17.05.10 LA - Hollywood
Today was just one of those days where everything seems to go wrong but you have fun anyway. We (well I) wanted to go to Hollywood and seeing as we don't have a car we needed to use the public transport. It's not that the public transport is bad but the bus drivers are less than friendly and LA is so vast it just takes forever to get anywhere. So, we set out off on our trip of 2 buses and a metro. The first bus we get off too early and get chatting to a lovely lady from Sri Lanka who advises us to get back on so we can get to our next stop. When we get there I am hiding round the corner because there's a massive black guy stood there with hood up, 1 eye and no teeth who asks for a fag, rips the filter off and then smokes the last bit with some tweezers so as not to waste any. I'm a teensy bit worried!! Fortunately he tells us we're at the wrong stop so we hurriedly cross the freeway(over the bridge) and when we get there he is gesturing us to go back to inform us that we've missed the hourly bus by about 10 seconds. We then get on the right bus going the wrong way to the metro. However, I have a case of feeling very guilty because the guy I thought was going to murder us only moments before turns out to be a really knowledgeable guy who gives us a guided history of the area and tells us where to find the Queen Mary and other such interesting tit bits. After finally arriving at the metro Adam get's told that he's not allowed to drink his coffee in the metro but he's lucky because the officer is going to let him off the $250 fine for drinking! We arrive in Hollywood 4 hours after departure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Did you follow all that????
I thought Hollywood was kinda cute. We followed the walk of fame from true stars like James Dean and Marlon Brando to the not so worthy Woody Woodpecker and Kermit the Frog. We have also since discovered they pay to have their names in the stars so I'm thinking of getting one. There was a premiere of the Prince of Persia at Grauman's Chinese Theatre where all the handprints are so we couldn't get in but we saw a few and we saw the red carpet and all waiting for the stars to arrive.
We then wanted to go to the see the Hollywood sign so caught a cab up to the Griffith Observatory. The views were stunning even though there was still a lot of marine mist. We did get a bit stuck on how to get down when we realised there were no taxis or a payphone to even call one so I went and asked a lovely old man to give us a lift down. He was, however, almost completely deaf, a very bad driver and 85 having served in WWII. He also looked a bit like Freddy Krueger. Ooops!
After all this we have the long journey back though we shaved a whopping hour of our time and have Weeman's Chronic Tacos for tea and went to bed, exhausted.
18.05.10 LA - Queen Mary
We got the bus as suggested by the mad axe murderer down to Long Beach to see the Queen Mary accompanied by a tramp who smelt of cat biscuits and wee, sick. The ship was amazing and some of the areas looked eerily like the Titanic. We blagged getting on for free which we love to do and had drinks in the bar on board. It was most definitely a worthwhile trip.
Much to Adam's delight we had lunch in Hooters making me feel rather insignificant but the food was actually quite good. On our way back up to our motel we met Efrain who we later met up with for a drink after playing Frisbee on the beach and watching the sunset. Our bus stops outside Weeman's Chronic Tacos and sat outside was Weeman himself, Adam was made up and waved like a true geeky fan! Ian, listen up, this is the best bit so far, when we went to a bar to meet our new friend, there in the ATM was a $20 dollar note. Adam had it away in seconds :o)
All in all today was a good day.