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On Saturday, John and I, along with fourteen other people took a (advertised) 1 ½ mile tour of Hollywood, CA. The tour wasn’t of the movie stars homes, or of the studies, it was of the general area; the city proper. It was a great tour!  

Though the advertised distance of the tour was misleading as my pedometer showed the distance to be 4.6 miles instead of the 1 ½ miles advertised in the literature. It gave me a chance to have a little fun with our guide (Jack).  I had a great time harassing him about the distance we walked; he in turn kept telling me that our train was traveling at least 80 mph; whereas anyone that had ridden in a car would know that we were, maybe, traveling at 45 – 50 mph. Jack is also one of the RVer’s in the park. 

At 6:53 am, we boarded the Metrolink Train at a small station (Acton) which is about four miles from the RV Park that we are staying at. We rode the short train (three- four cars & an engine) into town; a trip of an hour and a half. We arrived at Los Angeles Union Station at 8:20 am. From there we walked over to “The Pantry” for breakfast. 

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This is a famous cafe that actors/actresses have been know to hang out in.  Why I don’t know, I sure wasn’t impressed. It appeared to be a dive to me. The food was mediocre, though it was served in hugged amounts. But for whatever reason, it attracted huge crowds, we had to wait in a long line that went half way around the building, and before we was admitted it was even longer.

 A short walk later we boarded the Red Line Bus line at 7th & Figueroa arriving at the famous corner of Hollywood & Vine. We then walked the Walk of the Stars; seen lots of names of famous people from all of the arts, film, theater, radio, music stars.

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It was fantastic, seeing all of the names set in the stars, some names I didn’t recognize, sammy-star-cropped.jpg

but knew many of the old time names. It sure brought back memories of days long gone! 

We visited the Hollywood/Highland Subway complex, Renaissance Hotel, Kodak Theater, Mann’s Chinese Theater, Roosevelt Hotel, El Capitan Theater, Spent quite a lot of time at the Farmer’s Market & The Grove, lots of shops & stores there.

Some of the buildings were just seen from the outside, some we went in and just stared in amazement; just beautiful. Anyways, I couldn’t tell in what order that we did what! But it was great fun!   

 I have lived in Southern Ca for 40 years and just found out this month that LA has a subway system.  It is a beautiful area, a very large underground area, which had several levels. subway-cropped.jpgThis This is a mural on the wall in the Hollywood/Highland Subway complex. The photo dosen’t do it justice! 

 Good thing we had a guide, I would have been lost within seconds of getting off of the train. So off we go again, get off, catch a bus, see something, then back to the bus, back to the subway, catch another bus    etc  this is how the tour went. I felt like a sheep following the goat!  

We found lunch at the Farmer’s Market, John had alligator; he said it was good. It was deep fried in little pieces like chicken pieces. He tried his best to get me to eat some of it; but my rule is I eat nothing but lobster from the water, and very little of that! I strongly dislike all life from the sea! I was happy with my side order of beans and rice; with a piece of corn bread!  

We were running out of time and so had to hurry to the subway station, ride it to the bus stop where we caught the bus from hell. This bus was driven by a young lady that for some reason thought that she was a hotrod driver and the bus was her hotrod. She would stomp on the gas, we would shoot forward, go like a bat out of hell, until she got to her next top, swerve over to the curb, slam on the brakes, throwing all of the passengers forward, passengers would load and unload and then off we would shoot again. Finially we got off of the bus, our guide told us that she didn’t take the normal routine, so we had to walk a extra few blocks to the Union Station.

After another hour and a half we arrived back at the Action station and our vehicles. It was 7:20 pm. It was a wonderful day!

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       I had gone to one of the swap meets at the last park where we stayed and a lady was selling these table covers. They appeared very easy to make – so I decided that I would keep myself busy and also make a little money at the same time by making and selling these covers.  

       This week I cut out covers for small & medium size tables for use outside.  These tables usually sit between lawn chairs outside RV’s and fifth wheels in  the RV parks and are very popular.  

That said:

This is how my day went yesterday! I was IMing with my sister. 

I have cut out most of her comments from this dialog! 

I am having a hell of a time!

And it isn’t a hell of a good time

Well! I was planning on sewing up my table covers!

I have 3 small ones and 1 medium one cut out.

I got out the sewing machine.

Then couldn’t remember how to use the dam thing;

Sewing Machine that I hadn’t used that often

Couldn’t remember how to use the spool winder, 

couldn’t even find it on the machine!

Then i had to find the instruction manual,

finally found that! 

Found the instructions for the winder;

wound up a spool of thread.

did it wrong  

had to cut all of the thread off of the spool

finally did it right

had to thread the needle

couldn’t see a hole in the needle

let alone stick a thread through it

A lady came over and plopped her butt down in front of me,

John had invited her over,

I kept thinking thoughts to her   

go home!    go home!

finally I went in for water and a pee –

went back out there  woman still there

tried to find  the hole in needle again

still can’t see it

woman finally left

John then took over and threaded the hole

he did it backwards

he had to do it again,

thread needed to go in the other direction

I am having a hell of a time

But! i did get the laundry hung upI can see that this project might take me a while:

Sister: do you have one of those little metal threaders?

Me: yes, but have you ever tried to stick one of those wires in a piece of wire (needle) that is just a little bigger then it (threader) is,

then you see two needles almost on top of each other instead of just one,  

knowing that there is a hole in it and not sure which way the hole is 

front to back or side to side

anyway I still can’t see a  hole in it,

but I know it is there cause,

i see a thread  going through the needle

     

IM from my sister     🙂

 are you sure it is going through the needle ?  i would hate for you to think you are sewing something and get almost finished and find out there is no thread in it   

john sewed a little with it  

so I know it is making a seam, 

I just can’t see the thread in the material,

but since it is sticking together, it must be there (the seam)

I guess i will just have to sew with the machine more often,

so I will remember what the heck I am doing

and I must get my eyes checked, again

well I am doing it outside on the picnic table,

lots of sun light, and fresh air

THOUGH I DARE NOT SWEAR 

— someone might hear me

It’s bad enough that my hair is sticking out all over 

from my pulling at it in frustration 

I AM HAVING A HELL OF A DAY!  

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