We sat watching the Oscars on TV and it hit me that all those celebrities were just 7 miles from my apartment; John Travolta, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Amy Adams, Matthew McConaughey and even Adele Nazeem. I’m sure the night buzzed with after parties filled with fabulous people wearing all the right fashions.
It’s such a bizarre realization to know you’re in the land of swimming pools and movie stars. Stages where guys like Kinison, Hicks and Pryor worked out. Hotels with floors that were destroyed by Led Zepplin. Streets, stores and landmarks we’ve all seen on TV and in movies a thousand times. Famous zip codes (90210), famous streets (Mullholland), sidewalks lined with stars and the Hollywood sign that overlooks the city like a beacon of hope for so many dreamers. AND I LIVE HERE.
Around the corner from our apartment is a yummy Mexican restaurant that’s open 24 hours. Nine miles away is the world famous Comedy Store and The Laugh Factory and we’re just 25 minutes from the Santa Monica pier. Theoretically we live near Aaron Paul and Kim Kardashian and are just miles from where they tape Sons of Anarchy, The Price is Right and Mike & Molly. It’s a little like Fantasy Land for adults. A place where they come from far and near to put it all on the line and hope they’ve got what it takes. Sure, it would have been easier and less expensive to live almost anywhere but here, but then again I truly believe life isn’t worth living if you can’t believe in something great for yourself. Even when it’s scary and overwhelming - Believe in something GREAT - it’s better than the alternative.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”