Analog Thoughts on a Digital Age

Friday, November 24, 2006

The Rocketboy in Hollywood

It was a pretty light week at work in Newport Beach. We were introduced to the crew and we were given a little tour of the office premises. We were checked in at a really sweet hotel. I have never seen so many sportscars in my life.

Just this afternoon after a hearty Thanksgiving lunch my aunt suggested that we go somewhere fun. peaople made suggestions, Beverly Hills, Disneyland, Universal Studios... Butsince I got here to LA there was only thing I wanted. A picture with Martin Scorsese's star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

I've known LA all my life through the movies I see and the stories from vast numbers of Filipino's who've been there, from the freeways to the multiracial mix to the great class divides between communities like Newport Beach and communities like Compton nad Watts. Not until I experienced LA for myself did I really appreciate the different issues they've been shamelessly publicizing through their movies and TV programs. I always thought the whole race thing was overblown, until I went downtown and felt the tension between people in this great cultural melting pot. They live amongst one another, yet they are watchful and tense.

Yet I just went about my business and focused on the tourist trail. The home of showbusiness.

More to come.

Friday, November 17, 2006

The Rocketboy Goes to LA

Sometimes you do get lucky.

Work as been very hectic lately, but I was lucky enough to have been selected as one of the people at work to be sent to LA for an business 'immersion' trip. Of course I had to rummage through the old baby album and get my birth certificate so I could get my passport (I have never left the country before)and go through endless concourses of human ant-trails in the government offices to get my legal documents, all in the space of two work filled weeks. And of course there's the dreaded VISA interview at the Embassy. Two weeks of perpetual anxiety...all it took was 40 seconds for the consul to decide I was good.

I will try to post as many pics as possible from my trip and I hope to run into some Hollywood stuff while I'm there. Hey maybe I may run into somebody and make an ambush interview. Or maybe I can just shut up and work on the stuff I'd been sent there for in the first place.