Feb 28, 2008

Lakers v Miami Heat 2.28.08 (and Jack Nicholson)

Tonight the Lakers played the Miami Heat at the Staples Center in Downtown LA
Which is located right next to the brand new Nokia Theater

View from the restaurant in the Staples Center
View from our seats

Such a boring first half... but it got better after half time

If you click on this picture, the guy sitting in the front row to the left of the purple table, next to the kid is Jack Nicholson!!!
In the picture below, see the man leaving the game? That's... (wait for it) Jack Nicholson!!!

There he is again, about to leave under the Laker's awning

The final score... and an empty stadium mere moments after the game ended!!!
It was awesome- and there was an absolutely mind blowing play at the end of the game- way to go Kobe and #5- he worked his ass off!!! (So did #15, but #5 was better)

Feb 26, 2008

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2.26.06

I saw Craig Ferguson and Regis and Shanna Moakler today!!!

Eeep! We were randomly walking on the Santa Monica Pier today and saw a lady giving away seats to sit through a taping of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at CBS studio's in Hollywood. Above, a picture of said studio.
The line wasn't bad at all, and we met a sweet couple on vacation from Vancouver (the lady in the black dress behind me).

I couldn't take pics but we smuggled my iPhone in and took a pic by the CBS backdrop inside (sorry it's blurry). Anyway, Craig Ferguson is HILARIOUS and we had a great time. He interviewed Regis (yes, that Regis) who is TINY in person, and who talked forever, and then he interviewed Shanna Moakler... whom I thought looked very pretty in a lavender top- unfortunately for her, Regis talked so much her segment will be aired of Friday...
Anyway, Chunky B (the audience warmer upper guy) was pretty funny too, and we sat in the front row, to the right side... so watch tonight or in re-runs tomorrow night (they replay it late at about 1:30am) and keep your eyes peeled- hard to miss us- I'm wearing teal and sitting in the very front!

Craig is funny, you should all start watching his show- he really ripped on Starbucks and has the greatest sound effects...
It was definitely a lot of fun, and I am totally going to do it again- but I want to sit in for Leno next time (different studio though)...

p.s. it was 78 degrees here today- why do you still live on the East Coast????

Feb 19, 2008

California Callin...

As a brand new California resident (permanently, FINALLY) I have been very busy getting everything organized and moving in... hence the lack of posting the past few weeks...

Here are a few random picks from Venice Beach and also the Tejon Pass (on I-5) that I took over the past week. If you don't live here yet, you should move here- takes ten years off your life INSTANTLY!!!

Happy Cows come from CALIFORNIA!
(literally looks exactly like the commercials!)

How cool- when I drove through the Tejon Pass, there was SNOW on the mountains, but it was 73 degrees outside!?! How nice would NY be if that was the winter there????

Wait for it....

....Bonus- Jeremy Piven's house in Malibu!!!!!
(I'm not a stalker, I was looking to rent a place nearby and the broker pointed it out as a selling point- can you just imagine taking out the trash and seeing Jeremy Piven jog by? How fun!!!)

The guy wanted $1200 for the huge one crystal. He said he went to Arkansas and dug them up himself...

Click on the photo- see the cool jellyfish paperweight in the middle of the table? How cool are they???

I like this carving- every time I pass it, I just think it's a Medusa-like mythical fairy type thing- absolutely love it!

Anyone see 'BIG'?

These little cars carved from wood are so cute (not as cool as the real thing though)

Mini Bob Marley ashtray!!!
(not sure if it's supposed to be Marley or if I just nicknamed the little dude that...)

I love how open and non-judgemental Venice Beach is... openly selling pretty pipes...

Self explanatory

Thought this was interesting, wonder if they say 'Made in Taiwan' though (forgot to check)

Souvenir mini surf boards- a sport I actually am considering thinking about trying...

Have a good one!

Feb 6, 2008

2nd Cali Road Trip!!!

How do you get a 28 foot truck from NY to California?
Drive it of course!
So that's what we did- and here's what happened:
First we had the truck inspected in New Jersey... and were given a clean bill of health and told it was in great shape...

"The World's Largest Truck Stop" where they sell what else, trucks!
(Literally, they spin around on podiums!)
Our hotel the second night in Des Moines, Iowa- I actually stayed here in October when I made this trip alone!
And then it began- snow snow snow snow snow
Some random tourist bridge in Illinois
Remember Kearny, Nebraska from my last trip?
Well, I stopped at the same statue again- and took a pic of the sign this time (see below)
Turns out, there's 10 of these things scattered across Nebraska!
Found another one...

The truck stops sell the most random stuff- what trucker is going to by a Southern Belle Doll as big as a small pony?
I took a pic of the cowboy doll because I think he looks exactly like my nephew :)
They also sell glass roses at truck stops...
and glass dragons!
Our serious troubles began in Ohio when we were 6,000 lbs over the weight limit (ever stand behind a bar in freezing weather throwing out thousands of pounds of paperwork into a random dumpster? Not fun!!!)
But then, in Wyoming- our front right tire blew! 9 times out of 10 when that happens, the truck tips over- ours didn't- but then when I pulled up behind the truck in my car, we accidentally got stuck in the snow too! (those are my skid marks above)
So we had a broke down truck, and stuck Cayenne- and its F-f-f-f-FREEZING
They had to replace the rim and the tire... so we spent the night in Wyoming...
Next morning started out great (day 2)
We passed a tank being hauled down the highway-most people don't know this but the highways were created by Eisnehower to transport tanks across the county easily- how appropriate that we actually passed one!
It was really cool ( and we were finally making great time- no more delays!)
We passed a windmill farm
The snow looks so innocent and fresh...
The Utah mountains were stunning- like driving through whipped cream and powdered sugar

It never occured to me that Salt Lake City is so named because it is next to (ta da) Salt Lake
The lake is gorgeous- clear and flat
I love these pictures
and the reflections are breathtaking
(see our truck up ahead- the tiny blue speck...) and the reflections of the moutains in the water
In Nevada there was a weird baseball statue thingy... I don't get it (I feel so uncultured...)
So... our truck broke down AGAIN in Nevada (blown rear right tire this time) and the random repair place we pulled into was locaed next to the Bonneville Salt Flats!
This is THE place to race cars in the summer- where all the test drives are done...
See- perfectly flat
With a 4 mile stretch of staright rode leading to it (can't drive on the salt in the winter- too mushy) but of course we had to try it for ourselves...
I got my heavily weighted, fully packed 08 Cayenne to 122 mph before it started to shake so badly I had to slow down!!!
While we raced, the mechanic replaced the tire
4 days in a car can make your boots smell- airing out boots and socks in the Nevada wind...
Posers! They named a city 'Beverly Hills' in the middle of nowhere in the Nevada desert!
The end of the 5 day- a beautiful sunset (a full 2 days behind schedule...)
Why does a sunset make everything feel alright?
So, it took 5 days, 4 nights and 3 tires, plus 7 more repairs in random cities along the way in temperatured from 23 degrees to -13 degrees (!!!) but we finally made it- although the truck almost didn't.
That new right tire replaced in Wyoming? It blew in Reno, Nevada- 128 miles away from our destination and we had to have the truck towed the last 128 miles (over the terrifying Donner Pass- look it up, no kidding)
So glad to be here- and it's 53 degrees! No more road trips for a while...