Thursday, October 30, 2008

V and Me in LA

My Love…

It’s easy to say “stop and smell the roses” or “enjoy the journey” but when do we actually do that? Well two weeks ago I left my job at Entegris as an Applications Engineer… and no it was not so that I can pursue photography full time (not yet anyways, haha!), but it was because I got offered a position at a Materials Research Company as a Research Associate doing work on alternative energy applications – specifically Hydrogen. Yes! (Said like Kevin in Home Alone for all you old people). So how does that relate? Well I was able to take a day off (yah, one stinkin’ day – every single person I know told me to take AT LEAST a WEEK) and take a trip with the love of my life, my best friend – Vaness (V). So here was a schedule and day of events in picture form (Just a small number of pics of course, cuz then it really would not have been a trip for us - it would have been for me!)… First, to the Griffith Observatory, where, of course, we get lost going up there… thanks LA.





I was admittedly totally geekin’ out when I saw this periodic table of elements.. it was soooo cool, they had each element in their own lit up box and displayed inside was sample of that element. Solid form, liquid, gaseous, they found a way to display. I mean except of course for a bunch of the rare earth metals… Way cool! I took more pics and Vaness had to pry me away from playing with all the cool little buttons they had for it… After that we drove down over to.. Hollywood and Highlands…


So, now my chance comes along to tease Vaness and pry her away from something as she “geeks out” over the Harry Potter Chinese theater concrete block. yay. Then I go and score another one and see this cool lil guy.. STAR WARS! CP3O was really there! And you gotta love the R2 droid prints – classic.

Can I be honest? Hollywood – at least the touristy part – is overrated. I mean even for a tourist attraction, I was expecting more. I don’t know – more shops, more little vendors selling Hollywood sign trinkets, more picture booths, more significant Movie Star artifacts, more things to eat… just… more. Maybe I was thinking that this particular part of Hollywood would be that obnoxious, over the top, bigger than life kinda place. Am I asking for too much? Not that I am really all about the tourist trap vendor that sells you that eyesore of a fleece pull-up jacket sportin the “city logo” so you can where it in all other parts of the country to say you’ve been there – and in the real sense, like you actually stepped on that land… yah I think it should be banned, but when you go to a place to be a tourist I full on expect to feel totally gawked at, but freely accepted as - a tourist. Yah that’s right.. And they just robbed us of that whole experience. There really just wasn’t much going on. This is Hollywood! It’s supposed to be grand! With lights! . I mean, even the H&M was kinda weak – I think there were maybe 8 racks of guys clothes – for winter wear… So we decided to add another stop – Santa Monica Pier.





Now that’s a little more like it. Beautiful spot, nice pier, pretty sights, we even made it on time to catch the sunset (through heavy traffic of course)… The only thing – THE WIND. It just didn’t wanna quit! It was crazy, so cold… So after sunset, we figured we would have time before going back so we went over to DOWNTOWN DISNEY!


The perfect end – to a perfect day. If you ever get that chance, take that break, that trip, that one day to just get away. It was rejuvenating (although tiring) but it gave us a chance to just stop and smell the proverbial roses (or LA Smog)… We took a day and just let God lead us to place after place… We had highs and lows, but mostly, we just invested this time with each other… and it was the first real chance in a long time to just simply enjoy each other’s company... You need those kinds of things…

2 comments:

Catie said...

You guys are so cute! Hi Vaness! :)Wishing you a lifetime of happiness!

Jasmine Marie said...

Ah how fun!

We were just talking earlier about how we miss you two. We need some Vananiel time. :)

You two. Us two. SOON.