Time to return to Ron and Pat's Wonderful Vacation Adventure in Los Angeles, California:
Today's installment is of me and Pat and our wonderful, lovely, beautiful and gracious hostess Nadege treating me and Pat to a movie at the Pacific Theater at The Grove, the place to be in West Hollywood. This isn't the Dover Mall folks (hardly). To say I was in culture shock (me, a Walmart and B.J.'s regular) would be an understatement. When we walked into the sumptuous, spacious and luxurious lobby of the Pacific movie theater I realized that I was miles and miles away from the Midway movie theater of Rehoboth Beach. Wow, I could get used to this.
|The "Refreshment Stand" at the Pacific movie theater at The Grove (Pat is the third person from the right) - hey Raybeard, how would you like this to be your neighborhood movie theater?|
You know folks, I don't think I could ever go back to the Midway Theater in Rehoboth Beach now. I've been thoroughly spoiled. Oh it doesn't take much to spoil me. I've known from an early age that I have expensive tastes, way above my social strata. I must have been filthy rich in one of my previous lives. Maybe I was one of those first class Titanic passengers that went down with the ship in 1912. I don't know but what I do know is that I very easily gravitate towards expensive tastes. I am a snob.
The movie we decided on was a Liam Neeson movie "Taken Three." Pat had seen the previous Liam Neeson "Taken" movies and said this was true to the formula. I liked the movie but I'm more of a "Downton Abbey" kind of movie guy. But I loved the luxurious seats we were nestled in. Wow, again this wasn't the Midway theater in Rehoboth Beach. Great surround sound, movie screen and comfortable seats. What's not to like for $27.95?
After we watched the movie, we exited to the outside to decided what to do next. Nadege suggested the Farmer's Market. Oh, I've heard so much about the Farmer's Market. By the way, the rain . . . . very unusual for Los Angeles but it didn't bother us or the other shoppers at the Grove that day. it was a gentle rain, not the kind of rain that you always see in the movie, buckets of rain. This was real life rain, not "movie rain" which is actually garden hoses from the side out of camera range.
Looking at these videos and pictures that I took of our California Adventure I am reminded of how lucky I am to be able to record these memories forever. I've been accused (by some) of "living in the past." Well folks, I plead guilty. My only regret is that I didn't take more pictures and videos in my past so I could relive me past and share these good times with those who are interested now. This is my legacy.
Continuing on with our rainy day at The Grove, if I lived in West Hollywood I daresay I would be hanging out at places like The Grove almost every day. So it's a good thing I don't live in West Hollywood because I couldn't afford it. Not with my modest bank pensions and Social Security and part-time job at the hotel in Lewes. I'm just small potatoes man, able to take a once a year fantasy journey to Hollywood and indulge myself with friends for a few fun days. Of course we will be returning next year. Always great to have something to look forward too.
|The food court at the Farmer's Market - The Grove Los Angeles, California|
By the way folks, I think I'm finally going to make that trip I've always wanted to make my whole life . . . to my ancestral homeland . . . . England. Yes, it is true folks, perhaps next year in the spring. That is if my health holds out and I don't have any more accidents. Time is a running out folks, the old Hour Glass of Life for me is quickly coming to an end. I'm always surprised when I look at videos or pictures and realize they were taken six, seven and more years ago. Time does go by so fast. Now is not the time to put off That Trip for sometime in the future. The future is here now.
|Look closely and you'll see "Tipton" England - where my clan started out - located in the Black County of Midlands, England|