Everyone needs a great group of friends that they can hang out with every now and then and each time you get together it’s like no time has passed. I’m so thankful to say I have one of those groups of friends and we really try to get together annually. Even when life happens, we can pick up where we left off and have a blast. It’s much needed time to just have fun and go with the flow. That’s what I’m doing this weekend and it’s something that I really look forward to. The five of us rented a duplex in LA for our weekend get away. This is my first experience with a VRMO property and I have been very happy with the selection as have the other ladies. It’s 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and it offers all the amenities of living in your own home including a full kitchen and washer & dryer. There’s a nice little sitting area in the back that we have taken advantage of. It’s been a good experience so far and the location is great. We didn’t waste much time getting out to explore. One of our first stops was Hollywood Blvd. I have to admit, it’s EXTREMELY underwhelming. As we approached the boulevard, I began to see the stars on the sidewalk from the car. I was like, “Are those the stars?!” Oh my…it’s so disappointing. They truly make it look so glamorous on television. It was actually pretty comical to me when I got out of the car and looked closer at the stars. Then, when I learned that people pay $30,000 to have a star I just shook my head. It’s all so funny to me. I only took 1 picture of a star. It was Michael Jackson’s star. I just couldn’t help myself. If nothing else, I can at least say that I’ve been to Hollywood Boulevard. All the characters out on the street were fascinating as well. I think I saw: Spiderman, Michael Jackson, Chewbacca, Mickey & Minnie, Cat Woman and a host of others. I know they were hot in those costumes. It’s certainly a community out there. They all know each other. The Chinese theater, where many red carpet events take place, is right in the middle of the boulevard and is just another theater. However, I did not go watch a movie there so perhaps it’s the greatest thing ever! Jimmy Kimmel’s live show recording was right across the street. There are plenty of shops and stores. I bought a $5 selfie stick. I visited Sweet, a candy store that was pretty cool. Sweet has a section in which you can design your own candy bar and they will make it right on the spot for you. Unfortunately, I didn’t have one made. After our brief exploration of Hollywood Boulevard, we went on a TMZ tour. The tour served 2 purposes: entertainment and site-seeing. We got a tour of many hot spots in the LA/Beverly Hills/Hollywood areas. We even went down Rodeo Drive to gawk at the ridiculously priced stores. I’m glad we did the tour early on because it gave us an overview of what we wanted to explore further. We saw Diane Keaton on the tour. She was walking down the sidewalk and was nice enough to respond to our repeated calls. She looks just like she does on television. We saw some reality TV kids…I don’t know who they are: Rich Kids of Beverly Hills. The tour guide was pretty entertaining and we watched clips from the @TMZ show as we approached many of the sites. I thought the tour was worth the time. After that we prepared to go to Dan Tana’s, a very small Italian restaurant with a pretty good reputation. The place is tiny! And the food was great and the staff were fun. I wasn’t quite sure how to take the host because his sense of humor was a bit odd. However, he turned out to be quite funny as did the rest of the staff we had contact with. I had soup and lasagna. They were both very good. I’m glad we had a chance to stop in and check it out. You’ll need a reservation a couple of weeks ahead of time though. We had a great first day in LA. We were all exhausted! But day two was just as fun and exciting and included a trip to the most interesting massage place any of us had ever been to. Stay tuned for more… Living life…and it’s good.