The next day in LA was awesome. Not that the first wasn't it's just I was still trying to envisage that this was the place I was intending to live for the next year onwards and it had all been a little daunting to me.
I wanted to see the areas Chris was recommending to live and so we set off for a small tour of the area.
We drove to Beverly Hills first. Beverly Hills is lovely. If I stay in LA for more then a few years I know where to aim to save up for hahaha yeah RIGHT.Maybe if I get famous but in all reality.. Nah.I was however surprised.I expected to see tons of barbies with Daddy's credit card protected in their tiny Gucci handbags to be parading around the streets in designer outrageous unbearable outfits however everyone looked rather normal but perhaps that's only to an untrained eye.Who knows.
We visisted the Grove on 3rd Street, which has an original farmers market there which was cool.The place is now a huge outdoor mall with loads of outside coffee shops encouraging shoppers to lounge and chatter about the days purchases while drinking a smooth no fat super skinny naked (no cream) frappacino hold the beans. Lord.
The mall was very pleasant.It was apparently THE place to shop.
We then hopped back into the car and drove to Hollywood to have lunch at the Highland Mall where there were tons of great shops but we just didn't have the time or the money to venture into.I did however sneak into one shop which was made for me.It sold Paramore music on cd (my favourite rock band) and also their merchandise plus Twilight merchandise (my favourite book) and also greebo and rock clothing including some rather awesome looking tutus! So I know where I can get my stage costumes from now!
We then drove to Sam Ash Music store in Hollywood where Chris works in the audio department. I had my interview there with his boss.Chris had kindly got me a job interview for the guitar section; however I knew and know NOTHING about guitars.
Chris had reassured me I would be fine when I explained my concerns.Chris knows a lot about recording and the products used in it. Has been producing music for a few years now plus he has the gift of the gab; he can blag his way out of a paper bag if he wanted to, a necessary skill in LA by the looks of it, so he sailed through his interview.
I, however, have this massive 'honesty' problem.If I don't know something I never try and pretend I do, as I know , from past experience, I will fall flat on my face. However, I told myself I could do this. Providing he doesn't ask me any difficult questions I should be ok.I know how to sell so I will just stick to that. It's just the same as taking on a new menu when waitressing, once you know it, you know what to suggest right?Yeah. Right.
So I went in, saw the guy and within two seconds he asked what I knew of guitars. Uh. Uh, well, I tried to defer the subject to my experience playing alongside guitars and my understanding of the difference between electric and acoustic and how much I admire guitar players and … he wasn't buying it.
Having noticed my hesitation and my lack of knowledge he then went straight into asking me what my favourite guitar was.
Oh GOD what did Alex play in the band? What was it called??? If I can just remember the name of the guitar!!......arh yes, a Gibson, Alex has it tattooed to his arm.
So I answered Gibson and felt rather chuffed at myself for remembering.
Without a moments hesitation he asks, 'which one'
I was screwed.
I desperately tried to remember what the name of the guitar was that Alex, (guitar player in Sennah) played and talked about every day, why did I never listen to him? WHY? But alas I had to confess and admit I knew absolutely diddly squat about guitars.I said I was sorry for wasting his time and tried to reassure him that I love music and do love guitars I just don't know anything about them, which is totally true and that if I was given a chance to learn the information, I would be good at selling it.
Thinking my chances were doomed I presumed the interview was over and was about to bid him thanks and farewell till he turned around and offered me another chance.He gave me a brochure of the products sold in the shop and has given me a month to learn and memorise as much information as I can regarding guitars and he will give me another interview when I return from Costa Rica.
Wow.I couldn't have asked for a more generous offer.A good lesson learnt, don't blag, unless you know how and can do it well.
After the interview we drove to North Hollywood where Chris wants to move to after his lease is up to have a look around and then back home to his house to chill for a wee bit. Harry Potter 4 was on. The day couldn't have been more perfect! (I love Harry Potter) plus it reminded me so much of England which was a bonus.
We then decided to venture out to see the Griffiths observatory.It's a magnificent building overlooking the whole of LA.I got some beautiful photos and as it was the evening the night sky with the blurs from the city's lights made the whole panoramic view very inviting and my nerves for the move were calmed.
We made our way back to the car after looking around and being shunted out because of closing time and made our way to Sunset to have dinner at the very funky Asian restaurant called Tio.
We got home, around 12ish at night and after checking my flight details we slept only to wake up for 6am to rush out to the airport for my 9am plane.
We got to the airport at just past 8am and in anyone's calculations, that's cutting it a but short.By the time I got through customs, and found my plane, I literally walked straight on.Opps! Could have been a disaster but it wasn't, All was good.