Trip Start Jul 15, 2008
Trip End Jul 30, 2008

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

We arrived in Long Beach on time.  In fact we were a little early, so we had lunch at the airport then picked up our rental car.  We were supposed to get a 4 door sedan, but we were "upgraded" to a mini-van.  Driving a mini-van would ruin my image if I were at home, but I will never see these people again so I can live with it.

At this point I would like to send a BIG THANK YOU, to Bonnie.  I am a man and real men don't need directions.  Unless they are driving in LA, in which case they need all the help they can get.  However, in listening to Bonnie about LA traffic, and at her encouragement, I got off my wallet and bought at GPS.  It may have been the best money I spent on this trip.  The difference between traffic here and in DC is fairly simple.  There is just as much of it, but here it seems to keep moving.  In DC you go then you stop.  Here there is always something in motion, like motorcycles driving between cars, people passing on the right, or on the highway a never ending stream of lane changes.  The GPS allows me to focus on traffic, and not on reading signs.  Sarah has even named the GPS.  Miranda Magellan. 

Thank You Miranda, and Bonnie!!!

So after experiencing our first round of driving in LA traffic we arrived at the hotel.  We were able to check in early.  There is nothing much to say about the hotel.  It is nice, clean, centrally located, and safe.  That is all I wanted in a hotel, since we are not hanging out here much.

We dropped off our stuff and decided to head to Hollywood.  We braved the side roads, listened to Miranda tell us where to go, and amazingly enough, ended up at the Chinese Grauman Theater. 



Once there we walked along the sidewalk and saw the stars on the ground.  As luck would have it we came upon one of the great female actress stars, among others, of our time:

Sandra B                       Sarah on Hollywood Blvd

That's my opinion anyway.

In the forecourt we saw the foot prints of John Wayne, Johnny Depp, Will Smith, Peter Sellars, Rosiland Russell, Bette Davis, Julie Andrews, and many many more.  The court was full of all kinds of people.  There were tourists, street actors, vendors, wannabe Hollywood girls with big sunglasses, and just about every other thing you can imagine. 

The Duke

The picture below is us with the Hollywood sign behind us:

Us in Hollywood

This is Sarah with a Silver Mime: 

Shinny Mime

All in all it was a cool day.  Since I was a little kid watching Adam-12 and Dragnet, I have always wanted to come to LA.  It took me 45 years, but I am here.  What is better I am getting to experience it with Pat and Sarah.

Type to you later,

Mike, Pat, and Sarah.
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