Tuesday, June 09, 2015

California, Here We Come!

Pat relaxing poolside at the Hollywood Bed and Breakfast last January - far from the cold winds, ice and snow of his domicile in Toronto, Canada

Well, it's done folks!  Pat and I have secured our plane reservations and lodgings to return to the Golden State of California next January.

"Ninja" Pat when he heard we were returning to Los Angeles next year
This year I'll be meeting Pat in Philadelphia and we'll take the same plane out to California and the same plane back. It's a five hour flight out and back and I find much more enjoyable to have my Canadian friend as my seat mate than a random air passenger.  I'm that way you know, fussy to a fault (and sometimes beyond belief).

We will be returning to the Hollywood Bed and Breakfast where we camped out last January.  We can't give too many kudos to the Hollywood B & B: 

Perfect location
Perfect hosts
Perfect quarters
Perfect breakfast
Good price

However, this year, conceding to Pat's minimalist yearnings we will be splitting our time between the aforementioned Hollywood B & B and staying at a hillside bunker (pictured below):

We will staying in the apartment above the garage (hope no one leaves the motor running in their car when we're sleeping at night).  The owners of this hillside fortress in the Hollywood Hills live in the generous window paned two floors to the left of our "bunker."  I don't know why but this building sort of reminds me of Hitler's Last Stand but hey, what do I know?  Just me being "unfiltered" again (big smile).

Next year we hope to meet again our new friends that we met this past January.  

Me, Nadege and Pat in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles

Pat, me and Tony (I hope Tony doesn't take umbrage that I have divulged his name) at a veggie eatery near the Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California (great food by the way and I walked out without paying the bill - but the waitress caught up with me - it was an accident!)

I also hope to meet in person some new friends (that would be you "Cindy of Sonoma" and "Mike of Studio City". I am still amazed that every blogger or commenter I've met has been super folks.  Nary a stalker among them (there I go again, unfiltered). 

"Mike of Studio City" (I have that same brown plaid shirt Mike! Good thing we never appeared in a bar in that shirt at the same time - I would have had to turn in my gay leather and western cruise card)
Our next trip out I have to make sure that Pat get's plenty of rest.  The poor boy, I ran him ragged with trying to see everything (and he drove) during our all too short visit to Los Angeles and West Hollywood this past January.

Pat resting a bit at CB2's  in West Hollywood - Pat was often in the prone position during his stay in Hollywood

I take a nap every afternoon.  And not just a fifteen minute or so "power nap" but a "Mom nap" which is half an hour to an hour.  

Pat grabbing a few more winks someplace during our stay in Los Angels - this could have been one of those modern furniture stores which he likes to visit in big cities ) there are no modern furniture stores in small towns (of course) with the exception of Rehoboth Beach (we have one which Pat has visited - twice)

Me, when I'm on vacation, I don't take a nap.  Time is too precious.  I'm on the go continually from the time I wake up (usually very early and certainly before Pat wakes up) until the Midnight Hour when we finally called it a Day during our stay in West Hollywood.

Pat and met at the Griffith Observatory and the famous "Hollywood" sign - we'll be back at this same location next January!

So we're off again folks. Hopefully my leg will be back to normal and I'll walk my ass off like I've been doing for the past 70 some years of my life.  I don't know what life would be like (and I dare not imagine although I had a taste of it the past three months) if I couldn't walk wherever and as long as I wanted too.  I've been a walker all my life and I don't intended to succumb to slothful ways now in the sunset of my life.

While I'm here on this earth with whatever time remains for me I fully intend to live life to it's fullest or as much as I am able to with my health and can afford.  And when I become that Scarecrow in the Field (as Elton John's song "Curtains" refers to), I will have known Life. And that is to have loved and be loved. That's all I ask and that is what I have been blessed with.

I used to know this old scarecrow
He was my song, my joy and sorrow
Cast alone between the furrows
Of a field no longer sown by anyone
I held a dandelion
That said the time had come
To leave upon the wind
Not to return
When summer burned the earth again
Cultivate the freshest flower
This garden ever grew
Beneath these branches
I once wrote such childish words for you
But that's okay
There's treasure children always seek to find
And just like us
You must have had
A once upon a time


  1. It is going to be fun Ron and Pat! I hope you will find some time to go down to the desert (Palm Springs), maybe SanDiego and Santa Barbara. But even if you don't go to all those places, LA is still a fun place. I am looking forward to see you at your favorite vegan "grill" place.

    1. Nadege,
      January can't come soon enough! I'm glad Pat and I have put an annual visit to California on our agenda. Gives us something to look forward to all year. I would love to visit San Diego and Santa Barbara. I don't know if we'll have enough time. There was so much we didn't get a chance to do on our last visit to LA. One thing is for sure, meeting you again!

  2. I am headed to a place I have never been to next month (well, leaving June 29). I am headed to Kansas City, KS. Not as glamorous as LA, but there will be a special friend waiting for me there!

    Now I am a BIT less jealous! HAHAHAHAHA

    Peace <3

    1. Jay,
      Now this is GOOD NEWS! Can we expect to read all about your Kansas City visit on one of your future blog postings? I hope so! (big smile).

  3. Thanks Ron for another touching blog. Lovely song Curtains. I think we can all relate. I like your perspective on life. Just short thoughts.


    1. Pat,
      "Curtains" is the song I want played at my funeral or memorial service, and yes, I am having a service unlike my two recently departed friends (Wayne Juneau and Ed Cage) who ostentatiously decreed that they would have NO SERVICE. The first time I heard Elton John sing "Curtains" I knew it was me from the lyrics "I used to know this old scarecrow, he was my song, my joy and sorrow. Cast along between the furrows of a field no longer sown by anyone. I held a dandelion that said the time had come to leave upon the wind not to return when summer burned the earth again." The first time I heard those lyrics I melted. I've never forgotten them even though I couldn't remember the name, "Curtains", of the song. Play that song for me Pat at my send off.

  4. No umbrage taken! Looking forward to your next visit!

    1. Tony,
      Absolutely! No umbrage taken at all. You are a sweetheart and we both looking forward to visiting again with you next year.

  5. Glad to hear that you're booked for your next California adventure. I've never heard Elton John's "Curtains" but I like it a lot. Does anybody remember his song "The Greatest Discovery". It was from the first album he released in the U.S.. Brings back a lot of memories.......

    Nice photos of
    Nadege (sweet)
    Tony (really sweet)
    Mike (give him my address!)

    Hey, I'm just kidding........

    1. Jon,
      First time I heard "Curtains", I knew it was me. That is MY SONG. I get emotional every time I hear it.
      Hey! Nadege is sweet as is Tony. I've talked to Mike on the phone but haven't met him in person yet. I hope too on our next visit.

  6. It is fun to be back to planning travel, I am going to Chicago the end of July, Portland in September, and Switzerland a year from now.

    1. David,
      Isn't it great to get back to our normal activities? I'm almost there. Still tire easily and can't quite bend my leg all the way but getting there . . . . fast.

  7. Hmmmmmm. Well it's okay for some! But seriously, have a WONderful time - though that hardly needs saying.
    And if you remember come next Jan, tell Tony that there's sure to have been a fan club formed in his honour by then. If there hasn't been he still deserves one.

    1. Ray,
      Tony definitely deserves a fan club. He's good-looking, sexy, smart, witty and a lot of fun to be with. We're both looking forward to visiting with him again next year.

  8. Anonymous1:50 PM

    Hi, Ron. Yesterday I happened to watch on YouTube a video of Miss Coco Peru shopping at the WeHo Target. There appears to be an amazing view of the Hollywood sign from the front of that store.

    Coco Peru is a famous drag queen, and I find her very funny. She's not for everyone, tho. From Netflix you can get a very camp movie called Girls Will Be Girls that stars Coco, Varla Jean Merman, and some queen I had never heard of but was very funny. Again, not for everyone. And the inimitable female impersonator (I think there is a difference between that and drag) Charles Busch is unbelievable in Die, Mommie, Die!.

    Hope your week is going well, and keep up the good work with your PT! ~~~ NB

    1. NB,
      I know of Coco Peru and she has appeared in Rehoboth Beach. I think I've seen her in some films. I've also seethe documentary film on Charles Bush. Amazing transformation he did.
      A couple more weeks PT and I'm on my own. Almost there now!
      Thanks for the good wishes.

  9. Randy in NEB3:12 AM

    Hi Ron, Ever since I got back from Spo-land aka Arizona I've hit the ground running. With getting caught up at home and at work. You mentioned the possibility of me joining you and Pat in LA next January. Are you up to having a third wheel tag along? I could do all the driving. What are the dates you and Pat will be out in LA? If you're up to it I'd like to make it a three some. lol. Randy.

    1. Hey Randy,
      Thanks for the generous offer but Pat and I have already reserved our rooms for two. Also, my threesome days are long behind me (smile).

  10. oh I want to meet Tony!

    1. Dr. Spo,
      You definitely should meet Tony. Both Pat and I liked him a LOT. Personable, intelligent, witty and may I say sexy with that lithe, dancer trained body of his? Oh yes, you would like
      Tony. And since both of you are in the same field of work you would have a lot to discuss.


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