So here’s what I did on Sunday:
I tried to go watch people arriving at the Kodak Theater for the Oscars. No I did not have bleacher seats, nor any solid plan once I parked and walked from work. No – I picked up Abby and Colleen from the airport, we dropped their bags off at my place and off we went.
Could I BE any more of a starry eyed tourist? No. It was ok though because 1. the girls have never been to LA before so celeb viewing is a necessary TO DO and 2. I haven’t lived in LA during Oscar season yet, so I can claim “newbie.” This year anyway. It was a much farther walk up to Hollywood Blvd than it looks in my car every morning. LA has seriously made me unaccustomed to walking around a place. Also, I probably shouldn’t have worn wedges. Oops.
We had high hopes for the adventure because I’d done a little research the night before, found out which driving streets were blocked off (they made no mention of sidewalks!) and called the Disney Soda Fountain next to the El Capitan Theater (directly across Hollywood Blvd from the Kodak) to see if they would be open on Oscar Sunday (googling all variations of “Can I watch people arrive at the Oscars without having bleacher seats or being carted off by cops” didn’t give me any solid answers surprisingly.) They said yes, so we assumed the sidewalks were open.
That was FALSE. We got about 2 blocks away and watched lots of shiny black limos drive line up ahead of us when we came to the yellow police tape of doom stopping us in our tracks. Well, police tape and about 40bajillion security guards. But there were LOTS of limos, so that was something kinda different I guess. And we walked by the Jim Henson Company on our (very roundabout) way back to the car, which was pretty neat — it looks like they plunked a random english cottage with a giant top-hat-and-suited-frog right in the middle of LA.
Abby and Colleen had better luck yesterday — while I was working they went to see Jeopardy film. And it was KIDS jeopardy. Cute, smart little kids. And today they’re possibly at the Grove, followed by the Price is Right.
If they get to play and win a couple of cars and swanky vacations I’m going to be SO jealous.