval base about 20 minutes from Pendleton. (If it sounds familiar, it's because that's where the Top Gun people go, so throughout my time there I was humming the Top Gun theme and singing "Highway To The Danger Zone" Played a round of golf there and went back to Pendleton to pack up since we would be staying overnight at his friends house in Valencia. Drove the 2 hours up to Valencia, which is pretty good in LA traffic I hear, and hung around the house with his friends, had some wine and cheese and the four of us decided to head down to Hollywood for the night. I loved it, I wished I could have stayed longer, I am the biggest night owl of the group so I knew whenever we would have left would be too soon.
We started out parking at Hollywood and Highland and going around the shops and restaurants there and ended up eating at Johnny Rocket's. That whole complex was nice, the 4th floor balcony was fun to hang out on and get a nice view of Hollywood Blvd. We then walked down Hollywood just people watching, looking at the stars on the sidewalk and checking things out. You could easily spot the tourists from the regulars, just by where they pointed their head when they walked. We got an invitation for a free tour of a museum, it looked nice, and my friends and I took a card from the lady and said we might swing by on our way back. I looked at the card and see L Ron Hubbard and start to laugh. Apparently my friends didn't make the connection, but when I told them that he was the founder of Scientology they wanted to go back and get the tour. But by then we were too far down and it probably wouldn't have been as entertaining as they thought.
We ended up at Hollywood & Vine and went into the appropriately named "Hollywood and Vine Bar" We got a couple drinks and wandered around and came upon the vip room. There was nobody guarding it so we decided to go in. Nobody was in there, but it was fun to hang out in for a while. Very nicely decorated and the plastic bed sheets were the perfect touch of class. After I laid on it for a picture, I got to thinking I hope they hose that thing down every night, I probably just laid on some pretty nasty...... just ick. We walked back up Hollywood and drove back to Valencia and crashed.
Sunday-Tuesday to be continued...