Day 2 LA Recap – March 29th 2009

11 04 2009
Doin my thing @ LAX

Doin my thing @ LAX

Oh man… I woke up on Sunday and looked out into smog heaven.  The sun was shining, the weather was superb, and I didn’t EVER want it to end.  We spent most of the day driving around, seeing the sights.  We checked out Grauman’s Chinese Theatre– the most famous theater in the world!  It’s on Hollywood Blvd.  Lots of things are located there, so going up and down was a trip.  You have stars everywhere on the ground, so that was cool trying to find where your favorite celebrity was.  Same for the theater…. there’s hand/footprints of all kinds of celebs across the entryway to the theater.

I was amazed at just how many people flock to Hollywood as tourists… There’s all kinds of places to shop along the strip (along with all those pesky billboards, lol), people handing out mixtapes, product samples, or just asking for change.  One thing about Hollywood Blvd is the street characters.  Spiderman, Chucky, Capt. Jack Sparrow, Michael Jackson, Wonder Woman, and of course, the original, Superman.  A couple of months ago, I got ‘Confessions of a Superhero‘ sent to me via netflix.  It profiles 4 street actors in and out of their costumes.  Tremendous look into the lives of people just trying to make it in Los Angeles.  One of the characters, Superman (Christopher Dennis) is probably the most famous of the characters.  So as we’re walking down Hollywood Blvd, I see him and have to gush about seeing the movie (which he promptly pulls out of his utility belt) and wishing him luck in the future.  I did not, however, pay him to take a picture with me, lol.

We stopped for lunch at Stefano’s 2 Guys from Italy pizza shop.  Had lots of options to choose from for toppings, NY style, thin crust pizza, super greasy.  The place was a fucking dump, but I guess that’s when you know the food tastes good.  Seeing as how many people move through there because of how busy the street is, you have to get a token to use the bathroom (Euro style).  So you would think that if you have to pay to use the bathroom, it would be pretty decent.  Before my friend went to potty, one of the bathrooms started to overflow and the toilet water was seeping out from under the door, yuck!  The lasting memory from Stefano’s though, was watching Capt. Jack Sparrow (the street performer) sitting at the table next to us, playing Megatouch.  Some things never change!

So after lunch, we did a little more driving around.  Saw the Beverly Hilton, saw the Beverly Hills police station (shouts to Axel Foley!), then headed south to Newport Beach to meet up with my friends Jeff, Vanessa, and Tony.  We rolled into the Newport Beach Brewing Company (Brewco) and slammed on some enchiladas while catching up.  Jeff came to Cleveland by way of Michigan, then wound up moving to Newport Beach.  Vanessa and Tony are from Cleveland and made the move west some time ago.  It was actually Vanessa’s second time moving out to Cali.  After rocking the OC, we headed back home because we had a date with Banana Split Sundae’s, co-hosted by Steve Aoki and DJ AM at AM’s club, LAX.  I had this idea that the place was gonna be decked out, Vegas style… I mean, AM is a HUGE name and I knew it was a scenester spot, but for what I saw in there, I’ll take Mercury Lounge any day!

Kat and I were enjoying the sounds of Tina T, then LAX’s resident dj, Mike B hit the decks.  The music was badass…. Apl.de.ap from the Black Eyed Peas was in the building as well as Redfoo from LMFAO.  He’s a very quiet guy surprisingly.  I heard from my dj friends that he’s Berry Gordy’s son or something and he’s been in the LA scene for years.  So everyone in LA has known LMFAO since way before they were ‘In Miami Bitch.’  I ran into my friend, and pro BMX rider, Austin Coleman randomly at the club.  Even in LA, I can’t not run into someone I know, lol.  Kat and I danced and danced, and ran into this guy David, who has a t-shirt company.  Check out his company, davidndavid industries here.

That’s about it for Sunday night.  The time change started to get to me a little bit so we decided to call it a night.  Until next time….  In the meantime, check out pics 1-18 in my LA photo album here

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