Thursday, February 11, 2016

Drive Down (Tacky) Hollywood Boulevard



Hey folks, back to Hollywood today.  Every now and then I go off on one of my political rants like I did in my previous post.  I need to do those rants, if for no other reason than to get my feelings out there in the blogosphere for all to read, see and hear.  But I do know those posts are not among my most popular so thanks for indulging me.

In today's post I take you, my faithful readers back to my annual California Vacation Indulgence.  

This is the second year in a row that my Canadian Travel Buddy (Pat) and I have visited Los Angeles, California.  Specifically, Hollywood California.  

What a treat it is for us to walk on those same streets of which so much history has been made and is still being made.  We have yet to see a real life movie star (Drew Carey of "The Price is Right!" doesn't count, sorry Drew) but we haven't given up hope yet.  Oh sure, we have hit the usual tourist meccas like La La Land,  Grumman's Chinese Theater, the Walk of Fame and even Forest Lawn Cemetery.  We even stood right next to Bette Davis's mausoleum!

Pat and I at Forest Lawn Cemetery last year in front of Bette Davis's mausoleum (Pat was brought to tears)

Take notice at the end of the video I posted in this blog, that Pat gets a call from a realtor.  Yep, Pat's checking out properties for sale in Los Angeles.  You know how those rich Canadians are.  

Enjoy the drive folks. Lots more videos and photos to post of our California Vacation Indulgence to post in the future.  Glad you like them!


Pat and I in a furniture store in Beverly Hills - yes, THAT Beverly Hills! 


Other than Ashton Kutcher, we were probably the only two guys in Beverly Hills to wear beat up baseball caps.  Touristas to the end!

19 comments:

  1. You and Pat are one up on me - - I've never seen the mausoleum of Bette Davis.

    Thanks for the enjoyable ride down Hollywood Blvd. Some of it is unrecognizable (I don't recall a McDonalds there). I do, however, remember El Capitan, the Hollywood Cinema (I've been there), the Wax Museum, and the Roosevelt Hotel (that's where I saw Ethel Merman throwing a tantrum about her bill). And I have shopped at the Gap.

    BTW - I liked the background music in your video. Excerpts from "The Tales of Hoffman"....??

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    1. Jon,
      The musical background to our ride down Hollywood Boulevard was pure chance. That selection (which I also like) just happened to be playing on the classical radio station we just discovered on our rented Chevy Malibu. I think it was Offenbach.
      Ron

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    2. I play often Bach, and sometimes Beethoven...

      That's a joke, but it's sonata very funny.

      :-)

      -Andy

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    3. Hollywood Blvd. is way different than it was. About 20 years ago they started with the renovations, first with the grand theaters, then building Hollywood and Highland, where the Oscars are now held. It used to be a shit hole and deserted at night, not anymore, it now has the feel of a west coast Times Square at times. At least the tourists now have something to look at! But there is still lots of filler in between Highland and Vine--tacky stores--because the ONLY people who shop the Blvd. are tourists. Ron, you will not see movie stars there ever except for when there is a premiere. You would have had to go to a gym like Golds, or up Runyon Canyon to see some stars in the "real world". The thing with stars is that you would probably not have known if one passed you by, as they rarely look the "same" out in real life--they blend in. And Jon, the GAP was not there until about 15 years ago, so you must have shopped at another. I am sure Jon that you have stories of Selma Ave.

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    4. Andy,
      Beethoven is one of my favorite composers. Did you know the "Jude Judy" show has Beethoven's Fifth as it theme? Of course you did! (smile).
      Ron

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    5. Tony,
      All good information about Hollywood Boulevard. Say, next year you're going to have to take a day off and take us (me and Pat) on a tour of Sunset and Hollywood and tell us what was and is now. We did see some tacky but I did get the "Times Square" vibe that Hollywood Boulevard has in parts. Toronto's downtown has the same vibe. I've never been to Times Square in New York, nor do I have a desire to. You're right, we probably passed some celebrities but we wouldn't know it if we did. However, I think on a couple of occasions both Pat and I were taken as Celebrities in Disguise. (thought you would like that one).
      Ron

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    6. Tony, I was on a very brief visit to L.A. in 2004 and I bought a shirt at the Gap on the Boulevard. But, LONG ago I also used to shop at another Gap there and I swear I can't remember where it was. Possibly it was on Wilshire.

      Strangely enough, I didn't cruise Selma very often because - only because the cops loved to "cruise" there ....(*smile*)

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    7. Jon,
      I have yet to see a "cruisey" spot in LA or West Hollywood, not that I'm looking for it. However, I did see several homeless who were obviously once hustlers or maybe still are. By the way, I used to shop at Gap almost exclusively for my "cruise wear."
      Ron

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  2. Forgot to mention that the sidewalks on Hollywood Blvd. used to always be thoroughly spray-washed every morning at around 5:00 am. I'm assuming that they still do it.

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    1. Jon,
      I was disappointed at how dirty the Walk of Fame was. I had assumed they were cleaned daily. I don't think that's the case now.
      Ron

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  3. Looks like fun shopping. The rant was fun, you should change you name to "none of the Above" and run this year.

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    1. David,
      Pat loves checking out the modern furniture stores. I love to rant but I try not to bore my blog readers with too many of those posts. At one time in my youth I had considered getting into politics but ruled it out because I was gay. In fact, I had to rule out a lot of life possibilities because I was/am gay. My first dream job was to be an airline steward but back when I had that dream that job was only open to women. In fact most jobs I wanted were only open to women. Maybe I was born too soon. I did alright though with my career choices.
      Ron

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  4. Ron - sooo cold up here now - and LA is in the 80's. Oh for a quick switch. But can't complain with such a light winter. Nice to see all the sights you posted on the blog. So much to see in that and the neighbouring cities.

    Pat

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    1. And guess what Pat? It's going to get even colder this weekend. Maybe next year we should go to LA in February. February seems to be the coldest month of the year. I like revisiting (and reliving) the sights and sounds from our trip. Aren't videos and photos great? And to think, we have hardly scratched the surface of all there is to see in LA.
      Ron

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  5. Thanks for vid, Ron. I watched it though, alas, it was necessarily soundless. Could have done with your commentary, but as a poor second best, on the radio in the background was an interview with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson about 'Zoolander 2' which opens here tomorrow - though advance reviews so far are not very favourable. Incidentally, I noticed that that film was plastered over the side of one of the buses you passed. Anyway I thought that your film without your words might be dead boring but it became increasingly fascinating, such that I wish it'd been longer.

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    1. Ray,
      You HAVE to get a computer with sound. You can enjoy the videos so much better. Yes, the "Zoolander 2" banners were posted all along Hollywood Boulevard when. Yesterday I read a review of the movie. It was devastating. Are you going to watch it? Pat liked the original, me not so much. I'll take a pass on this sequel although I do like Ben Stiller.
      Ron

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    2. Undecided about 'Zoo - 2', Ron. Never saw the original though it did get fairly reasonable reviews at the time, unlike this new one. The first keeps getting repeated on the telly but I can never be bothered. So it's probably going to be a 'miss' for this sequel.
      I can just about tolerate Stiller - I mean he doesn't exactly put me off, unlike a number of others.

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    3. Ray,
      I like Stiller when he plays his bemused character. ""Zoo lander" had a few lame jokes that were sort of funny but the movie as a whole was poorly put together and mist of the "jokes" weren't funny but just gross. I like a more subtle humor which is the type of role Stiller usually plays.
      Ron

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    4. I'll make an effort to watch the original 'Zoo' when it next comes on telly (which seems to be about every 2 months) - if only to look out for the Bowie cameo appearance. But I've made up my mind not to bother with this new one as, on this Sunday morning, just about all the reviews are uniformly hopeless - as well opinions from the public. Why waste good money?

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