Our first meeting in Hollywood...

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Jerome, Me, Yadi, Sue, and Keith!

Los Angeles, originally named El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Angeles del Río de Porciúncula (The Village of Our Lady, the Queen of the Angels of the river of Porziuncola) aka the City of Angels aka La La Land, or what I like to call the City of Lost Angels is where I grew up. What better place to have a meet up where old and new travbuddies collide with some old LA friends.

Kodak Theater at the corner of Hollywood Blvd and Highland Ave.

 

During our super secret Las Vegas meet up I had mentioned to Keith and Mel the idea of once again getting together for fun, camaraderie, and good old fashion debauchery. We all had agreed that an LA meet up would be a great Idea. A few weeks went by, and one night after surfing travbuddy I had noticed Yadilitta aka Yadira aka Yadi aka Yadi Dadi she likes to Party, was flying in to LA for a few days on her way to a new adventure in Australia. What better time to meet up than by celebrating Yadi’s endeavor with the entire travbuddy posse. Let the adventure begin!

 

 I flew into Burbank Wednesday night before the meet up. Figured I'd get an early start. After a night of drinking at the local wine bar by a friends house where I was staying, I prepared for our first day's activities. I borrowed a friend's car and drove down to Hollywood to meet up with Keith, Yadi, Sue, and Jerome.

Inside the Highland complex.

 

They were running late so I decided to explore Hollywood Blvd and some of the back streets. I parked at the Kodak Theater parking structure at the corner of Hollywood Blvd and Highland Avenue. The Kodak Theater is home to the Academy Awards. It is part of the Hollywood and Highland complex, which houses various restaurants and stores. Across the street is the El Capitan Theatre where the Jimmy Kimmel show is filmed. Next to the Kodak Theater is Grauman's Chinese Theatre where many celebrities have placed their handprints and signatures in the cement in front of the theater entrance. . Along the side walks of Hollywood Blvd are the many stars which make up the Walk of Fame. Each star represents celebrities from television, film, music, and radio.

 

I decided to walk past the theater down to Orange street and Franklin Avenue where the Magic Castle is located.

Grauman's Chinese Theatre
The Magic Castle is a private club for Magicians and guests of Magicians where nighly shows are performed and dinner is served in a night club environment. Located on the hill directly above the Magic Castle is Yamashiro’s Restaurant which offers Japanese Cusine and a panoramic view of the Hollywood Hills, Down Town Los Angeles, and bordering cities. A steep walkway down the center of the hill leads to the Japanese Gardens which are landscaped along the hill just below the restaurant.

 

I finally received a call from Keith, they finally arrived! It was finally time to reunite with Sue, Keith, and Jerome, and after weeks of messaging back and forth, meet the one and ony Yadi! I was great to finally meet and begin our LA adventure! We purchased our tickets for our double decker bus tour through Starline Tours. The tour started at the Chinese Theatre and looped through the city.

 

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starlinetours.com/images/sl-HH/Red_Timetable.pdf

 

Our first stop was Sunset Blvd which is famous for its music venues, comedy clubs, bars, and dance clubs. Our first stop was The Comedy Store which has featured every known comedian from the past and present! After We cruised down the street to the Saddle Ranch for some lunch. The Saddle Ranch Restaurant is known for is food, music, and mechanical bull! I figured since this was Yadi’s first time in LA, she would have to ride the bull. After a few tips on how to keep her balance on the bull, (from my many experiences riding it drunk J), she was ready to ride! Yadi showed that bull who was boss!

 

After our Saddle Ranch Adventure we walked up the strip to the next bus stop to continue our tour passing many famous venues like th house of blues, the Viper Room, and Whiskey a Go Go to name a few.

The Jimmy Kimmel Show.
We hopped back onto the bus and continued on passing though Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, Melrose, La Brea Tar Pits, and back to our original location at the Chinese theater.

 

After our bus excursion, Angel drove down from Orange County to meet us for dinner. Everyone was hungry so we decided to eat at uWink restaurant after watching the Laker vs Boston game! Go Lakers!!!! Jerome was hoping for a Celtics win, but Lakers went on to beat the Celtics 83-79 to hold on to the title. Jerome wasn’t to happy about that, but better luck next time! Lol… Anyway, uWink was a great dining experience that allowed us to order our food on a touch screen and play games while waiting for our order to arrive!  After a long day we decided to part ways and meet up in the morning!

williamsworld says:
Seems like you guys had a great time
Posted on: Jul 24, 2010
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Jerome, Me, Yadi, Sue, and Keith!
Jerome, Me, Yadi, Sue, and Keith!
Kodak Theater at the corner of Hol…
Kodak Theater at the corner of Ho…
Inside the Highland complex.
Inside the Highland complex.
Graumans Chinese Theatre
Grauman's Chinese Theatre
The Jimmy Kimmel Show.
The Jimmy Kimmel Show.
The Magic Castle in Hollywood.
The Magic Castle in Hollywood.
Walkway up to Yamashiros Restaura…
Walkway up to Yamashiro's Restaur…
http://www.yamashirorestaurant.com…
http://www.yamashirorestaurant.co…
Yamashiros Restaurant.
Yamashiro's Restaurant.
Roosevelt Hotel (Hollywood)

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Roosevelt Hotel (Hollywood) ht…
View of Hollywood and Downtown LA …
View of Hollywood and Downtown LA…
Beautiful Coy pond.
Beautiful Coy pond.
Japanese Garden below Yamashiros …
Japanese Garden below Yamashiro's…
View from Yamashiros Restaurant.
View from Yamashiro's Restaurant.
Looking up at Yamashiros from the …
Looking up at Yamashiros from the…
Japanese Garden below Yamashiros o…
Japanese Garden below Yamashiros …
trancendental meditation
trancendental meditation
You looking at me??
You looking at me??
Trying to Capture the Hummingbird!
Trying to Capture the Hummingbird!
Yadi Dadi riding the bull!
Yadi Dadi riding the bull!
Saddle Ranch in West Hollywood.

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Saddle Ranch in West Hollywood. …
Me and my Cowgirl!
Me and my Cowgirl!
Great start to our trip!
Great start to our trip!
Saddle Ranch
Saddle Ranch
Trying to get a smile!
Trying to get a smile!
The Viper Room, a music venue form…
The Viper Room, a music venue for…
Whiskey a Go Go, a famous music ve…
Whiskey a Go Go, a famous music v…
Go Lakers!!! 2010 World Champions!
Go Lakers!!! 2010 World Champions!
The Next American Idols!
The Next American Idols!
Waitng for the bus to move.
Waitng for the bus to move.
Comedy Store
Comedy Store
Sleepy time!
Sleepy time!
La Brea Tar Pits.
La Brea Tar Pits.
Sue, Yadi, Jerome, Angel, Keith, a…
Sue, Yadi, Jerome, Angel, Keith, …
Go Lakers!!!!
Go Lakers!!!!
Keith thinks hes on a ride!
Keith thinks he's on a ride!
Hummus and Pita at uWink.
Hummus and Pita at uWink.
Hollywood
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