Life is full of amazing adventures... when you allow yourself the opportunity to experience them.
This past weekend, a new friend of mine invited me along to a movie premier in LA (Hollywood). My initial reaction was yes, so I said so. Then I started thinking (a terrible habit, I know). LA, fake, pretentious, nobody pays attention to you unless you're giving them something... then I said "no". Not this time.
I made it my goal to be the observer without reaction. I told myself that this trip would be an opportunity for me to watch the process. I wanted to see a different side to the LA I had seen before.
I found a great little B&B in West Hollywood which just came under new ownership. The San Vincente Inn. It was less than 3 miles from the movie premier.
Patrick, my friend, picked me up Wednesday morning and we drove out to LA. The drive was beautiful and Annie Lennox graced our experience with song. We got there early enough to get a late lunch at the Bossa Nova - I got a delicious Caprese Salad (My favorite thing ever) and a side of sauteed veggies (quite delicious) and a glass of Zinfandel!
We headed back to our respective rooms and got ready to go. We took a cab ride over (which ended up being Patrick's downfall since he left his attachment, I mean Cell Phone, in the cab). After we were ready to let it go, we stood out in front of the movie house watching the "stars" walk up the red carpet. This is where I began my observation process. I silently took a post near the entrance so I could watch the procession of stars heading inside. The process is wonderful. The assistants of the stars speak with the next person in line while the star is speaking with the one they were just introduced to. (A few of them would do really well with yoga practices) ;)
Patrick's intention of being there was to meet Tori Spelling, and of course, because the Universe provides everything in balance, she was unable to attend (being super pregnant can do that sometimes). Her sexy husband however was there as he had a role in the movie as well. Patrick really wanted to chat with him, but was really nervous. As he was speaking to the last person on the carpet, I reminded him that if he wants to speak to the star, he needs to speak to his assistant.
In the meantime - As I was standing there observing, a gentleman came up to me and said "Dennis?" Of course my puzzled expression allowed him to continue questioning... "From Boston?" Hmmm...
The line of questioning went on for a bit, and I took his hand and twirled myself around to see if i could envoke an energetic response - nothing. So I said, OKay, Remind me. Ben Holbrook he says. We marched in the Boston Crusaders together in the early 90's... Cha Ching! Of Course. How long ago that was!
As it turns out - Ben did the musical score for the movie (very fun). We chatted a bit then head in for the movie... (Oh, Patrick) Well, turns out that Mr. Spelling (I'm sure that's not his name, but it escapes me) was told by Ms. Spelling about Patrick's conversation with her (he interviewed her a week ago)... and Mr. Hunky Husband asked to get Patrick's picture with him. How cute!
The movie was cute. Some moments of "of course... obviously... and oh my" and lots of moments of "No they didn't... HAH... and oh my" The cast did a good job. I really appreciated the very candid, realness of it. Not over-acted. Very natural.
Clap, clap, clap...
Off to the after-party. We got there (I forget the name of the place - cute though) they had food and some beverages. I got a glass of red thanks! Again, taking my post as the observer in a corner of an open outdoor space, I began the breathing. Breathing takes me into the present moment so I can observe without passing judgment or reacting to situations. A good place to start. Patrick was busily (mind) running around, so I sent him off to introduce himself to meet people.
"Denny" - I hear my name. I knew the general direction, so it didn't take me long to see three guys looking up and waving me down. Patrick was with them. "Why did you send him out to talk to people while you stayed up there?" :) Playing the role of Observer I tell them. Good.
Throughout the course of the night, I met many individuals that were involved in the process of making this film. The director C Jay Cox was extremely nice and I had a wonderful conversation with the Producer Bob Schuck (who is off to San Francisco for the opening up there - Tell him HELLO from Denny if you meet him - great guy). :)
The trip overall was a delight, and I'm very thankful for the experience and also for catching up with an old acquaintance!
(OOh - random - I've been having these amazing dual experiences lately (since the end of last year) where I am with two people in a room, and one of them is a new acquaintance and one of them is either someone from my past, or from my "home" area from a long time ago. Haven't quite figured out what it all means, but I've been noticing it happening more frequently - 4th time in 4 months.)
I highly recommend the movie, Kiss the Bride, be the observer, let go of expectation... and BUY the film so all of my new friends can make a living doing what they love ;)
Thank you LA for showing me a new experience.