Los Angeles 2012 – Part 1: Concrete Jungle

My wonderful hubbie won a trip to L.A.! I am unsure if won is the right word, maybe earned is a better fit considering he was awarded the trip for doing a certain value of loans in the last financial year. Since plane tickets are the biggest cost of a holiday, we thought we would take advantage of this situation and do a USA trip!

Our trip started in L.A. and it sure is the concrete jungle its known for. Flying over L.A. all you can see, for as far as you can see, are freeways winding, twisting, overlapping and circling each other. And the roads are not as nice as Perth’s roads. The roads are covered with cracks, pot holes, 4-way stop signs, trucks (RVs), trucks (SUVs) and lots of trucks (same meaning in North American and Australian English)! We also got to experience the roads first hand this time as we drove from L.A. to Las Vegas!

The first thing we saw driving from the airport was a humming bird. One of the guys travelling in the escalade (they don’t seem to make anything small over there) with us pointed out a hummingbird Michelle's Labyrinthfluttering around a flowering tree, on the other side of the road, at the height of the power lines. I have no idea how he saw it, but it was amazing seeing this bird fluttering vertically. You could almost hear it humming because of the speed his wings were going at. I was so excited and I knew it was a sign this trip was going to be amazing.

Source: http://getahead.rediff.com/report/2009/jun/15/a-hummingbird-in-love-flies-faster-than-a-fighter-jet.htm

After checking in the hotel we went on the famous bus tour around Beverly Hills, Hollywood and Mulholland Drive. I had recently finished about 7 Michael Connelly books where the main character, Harry Bosch, lives in a house with stilts on Woodrow Wilson Drive in the Hollywood Hills. It was lovely driving along Mulholland Drive and actually seeing what Mr Connelly had made so vivid in my mind. A winding road, with sheer drops and natural parks on either side. I definitely didn’t want to get off the bus since some of the murders had happened in those parks!

You know when you do something that you only dreamed of doing and you just cannot believe it is actually happening? Well we went to a party at the Playboy Mansion and it was something I had never even thought of, so I didn’t know what to think. So we went with no expectations and to have a few drinks and just see how it goes.

You see the crazy Playboy Mansion parties in movies, hear stories about the parties, but you never think you will be at one. Some people were a bit shocked we were going to the Playboy Mansion, but at the end of the night it was just an awesome massive party. Yes the girls were somewhat under-dressed, but its no different from a pool party, or even some of the outfits young girls wear to nightclubs.

They definitely weren’t shy at pouring drinks, apparently when you order a bourbon & coke, the coke is added just for colouring! But it definitely ensured the party ‘went off’. There were many rumors going around about how often parties were held at the mansion and how much the tickets cost. Charlie Sheen was rumored to be in the mansion. One of the playboy models said she saw Pauly Shore (very sad I didn’t get to see him if he was there :( ). And of course Hugh Hefner was supposedly in the mansion with his three girlfriends.

We arrived by limousine. First thing we see is the Playboy Bunnies, who were giving everyone photo opportunities with them. Then we walked onto the artificial lawn, grabbed some champagne, or beer as the case may be, and starting looking around and checked out the silent auction.

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Now I have listed some rumored celebrities, but we actually did see some. First off the ranks was Richard Reid, the gossip guru on the Channel 9 Today Show. He was lovely and chatted to everyone. I got a wink from him at one point.

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Do you like how I used the ‘smudge’ tool in GIMP? The blonde lady looks like she inspired a creature from Pan’s Labyrinth.

We then checked out who was being interviewed on the red carpet. We recognised Sarah McLeod (pictured below), and then that’s when I spied the Stafford Brothers, who are a house music DJ and Production duo (Chris on the left and Matt on the right).

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And as I said there were lots of girls with sparse clothing. So here are a couple of pictures for you!


We then checked out the catwalk. It wasMichelle's Labyrinth starting to get difficult for me to focus on things, so I just got my iPhone out and starting taking heaps of photos. The boys recognised Ron Jeremy, who is an American adult film actor. I said who, so I could take a photo, and also asked how they all knew him. They reckon all males would know who he is! Raises a few questions….

After the catwalk and a silent auction we moved to the other side of the mansion (near the grotto) and the party really started! Massive stage at the front. VIP section in the middle. A massive bar near the back. Cabanas all around the perimeter.

As I said they weren’t shy pouring the drinks. My bourbon & cokes were so strong that I had to breathe out after each drink (and I was drunk at this stage!). I swear my breath was flammable. We had access to a section of cabanas, but we stayed out to take in the atmosphere. We had various entertainment on the stage, such as Sarah McLeod – shown below; MiniKiss (a picture below that); the Stafford Brothers and even hubbie and I got on the stage and danced towards the end of the evening!

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Source: https://twitter.com/i/#!/minikiss/media/slideshow?url=pic.twitter.com%2FycVWrZ9v

They stopped pouring drinks at 1:30am, and yes as we left I fell on Matt Stafford – the ground was uneven I say! 10 of us piled in a limo and we were all in agreement to stop and get a burger or something. There was food at the mansion, but its pretty hard to eat when you’re already smashed! The limo driver passed one place but it was already shut. Yes a lot of places shut at 2am in L.A.! He refused to try another place, but we saw Fatburgers was open, and it was only a couple of blocks from the hotel. So off we went!

Hubbie had a small cheeseburger and I had a Maui Banana Shake. I say ‘small’ burger, because check out below! They had photos on their wall of people who had 7XLs and higher! CRAZY!

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Source: http://www.fatburger.com/

So we ended up getting to bed at 4am. Good effort? It gets better! We had to be up at 7:30am to catch the bus to Universal Studios! Now I only have a big drinking session once a year (sometimes only every second year) because I just do not pull up well. We were all very quiet on the bus on the way to the studios. When hubbie and I got there we headed to the lower section straight away because we had been before and knew that is where all the cool rides are. I visited the ladies – just in case. All good. First up was the Jurassic Park – The Ride. We survived, so we then tried Revenge of the Mummy – The Ride. As a reward we decided to eat brunch. Then after that we went onto the Transformers: The Ride-3D – which is brilliant. You feel like you are in the head of one of the transformers while they fight some bad guys. Awesome! We totally recommend you go to this ride first if you ever go to Universal Studios, so you can go on it more than once. I’ll end this blog post here, we survived our day at Universal Studios, we were so pleased with ourselves. The honest truth – I think we scared our bodies into just enjoying the day, no hangovers!!!

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Source: http://www.universalstudioshollywood.com/attractions/transformers-the-ride-3d/

And one last thing, how many people do you know who got a mobile number from one playboy model and an e-mail address from another one? Well you know me and my hubbie!


Scruffy vs Clean Cut – Part 1

As some of you know, hubbie and I were at the Playboy Mansion on Saturday night. There was obviously a lot of eye-candy for the men, but not much for the females. I was checking out who was being filmed as they walked in and recognised Sarah McLeod who was going to DJ later on. And then walked in these cute boys who happened to be Chris and Matt Stafford (the Stafford Brothers) who also DJ (and they happen to be from the Goldcoast, Qld!). Straight Michelle's Labyrinthaway my eyes were drawn to Matt. Hubbie was a little surprised at this; thinking I would like the Chris-type more. So then I mentioned my favourite men – Johnny Depp, Harrison Ford and he seemed to get the drift. But this gave me an idea for a new blog! Scruffy versus Clean Cut – what is your preference?

Photo – Stafford Brothers (Chris left; Matt right). Source: http://www.goldcoast.com.au/article/2012/02/02/387061_gossip-news.html

Some other favourite “brothers” that came to mind were Sam and Dean Winchester from Supernatural. I liked Sam from the beginning, although over the seasons Dean has grown on me, with his cheeky ways. I loved the quote from a Motel Manager: One leather jacket, one Sasquatch (Episode 5/12: Swap Meat). I also loved episode 4/18: The Monster at the End of this Book where Sam and Michelle's LabyrinthDean realise they have some “sick” fans:

Dean: (reading on the computer) There are ‘Sam girls’ and ‘Dean girls’ and… what’s a slash fan? Sam: As in Sam-slash-Dean… together. Dean: Like together together? Sam: Yeah. Dean: (horrified) They do know we’re brothers, right?

I’m a sick fan! Although I do prefer my sasquatch Sam (Jared Padalecki), who is on the left, as opposed to Dean (Jensen Ackles) on the right.

Michelle's LabyrinthSticking with the sci-fi brother theme, I am brought to consider Damon and Stefan Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries. Damon (Ian Somerhalder) is gorgeous. You could get lost in his striking blue eyes. He can be so evil, but his smirk seems to make it all okay!

Stefan (Paul Wesley), who is on the left, just doesn’t do it for me. But I am sure all us girls have our different preferences!


Still on sci-fi, of course I have to discuss my early-on loves: Luke Skywalker Michelle's Labyrinth(Mark Hamill) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford).

Princess  Leia: Why, you stuck up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf-herder. Han Solo: Who’s scruffy-looking?

I  love the scruffy-looking nerf-herder 😛 – who is on the bottom of the picture.


Source: http://heckyeahlukeskywalker.tumblr.com/ (check this blog out. It’s most impressive!)

Michelle's LabyrinthI think I may do one more comparison, and then a Part 2 of this blog! I need to get to sleep so I can enjoy my last day in Las Vegas!! As I mentioned above Johnny Depp is a favourite of mine. He has been since 21 Jump Street!

Michelle's LabyrinthSo can you guess which Johnny I like best?

B O T H !!!!! :)






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