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May 25, 2011

Midnight in Paris, jackhammers in Los Angeles

Ah, the pleasures of city living. Monday morning the jackhammers across the street started just before 8 a.m. and continued along with screaming concrete cutters and backhoes until almost 7 p.m. I wore earplugs and headphones on top of my earplugs and still by about noon I was ready to murder anyone who looked at me. I like to be deep inside the cone of silence to work -- I don't even write with music on -- and that was not happening. I vacuumed a lot on Monday and showered until I pruned up.

Tuesday when the jackhammers started bright and early I took it as a sign from the Universe to abandon work for the day and get out of my apartment and explore the garden of urban delights available outside the front door and noise radius. I'm pretty sure the Universe said, "Go to the movies!" It was hard to hear. I guessed.

First I made a little detour at the library to drop off some books:

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Come to Hollywood, where our public libraries look like maximum security detention centers!

Since I was a little early for the movies I killed some time browsing the racks at Amoeba Records (6400 West Sunset Blvd., open daily 10:30 a.m. - 11 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.) where you can find records, CDs, posters, DVDs and lots of guys with suspect hygiene wearing black T-shirts. I like looking at the foreign language DVDs upstairs and doing some people-watching on the sly.

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I used my Arclight points for a free movie ticket. LOVE you, Arclight! The one at the Cinerama Dome (6360 W Sunset Blvd.) always has unusual art or photo displays in the lobby, this month's selection is a great collection of portraits called MUGSHOTS:

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Then it was showtime. One of the things I love most about Los Angeles is that this is a movie town, which means even on a Monday morning at 11 a.m. there's a crowd in the theater (but not too crowded, we all had our spacer seats!) The lights went down and Midnight In Paris started.

You guys! I LOVED THIS MOVIE! Halfway through the picture I had three concurrent thoughts: "I'm so glad I am seeing this today, take that jackhammers!" and "What awesome timing for this movie to be released just after I finished Gatsby!" and "I don't want this movie to end!" I've never been an over-the-moon Woody Allen fan but since he started making movies set in Europe I think they've gotten better (I know lots of people disagree, whatever) but this was by far my all-time favorite Woody Allen flick. And it goes on my list as one of my top all-time favorite Paris movies.

The timing couldn't be better for us bookclubbers either since the whole movie seems lifted off the pages of A Moveable Feast. The actress who plays Zelda was exactly as I imagined her in my head. The music, the shots of Paris, the whole film was a little love letter to my other favorite city on the planet. Maybe more favorite right now what with the local jackhammering and all. And everyone in the darkened movie theater laughed and laughed and loved this movie. It was excellent escapism. Two thumbs up! Movies are such a happy invention.

Later in the day I was hoofing down Hollywood Blvd. and I saw the TMZ tour bus!!

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I have been trying to get my friend Christine to agree to go on the TMZ Hollywood tour with me, I think it would be HIGH-larious fun to pretend to be tourists and look at the empty parking lots of Beso and Katsuya and hear the running commentary but she hasn't fallen in love with the idea. YET. Give me time.

Finally I'd dawdled and strolled long enough that it was time to return home and resume the earplugging. Bob was so over it:

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The construction dudes are at it again this morning so I am off like a dirty shirt. I figure when the Universe tells me to get out and go walking I should just lace up my shoes and get a move on.

Posted by laurie at May 25, 2011 9:02 AM