Down Day N Haggle

Down Day N Haggle

I woke today feeling like I’d been out on a well known British past time of binge drinking, which we class as normal – but today felt like I’d been at it for a week.
4 pints of water, 4 x 16oz mugs of coffee later and enough Ibuprofen to surgically remove my stomach lining like a cheese grater – I started to feel near normal [for me that is]DSCF0608

Gabby on the other hand took off to have her finger and toe nails turned into M&M’s.

I sat around and took pictures of the place we’re staying and by mid afternoon everyone was home and everyone feeling near normal, so the quest for food followed and was DSCF0574sorted out about 50 yrds away – nevertheless we are in LA, so we took the car anyway.

Over lunch plans for the afternoon were made; Gabby was going off to the Mall to find some comfortable “run-recovery” footwear and I was going to get the Snot Rocket washed.

Now ALL men know the following : If a lady knows exactly what she wants to shop for and knows where it is – she will get it (but only after comparing the exact same thing in every shop that carries it). However, if she knows what she wants but is going to search for it – she will NOT get it… But, she will buy things totally unrelated – as such the said shoes weren’t purchased.

We went off down into Pasadena to drop Gabby off and I headed to the local Mexican car wash…

Now, I don’t how things work in this regard here, but soon felt that I being taken for a fool, especially when I was being told what needed cleaning and why… heck when testing Land Rovers we’d drown them in mud, then fix them up like new and send them on to the customer and I was now being told various things the obviously some people in LA believe.
So I told them exactly what I wanted and nothing more. For this he wanted to charge me $65.00 carwash

That wasn’t going to happen!!

Yer see, there were these things called “signs” about with all the prices on them and while I didn’t go to Oxford University – I can (amazingly) count due to the number of fingers and toes I own. I didn’t want a machine auto wash because of issues with the rear door, I wanted a thorough handwash and wipe down. This is $39. But I also wanted the wheels cleaning, body waxing and Rain-X on the windshield/screen… AND the interior windows cleaning.

The haggling started…

As this was going on, two guys had started vacuuming out the interior who I had to stop.
The figures from the guy were all over the place… so finally I said “look $45 the lot and you’re doing very well out of it”… He stopped, looked at me and said “you a businessman!” – I said, no mate, You are.

Finally he accepted the $45 and while I still felt I was getting ripped off – this was soon belayed with what followed; 3 guys spent 1hr 45mins working like mad on the car, meticulously taking time on the wheels, the wheel arches, the roof and roof rails. All plastics were cleaned and treated properly and every single mark and dead bug remains removed. They did a frankly stunning job and the Snot Rocket now looks good enough for the two big white strips that I feel it needs on its centreline from front to rear, along with police siren and flashing grill lights.

Even Gabby was impressed as she hauled her shopping bags in (containing nothing she had gone shopping for). And as the day drew to a close Gabby took to taking pics on the return to the hotel.

Tomorrow – Fender USA

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Published in: on 22 January, 2013 at 22:41  Leave a Comment  
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Road Warrior and the Cave

Today’s journey (followed live by quite a lot of people) was not at the speed of the Santa Monica terror train – BUT!!! You would not believe the stuff I/we witnessed… Thankfully I wasn’t the driva – but Lady Stirling Moss behind the steering wheel was having none of it!

I honestly think it’s actually the only time I wished we weren’t in the SUV (better known as Snot Rocket) but a fast (as in s**t off a shiny shovel) muscle car with carbon fibre brakes and a twin set of anchors for that touch of added superior stopping power would have been just the ticket today.

Having set off in good time, scary driving behaviour I haven’t witnessed since living in Riyadh took a massive toll on our progress, nerves, spine, eyes and tongue swallowing. All of which paled when we got into L.A. proper – here fear of sudden involuntary prolapse followed by limb removal and sudden death soon followed. That said, for the most part, driving the streets of LA, while busy, was ok compared to the freeways.

CBSFinally we arrived at CBS Television City all but a few minutes later than our book in time to be told our tickets for the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson were no longer worth anything and that we pretty much had no chance of getting in as we’d be sent to the back of the “off the street walk-in crowd”.
We turned around and headed back out… [we were later told the security guard had been over-zealous]

We slipped into the traffic and away toward Hollywood Blvd, passing a dog shop onbark n bitches the way going by the name “Bark N’ Bitches”. It was actually Gabby who pointed out it was a dog shop as I thought “hey, that must be a bar” lol.

chinaTurning down Hollywood we soon came across the Chinese theatre where there was obvious preparation at hand for some kind of location shoot – this I later found out (once back at the hotel) that is was for an all night filming for Iron Man 3!!

Gabby asked where should we go? So I was suggesting the Rainbow Bar & Grill to meet Lemmy from Motorhead… however, a darker place came to mind as we passed the Church of Scientologyscient (aka Cult!!) International Celebrity (read: nobhead) Welcome Centre : A Cave… Sorry, I mean my idea was a cave.

Yes a place I knew of that wasn’t part of the usual tourist stuff, infact people of the area call it a secret location -seriously? Are there any secrets in this city? Even the Die Hard Nakatomi Plaza is really 20th Century Fox’s HQ and strangely enough called Fox Plaza

Any way this place has been the set for more TV shows than I can write and more B movies you’d ever thought existed – BUT!! Above all you will know it for one thing and one thing only – Batman!!

Cv1A short walk off the beaten path find you in a place that is both a little odd, kinda medieval and something I think Gabby thought would make a great place to keep the wine, well I think that’s what she meant when she said this is a great place for a full sized rack :/

Only then to notice the Hollywood sign above us and pics ensued…g hlywd sign

Heading back and the street level traffic was max’d out and now taking a toll on mind, body and definitely soul… we, turned away shattered and sadly having to re-organise the plans for the next few days. But with rest needed badly, you have to know when to stop for a day or two.

Here’s the list of TV shows shot at the Caves:

The A-Team
The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.
The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin
Alias Smith and Jones
Bat Masterson
Batman
Beauty and the Geek
Bonanza
Combat!
The Dukes of Hazzard (“Hazzard Connection”)
Falcon Crest
Gunsmoke
Have Gun, Will Travel
Little House on the Prairie
The Lone Ranger
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
Mission: Impossible (1960s)
The Monkees
The Outer Limits (1960s)
Rawhide
Salute Your Shorts (The Cursed Skull)
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: Enterprise
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: The Original Series
Star Trek: Voyager
Twin Peaks
V
The Virginian
Wonder Woman

Yeah, Yeah “and the sun came up over Santa Monica”

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Yes… as the Cock crows – the Sparrow Farts… and at Sparrow Fart we hauled ourselves out of bed and headed (at unbelievable speed) north to a coastal area between Beverly Hills and Los Angeles  known as Santa Monica.
“Why?”  I can’t hear you ask…
Well the female version of Sherpa Tenzing aka this morning’s driver of the car now known as the Snot Rocket (the car is known as that, not Gabby) was to make her Hollywood debut in the Santa Monica Half Marathon.
DSCF0279So, in the freezing (when I say freezing I mean cool) sun kissed morning on the location of Baywatch, Gabby slumped from the steering wheel to pry my embedded white fingers from the dash, and wipe the remains of my face from the windshield.
Strangely, this is a place so laid back even cop cars carry surf boards, I noticed this as IDSCF0307 tried to explain to a south asian guy that hanging around there any longer, he’d be able to smell the mornings early showing of napalm.
On and the freezing contestants all stood about trying understand the organizer who was saying things like “well you go up there a bit and then come back around and it’s a race yer know”.
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And off they all went while famous sweaty faces plodded, cycled or unicycled past oblivious to the incredible tense Santa Monica beach race now in full swing. DSCF0303
Gabby I have always found responds well to a more direct method of encouragement, and I would love to claim that after Gabby set a personal best/record of 1hr 46min 09sec in completing this half marathon, that it was all down to me chasing her around the 13.1miles – however I can’t… She did it all by herself and frankly – good on her!!
Gabby snatched her medal up and as I write this  the Results for Gabby’s Santa Monica Half Marathon have come in:
Gabby was 3rd overall and came in 2nd place for the women.Rocking!!!

We headed on back down the actual pacific highway looking for a place to pimp out the Snot-Rocket. Tomorrow we move on to LA… then away to the north for more fun.

Need Coffee

 

Published in: on 20 January, 2013 at 18:20  Leave a Comment  
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