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2. Mommy Blogger - 20 Points
3. Fan of Celebrities - 30 Points
4. Comments Regularly - 50 Points
5. Lover of Shiny Gadgets - 100 Points
6. Thinks Britney Spears is 'The Shit' - 250 Points
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Let's just say Salt has a lot of points.
Hiya, everyone! I'm Salt of Salt says, and I'm honored to be helping out my good friend hotpants™ this week while she is on vacay. Given the nature of her blog, when she asked me to post, my first thought was to write about a celebrity encounter.
Of course then I learned that Surferwife had beaten me to it which is cool because she like... invented them.
Then I thought, maybe I could take you on a little photo tour of my life when I used to live in Hollywood, made possible by the fact that my iPhone is pretty much permanently fused to my hand. This idea got what I think was an enthusiastic thumbs up. So let's just jump right in because if I don't, this is going to turn into a novel real quick.
Looks more woodsy than Hollywoodsy, doesn't it? I lived in a studio apartment on this street, which is one block up from Sunset and two blocks down from Hollywood Boulevard. Every morning, I would wake up (feeling very much unlike P. Diddy), and head down to my job on Wilshire, about 4 miles away. Thankfully I only had to drive surface streets; all the rumors you have heard about LA traffic are completely true.
I worked as a graphic designer for a well-known entertainment magazine that took up pretty much the entire first floor of this building. The coolest thing about the job – besides the fact that I was a graphic designer for a well-known entertainment magazine – was that I was a short elevator ride from my heroes at Fox Animation (Family Guy!), and just across the street from E! Studios, the LACMA and the LaBrea Tar Pits.
One day I decided it would be a great idea to take my lunch across the street and eat in the park at the tar pits. Do. Not. Recommend. Imagine what hot tarring a roof smells like and magnify it by like 1,000.
Aside from going to work, I rarely had to drive. One of the nicest things about living where I did is that everything I would ever need was like right there. Let's take a walk up to Hollywood Boulevard, shall we?
Here is the view from the steps of where I got my LA Fitness on. You can see some of the Walk of Fame stars on the sidewalk, and there is one of about a billion tour buses I would see every week. I'm sure at least one of the folks standing near the bus was selling maps to star's homes. My favorite little grocery store is downstairs and also the Knitting Factory where lots of interesting bands, such as Insane Clown Posse, play. Their fans were some of the most terrifying people I have ever seen in my life.
And to the left there is a DSW. As I said... everything I would ever need.
The tall building across the street on the left is the famous Roosevelt Hotel.
Home of the bar Teddy's, where I unknowingly ordered a $16 glass of HOUSE Cabernet and said "hi" to Kate Hudson in the bathroom. The hotel also has an exclusive pool where I was able to hang out a few times because my bff knew someone staying there. The mojitos were awesome. (As they should have been for $20 apiece. Ridonkulous.)
Anyway, I would walk past the Roosevelt every evening on these stars...
Who's walking all over who NOW, Nancy Sinatra?
And then I could look up and see this very familiar building on the other side of the street...
On an off day, I could stop out front and see how my hands and feet measured up to some of the most famous actors of all time, but sometimes a movie premiere would be going on and Hollywood Boulevard would be abuzz with red carpet madness. I liked to watch from the other side of the street depending on how much I cared about the movie. Some of the actors were very friendly and would come over to greet fans. Which is how I got this photo of Renee Zellweger.
Serious case of the skinnies. Couldn't have been nicer. But celeb encounters are Surferwife's job this week.
Because there are so many landmark buildings, movie productions will occasionally shut down this part of Hollywood Boulevard. Awesome if you're a tourist ...not awesome if you're trying to get to your house. The street was closed for three days because of this overturned tractor trailer. It was for a scene from the movie Hancock.
On a regular night, my neighbors and I would walk to the Kodak Theater, home of American Idol and the Academy Awards. The theater complex is also a mall with a bunch of high end stores and restaurants, including a sushi joint where we hung out often. I also loved the hipster bar across the street called Power House that had only one beer on tap, PBR.
I've always been more of dive bar gal than a night clubber, but obviously there were some really fun clubs around West Hollywood and fun, upscale bars on Cahuenga.
Citizen Smith was my favorite.
Here is a poorly lit picture of the amazing architecture in the Kodak courtyard. If you look through the big arch, you can see the tiny Hollywood sign on the mountain in the background.
I miss it a lot sometimes though I don't regret moving away because if I hadn't, I never would have married my husband. He trumps swank pool parties and awards shows any day of the week.
Really I'm just happy to have had the amazing experience of living and working right there where all the action is.
Thanks again to the fabulous hotpants™ for allowing me to take over her blog today to show you a glimpse of my days in Hollywood! I hope I haven't bored all of you to death!