Thursday, June 18
Ahhh yes. It has finally come time to write about Mr. Jimmy Kimmel.
But first, the day began with a pleasant bike ride down to the beach via the Marina del Rey bike trail. It’s a trail exclusively for bikers, walkers, and runners…no cars allowed! Despite the fact that the bike I was using was unbalanced due to the loose handle bar, the bike ride was great!
After mom and I got cleaned up and pretty, we headed off on our adventure to the La Brea Tarpits! We had heard from a couple of people that it is a must-go-to spot in LA, so we figured we’d check it out. Instead of following the tour and hearing their random fun facts, we decided to escort ourselves around, which is quite typical of us. It honestly did not live up to our expectations and the smell of tar was horrendous. All in all, it was a cool place to go, but definitely only a one time thing in my book.
Finally it was Jimmy time!! Let me sum it up for you. You wait, wait some more, wait even more in the hot sun, finally move inside, get to go to the bathroom, wait yet again, then be seated to yes…wait. Luckily my patience is better than most, but it was a long, long process. I don’t exactly think my mother was amused, but I at least enjoyed the show once it started. We were seated in the 3rd row, so we got a spectacular view of everything going on including Cleto’s band and the production aspect of it all. During Jimmy Kimmel’s monologue I literally could have stood up, reached out my arm, and touched him. Did I do it? No. Why? Because we were told by the audience coordinator that the security guards are quick on our feet, so if we try jumping up and running, we will get caught. Needless to say, I didn’t want to end this magnificent day being dragged out of a talk show, not to mention I would have looked like a crazy person. My main point in all of that jumble, was he was that close to us! On this particular night, the guests were Eric Bana and Tony Parker. They were extremely handsome in person! It’s a shame they’re both 10+ years older than me and already married.
As you can probably imagine, Jimmy Kimmel has an entire team of workers getting paid to maintain the audiences’ energy and enthusiasm throughout the show. I’ve been on a talk show before, so I understand how it works, but it always amazes me how much they rely on the audience for a solid show. Before the taping started, they made a point to tell us that when they announce Jimmy Kimmel and he runs out and hits his mark for the monologue, we’re supposed to clap, cheer, scream, and whistle continuously for a good 10 seconds after he has hit his mark. They really almost manipulate us in order to make Jimmy look popular and well-liked by the audience. It completely makes sense, I just find it a bit silly and tacky.
The one thing I was left unsatisfied about, along with the waiting, was that Jimmy interacted with the audience at a bare minimum. During the first break was the only time he even acknowledged our existence. I understand that he does tapings on a regular basis and I’m sure he gets hounded with people desperately wanting to talk to him every waking second, but my perspective, is you shouldn’t completely ignore the people who first of all, are big fans and are there to see you, second are making you famous by religiously tuning into the show, and third, as a result, are making you filthy rich.
If you can handle all of the waiting, I definitely recommend going to any taping if you get the chance because it is a great experience. I don’t know if I’d personally ever see Jimmy again because I’m not a diehard fan that watches him daily, however Ellen is for sure on my bucket list of things to do. In fact, we were planning on seeing Ellen, but couldn’t manage to get tickets because she’s off for a few months on vacation.
Following the show, we grabbed a bite to eat at the Hollywood and Highland Center, then briefly strolled down Hollywood Blvd to the Grauman’s Chinese Theater. Up until this point, I had only ever driven past it, so it was thrilling being able to see the hand & footprints of people I grew up watching, in person. My absolute favorites were the Harry Potter & Twilight celeb prints…big shocker there, right?
Friday, June 19
Art is one of my mom’s passions, so what better way to spend the day, than to drive to the Pasadena Convention Center and attend the Contemporary Crafts Market! It’s not something I would have chosen to do on my own, but I was more than happy to go and have fun doing something my mom enjoys so much. It ended up being a blast and although a lot of the art wasn’t my cup of tea, it was still interesting to see the artists’ work and speak with them about it. It was inspiring for my mom to see what other people are doing with their art to elevate it to the next level and she was able to gather some ideas for her own art. She even met a woman who does art extremely similar to hers and found her to be an inspiration.
We choose to eat at a cafe not too far from the Convention Center and as always, our meal was delicious. Based on what we saw, Pasadena is a lovely area! Without a question it’s definitely hotter in temperatures because it’s further inland and this became quite apparent while we walked around the outdoor mall. Driving back, we decided to go through Culver City because we drove through it the day before and thought it’d be a neat place to walk around and explore. The overall consensus was that it’s a perfect location to pick a restaurant to eat at, but it’s not so much a great place to walk around, only because Culver and Washington Blvd primarily consist of restaurants, therefore there really isn’t much to see or do. Although there are restaurants at Abbot Kinney as well, Abbot Kinney definitely still wins this one.
Stay tuned for the last of the REWIND series (Day 5). By now, it shouldn’t be a surprise that Day 5 was filled with a trillion things just like every other day so far.
Until next time,