How long does it take to drive a four hour drive? Trick question? The answer is nine. It took me nine hours to drive from Vegas to Los Angeles in a mass of cars creeping through the desert. All I could think of was "Why don't they fly to and from Vegas???" All these LA kids partying on the strip...is it really worth a long frustrating drive to get back to the coast? But I follow my own advice, you can't fight a river of traffic, you just gotta ride. I arrived in Hollywood and found the hostel tucked in a quiet street just off the main drag. I had called ahead but once I got there I had to talk my way in. It turns out that this hostel is "really only for international students"...hip kids with colorful passports. I worked the unemployed writer angle and sealed it with my French address. I was there just in time to barely settle in to my bunk before catching the Sunday night comedy show. This is Hollywood, and this hostel has a lounge that sells cheap beer and has a little stage area and fresh new talent hoping to be discovered. It was kind of funny, I guess... The next morning, out by my car, I met a couple young tough hispanic dudes marking thier gang sign up the street. I think they were attempting to be intimidating but I caught them off guard by starting up a conversation. My new friend, the 22 year old graffiti artist, was really into my whole project and let me interview him. Surprisingly sweet guy.
So, I had been lucky enough to be invited to attend the screening of a pilot of a possible new show, The Wilton (see photo above). Originally The Wilton Hilton but...you might imagine the problem there. It's about a house filled with roommates, a group of young hip dudes living in a house that seems to revolve around a hot chick roommate that has all of them dizzy and distracted. There is also the good girl who, if you ask me, will steal the show once it hits the air...mark my words! I hope it makes it to the next level as I want to find out what happens next with this wacky bunch of creative misfits. Thumbs up from me.
The pilot screenign was a fun slice of the glitter that you might expect in a town of stars and wanna be's all working the crowd. I really enjoyed it. Except for that, I managed to miss out on all things touristy in Hollywood. I truly wanted a photo of myself with the Hollywood sign looming up behind me...but the weather was kind of crappy so I just headed out of town and drove in a super rain storm, northward bound to...
(This actually isn't me)