Just wanna say that I'll be back on July 19th for sure...I was planning to come back as early as this Friday but it just costs too damn much!
Feedback on the journals of the week of June 7th to 13th...from those who lived it:
I just had to say, since I got back from L.A, ive been keeping a close eye on your journals page, and I really felt obligated to give you monster props on the journals man.
I mean this in all seriousness, like, with all the crazy stuff ive gone through in the last 3 weeks I havn't really had time to sit down and think about cali, or even pop in the tapes from the camera, but your journals have been so Impressive that I don't even think I have to.
Very entertaining, the colour commentary is hilarious, and really honnest and true to what went down that whole week, hell, even the jabs you slipped in there at my expense were really funny and dead on. Keep up the good work, only bad part is your done writing about the week we were there.
Actually, the only thing that bothered me, was you didn't slip in my unique way of pronouncing that restaurant's name with rachel the waitress somewhere in the journals, since everytime ive told the story over here since I got back (must have told it 5 or 6 times by now) that seems to be the best part of the story, not the word itself, but how I drove you all insane by not giving up on it the rest of the week, lol!
Anyway, just wanted to give you some props, keep it up, and see you soon
I just read your journals, fuckin awesome, plus i'm happy to see my pictures used for a purpose. I almost forgot about the fabric joke, i laughed my ass off at the recount of all the events, i think you pretty much summed it all up. I have no words! the only thing that i thought was thourougloy funny thatt wasn't mentioned was the white pants (hahaha Pants) on the Jurassic park ride, I should have learned my lesson but didn't considering i went to Laronde the other day in my White billabong shirt and went on a water ride, so did my friend andrea.....the guy operating the ride thought it was funny. Ah well! New lesson Never wear white to theme parks.
I checked your page last night and I was so glad to see your journals were
I went to check again this morning and there were comments from my two
travelling... companions (hahah I bet you thought I was going to say
Good to know we're not the only ones who were nostalgic about the trip.
Everything you wrote was DEAD ON! You had put in some stuff that even I
It was pretty cool to see what the trip felt like from someone else's
point of view.
It was an amazing time and easily the best trip of my life.
You'll be glad to know that Kevin and Rami also look upon our LA Adventure
as the best wrestling trip they have ever taken and thats a pretty huge
compliment since they've been to Japan and England and Germany and stuff.
Really happy you mentionned the question game.
There were quite a few parts that really made me blush too, and I thought
I should mention that and say thanks for being so sweet.
Hurry back home, I'm missing you, your comic relief and of course, your
CHICO AND THE MAN
THE FAMOUS GLOBE
WE HAD FINALLY MADE IT!
KIRSTEN POSING WITH A CAR FROM THE FAST AND FURIOUS STARRING "TRIFECTA OF SUCK" MEMBER PAUL WALKER (The other two are Josh Hartnett and Chris Klein...just terrible)
SADLY, THE ACTUAL RIDE IS IN FLORIDA ONLY...Y'KNOW, THE ONE WHERE JAWS POPS OUT OF THE WATER ("MALLRATS" REFERENCE!)
I KNEW HE LOVED CROWE BUT DAMN...
THE FREAKIN' DELOREAN!!! (I'M FILMING DAN...WHO WAS LICKING THE CAR AT THE MOMENT)
HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM (THAT WAS CHEESY, I KNOW)
WELCOME TO JURASSIC PARK! *Cue That Music*
IT'S FAITH FORD'S SHADOWY FIGURE...SHE'S FROM "MURPHY BROWN"...AH, NEVERMIND
HE'S A TITS MAN
BILLBOARD SUMS UP THE WEEK NICELY
MOVIE PREMIERE FOR THE PERFECT MAN...THERE'S "EXTRA" INTERVIEWING RICKY SCHRODER (DIDN'T SEE JAILBAIT...I MEAN, HILARY DUFF)
GOOD CHARLOTTE AT THE PREMIERE
LIFELIKE...EXCEPT FOR THE SUNGLASSES...AND THE FOOT STICKING OUT OF HIS ASS
I'D LIKE TO HAVE THESE PROBLEMS
WE GOT RIPPED OFF
THE LOVERS' LAST NIGHT TOGETHER
STILL KIND OF SURREAL...CAN'T BELIEVE I'M HERE
...AND ME TRYING TO LOOK SEXY FOR RACHEL THE GORGEOUS WAITRESS
EVEN RYAN SEACREST HAS A STAR...DOESN'T TAKE MUCH THESE DAYS, DOES IT?
ONE OF MY FAVORITE PICS (SANS DAN'S STUPIDITY)
THE POP TART DID LITTLE TO NO GOOD IN RESUSCITATING RAMI
THE BOYS POSING...AND THEN NOT
SERIOUS...AND THEN NOT
THE GANG'S ALL HERE (Clockwise from left: Dan, Paolo, Raymonda, Kirsten, Shanna, and me)
June 11, 2005: We’re running out of tape!
Paolo’s girlfriend Raymonda arrived today. She’ll be staying for a week too. We all decided to go check out Hollywood. Paolo and I were going there anyway as we had an open casting call to go to. They take your info and a pic…that’s it. You’re in and out within two minutes. Hey, it worked for “Lucky You”!
Finally arriving to good ol’ Sunset & Vine, we decided to eat at Schwab’s Restaurant which is right next to where the Italian / Jon Voight party happened. It was there where I met the girl of my dreams: Rachel (hottie waitress from Kentucky…mmmm…southern accent). I was too dumbfounded by her beauty to even say a word besides “Pepsi”. If I were staying, I’d go back and try to make something happen. Hell, I’d apply to work there. Knowing my luck, since I’m leaving in a month, it would actually work out! I’m in a lose-lose situation here. Also, subconsciously, that’s an excuse cause I’m chicken. Good service…good food. I love Schwab’s. Sadly, they only got to see that one block of Hollywood that day cause we were already running out of time before the PWG wrestling show started. We did drive back passing Rodeo Drive though for the scenic route.
We missed the two first matches but that’s okay cause our guys were involved in the last two. They’re main eventers! Rami lost his match while Kevin won his. Great moment happened when Kev had his head driven (via tornado DDT) onto the ring apron, which looked seriously nasty. Kevin sold it to perfection. He came over to Shanna in the crowd and asked, “Where am I?”…Her response, “You’re in Los Angeles…in a match.” He stumbled around, looked up at the lights, and had trouble getting back into the ring. We ALL bought it, fans and friends alike, and thought he was really out of it! After the show, Kevin reveals himself to be alright and we help around by clearing the chairs from ringside. I had bought a Kevin Steen t-shirt (I already have one of El Generico a.k.a. Rami) but Kev refused to take my money since all profits go to him and gave me back my 20$. In fact, he gave us all free t-shirts. We must’ve looked like crazy fanatics following Kev around in those shirts.
Wrestler Joey Ryan revealed himself to be a huge Star Wars fan after coming from the dressing room with a “Revenge of the Sith” t-shirt and one of those Best Buy lightsabers. I had never seen it lit up and used in a fight (complete with sound effects). I now wanted one badly! Ryan and other wrestlers (with their own lightsabers) engaged in battle and we like we got more show! So cool…they even broke two in the process but it was funny seeing the same guys who were just in the ring now fight in a toy lightsaber duel. Even Shanna joined in…as Kirsten said, she’s the kind of girl every dude wants. I said that all my friends would fall in love with her if they knew her. She’s one of the guys…nerdy (in that cool way) and nostalgic. However, the problem Michelle “Buffy’s sister” Trachtenberg had in the movie “EuroTrip” where she had to keep reminding the guys that she was a girl does not apply to Shanna…it’s cause she’s hot, I guess.
Then , it was crew of about 30 people at least from the show and we invaded IHOP (International House of Pancakes). Guess what? They’re pancakes suck. I thought “When in Rome…” but that was a mistake. Let me tell you, these wrestlers get unruly. 30 of them in a restaurant and it’s insane. Rami just went around trying to pick up chicks (who were seemingly traveling in threes that night) and Kev enjoyed ruining it. Crazy night!
Going back to the apartment, we got lost…in Beverly Hills. We weren’t worried at all. We actually laughed through it. It’s Beverly Hills! Was a disgruntled butler going to come out and stab us? We enjoyed going in circles around these beautiful homes.
June 12, 2005: PANTS!
So the plan was Malibu Beach, right? Of course, Dan (in car #2) drives to Santa Monica…oh Dan. Kirsten wanted to surf but Malibu wasn’t looking good for us as there were no restaurants around…at least not at a reasonable price. Rami was dead and we had to feed him soon. We told Dan (with Paolo and Raymonda) to stay put and it was yet another day on Santa Monica Beach.
The whole day it was as if it was “Pee Wee’s Playhouse” and the word of the day was PANTS! Kevin kept screaming “Where are my pants?!?!” Eventually, Dan, having changed into shorts, had his pants in his hands. Upon seeing that, Kev just took Dan’s pants from him, dropping Dan’s tighty whities in the process for everyone to see. We got some Pizza Hut mini-pizzas ala Vanier with breadsticks. It really hit the spot. While eating, Rami and I bonded over “Smallville”. Funny moment: I mentioned I bought the soundtrack mainly for the song “Everything” by Lifehouse…he tops it by saying he went to a Lifehouse concert just to hear that song! Now there’s a fan of the show. I mean, who goes to a freakin’ Lifehouse concert?!?! He then proceeds to bond with Dan over “24”. Ah, TV bringing people together…miss you TV! Dan and I then continued our search until we found sunglasses fit for a man of Dan’s stature. The guys (or “the wrestlers” as Dan calls them) had to leave but, beforehand, they made their appreciation known for the last four days. It was my pleasure, no doubt about it.
After the beach, we got prettied up as it was Shanna’s last meal in Los Angeles. We went to the promenade and did a little shopping. Shanna proceeded to make a cock-block of epic proportions at Urban Outfitters. Dan had been talking with one girls that work there when Shanna comes in and goes, “Are you flirting with other girls in front of me?!?!” Immediately, the girl got weirded out and all Dan could mutter out was the cliché “I don’t know her…I swear!” I caught that all on tape too. After a fun dinner with all of us there, we brought Shanna to LAX. It felt the beginning of the end. Kirsten, Dan, and I weren’t done though as we went to Malibu Beach at night. It was beautiful. It was also dark which is why I fell flat on my face when going up the lifeguard tower. Sadly, that’s on tape too…in night vision. KARMA!
P.S.: Don’t feel bad for Dan, once he stepped off the plane back in Canada, he got “some sex” as he so eloquently put it.
June 13, 2005: Yes, I saw SpongeBob…jealous?
Dan, Kirsten, and I woke up early so we could go to the pier one last time together. During our epic search, Dan and I had seen this perfect pair of Lifeguard short-shorts for Kirsten (who’s a lifeguard if I hadn’t mentioned that). Also, Kirsten wanted to see the aquarium. Sadly, it’s closed one day out of seven. Guess what day it was?
After that, it was off to Universal Studios. God, it was tense in that car. It took us a while to get there because we didn’t really know where to go. Paolo was talking shit so I snapped at him and told him to “shut the fuck up”. Thankfully, once we got there, we had enough fun and distractions to make us forget the fact that we can barely stand each other anymore. I found a Hot Topic on the citywalk! I was wondering if I was ever going to find one here so I could spend my gift card (subsequently, I found two more…one at the Kodak Theater and the other at the mall on the Third Street Promenade). I got myself a sweet Superman jacket.
Back to Universal…I love this place. An actual studio with a theme park attached to it…genius! I couldn’t wait to see T2 3-D again (last time I saw it was 1998 in Florida). I went all fanboy for this. I creamed my pants just for the fact that the stage was called the Miles Dyson Memorial Auditorium. We then went to the Back To The Future ride where Dan saw the DeLorean and immediately fell on his knees and I believe kissed the car too. Hey, I’m a fan too so I loved it…it’s THE DeLorean for Christ’s sake! Another highlight was the awesome Waterworld stunt show. When I come back to L.A., I’m applying here as a studio guide or an actor for one of the shows.
We then continued around Hollywood since our visitors didn’t really get to see a whole lot two days ago. Dan and I got ripped off 2$ by Elvis and Marilyn Monroe impersonators. They tricked us into a pic and then said it wasn’t free! Paolo also found out that I made up my mind as far as leaving in July. As if things between us weren’t bad enough.
|» PICS: Santa Monica Pier / Beach (June 9th and 10th)|
LOOK PAST THE SMOG AND IT'S BEAUTIFUL
THE PIER...FOOD AND FUN
KEVIN, SHANNA AND RAMI (WITH AWESOME BUBBLICIOUS SHIRT)
SHANNA: "THEY'RE LIKE TWO BIG KIDS"
YES, HE GOT "SOME SEX"...AND YES, I ENVY HIM
SHANNA AND RAMI (I GOT NO WITTY COMMENTS)
THE WHOLE CREW (MINUS KIRSTEN BEHIND THE CAMERA, OF COURSE)
PICS FROM THE SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT ISSUE
THIS SHOULD MAKE SHANNA'S BOYFRIEND (NEIL) JEALOUS
RAMI JOINS IN WITH HIS JEALOUS FACE
|» PICS: Vegas!|
DESERT AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE
SHANNA POSING IN MID-HAIR MASSAGE
THE SAHARA HOTEL & CASINO
THE SAHARA POOL
DAN THE MAN...THE DAN BAND...DAN SOLO
PIC OF THE LADIES (ALSO, A RARE PIC OF KIRSTEN IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA)
WELL DRESSED AND READY TO TAKE VEGAS BY STORM
I WAS LOOKING AT THE CAMERA...I SWEAR!
FOR MY FANBOYS BACK HOME...
NEW YORK IN LAS VEGAS...CRAZY
THE GREAT BOOB WALL
MGM GRAND DURING THE DAY
|» JOURNAL: June 8, 9, 10|
June 8, 2005: Love The Vegas!|
We were all ready to go but the car wouldn’t start. Apparently, Dan forgot to turn off the lights the night before thus draining the car battery. Our departure time was pushed to an hour and a half later. Little did we know how much we would have liked to have that time at the end of the day. After a jump-start from a tow truck, we were on our way.
We stopped at the 7-Eleven where Shanna and I found Darth Vader slurpee cups. Now, I don’t like slurpees but I needed that cup so I sucked it up and got one. Shanna kept playing with hers in the car and somehow ended up giving Darth Vader a Scottish accent. This was the best road trip I’ve ever had. The highlights: great music selection from the girls including incredibly catchy cheesy pop music to sing along to (New Kids!), the Question game, Denny’s breakfast, the scenery (the mountains in California and the Nevada desert…flat but beautiful), and of course, four hours of the girls massaging my hair.
Once in Las Vegas, we stayed at the Sahara hotel and casino. We started the day off at the resort pool and hot tub. I needed this BADLY…this was the life! It was the kind of weather I was expecting in California. Well, I found it in Nevada…the only downside is that it’s dry (middle of the desert, duh) so I was incessantly parched…I always had water or soda in my hand. I also just want to mention a cherry-haired Latin Vegas showgirl. Remember her, Dan? Mmmm…nice.
Well-dressed and looking good, we hit the Las Vegas strip. While the girls were checking out the shark reef, Dan and I got kicked got kicked out of a party for McDonald’s employees only. Back together, we walked…a lot. The strip is a lot of ground to cover. We saw all the big ones: MGM Grand, The Mirage, Caesar’s Palace (where Jerry Seinfeld was performing), and the Bellagio (where we all played the nickel slots). Of course, I took the time to compare the real Bellagio Poker Room to the one that was built on set for “Lucky You”. I must say that it was a just a tad different but amazingly identical in some spots. We also stopped at The Paris (complete with Eiffel Tower replica) where Dan was mesmerized by the chandeliers. He loves his shiny objects!
The girls stopped to get henna tattoos and Dan took the opportunity to annoy the hot tattoo artist. He has that effect on women. While all that was happening, my feet were killing me and I was in a really surly mood without any food. We walked the whole strip to go to a specific restaurant only to find out it had moved all the way to the other side of the strip…where we had started. I was about ready to cry. Thank God for the California Pizza Kitchen and the best waitress ever, Rose, for coming to the rescue. Pepperoni pizza and orange soda had never been more satisfying.
We found out that doing all you want in Vegas in one day is virtually impossible. We missed the Bellagio water show. There’s always the end of “Ocean’s Eleven” to watch…yeah, I know it’s not the same. Also, Kirsten and I didn’t get to ride the Stratosphere roller coaster (it’s on top of the hotel…on top!). While the girls went to sleep, Dan and I finished the night at the blackjack tables at the Sahara. Unfortunately, there were no Texas Hold ‘Em tables were open at that time. It was 4 in the morning and, sadly, we couldn’t stay there for long as we had to leave Vegas before 7 AM as we promised (wrestlers) Kevin and Rami that we’d pick them up when they arrive at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) at 11:30 AM! Dan won 25$ and I came out even. Not a big difference, I know…but there was no time to make one. We had to nap a little at least. What a big day this was and I can’t wait to come back…
Love the Vegas!
June 9, 2005: Olay…Olé, Olé, Olé…
The night before, I had slept an hour and a half so I passed out quickly in the car…in a most uncomfortable position that hurt my neck bad. Anyway, we didn’t make any stops the whole way. Dan made record time and we got to LAX at 11:30 AM. If it wasn’t for Kevin and Rami’s flight arriving early then it would’ve been perfect. It was kind of surreal to pick up two guys that you’re a big fan of.
Just like the girls, the first thing they wanted to do was the beach. It still wasn’t beach weather but I didn’t want to be the only one not swimming. The waves were huge and awesome. So huge were they that they knocked me out! I found out what a concussion must feel like. I got out of the water stumbling and the world was going around in circles then I fell face-first on my beach towel where I passed out for about an hour. As a result, I got a mean sunburn on my back.
When I came to, it was time to play some mini-golf…
1st - Shanna
2nd - Me
3rd - Rami
4th - (tie) Kirsten and Kevin
6th - Dan
Rami and Kev were then dropped off at the Southern California home of another wrestler (Danny a.k.a. Super Dragon) since we barely had enough space for five of us in my tiny apartment. By the way, Shanna must have the coolest phone book on her cell that I’ve ever seen. Who else would have “Super Dragon” (among other wrestling names) as an actual entry.
Kirsten said she wanted to make a nice dinner for us all. A good home cooked meal…I missed those. We all went to Vons supermarket (sans the tired Shanna and add Paolo) to get some stuff. We ended up going Mexican with some chicken fajitas…delicious!
June 10: Mmmm…Jailbait
The Montrealers are all really enjoying the beach so that was the plan again today. But before, Kevin was going to kill someone if we didn’t get something to eat…namely Quizno’s Subs. Thus, we made the trek on foot to Quizno’s, which was not close by. Kev was right though…it was GOOD and I’m going to miss it when back in Quebec. This was also where the “great cell phone lesson of 2005” took place. It’s a long story so I won’t go into it.
Once in Santa Monica Beach, Dan and I go on a quest to find the perfect sunglasses. We taped the whole thing including a cameo from Kevin as we were filming the hot (probably illegal too) girls that were passing by. Actually, I’m pretty sure 50% of the footage shot that whole week that they were here was random women ass shots. From the pier, I got some shots of everyone in the ocean. Dan: “Did you find them?” Me: “How do you miss a 200 pound guy with a crew cut?”
Back home, I had to get ready for the film launch party. In the meantime, Kev was looking at our DVD collection for something to watch. Of course, he found some wrestling on my side. Dan was in full fan / mark mode: “I’m watching wrestling with the wrestlers!” Kevin eventually said in a sarcastic tone: “Geez, we’re people too!” Who knows if Dan stopped calling them “the wrestlers”? I really didn’t want to leave but it was time for the party and time to mingle, so to speak.
Pat picked me up and we went to Melrose where it was held. Once there, I then proceeded to give the worst “audition” ever. They just pointed a camera at me, told me to do a 360, and say stuff about myself. I froze up and stuttered my way through it. Hey, it was unexpected! When it was done, I just groaned at myself. The party was for a straight-to-video crap movie filled with unknown rappers. I was one of very few white guys there. I found another one of my “Lucky You” extra buddies there. In the end, it was nothing career changing. The Hollywood hills are beautiful on a Friday night though…so many lights, so many happenings.
After some Subway (double sub day!), I got back home and I wasn’t sleepy at all. Apparently, neither was Kirsten as we proceeded to have one of those deep all-night conversations. I love those. As she said, only in the middle of the night can you talk like that. It was true cause, once the sun came up, I asked stuff like “what’s your favorite fabric?” At 7 AM, I figured we should rest a little as we had a full day coming up: Paolo’s girlfriend arrives, then we do Hollywood, and finally, we check out Kev and Rami in action.
|» VIDEO: Inside Stage 7 on the WB lot|
Here's an inside look at Stage 7 on the WB lot for "Lucky You"...here's where all the cattle are waiting (read: sleeping or playing cards) to be called on set...
Featuring appearances by Johnny Skaare and Pat "Opie Cunningham" McCauley
|» JOURNAL: June 5, 6, and 7|
June 5, 2005: Still thinking about Courtney Cox’s cleavage…
I went for a walk to return “Napoleon Dynamite”. As I was coming back home, I passed Ohio Ave. and I thought to myself wouldn’t it be nice if the cat came walking by. As if on cue, I hear jingling and meowing. The cat comes straight for me. That made my day. Even better, when I get home, I go online and Liz is there. She’s now teaching English to a millionaire family in Italy. She’s staying with them…living the good life. I saw pictures of her there and she looks great. Italy is also a sight to behold. Damn, I want to do the Europe trip so bad. Finally, to end the night, I thought Paolo and I should check out a flick at the promenade. We went to see “The Longest Yard” and it was pretty good (7.5). I could actually stand Nelly…that’s a first. I’m 2 for 2 so far this summer.
June 6, 2005: The Calm Before The Storm
I got myself a U.S. bank account so I can turn these big fat movie checks into cash. A nice little tradition continued today as I read the L.A. Weekly (the Californian “Hour”) in the Café 50’s while drinking my brownie shake. I’ve been doing that for a while. Talked to Mom and apparently the heat back home is unbearable. They’re petting Baby with a damp cold cloth! Also, I got a call from Pat. There’s a movie launch party in Melrose this Friday. We’ll check that out together. Paolo and I busted out the grill again cause it was such a success last time (note the sarcasm). Then, we tidy’d up the place as our friends from back home are coming tomorrow. Speak of the devil, before I went to sleep, I talked to Dan and Shanna and they’re all chilling together having a sleepover (although, technically that would require sleep) hours before the flight. This week should be something.
June 7, 2005: Ahhh…female companionship…how I missed thee
Woke up early (for me) and shaved the beard. Got ready to welcome Dan, Shanna, and Kirsten into our humble abode. It took longer than expected for them to arrive as they were having trouble with the car rental. This sucks…the main reason I wanted to buy a car was for this coming week. Instead, we ALL lost money. The Geo has become a money pit…more money spent for smog check (only in L.A.), new battery, registration, etc. and we still couldn’t get it ready in time for this week. Fucking waste of money and I can’t wait for Paolo to sell it so I could at least get SOME money back.
Finally, they got here and we went straight to Santa Monica Beach. It was cold and definitely not beach weather but the girls didn’t care and swam. Took some pictures and hurried back home before they froze to death. After a small stop at 7-Eleven to pick up some unhealthy snacks, we all put on our pajamas and “veged out” for the rest of the night. We played what is now affectionally called “The Question Game” which is a great way to get to know people. That wasn’t necessary for Dan, of course. However, before this week, I had only hung out with Kirsten a couple of times and only had a couple of words with Shanna. I gotta say that we just clicked. Tomorrow: Vegas Baby!
POOR DAN, THAT COPPERTONE LOTION LEFT A HUGE MESS WHEN IT OPENED UP IN HIS LUGGAGE!
THE GIRLS PRETENDING THEY'RE NOT FREEZING
HERE'S DAN IN MID-STUPID FACE
TALKING THE NIGHT AWAY...