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Friday 13th (oups! Black Friday!) August, 2010

With our new friend Kim (from Sydney, staying in the same room as us at the Green Tortoise) in tow, Emily and I headed for Pier 39, in the hopes of obtaining last minute tickets to Alcatraz. Success! Althoug they were not cheap. Excited by the idea of going to Alcatraz, but a little annoyed by the price, we headed down along the pier area, checking out the shops full of university merchandise and a fruit stand with some really unusually shaped peaches.

One thing in particular that caught our eye was the fact that seagulls here are SUPERSIZED! These guys were easily twice, if not more, the size of an Australian seagull, and their size made their determination for hot chips even more terrifying.

We were lucky enough to get free entry to the Aquarium, which was wicked sick and the three of us had a grand old time in our cardboard Aquarium “crowns”, taking photos of the fishes and sharks and other underwater animals. There was an open rockpool with very friendly sting rays that you could pat – but I wasn’t so keen on that, as I was pretty sure that’s how Steve Irwin died. No thank you.
Emily and Kim were keen, thankfully both survived, and we continued on our way.

The aquarium, it turns out, doesn’t just house fish, it also had a Hedgehog, some Chinchillas and a few other totally American animals that I’d never seen before. It also had what the sign referred to as a “Blue-Tongued Skink from Australia” – which I was quick to point out was infact a lizard, not a skink, thank you very much. But it was exciting to see something from home, as I used to have one living behind my rubbish bin in Karrinyup. Love those little suckers.

We also checked out the sealions, laying on the pier docks in the sunshine. Most of them were just chilling, however a small group of them were having a lovely time shoving eachother into the water and then trying to block the fallen sealions from rejoining the herd on the planks. They smelt funny, but were super cute.

From the pier, Emily and I parted ways with Kim, and headed off to wander the streets, and found ourselves strolling past Telegraph Hill and then through Fort Mason. We stopped to take photos of the amazing views over the water, and of a crazy shaped tree before heading into a little cafe called Greens for a quick drink.

Afterwards, we headed up towards the Union St shops (separate from Union Square), where we discovered Sephora (which stocks all major makeup brands at deliciously cheap prices) and had fun trying on outfits in LF, which was having a massive sale. (We didn’t buy anything though, as trying to find out size proved difficult.)

By this stage we were exhausted, as the thing about San Fran is that there is no such thing as a flat surface – every street is a hill, many of which are incredibly steep, and these had taken their toll on our poor little legs after the first day. (However, we were to go on to obtain buns of steel as a result of all the leg-work SF required of us, but more on that later.) We headed back to the hostel, up and down streets so steep that some even had stairs carved into them – stopping only for a quick peek into City Lights Bookstore, an institution in San Fran.

The hostel was offerring free dinner, and if it’s free, we’ll eat anything! It was pretty delicious and capped off a pretty sweet deal first day in San Francisco.

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Wednesday August 11 2010:

Emily and I left the hostel quite early to avoid the disgusting derro’s we shared a room with, many of whom were passed out on the floor and one had this green shit all over his feet (I only noticed this because he was right by the exit)!

We headed down Hollywood Blvd to a bus stop, headed for the Getty Centre in the Los Angeles’ hills. The bus arrived after what seemed like forever, so we got on and asked about the cost of a ticket, it was $1. At this point, a man towards the back of the bus became highly frustrated, jumped up, started swearing at us and calling us “dumb fucking tourists who waste everyone’s time” and jumped off the bus… It was an interesting start to the morning, for sure.

On the bus we drove past Whiskey-A-Go-Go, which both Emily and I were excited about, and we momentarily reminised about Neil Morgan’s amazing stories about the good old days at the Whiskey-A-Go-Go from Criminal Law. We then swapped buses at UCLA and headed up to the Getty Centre.

The hills of LA are so beautiful, they make you forget just how ugly Hollywood is and I think I will remember LA fondly because I saw a more attractive side of it. The Getty Centre is a real work of art, the gardens are full of the most amazing plants and the architecture itself is totally worth the trek from the tourist trap that is Hollywood. However, it’s a good thing that entry to the Getty Centre is free, as most of the art is pretty mediocre and very generic in nature – biblical, early modern, but nothing was particularly stand out fabulous… Alot of it seemed like cheap knock-offs of the beautiful artwork in European galleries, plus the gallery guards aren’t much fun and told Emily off for “standing too close” when she clearly wasn’t that close… All in all, the insides were very blah. It is the outside that makes the Getty Centre so great.

After we finally tore ourselves away from the Getty Centre (seriously, wandering the gardens there is something I’d happily do forever), we headed back on the bus and alighted at UCLA, where we spent a little time exploring the campus, before heading over towards Rodeo Drive.

We wandered through the suburban part of Rodeo Drive, which is another totally worthwhile part of LA, because the houses are so grand and the front gardens were stunning, we were the only people around as well, which made it that much better. I can totally see why people would want to live in LA if they could live in one of these houses.

Eventually Emily and I found ourselves on one of the most glamourous shopping strips in the world, it was nothing like I expected. Immaculate in every way: pristine white stores, filled with designer duds I can only dream of owning and sales assistants that stand so still we actually thought one was a particularly well-designed store mannequin. It was only when he came to life that we realised our minds were still playing tricks on us from the day before at the Wax Museum and we made a quick escape from his judging eyes… He knew we couldn’t afford the amazing $400 Tod’s loafers. 😦

From Rodeo Drive we wandered down the block to what was supposed to be the “more affordable” shopping in LA, but found nothing that particularly grabbed us – so we decided to head over to an op-shop I’d heard about called It’s a Wrap, where film studios send over all their old costumes for resale to the public. We got lost several times, and ended up miles away from where we wanted to be, but when we finally arrived the trek was more than worth it: a huge warehouse full of REAL designer clothing, worn once or twice by various television and film stars, and then sold to us! It was absolute HEAVEN! At the front of the store was alot of crap, and we were upset by some of the very small actress-sized outfits that were drool-worthy, but a bit of digging and we uncovered racks of real Armani, Diane Von Furstenberg, Gucci and in the corner I spotted Jimmy Choos and Manolo Blahniks in almost perfect condition, mind for a bit of scuffing of the soles – it devastated me that the sizes were not right. The same went for the mountains of clothing sent in from the set of Ugly Betty – none of the sizes were right!

However, I did score a Valentino jacket from the Fox 8 Studios and a neat little Michael Kors jacket worn by London in the Suite Life of Zack & Cody from the Disney Channel, as well as a skirt that was worn by someone on As the World Turns. Emily got a great black jacket (show unknown) and a pair of pink trackpants worn by Hannah Montana. It was all-round one of the coolest shopping experiences ever and I am glad I’m not studying in LA or I would have already spent ALL my money at that store. (I think Emily’s wallet is also pleased she is up in Michigan.)

From there Emily and I decided we would go out to dinner, as we wanted to avoid the disgusting derros as long as possible. UrbanSpoon suggested a little restaurant called Cheebo’s which did amazing pizza and even better desserts. Crayons on the table kept us entertained, and we left a remarkable piece of artwork behind, they should put it in the Getty Centre – it would improve the collection significantly.

We arrived back at the hostel well after 11pm, pleased with ourselves for having avoided the gross derros, only to find they had checked-out and we had new roomies. They were pretty friendly, but a little bit weird and kept us up talking far later than we should have allowed considering the big day we had ahead of us…

xoxoxo

HALLO!

August 10: Day 1 in Los Angeles

So I flew in the airbus from Sydney to LA, and it was super amazing and you get extra leg room and the seats go back way further, but that’s the boring stuff. It was an interesting flight, I watched some movies and I slept and then I went to the toilet.

Things that are Awkward: going to the toilet on an airplane, tired as hell, only to sit down on the loo and realise you are looking at yourself in a full length mirror. Watching yourself pee awkward rating: 11 out of 10.

Anyways, after what seemed like a million years I finally got to our hostel to find Emily and it was so exciting and we were so excited so we put on our summer clothes and went wandering… and got sunburnt in 27 C heat. Lol at the Australians.

We wandered into Hollywood, looked at some of the stars on the sidewalk, realised we didn’t know many of the so called “celebrities” and before long we found ourselves outside Madame Tussards. Hallo wax figure fun. (See facebook for the crazy that was our trip to wax-land.) We met Obama, George Clooney, Madonna, Britney Spears, Beyonce, Marilyn Monroe and most importantly, my future husband Zac Efron!!! What a whirlwind!

Then we wandered through Kodak Theatre and decided to take the guided tour of the Chinese Theatre. The guide was a crazy lady from England, but she was super entertaining because you could tell she was the most excited out of anyone on the tour. She was freaking, ridiculously excited.

We did a bit more wandering… and I bought my first headband of the trip (I have since accumulated four more and a hat!), which I was thrilled about.

Before long, the jet lag began to set in and we had dinner at Kung Pao Kitty which was delicious, before heading back for some zzz’s.
Unfortunately, our roomies back at the hostel were wanks who refused to even acknowledge us when we said hi, they had dirty dishes and empty pizza boxes everywhere and despite my asking that they turn down the music a little bit because we were jetlagged, they stayed up all night and kept making the music louder. Awful first nights sleep.

More later!
xoxo

Ok I stole this from some place that had pretty pictures. If I can find it again, I’ll link back. If someone else finds it, link me pls. Ta.

p.s. I finished exams! YAY!

I didn’t cheat, I promise. (Ok I saw the last Q as I copied it in… Luckily the last Q makes little to no difference on my choices!)

Pick six fandoms and then answer the questions below. Don’t look at the questions ahead of time 😛

1. Harry Potter
2. Twilight
3. Hannah Montana
4. Star Wars
5. Gilmore Girls
6. High School Musical

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1. Who is your favorite character from #2?
Twilight – Ok, this has several possible answers (and would, Twilight or not!). Quite obviously, Edward, but that’s so duh obvious that I don’t count him! So here are my other favourites:
Favourite Cullen: Alice, hands down. She’s me… If I was a vampire?
Favourite Human: Mike. I’m Team Mike always.
Favourite Good Vampire: Stefan & Vladimir
Favourite Ship (besides the obvious): Kate & Garrett… Although, I like to imagine Stefan and Vlad are secret gay lovers who, because they are so old, don’t feel the need to be mushily obvious anymore.
Favourite ‘Bad Guy’: Marcus or Victoria. Marcus cos he’s so freaking bored with everything, he needs a hobby. Victoria because she’s just out to get revenge on the people who broke her heart.

2. Who is your least favorite character from #4?
Star Wars – Um, I didn’t like Palpy when he was pretending to be a ‘good guy’ cos he was lameo. And I didn’t like Count Dooku, he failed at being a Sith cos he didn’t even have the prefix of ‘Darth’! Epic failurism on his part. I also found myself frequently annoyed with that creepy Twi’lek, I can’t remember his name right now, he was Jabba the Hutt’s slave Twi’lek and he was freaking creepy and feral looking.

3. What would a crossover between #1 and #5 include?
Gilmore Girls & Harry Potter – Oh man, can you imagine Rory getting a letter from Hogwarts? Emily would have a FIELD day and Lorelai would be SO psyched and they’d go and tour Hogwarts like they toured Yale and Rory would totally out-magic Hermione with her super skillz. And omg Rory would so blitz everything and win the Tri-Wizard Tournament! And Lorelai would try to invent her own spells and have insane, dangerous fun with magic things and give all the little deprived wizard kids lots of muggle movies to watch so they were well educated because she’d be SO shocked when she heard they hadn’t seen Pippi Longstockings!

4. Who is your favorite ship from #6?
High School Musical – um, clearly Sharpay and the basketballer who likes cooking. I haven’t seen HSM3 yet, I hope they hook up. That’d be delicious. (Yeah, I pun.)

5. If you were to set one person from #3 and one person from #6 on a blind date, who would they be?
Hannah & HSM – Mrs Darbus and Billy Ray. Cos no one else would say that. Also, it’d be epicly hilarious when Billy Ray realised he was going out with an old theatre mole who was probably menopausal hot for him.
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They look so happy… *tear*

6. If you could meet one person from #4 and spend the day with them, who would it be, and what would you do?
Star Wars – Yoda, I’d tell him that I would do or do not, because I could not try. And he’d so train me in the ways of the Jedi and I’d be the best Jedi ever. Or Aayla Secura because she has blue skin, and I’ve always thought it might be a good idea to paint my skin some unnatural skin colour like blue or purple. Also, she has super saber skillz.
Or Chewbacca, we could have a roar-off. Can you imagine that? So totally awesome.
It’d look something like this:
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We’d have an Idol-style panel judging us, consisting of Master Windu, Yoda and probbers Lando Calrissian.

7. If you could change one thing about #2’s plot line, what would you change?
Twilight – Um… Kill Bella and replace her with me? Duh. Who wouldn’t? Who doesn’t want to have freaky pillow-biting sex and freaking mutant babies with Edward? I sure wouldn’t say no! Or have Bella and Mike hook up – just to see the tweenie reactions – that would be the most epicly hilarious thing ever. Team Mike foreverz.

8. Explain a relationship between two people (not necessarily romantic) from show #5, and why you like the relationship between them.
Gilmore Girls – Emily and Lorelai. Because they’re basically my mum and my grandma (dad’s mum), but on television.

9. If the lead title characters (first name in the credits) from #1 and #3 were both drowning, and you could only save one, who would it be?
HARRY AND HANNAH! – OMG! Well, Harry would have his wand right? So I’d save him and then he could save Hannah. Regardless, I’d pick Harry over Hannah. I love Hannah, but Harry’s been with me for over a decade, man. That’s commitment, that is.

10. If you could change the title characters’ order in the credits for #4, what order would you choose?
Star Wars – Um, Chewbacca would be first? But really, I don’t care so much.

11. If you were able to add a new character, any kind of character you wanted, to the storyline for #6, what would the character be like and what would their role be?
HSM – Um, I’d put me in. Cos I so regret not going to a high school where they frequently burst into song and dance when they can’t work out their problems. My role would be ‘girl in the corner with the nose spray’, because that’s pretty much my role in life currently, except I don’t use my nose spray… She’d actually be the most talented person in the whole school and everyone would fall inlove with her (yes, even the girls) once they realised how sexy the nose spray was. Oh, and then nose sprays would become trendy, like heroin or something.
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Look! Sharpay taught me to walk in heels! (pls click the image for the complete text, i’ll shrink it later, i promise!)

12. What happens in your favourite episode of show #2?
Twilight – Episode? Um… Well this could be chapter or book I guess… But my favourite bit is probably when Mike and Jake and Bella all go to the movies and Mike vomits. I so would’ve held his hair back… Even though his hair is too short to hold back.

13. If you could kill off one of the characters of #1, who would it be and how would you do it?
Harry Potter – I think JK Rowling kills off enough characters for all of us, so how about I bring one of them back to life? Clearly I’d bring back Snape. Or Movie-Cedric, as long as it was after Cho had met her muggle lover (cos did you know she marries a muggle? what a loser… oh wait I’m a muggle… um yeah, anyways…) …wait where was I? Oh yeah, Movie-Cedric, as long as I could sex him up good. Cos he’s hot.
Maybe, if I couldn’t bring back someone to life, I’d kill off Marcus Flint for having bad teeth.

14. If you got the chance to visit the set for either show #3 or show #5, which would you choose?
GG & HM – Oh man! How difficult! Well, I guess, because Gilmore Girls has finished, so I’d go on the set of Hannah Montana. Hannah and I would become best friends.
But I’d have to pick Gilmore Girls if that was still going, cos I could run around Yale and drink ‘faux coffee’ cola with Alexis Bledel and have a talkfast-off with Lauren Graham (I’d win) and I’d dance naked on the gazebo and everyone would be thoroughly disturbed by my naked body.

15. So, I saved the best question for last. If you could date anyone from any of these shows, which show and which person?
I think we all know the answer to this question, but I’ll say it just for confirmations sake: Edward, duh. Who wouldn’t? But I’m not going to go stalk Rob Pattinson, cos that’s creepy and he can’t catch a break from those little marriage craving tweenies. Even if he is gorgeous, cos he was like Movie-Cedric as well… Mind you, maybe I should go after him? Poor bloke can’t get a date… Man, what is the world coming to when a hottie like that can’t find a girl? *offers self up for sacrifice, but not in a creepy way, cos i’m not like that…* lol.

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