No, we couldn’t make this one up. Here’s how it happened.
About a week ago, Grandma decided she wanted to go see a concert in Disney’s Concert hall while she was in LA. There wash nothing playing Friday night, but there was an unusual event on Saturday night. So she called me and asked if I thought Bex would like to go to a Phish concert. After I picked up my bottom jaw, we talked about the possibilities, implications, etc. With many questions unanswered, we hung up the phone so that G’ma could call the Amex concierge — to check into the possibility of buying Phish tickets!?
I mean, how often does ANYONE get to call American Express for help buying tickets to a sold-out Phish concert!?
Grandma explains below.
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Saturday brought a relaxed afternoon with a Netflix movie and visiting with friends. This place is like a large camp with campers of every age. It is really a protected community and wonderfully friendly.
This was the night for the concert at the Frank Gehry designed Walt Disney Concert Hall. Trey Anastasio, lead composer, singer, guitarist of PHISH performed with the L.A. Philharmonic to a sold out crowd of twenties, thirties and forties. We were the bookends, the oldest and the youngest, and messed up their demographics.
It is a fabulous building and hall with incredible acoustics. The evening was a real treat. Came home to more socializing and looking forward to Sunday and some sightseeing.
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More school followed by a haircut at a very trendy salon in W. Hollywood. It was recommended by one of Bex’s local friends as the place where Justin Bieber gets his hair cut. It was a fun experience but not to be repeated until Bex hits the big time.
From there to a nearby large and lovely shopping mall where we made the hunt for just the right makeup. Struck it right at Macy ‘s with Origins cosmetics and a lovely young woman to teach the application process. Afterward, Bex and Sierra, who had joined us for the afternoon, went off on their own for a few minutes in search of coffee.
Then the crazy Hollywood business struck. The girls came running back in a flurry — Sierra got an audition with an Agent, and they had to get there immediately. It’s now after 4pm on Friday afternoon (remember Hollywood traffic?). So off we went to find the office. After a relatively small wait, Sierra and her mother were thrilled that the agent signed her on. That agency had been their first choice! Sierra is set, for now, with both an agent and a manager! Sometimes it takes months, even years, for people to find representation, so this is amazing news.
By now we had to move. We had reserved seats at Universal Studios Citywalk complex which is a garrish, noisy, open air amusement happening with restaurants, shops, and movies. It is so kitsch that it’s fun! We went to see JOHN CARTER, a second time for Bex, in IMAX and 3D. It was so bad that it was funny. Hard Rock Cafe for late salads and home where the girls stayed up until they crashed, long after Grandma did.
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The Mills family departs, and the changing of the guard (and the beds — thank goodness for housekeeping!) brings Grandma to LA for a week. Bex returns home from school to hugs and kisses. Auditions and call backs happened earlier in the week so things are quiet now. Tonight is class with Adrian followed by after class socializing.
Their assignment was to do their monolog while engaging in some other activity. Bex decided to sit on the floor and play solitaire during the monolog. Her rehearsal at home was so moving. The report from others was that it was a huge success in class. Adrian said he would put her up against anyone.
Thursday was tutoring until lunchtime followed by lunch at home, neuro feedback and a visit to Trader Joe’s for provisions. We cooked hamburgers on the very nice outdoor grills and met and visited with neighbors as karaoke night began. Grandma met Sierra’s mother and assured her that Sierra will be much safer with Bex driving than she will be with G’ma driving in LA!
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