Nice way to start the day.
Wishing Peace and Goodwill on this yet another holiday season. Thank you to those that follow my blog and support me on my journeys.
Volunteering for Operation Gratitude was a rewarding experience. For those of you who are making New Year’s Resolutions, be sure to add Volunteering to your list, you won’t be disappointed.
What an interesting and busy day for me! My friend Julio in New York City called and asked me to take pictures of the Michael Jackson Estate Auction for iReport! I thought to myself why not! I took the bus, yes BUS, two to be exact to Michael Jackson’s house/mansion. The bus literally dropped me off right across the street from Michael’s rented mansion. I rang the bell and no one answered! I went to the back gate and did the same with no result. In my own screechy voice I yelled; “Hello, anyone home?” It was stone quite, and I realized then that I had made a mistake and the auction must be at Julien’s Auction House in Beverly Hills.
As I was walking away from the mansion I met two young ladies, that were foreign exchange students, one from Japan and the other from China. They were heading into the hills, lost, hunting for Beverly Hills. I was on my way to Beverly Hills and thought I should lead the way to Rodeo Drive for them. We hiked a few miles and had a pleasant visit. The young girl from China was majoring in Urban Planning and the young lady from Japan was studying to become an Architect. We finally spotted tall buildings in the distance and aimed in that direction. I pointed out a few places of interest and suggested that when visiting downtown Los Angeles to stop by the City Hall. The City Hall has a free observatory deck and you can see the entire city from there, plus the ocean. I spotted Julien’s and before we went our separate ways, we exchanged emails and they assured me that if I ever found myself lost in China or Japan they would come to my rescue. They then disappeared quickly into the Beverly Hills crowd for another days adventure.
Finally at Julien’s Auction House and I told the manager that I had gone to Jackson’s house instead! They said I was not the only one, so that made me feel somewhat better. The rooms were set up with his furnishings mirroring the identical floor plans of his mansion. There was also a tribute room for his fans to leave notes and presents for the family.
As I was viewing, Vince Scully arrived and gave me a pleasant smile. He was just window shopping.
I ended my visit in Beverly Hills with a nice late lunch and a few hundred pictures!
My friend Johanne and I stopped by Campo de Cahuenga (located directly across from Universal Studios) to watch the Luminaria Festival. The Treaty of Cahuenga was signed here in 1847, making peace between Mexico and the United States.