Back to reality...
Monday, June 27, 2005
Back to reality...
Saturday, June 25, 2005
Friday. Friday was a great last day. I got up early and biked around the bay coastline, over the Golden Gate Bridge and round to a small fishing town called Sausalito - could it be the prettiest place on earth?! The views from the bridge and Sausalito across the bay were simply breathtaking. I then had a little kip and made my way to the great Cafe Du Nord to see the one and only Pansy Division. The gig was a good laugh and I got to meet Luis, Jon and Chris from the band - all really nice guys. And so several vodkas (theme of this trip?) and one tram ride later, I collapsed into bed and here I am now, nearly ready to leave.
Some final words.
This trip has been amazing. It's taught me so much about other people and most importantly, myself. I've been overwhelmed by the friendliness of everyone I've met here. To Ron, Laura, Duane, everyone at the dealership, Matthew, Graeme, Denise, Jeffrey, Gary... thank you for making this trip so memorable. To Ray and Paul, thank you for making it happen.
I will see you all back in Britain. If my flight and coach are on time, I'll be in the Gale sunday night, welcoming myself back to reality, come and join the party :-)
Friday, June 24, 2005
So I went to the BBQ with Denise and Jeffrey, and a friend of theirs Gary was there too. It was a lovely evening, the food was brilliant (I later found out Denise runs a restaurant!) and the wine flowed. It's so easy to make friends here, it's crazy.
Yesterday I "did" Alcatraz and it was quite an experience. The audio tour was fantastic and because I was there on my own I was really able to get into it. I was fascinated by the escape story, and ended up buying a book about it. The authour, a lady who grew up on Alcatraz Island (daughter of one of the officers) was there and signed it for me.
Back in civilisation, I got a tram and bus down to the hippy Haight district, what a fantastic area! My reason for going was to visit Amoeba Music. I now have a new favourite record shop! This place was amazing, enormous in size and just jam-packed with racks and racks of new and used CDs - a browsers paradise! I left with just 5, for me and Matt (he owes me a favour!), but could EASILY have bought more like 50! Also I have to mention the "Rockin Java Lounge" next door which served TOP coffee!
I've absolutely loved San Francisco so far, the city is beautiful, easy to get around (despite the hills) and the people are so diverse.
Anyway, I'm off to breakfast, and my last day in the city...
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
The weather here is absolutely perfect, bright blue skies, with June gloom nowhere to be seen.
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
So this hostel is well different, much bigger than the one in Venice but a bit more basic, although apparantly there's free bagels every morning and free beer tonight :oD
This place couldn't be more different from L.A, it felt a lot more 'familiar' when I got here. And it's so hilly! Anyway I went for a wander and ended up down at Fishermans Wharf, watching Sea Lions entertain! Lots to fit in thesse four days, tomorrow I'm going on a catamaran tour of the Bay, and on Thursday to Alcatraz.
Monday, June 20, 2005
In true Hollywood style, I ended up coming round at 5am, staggering around the streets of West Hollywood, with no idea how I'd got there or what I'd spent the last 5 hours doing. Last I remember I was on a black tinted "fun bus" with Matthew who I met last week, and a random wedding party. What happened next? I will never know.
I still managed to haul myself out of bed on Sunday though and met a great British guy called Graeme who lives and works in Hollywood - lucky sod.
Onto San Francisco...
Friday, June 17, 2005
Postings will be less frequent from here on in!
Outside the dealership on Wilshire Blvd.
Outside the dealership on 16th St.
Thursday, June 16, 2005
It's quite humbling, it makes you realise that we are just guests on this planet after all.
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
I left the hostel this morning and there's a film set going up *right outside* the front door, all along Windward by the beach. How exciting! I'm trying to find out what's being filmed, more soon...
Sun burning through the clouds over the Pacific
Monday, June 13, 2005
It was a 5.6, moderate for LA, but much bigger than anything I’ve experienced in England before (the last was 2.5 I think)
It woke most people up... except me. Yep, I slept through it!
The Avalon was an incredible venue, reminded me of Brixton Academy but much grander.
Either side of the gig was Los Angeles Pride in WeHo (West Hollywood), and oh my, do Californians know how to put on a festival - I’m now a massive fan of Cuban cocktails and Latin music! Some photos below, always better than words!
A liquid lunch of mojitas in WeHo!
Paris Hilton, grand marshal of the Pride parade
Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles
Latin arena at the Pride festival
Main stage at sunset
Friday, June 10, 2005
Me in the Lava Lounge, after a few drinks!
Thursday, June 09, 2005
I've discovered the best thing ever, look...
So what have I been up to?
- Went out with Ron, Laura and Ray after work to a cocktail bar, I've taken a shine to vodka+cranberry since being here! Then Ron and Laura took me to a wicked restaurant in Santa Monica and I had the best burger I've ever had! With a side salad big enough to be a main...
- Met a British guy, Paul, who's been living and working in America for 10 years. His hybrid New York / LA / British accent was ace!
- Been over to the service dept, another Brit working there, we're everywhere man!
- Chilled in the sun and watched the sun go down (over Santa Monica Boulevard - ARGH! Sheryl Crow!! Couldn't resist that one - sorry!)
What I'm lovin most about being out here is seeing the REAL LA, not the tourist traps of Disneyland, Univeral Studios, Sunset Strip etc etc. I'm gonna spend some time in Hollywood, but just hanging with people after work etc, makes it so much more real.
Tuesday, June 07, 2005
I know this'll make everyone back at work laugh, I went to move an XJR around the lot and went to get in the wrong side. D'OH!
And finally, some photos for you all to enjoy! More coming soon...
The skate and bike lanes at Venice.
Ocean Front Walk at Venice, right outside my hostel.
Santa Monica, home of the dealership. A sunburnable walk up the coast from Venice.
The Jaguar dealership on Wilshire, Santa Monica.
Monday, June 06, 2005
So, I've been here little over a day and already:-
- Met the staff at the dealership and been invited to a strip club on Sunset Blvd
- Been out to a rock club with a couple of really cool people, although I'm shocked that vodka and coke is apparantly "really weird" drink to have out here!!
- Jogged along Ocean Avenue
- Been shopping in Santa Monica
- Chilled out on Venice Beach (a little too long!)
- Found a British pub where they sell Strongbow :oD
Start properly at the dealership in the morning and it looks like I'll be doing some I.T work for them, fine by me! Photos soon, promise...
Messages to people:
Kevin - Spent money in the Abercrombie shop already, whoops! BUT! Got chatted up by a FIT FIT FIT member of staff ;-) Got your copy of 'Details' too.
Iain & Geoff - the British accent is being put to good use. What-ho chaps!
Dan - Spain would be a lot cheaper!
Glen - Maybe I could get my ghetto pass renewed downtown? Los Angeles vs Brixton in a fist fight who would win?!
About to run out of money on here so gonna try catch a few more hours sleep before working out how to get to the dealership!!!
Saturday, June 04, 2005
Got to my hostel in Venice and oh my god, it was just like stepping onto a movie set, an incredible place, rollerskaters, clowns, boarders, street entertainers... amazing.
I've been here about 4 hours, and already I'm off out, I've been invited out to a rock club tonight and when have you ever known me to decline a night out??!!
Dan - get your ass out here, it's FIT FIT FIT everywhere you look!!!
Kevin - is my car ok? :-)
Cheryl - RRRAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!
Matt - everyone at the dealership are Kaiser Chiefs fans, looks like we'll all be going to see them next weekend!
Anyway there's not much to report yet, and i've got my eye on a TGI Fridays before the plane boards...
More when I get to L.A...
Thursday, June 02, 2005
I fly in on Saturday morning and arrive just three hours later, after an 11.5hr flight, work that one out! At least there'll be someone there to pick me up, don't fancy jumping straight into a car and driving on the WRONG side of the road ;-)