Our LA adventure begins at 6am Eastern Time, in our home just 30 minutes south of Atlanta, GA. Ginny is a caregiver for an autistic girl so she had to go get her ready for the day before we headed to the airport to catch our 11:15am flight. Four hours after takeoff we landed at LAX (ok, why do I hear Miley Cyrus singing in my head right now? Haha!) Our Executive Producer Chas Thomas and Endangered Entertainment’s Mark Haynie picked us up and we headed straight to RED Interactive Agency in Santa Monica to meet the people behind the scenes of our project. RED’s office was very cool and laid back. I think what excited us the most was they had a ping pong table and had tournaments all the time. We told them next time we come; we want a piece of that action! In case you didn’t know, Ginny and I are ping pong champions and will take on any challengers – but you better bring your “A” game… Haha!
After we left RED, we checked in to the beautiful and iconic “Beverly Hilton Hotel” in Beverly Hills. It is amazing how you can just feel the Hollywood history that has taken place on the grounds and inside this hotel. The halls and lobbies are lined with pictures of guests like Marilyn, Dean, Audrey and Frank – there is no need to even type the last names of these legends, you know who I’m talking about
Every morning I would get up around 6am Pacific Time – 9am Eastern – and I would just walk around the hotel and try to open doors I am sure I wasn’t supposed to open… not guest rooms, just common rooms. I went to the top floor where there are only two doors. One goes to the penthouse suites and the other goes into the Stardust Lounge. I went into the Stardust and instantly I was taken back in time. I was completely alone yet I felt like the room was crowded with the spirits of Hollywood past. There was a dance floor and a very small stage where a piano sat. My mind begin filling with the thoughts of who had tickled those ivory keys, who had busted out notes through those speakers, and who’s shoes had scuffed up that dance floor. Just outside the Stardust was the rooftop patio. As I walked around, I could somehow hear stories being told and jokes and laughter from one of many awards shows and parties that had taken place in the courtyard and pool deck below. I’ve been in museums and seen movie props before but I have never FELT the history like I did during those moments in the Stardust. [Read more...]