So. Cal. 16th – 23rd May
We have spent a fab few days with Angela’s cousin, Kathy. She has certainly looked after us well. She is a very high up chief in Legoland and so got us tickets for all the attached parks; Legoland, Sealife and the water park. What is more cultural than a theme park? How about a golf tournament in La Costa (am I getting mixed up with Augusta in terms of golf courses?).
It was my first corporate event and very good it was too. I can endorse the Goose Vodka, mixed into a cocktail, Hooters chicken wings are very good the golf wasn’t bad either – a 15m putt to give ya man from Heart to Heart a birdie on the 18th. The ball looked way off target, then smoothly rolled round, to lots of cheering, to plop into the hole – seemed a good reason to celebrate with another Goose Vodka cocktail and Hooters wings.
And into LA for a dose of celeb. spotting and staring at some ridiculously over large houses, in the words of Shrek; ‘I think someone might be trying to overcompensate for something’. Sly Stallone had a house easily as big as my whole street. All this was again provided by cousin Kathy and her high placed friends – thankyou Colin 🙂 .
Next day we visited Universal Studios. Great fun and I past it off as a lesson in geography / history all packaged in a studio tour. Louise loved the performing animals and Jacob liked the rides. I thought the whole thing was pretty good but could not help look at their attractions and think about their through put, I spent a good while chatting with Kathy so am now qualified as a pub expert. For Kathy: We got on all the rides with the perchase of a front of line pass, we felt it was worth it and unversal studios could put us down at 6.5 rides each. (The average was reduced as Louise did not manage the whole trip through haunted house and Angela lost her lunch in the Mummy ride).
Snugglebum Boo Bagshaw
Who could own this car then?
Meeting the corperate world (Hooters).
‘This Goose Vodka Cocktail is just what I need on a sunny day.’ Or maybe just eyeing up the buffed up marines just out of camera shot.
Kathy showing just, exactly where she could stay.
Self pull drop ride.
Louise’s favourite ride. She past her test with flying colours.
I didn’t know Darth Maul was into Yoga – I am not sure his legs are right though.
Trying to teach Snuggles some tricks
Exhusted after 2 hours of tricks.
Walking on the beach
The land of massive houses – right on the main street.
Iconic real estate sign
American city scape
Ooh touching Georges hand (print)
Meeting Lady Gaga.
Angela getting carried away.
I’ve just sat down for a rest, could you just hold on a minute. I was having trouble with the Paps.
Jacob really needs a hair cut – this photo was taken trying to convince him.
Not a bath I’d get into.
Foot massage then the asses milk your highness.
Taking a stand on wimins rights – go Lou.
Paul Newman’s car was parked just up the way from our camp site.
Grit in the eye look.
Things to consider.
Never mind that – get your flower straight.
Go Pink Ladies
Talking to friends – who is that man ?
Tips to a pro.
Tips from a pro.
Sticky fingers were provided free.
I had to put a stop to her constantly asking me out.
How to make a mile walk interesting? Play star spotting, we had to go back on the other side as the competition got intense.
Like the towers.
These trees were in bloom all over L.A. They looked fab.
Chipmunk damage – now where is that stck.
How to use the set from the biggest flop of all time? Turn it into a cool show.
I wanted to sit on the Shark – I was told to take photos instead.
The classic shot on the studio tour.
Naughty children are used in these costumes
This donkey had all the jive talk, it had us in fits.