Monday, October 12, 2009

My Town Monday: Beverly Hills, Hollywood revisited

This Monday, I'm playing catch-up. I promised a Hollywood post back in August. Which I neglected to deliver. Today's the day!

Remember I attended the SCBWI national summer conference and met Editor Wendy for the first time ever?

Well, one fine morning, Editor Wendy and I boarded a bus to go on

**A TOUR OF THE STARS' HOMES!!**

I took boatloads of pictures of celebrities' homes. Boatloads.

Unfortunately, I can't remember who lives where!

Isn't this a beautiful home? It might belong to Meatloaf or Courtney Cox or Harrison Ford or Keanu Reeves. Or none of the above. Sorry. Paparazzi I am not.

For some reason, I do remember that the Jonas brothers recently moved. Did I tuck away that useless bit of trivia for Child #4? Anyway, Editor Wendy very kindly sent me her photos with a list of homeowners. Unfortunately, I can't get the photos to upload to my blog. (Thank you for the effort, though, Wendy.)

Obviously, I am just not meant to write THAT kind of a post about stars and their homes. Perhaps if we'd had an invite INSIDE...

Anyway, I did discover that I have something HUGE in common with Madonna. HUGE. As in she may be adding me to her Christmas card list.

Madonna and I both grow agapanthus in our gardens. Yes, we're like gardening BFFs!


Part of the tour included time on the **Hollywood Walk of Fame** and at **Grauman's Chinese Theatre**.

Here is ONE of Gene Autry's stars. He has the most stars of anyone ever--five (one in each category). This is a picture of the Live Stage Performers' category.


John Cusack is getting a star in 2010. I'm very happy for him. I've had a crush on him for a while. I'm hoping that John'll google himself (he seems like the type who would), read this post and invite me to the "Getting Your Own Star" ceremony. It would the chance of a lifetime for both of us, and I'm pretty sure I can spin it so that DH doesn't mind.


I'm measuring my palm against Marilyn Monroe's handprint. Perfect match! Natch!

We finish off the morning with a humungous California salad for lunch. Here is Editor Wendy bravely tackling her over-sized salad. Seriously, I ate about a month's worth of lettuce in that one meal.


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28 comments:

Vodka Mom said...

Thanks for the field trip Barrie- I loved it!!


xoxox

Beth said...

Best of luck with John Cusack. If he does find your blog (and you!) will you send him over to my blog for a visit? You’re okay with sharing, right? ;)

Mac and Cheese said...

Meatloaf? He has enough money left for a mansion?

pattinase (abbott) said...

What is it about John Cusack? Maybe he will read my comment and invite me, too. Do you hear me, John?

Teresa said...

LOL, Loved the Hollywood mansion tour, Barrie. Who knows, you may get invites from John Cusack and Madonna!! This was fun.

Stacy said...

Looks fun! And yes, you and John and Madonna are totally BFFs now.

About your question on my blog, yes, I'm in Michigan. I live in Ann Arbor which is in the SE part of the state.

Where will you be in November?

Kristina P. said...

I think I've been to Hollywood once in my life, and never saw the Hollywood stars! :(

sara said...

Wow, I've always wanted to go on one of those tours, but I hate being tagged as a tourist. I think I'll have to try it and I'll remember to bring a notebook to write down who's who.

Kathy Holmes said...

So funny you should mention agapanthus - they grow all over the place in the SF Bay Area and one year my mother was so taken with them, she decided to grow them in her garden in Oregon. Who knew we had this in common with Madonna - great reporting, Barrie. :)

Sarakastic said...

You are Madonna's gardening bff which now makes you the coolest person I know.

Charles Gramlich said...

You always seem to have lots of fun wherever you go. Cool.

Clare2e said...

It's way more fun when you don't know which celebrity! I'd love to mix up the houses and owners and try to guess.

Keri Mikulski said...

Love this one and perfect timing. :)

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

It's fun facts from the locals that makes sightseeing SO much more fun!

kaye said...

I vote that's Harrison Ford's House--then I can tell everyone I've seen it "virtually". thanks for stopping by today.

Terrie Farley Moran said...

What great fun. Who cares who actually lives there? We can have fun supposing!

Terrie

Rose Cooper said...

I loved reading about your trip!! I didn't know what Wendy looked like till now either, so it's great to put a face with the name and voice! Sounds like you had a blast. I'm developing a case of Hollywood envy...

Harlem's A Hatin said...

I've always wanted to take that stars tour. I think it even goes to Bob Barkers house.

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Alyssa Goodnight said...

I grow agapanthus in my garden (a.k.a. yard) too! Does that mean I get a piece of the bff action??

Barrie said...

Alyssa, I absolutely see you, me and Madonna as BFFs. We must all meet up in the gardening dept at Home Depot!

Barrie said...

Mac and Cheese, maybe Meatloaf is renting with a bunch of roommates! Ha!

Barrie said...

Harlem, I may well have a pic of Bob Barker's house and just don't know it!

Barrie said...

Sara, the check is in the mail.

Sarah Laurence said...

You look like a star yourself! Too bad authors don't get their turn. Sounds like a fun time.

Carrie Harris said...

I think Lloyd Dobler deserves his own star. I'm just saying.

Bina said...

Hey, is that house Ozzie's? Kinda looks like it. I mean, I have never BEEN there, but I HAVE seen it on TV and that's kinda the same, right?

Barrie said...

Bina, it might be?????!!!!

Miss Chevious said...

john cusack is awesome! :)