Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Notes from Tinseltown
This is my third visit to California and second to LA, where my daughter and her family now live. After watching the Oscars on TV Sunday night, we headed down to Hollywood central and the Walk of Stars. We were quickly accosted by hawkers for Homes of the Stars at almost every step and amazingly Spiderman, Iron Man, and even Black Swan wanted to have their photos taken with us, for a price. Much of the street was closed off to allow the lackeys to dismantle the Oscar paraphanalia surrounding the Kodiak Theater. From the overlook by California Pizza, we took photos of the Hollywood sign miles in the distance, and then examined all the famed foot prints, hand prints, even hoof prints in concrete. Among them were those of R2-D2and C-3PO, the Marx Brothers, Bette Davis, and Shirley Temple. This was truly a walk of fame. The Walk of Stars was a disappointment. Yes, you could find Steve Martin or Bogart, but why were Billy Graham and many other non-Hollywood celebs included? Maybe I just answered my own question. Well, despite the fact that I know it's all hoopla business, Hollywood is still great fun to see....once.