Hollywood/San Diego - the adventure really begins
Trip Start Mar 31, 2013
5Trip End Apr 22, 2015
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Also saw the playboy mansion (Happy Birthday to Heff for yesterday), as well as the houses used to film Doctor Seuss, Ironman and Charlie's Angels, Brady Bunch, Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, Freddy Kruger and others.
Other notable places we passed included the place where Brittney cut had a brain fade and cut all her hair off, Beverly Hills Hotel, Hollywood High (Forest Gump and Grease Filmed there), Jimmy Kimmel live stage, Hotel Roosevelt, Laugh Factory, plenty of celebrity owned clubs and others
There is certain times when you must realise that you have too much money and for one house in particular, it was plain to see. We saw the biggest house in the US which is owned by Tamara Eccleston, the daughter of British F1 boss, Bernie Eccleston... The house itself is valued around the $85 million mark and it features a Starbucks coffee, bowling alley, 87 car spaces, 24 bedrooms making and much more making it almost as big as my Mum and Dad's on the Gold Coast. The 23 year old model has done very well for herself and unfortunately for me, she is taken but there is still hope.... It really opened our eyes to the glitz and glam of Beverly Hills. The tour itself changed my opinion of LA pretty quickly! Within a couple of blocks I went from feeling like I was about to be mugged to looking like I was about to do a mugging... Another great Moment was when our tour guide asked if I liked "to get fucked up"! I then realised after he asked me "just alcohol?" that he was trying to sell me drugs. This trend becomes very evident all throughout the US and for the record, I was quick to decline our tour guides generous offer.
The highlight of the day was definitely the Clippers v Pacers game. The Clips staged a miraculous comeback after being 25 down mid way through the third term on the back of some brilliant play from Bledsloe, Odom and Crawford
Day 3 though would without a doubt be the best day so far and will go down as one of the greatest events I have ever seen. The day itself was pretty quiet as Cam stayed in bed nursing a massive hangover but it was the night that was awe inspiring. The mighty Dallas Mavericks led by the great one , Dirk Nowitzki were to take on a little known team, the Los Angeles Lakers, in a battle to make the NBA finals. What made it even more amazing is that we had picked the night where former Lakers great, Shaq O'Neal would have his jersey retired. This is only the 9th jersey retirement in the long and rich history of the Lakers so to randomally get tickets to this massive game was just unbelievable. We arrived early at the stadium as it was the hottest ticket in town with the news of Shaq's jersey retirement. We arrived about 2.5 hours before tip off and decided to explore around the Staples Centre
People trying to sell hardcore drugs on the street to randoms must be a thing here in Hollywood as my count continues to rise as does that of Cam
We left for San Diego the following day going by train and taking in he sights on the 3 hour trip. We were happy to be in San Diego and just the outskirts looked much nicer than anything we had already seen in Hollywood. It turned out to be just that and the two days we were to have there literally didn't seem enough time. We arrived at the hostel but on our 10 block walk there we also noticed another Distinct difference between Hollywood and San Diego.... All the freaks and weirdos had been replaced by stupidly good looking women! JACKPOT! I swear all the good looking American girls must congregate in San Diego. I definitely wasn't complaining (not sure if Cort was though, he has already had been accused of being gay by two English blokes... Take a hint with that Haircut) Being a genuine 9.5, I was glad to once again fit in and be around other astonishing attractive people.........
We were staying in the heart of what is known as the Gaslamp Quarter/District which is literally so cool
That night we went on a pub crawl around the Gaslamp with some of the boys from the hostel. Aussie blokes who were there for the same reasons we were. Started at "The Shouthouse" which featured two guys on dueling pianos playing all the hits. It was reminiscent of the classic 2011 Romanian Eurovision entry Playing with Fire and we all know how good that is. It didn't take long for "the loudest and most over the top guy in all of Australia" as one of the boys described me to be up in the middle of the stage singing "I'm Too Sexy" by Right Said Fred. It would have been rude not too, I had to give the fans what they wanted.
We visited a number of other joints including Whiskey Girls which was next to our hostel and became a bit of a local but we probably had the most fun at Double Deuce which was complete with a mechanical bull
Other major highlights in San Diego included our visit to the home of the San Diego Padres, Petco Park. We decided to do the tour of the ballground before we San Diego and it was another great experience. It was an awesome to get a great look into what goes on behind the scenes. I'm sure it will make the game that we see in San Francisco even more exciting. The condition of the outfield was just unbelievable which made it so much harder to turn down their offer to play for them this year after my former team "The Compton Panthers" disbanded. Maybe I will be back in a few years time.
Just walking around the beautiful city of San Diego and even managing some time to shot hoops right on the bay was an experience in itself
I met some wonderful people in San Diego and it really is a city I could live in. I wish we were able to stay for longer and revisit some place however Cort kept handing out his "Call me, Maybe" business cards every time we got the cheque and then would refuse to go within about 500m of the joint. It's funny watching Cort struggle with the language barrier and his communication with girls when he isn't drinking. It generally consists of him freezing up and looking to me for help. Can't wait to see him in Europe where they don't actually speak English....
It has become a continuing trend that Cam and Cort will rarely tip overhear in America despite it being common practice. It's a frustrating and obvious difference between our two countries however something I knew that I had to do. With the minimum wage in many of these places at about $3 an hour, I sometimes think that we don't understand how lucky we are to live in Australia.
Our next destination is Las Vegas with is sure to be a lot of fun and probably the most expensive city that we go too. One thing is a given, we will definitely be getting #loose