Leaving Las Vegas, we headed west across Death Valley to Tinseltown USA, also known as
There we stayed 4 days on the Sunset Strip at the famous Hollywood Bel Age hotel. The hotel is conveniently located not 15 Feet from Johnny depp's notorious 'Viper Club' where River Phoenix OD'd from acute heroin poisoning.
Also steps away was the infamous Hotel Chateau Marmont where paramedics brought out a horizontal John Belushi, who'd had one too many speedballs over 20 years ago.
First full day had us enjoying Universal Studios. Kathy's highlight was being licked lovingly on the ear by Count Dracula. We went to the Santa Monica Pier, and checked out the Star Tour Of Hollywood Homes.
One of the true Hollywood highlights was a pilgrimage Brad and I made to the grave of Curly Howard, our favourite member of The Three Stooges.
The key to any successful vacation is seeing new sights and making new friends. Luckily we were able to achieve both of those goals when we took in a LA Dodger/SF Giant Baseball game at historic Dodger stadium. A real squeaker, San Francisco beat the Dodgers 12-0, with steroid-filled Barry Bonds banging out 2 homers for the Giants.
To our fortune, seated in front of us were some lovely local folks that I would surmise were most probably Gangbangers, err I mean, perhaps Members of local Los Angeles neighborhood associations. The young lady shown adjacent was particularly refreshing.
A diehard Dodger fan, OOOOhhhhh she had a colorful command of both the English, and Spanish languages. I even learned a few phrases that night. Bradley and Brettie, I can tell you, learned a whole new vocabulary.