I am visiting Marilyn, my old roommate in Arizona, and Bellie, our kitty, wasn’t really dead, then in L.A. trying desperately to find the Terminator, gave up and met some other actors to do a stunt show in the water with a real great white named Jaws, "Jaws" decided not to cooperate and really try to eat me, not cool, then left the beach to go find Terminator again, ran into a gang of motorcycle dudes from Mad Max, I started shooting them up because they were bad, then they chased me all over Australia, me on my own motorcycle trying desperately to lose them and find my baby and…wife? Yep, I physically turned into Mel Gibson in Mad Max.
Okay, so after about a couple of weeks of boredom, suddenly in one week I am bombarded by a billion things to do. Last Sunday I spent all day in Santa Barbara with The Terminator and experienced oysters for the first time. Let me tell ya, eating oysters was a difficult thing to do.
It’s like going down on a guy. Just gotta keep telling yourself to not think about it. Just swallow—swallow—swallow. I had two and that was enough for a lifetime. That day I also had lobster for lunch and filet mignon for dinner and freshly made cupcakes for dessert at this awesome little bakery called Cupcakery. Love it! And then around 11pm I sang Sweet Child O’Mine and Don’t Rain On My Parade at this little karaoke bar, flooring the bar inhabitants. Didn’t get home until 2:30am.
The following Tuesday I was invited out by a girl, Stephanie, from work to go to the Jay Leno Show. I was totally stoked! She and her boyfriend and I got to sit up front and shook Leno’s hand. You can actually see me for a couple of seconds at the very beginning of the show. I’m in the teal and black striped sweater. He was so cool. Looked like a plastic doll up close. His guest was Bill Cosby and he was freaking hilarious! So amazing is Bill Cosby!!! [UPDATE: …..no longer hilarious or amazing……]
Later that night we went CANYON RACING with Stephanie’s friend Corey!!! Instead of 30 min., it took us 7 min. to get to Malibu from where we were. My stomach was in my throat the whole time. I was holding on for dear life, but it was incredible. Corey owns a street car race car which means it can grip regular street pavement and turn on a dime. Pretty nuts.
The next day, I met up with an old friend from high school, Jennifer Ricks. She is assistant designer for GUESS Jeans. She showed me around her work inside GUESS headquarters. We had lunch at the Wolfgang Puck cafeteria and then shopped inside the warehouse store where GUESS items that were approved or not approved (meaning they probably never made it to the big stores so it makes them one of a kind) and I was in GUESS heaven! Because of Rixie’s 40% discount off of already hugely discounted stuff, I bought over 500$ worth of clothing for only 100$!!! I was a very happy girl. I’ve never owned nice jeans before and they fit me perfectly. Maybe because the girl the base all their jean sizes on (whom I met during lunch) is exactly the same size as me. I said to her, “So you’re the girl I can blame if something doesn’t fit me right.” She laughed and said, “Yep!” One of the pairs of jeans I bought would be priced close to 200$ in the store, but in the warehouse they were only 40$. I nearly choked when the register lady told me that.
So, all in all, it’s been quite an interesting week. I’m getting the hang of Burbank, Westlake, Simi Valley, and even a little bit of L.A. Speaking of which, I noticed the L.A. style of driving is rubbing off of me. There was a point in downtown where I cut a bunch of people off to get back on the freeway (which, by the way, sucks because the on ramps to freeways are crazy illogical!). I thought to myself, wow, I really am turning into a California driver.
I will say, though, I haven’t had a tinge of homesickness. I have missed my closest friends very much, but I definitely feel great here. I love how all the towns dress up for Halloween. Everywhere I go there are elaborate decorations making me feel like a kid again. Much different than lame Arizona which doesn’t get in the spirit for any holiday. On a side note, I have been applying to IGN consistently for all their openings, one of which really fits me as Expanded Editor. However, the job is in San Fransisco. Boo. 😦 But I applied anyway. If I could get a well paying job with IGN, I would be set for life. We’ll see what happens.