we I made the decision to travel to California, Los Angeles specifically, for Hubz’ 31st birthday, it was kind of done on a whim. He nor I had ever been to The Golden State, or the City of Angeles, and while we were both excited to be experiencing some where new together, I wasn’t sure if L.A. should be the place. It’s fast, it’s loud, it’s bright and sunny. Honestly, it’s everything I’m not and I was concerned if this would actually be vacation for me or a few days in which I’m just trying to make it through to get back home. Also, couple that with the fact that our romantic getaway, had quickly morphed into a family trip, my hesitancy about traveling to Los Angeles steadily increased.
Now, I will admit that prior to our trip, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Los Angeles, or California in general. I felt it was overcrowded, too expensive, and hot as hell. Those beaches though. Those beaches were the first things to win me over when I was deciding if our trip to Cali should happen.
As I researched more and more (because I am a card carrying INTJ), I came to find so many things we could get into during our 3 days visiting the city. Since I knew my husband would appreciate the Hollywood aspect of the city more so than I, one of the first things we did was visit Hollywood Boulevard (to get it over with). I, however, ever the pessimist, was pleasantly surprised by the famous boulevard and what it had to offer.
In my opinion, we made it to the boulevard at just the right time. After fighting to get a closeup of the Hollywood sign (why do they make it so damn difficult??), we headed over to the boulevard around 6:30 or 7pm. It was just starting to get live and as the sun descended behind the mountains, I could instantly see why people enjoyed Hollywood Boulevard so much. There were street performers, folks in cosplay attire, classic cars, street artists, and even a prom court.
We were swept up in the crowd as we maneuvered our way through the streets…looking for a restroom. Yes, a restroom. I don’t know what it was about the street, but as soon as we parked, we all had to go. It was the funniest thing ever until we kept receiving denial after denial to use the restroom. A quick Google search explained that public restrooms on Hollywood Boulevard are sparse.
Eventually, we were able to find a restroom in La La Land, a huge souvenir and gift shop. While there, we also spotted this sleek ride which turned out to be Elvis’ powder blue Cadillac.
After the whole restroom debacle, we continued to walk the streets like the tourists we were and ooh and ahh at the sights. This is when I ran into my first (and only) celebrity.
Ok, so do ya’ll remember The Parent ‘Hood? It was a sitcom that aired on the WB and starred Robert Townsend, Regan Gomez, and a host of other people. If you don’t remember, click the link above and maybe it’ll refresh your memory. Anywho, imagine my surprise when I heard, “Excuse me, ma’am. Can I talk to you a minute about a project I’m working on?” and turned to be face to face with none other than Tyrone Burton, who played TK on the show.
As a hardcore 90’s TV fan, I immediately recognized him from The Parent’Hood, although he went on tell me of the other, more recent projects he’d done. Like his stint on That’s So Raven, Cold Case, and a few movies. I didn’t know him from any of those things, but I definitely knew of him from The Parent’Hood.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have any cash on me to purchase his new gospel comedy DVD, and therefore felt some type of way about asking to take a photo with him, but he seemed like a really nice person and I hope he fares well in the future.
After running into
TK Tyrone Burton, we ran into another “actor,” Freddy Krueger. Now, anyone who knows me knows that I love horror films–my favorite being Halloween and my favorite villain being Michael Myers. That said, I effs with Freddy, so it was cool to see him on Hollywood Boulevard.
Hollywood Boulevard at Night
Hollywood Boulevard comes alive at night. There were so. many. people. We were shoulder to shoulder with the other tourists and residents and it made it difficult to stop and take in sights. We opted to duck into the Hollywood and Highland Center to get a break from the all the people.
There’s video of J and I running through the fountain, but I’ll be posting that over on our Youtube channel soon.
Overall, Hollywood Boulevard was not what I expected AT ALL. I can’t say that I’m itching to go back, but it was definitely fun to spend time there.