Hollywood baby!

Trip Start Sep 28, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Rise early for a packed day ahead.  There is so much to see and do here, so much to get sucked into, but we want a bitesized slice of everything Hollywood in one day.  We head for one of the cities open top sightseeing tours and take it from there.

LA really is a city of extremes.  It feels like you can do anything here, and yet at the same time; know your place and stay in the gutter.  All those kids flocking to the bright lights over the years and ending up filling cars in gas statons or waiting tables.  For every success story, there are a million failures, and yet, you still think; "what if...?"

It's a wonderful buzz to see the sights.  Various special loactions, hang outs, studios, the famous sign, et al.  Tourists are eager to spot a star, but most will probably be holed up in their ridiculously huge mansions dotted around the surrounding hills.  The juxtaposition of money and wealth with crime, corruption and dodgy streets is astounding.  It is a facinatingly daunting place.  One cannot help but get pangs of desire to make it here.

After cramming in as much as possible in a city so vast, it's time to head south and meet the intrepid rally team for the first time.  Tonight's accomodation is a boat in the driveway of our host and organiser; Murray Johnson.  The crazy experience starts as it means to go on.

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