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SteveFlack
04-29-2005, 09:06 AM
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I decided once again to not sleep before the flight. I know, last time I did that, it was a big problem, since my flight was delayed, and I couldn't fall asleep in the terminal for fear of missing messages. I ended up going 30 or so hours before I got any sleep. But this time was different. I was flying Jet Blue.

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Ah, beautiful JetBlue. How I love thee. Why do I love them so?

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Full House on a hi-def TV,

So, as I watched Full House and snacked on 2 Jelly Donuts and a chocolate milk, I decided to write. But of course, I could not find my pen. Since the newsstand only had expensive crappy souvenir pens, I went from JetBlue employee to JetBlue employee searching for a pen. Alas, I could not find a pen. By the time I gave up my search for a pen, it was just about time to board. I killed off the last five minutes reading the new Rolling Stone article about Weezer, and boarded the plane.

That pen story sounded so much more interesting this morning.

The plane ride was perfect. As soon as we were in the air, I flipped on VH1 Classic on the TV, popped on my head set and fell asleep to great 80's tunes, First person to tell me what John Hughes flick used the Psychedelic Furs song "Heartbreak Beat" is my new hero. I woke up shortly before landing in Long Beach, where my good buddy Kieran (who I am bothering for the week) picked me up.

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I was shocked to find out the the LBC was not filled with trouble as much as it was filled with car dealerships, One of them was owned by a Don Kott. Kieran told me I wasn't alone with the disappointment I felt when I realized it wasn't 'Don Knotts'. He felt it too.

So as we drove around, Kieran asked me what the first thing I wanted to do was,

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So we ended up at the In N' Out Burger at LAX.

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And what a marvelous place it was.

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I ordered a Double-Double Animal Style and a Chocolate Shake,

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Kieran wasn't feeling my desire to photgraph everything.

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After demolishing our meals (Kieran enjoyed his 'protein style'. The sick bastard), we made a quick stopover to drop off my luggage at Kieran's house.

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And here is my first pseudo-celebrity moment. Kieran lives across the street from the new bassist for Metallica, The girly dude with the Heidi braids. He's spending his St. Anger royalty checks wisely, building a castle behind his childhood home. When I called my friend Mike, the Metallica uber-fan, about this, he told me to make sure I congratulate the bassist dude on the chirstening of his 8 month old child if I saw him.

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We had to make a quick stop at Kieran's school so he could pack away his stuff for the semester. He gave me a tour of the school (which I'm pretty sure is as much as a school as 'Camp Nowhere' was a summer camp.), and we talked architecture and television.

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Next off was a quick stop at the legendary Amoeba Records. It is as awesome as everyone says it is. And the prices are spectacular. It took me all my will to stop myself from blowing tons of money on cheap TV-On-DVD.

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And then the sight-seeing began. We started off walking down the Walk Of Fame, looking for Mr. T's star.

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As we passed by the Chinese theater, were were handed tickets to tonight's Jimmy Kimmel taping. Since it was at 6, and it was already 4, we decided to walk down the Walk of Fame for a while longer, and then check out the show. After that, I figured I could meet up with my friend Brian for some dinner.

Sadly, Mr. T was never found.

But I did find this.

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Argh,

So we ended up on the Jimmy Kimmel line for way too long. We almost bailed, but at that point, they finally let us in. As we sat down in the audience, I realized Jimmy Kimmel wasn't exactly the benchmark for late night entertainment. As the talent began to enter, I realized that Dicky Barret, lead singer of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones is now the announcer for the show.

That made me quite sad.

As the warm up comedian tried to warm up the crowd, I turned too Kieran, and said, "How bad do you think the guests are going to be?"

Fran Drescher.

But the musical act totally made up for it.

Puffy AmiYumi,

Yes, the Japanese female pop duo who have their own cartoon on the Cartoon Network, and sing the awesome theme song to "TEEN TITANS". Fucking awesome.

But, I noticed that the stage area was way too small for any sort of musical act. So I guessed the musical portion would be taped, Bummer.

So, Jimmy interviewed Fran on the subject of dating younger dudes, and making out with Jamie Kennedy, and Kieran seemed to really enjoy the show. I mean, really enjoy it. He was clapping when the APPLAUSE sign wasn't even on.

Afterwards, Jimmy did a humorous interview with Puffy AmiYumi, and then seemed that he was going to throw to a taped performance by Puffy AmiYumi. Instead, the herderd the audience out of the theater to a makeshift stage on the upper level.

We were going to see an extended concert by Puffy AmiYumi, and Kieran and I ended up in the front row,

The played the theme to their cartooon, and two most excellent Japanese songs, as well as an awesome cover of Green Day's "Basket Case" and the extended version of the theme to Teen Titans. I rocked out. Hard. Singing my guts out in the front row, while Kieran wondered what the fuck he let into his house for the next week.

Unfortunately, the show let out too late for us to meet up with my friend Brian, so we ended up grabbing some dinner at a fusion sushi place by Kieran's school, and then doing a little late night driving sightseeing while enjoying some Death Cab, before ending it all back at his place, where I am doing this right now,

Tomorrow, Disneyland.

-Steve!

moonspider
04-29-2005, 09:09 AM
kewl, sounds like you had a pretty good time and full day.thanks for sharing this with us shmoots

Ben
04-29-2005, 09:52 AM
LA sucks.

alexlannin
04-29-2005, 10:10 AM
LA sucks.
I agree, but I lived there for a long time, so it doesn't hold anything new for me, if I'd never been there, I'd probably like to visit.

Ben
04-29-2005, 11:06 AM
I agree, but I lived there for a long time, so it doesn't hold anything new for me, if I'd never been there, I'd probably like to visit.
Really? It's a nice city to live in, but sometimes I drive down Hollywood Blvd and I'm just disgusted by all the tourists. I don't understand why anyone would make a trip to walk down a dirty, crack-covered street with dirty stars on the sidewalk.

Christian Beranek
04-29-2005, 11:10 AM
LA sucks.

I'm sick. I like it. I couldn't move if I wanted to because my girl won't leave.

We're getting a place in Culver City this fall.

Great report, btw! I'm on the East Coast doing some work right now and I'm craving an In-N-Out burger!

lyra
04-29-2005, 04:16 PM
Those are wonderful pictures. Thanks for sharing.

I live here, but far enough away from LA and San Diego NOT to hate them.

batphone begins
04-29-2005, 04:24 PM
i lived here all my damn life and your having more than in a day than i have EVER.

Bandit Chimera
04-29-2005, 04:29 PM
sweet you saw puffy Ami Yumi in concert im Jealous....im like the only guy i know who owns their NICE CD. I love those girls :)

BronxRonin
04-29-2005, 07:50 PM
Nice stuff...thanks for sharing :cool:

alexlannin
04-29-2005, 07:53 PM
Really? It's a nice city to live in, but sometimes I drive down Hollywood Blvd and I'm just disgusted by all the tourists. I don't understand why anyone would make a trip to walk down a dirty, crack-covered street with dirty stars on the sidewalk.
Sorry, I didn't mean LA the city, more the outlying areas.