Lot 48: A trip to the greatest place in the world

February 20, 2013

A trip to the greatest place in the world

Remember how much I love L.A. and how much I miss it?  If you don't, you can read my love letter to that beautiful and wonderful city here.

I was going to go visit over MLK weekend, but then I got in a car accident and my car was totaled and I got major whiplash and was in a ton of pain and couldn't make the trip.  It really sucked.  So I went this weekend! And it was glorious and wonderful and fun and fabulous.

A view out the window as we landed.  When we touched down, I started giggling and grinning and couldn't stop.  I was so happy to be back!

Welcome home!
My dear friend Hayley was kind enough to let me stay with her.  She is my sisters' friend who I have known for a really long time.  She could definitely blackmail me with embarrassing stories.  I am an idiot and therefore forgot to get a picture with her.  

Hayley let me take her car to drive to Tarzana to meet my friend Patria to go to Six Flags.  I loved driving through LA again.  I always thought the 405 is a really pretty drive.  I met Patria at her house and we were off to Six Flags!

At the beginning of the day, ready to ride on all the roller coasters!

This ride was actually really disappointing and hurt my thighs from the pull down thing that keeps you in your seat and it was really short ride.

That's Tatzau.  The line was suuuuuuuuuuuper long so we didn't ride on it but it's okay cause I had already been on it.

I did remember to take a picture with Patria!  She has a season pass and goes to Six Flags roughly every week so she knew the place backwards and forwards and knew all kinds of tricks to skip lines!

That night we went to her ward Valentine's Day party.  I made a Valentine and entered it in a contest but it did not win. It was sad.

The next day, Hayley and I went to Knotts Berry Farm!  I had never been.  

This baby was intense.  85 miles an hour, goes up 205 feet and shoots down at a 90 degree angle. I think my favorite ride was actually the wooden roller coaster called ghostrider.  It drops really steeply and then when you think the ride is over, it drops again!  I liked Knotts, it was super fun.

We left the park earlier than we wanted to because I had a meeting with a producer.  But then she emailed me right as we left the park and said she needed to reschedule.  Ugh.  So we went back to Hayley's house and chilled until I met up with my friend Tyler for dinner.  I also forgot to get a picture with him but he did manage to take an awkward picture of me.

We went to this little cafe in the valley that was actually really good.  Tyler is from South Africa and I just love his accent.  It is quite awesome.  He has some big projects coming up and is also a writer.  Good to be friends with that boy, he is going places and I am hitching my wagon to a very very successful and well connected ride.

The next day I went to my old work to meet with my former boss.  You are looking at the building I interned at.  The office looked super different as they had remolded. It was weird.  It was good to visit my old work and my meeting was very encouraging and helpful and he gave me a lot of good advice.  He also gave me an idea for a new show that I am really excited to write.

I went back to Hayley's house, packed my suitcase and then we were off to Santa Monica Pier.  I am such a tourist.  Hayley kept laughing at me every time I took a picture and gave me a weird look that said "you lived here.  Why are you acting like you have never been here?"  I just was so excited to be back I had to take pictures of everything!  Even though I had already seen it.  

View of the pier.  Breathtakingly beautiful.

We walked to the end of the pier and stared out at the ocean.  Then Delta called me informing me my flight was delayed.  Then they called again and said it was delayed again.  No worries, it gave me more time to enjoy the pier!

It was an amazing weekend.  LA is as perfect and magical and wonderful and fabulous and amazing and I remembered.  I did not build it up in my head.  It is not the right time for me live there and that is okay!  I did start crying when the plane landed in SLC.  I was so sad to leave LA but I will be back one day. And someday, I will go there and never leave.  And what a magical day that will be.

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