Thursday, January 29, 2015

Ron and Pat's First Full Day in West Hollywood


Me with our Nissan Sentra rental car in West Hollywood, Sunset Boulevard, California

After a much needed day off yesterday folks, I'm back with my continuing coverage of our ten day vacation of a lifetime in Los Angeles, California from January 7th to January 17th. 

I'm repeating myself folks, but I am so glad I took this trip to Los Angeles.  All my life I've been meaning to take trips like this but always put it off because the time wasn't convenient, couldn't afford it or I just didn't want to go by myself.  Well, as you know (and I often remind you) my Time is running out.  No more putting off until tomorrow what I can do today.  And afford it?  Hey, I can never afford it.  I was born poor (like many of you I'm sure), been poor almost my whole life, with the brief exception of one 63 week period in 1986 when I was receiving two salaries from my former bank job (separation pay) and my new banking job.  Always before and after that time I barely stay above the poverty level of income producing households but I don't have a family, no expensive habits (unless you count  $300 a year membership in Ancestry.com) and I own my own home.  I've always had income coming in, albeit small, from the time I was in third grade (paper boy) until now in my 73rd year I work part-time as a hotel front desk agent which brings in the cash that enables me to splurge on vacations like the one I just had in Los Angeles.


View of West Hollywood Hills (and the Comedy Factory) from Sunset Boulevard

But I digress again as I often do when I write these blog post right off the top of my head (stream of consciousness -
  1. a person's thoughts and conscious reactions to events, perceived as a continuous flow. The term was introduced by William James in his Principles of Psychology(1890).
    • a literary style in which a character's thoughts, feelings, and reactions are depicted in a continuous flow uninterrupted by objective description or conventional dialogue. James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and Marcel Proust are among its notable early exponents.



Which I'm sure doesn't come as a surprise to my regular blog followers that this is my style of writing.  Not for me writing first into my Word program then carefully studying sentence and paragraph structure.  Oh no, I just let it flow.  But again, I digress.

Today's posting are videos that I took of our first full day in Los Angeles, West Hollywood to be specific.

Our first full day we drove down the palm tree lined Hollywood Boulevard, which parallels Sunset Boulevard.  We were staying at a cozy bed and breakfast on Hollywood Boulevard with the original name of "The Hollywood Bed and Breakfast" (who would've thunk?)  Well folks, it was the ideal location.  


Pat checking out at Trader Joe's at the small mall on Sunset Boulevard that was our second home while we were in California. Trader Joe's, can you imagine a Trader Joe's in Rehoboth Beach?  Yeah, I can't either.  I'm telling you folks, I'm seriously thinking of .  . . . . . . . . relocating some day.  Get away from this cold in the winter and the craziness in the summer that is Rehoboth Beach jammed with tourists. Yes, there might just be another alternative. I'm thinking about it.

Our first full day our bodies quickly adapted to the warm temperatures that is California in January.  A little smoggy during our first day but that didn't diminish our pleasure in this welcome respite from the cold climes of our respective homes in Toronto, Canada and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  Again, what really struck me were the REAL palm trees, not the faux palm trees in Rehoboth (plastic).  I know I've been beating up on my home base of Rehoboth Beach but folks, I can't emphasize enough how much I was beginning to enjoy the real thing.

A few blocks from where we were staying was a wonderful indoor/outdoor shopping/food court which Pat and I frequented every day. I forget the name of it but it was located on Sunset Boulevard directly across the street from the Chateau Marmont hotel. The address is 8000 West Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California. 


Two very happy tourists from the cold winds of the east coast to the warm winds of the west coast

We ate there almost every day at the Veggie Grill, sometimes twice a day.  Not only did they have the fabulous Veggie Grill there but they had a smoothie place called Body Works which made the best smoothies I've ever had in my life. 



Pat and I didn't have any specific plan for each day, whatever we felt like doing. One activity we were especially fond of doing was just relaxing and folks, we did plenty of that.  

So here folks are some of the videos that I took of our very relaxing and enjoyable first day in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.


12 comments:

  1. Ron,

    I love Trader Joes! Though I have to drive about 12 miles to get to one, Sonoma is pretty famous for keeping out chain stores, so shopping is limited. Enjoyed all the video's and now I wish we had a vegi place to eat here.

    Cindy from Sonoma

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    1. Cindy,
      We have a Trader Joe's here in Delaware but I would have to travel 90 miles to Wilmington. Maybe someday down here in LSD we'll get more than crab cakes and craft beer.
      Ron

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    2. Ron,

      I feel very lucky to have a town 12 miles from here that has Trader Joe's and a Target. My other love Costco is about 20 miles away which is good because it is so easy to spend too much money there! Love Trader Joe's organic crackers and cheese, they will be in my snack bag on my flight a week from Saturday.

      Cindy from Sonoma

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    3. Cindy,
      We also have a Costco that that is also located at the Christiana Mall where Trader Joe's is location near Wilmington, about 90 miles away. Maybe someday here in LSD we'll finally get the cool stores.
      Ron

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  2. More nice pictures! Cool videos! I am loving this trip more and more.

    Peace <3
    Jay

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    1. Jay,
      I'm loving posting them. It's like I'm on vacation again!
      Ron

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  3. Did you go to the Getty Center or LACMA? They are two of my favorite places in LA.

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    1. rjjs,
      Unfortunately we didn't get a chance. Next year!
      Ron

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  4. Looks like fun, maybe next January I will plan a couple of extra days in LA. I am on the 34th floor of Alamona Hotel in Honolulu for the next five nights.

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    1. David,
      Plan a couple of extra days next January in L.A. We can meet for lunch in Little Tokyo or the Grove with our friend Nadege. That would be great!
      Ron

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  5. Further evidence of you enjoying 'the time of your life' - and what a time it's been! It couldn't have got any better. It's also salutary to see the reality of names of places which have been so magical in our imaginations for all our lives looking so, well, 'ordinary'. Even so, I long to be there myself one day. I refuse to give up hope!

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    1. Ray,
      Don't give up hope! I did years ago and see what happened? Dreams do come true. Believe!
      Ron

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