Volunteering at the Egyptian
Tonight I volunteered at The Egyptian Theatre .
The movies were the early King Kong films.
Mighty Joe Young from 1949 . And actress Terry Moore was there for a discussion afterwards.
Then King Kong from 1933 starring Fay Ray.
The movie was really packed for this screening. And people were really enjoying it, and getting into it.
It was great to see these on the big screen.
Now, I can't wait to go see Peter Jackson's King Kong .
Today was a day to hang out in Beverly Hills.
First, a friend and I decided we wanted to see if we could catch any celebrities a The Satellite Awards .
It was at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Our first plan was to get there early for breakfast. We ate in their dining room, which was a really weird experience.
You have to talk very quietly. Its all very elegant.
And the employees did seem to be watching us closely when we first arrived. I don't know if it was because we were new customers that they were trying to see if we needed anything - or if they were watching us to make sure we didn't cause any problems.
When we first walked into the restaurant, the hostess took us to a dark table in the corner.
My friend and I looked at eachother.
"Uh, do you have something in a better lit area?"
She then took us to the room in the back with lots of windows - and more customers who were already seated.
When we finally sat at our table, my friend said "What was that all about? Why were they going to give us an awful table?"
We ordered our breakfast. My friend got Huevos Rancheros ($19) and I got the breakfast of eggs, bacon and potatoes ($25).
In all fairness for the cost of my breakfast - my coffee was included, and it was three scrambled eggs (or two super huge ones), and the bacon was some kind of gourmet turkey bacon, otherwise I would not have ordered it.
As we sat by the window that overlooked the patio area, my friend and talked - mainly about celebrities.
He said something, and I laughed.
I guess my laugh was alittle to loud for this establishment.
Three waiters all turned around and looked at me at once.
I piped down.
I noticed a blond man sitting at a table in the middle of the restaurant. His back was to us.
I passed my friend a note.
"Is that Val Kilmer?" said my note.
I mean, we must be on our best behavior in a place like this.
And my friend pulled out a plastic bag with pens in it !!!
"No, you are not !" I said in a whisper. "You are not asking for autographs in here. We'll get kicked out."
My friend continued to glance in their direction.
Finally he said "To answer your question, No, its not."
Ah, no celebrity. Bummer.
Then, in the middle of breakfast, I got up to use the ladies room.
I went to ask the host for directions.
First thing he did was look at me up and down.
I felt like saying "No, these aren't expensive clothes, but we are paying for breakfast."
When I got back, my friend was trying to tell me something. But he couldn't say anything because people would hear us if we spoke above a hushed tone.
I handed him a piece of paper. He said "I'll tell you later.
Turns out the man and woman who were sitting behind me, had a computer with them. And the man was showing her pictures of himself in little speedos !
Geez, I though this was a classy joint !
For an birthday present, my friend treated me to the expensive breakfast.
That was nice. At least I didn't have to pay for it.
Actually, it was a nice enough place. If I wanted to go someplace elegant, I would come back here.
And they do have free internet access in the restaurant too.
Once we got out into the lobby, we had plenty of time to kill.
We allowed ourselves lots of time, because we thought there would be alot of press and craziness going on.
The entire Award thing was very low-key.
So we walked around and looked at all the pretty Christmas decorations in the lobby.
Every time we turned a corner, there was another helpful employee standing there - ready and willing to show us their little spot of the hotel. And then pointing us to a different section so we wouldn't miss anything.
After viewing all the pretty decorations, we were shown up the elevator to where the pool and outdoor cafe were.
Then we came back down and hung out in the gardens.
The gardens were right next to where the Award Ceremony was going to be held.
It was so out-of-the-way, and there were no other people around, that we almost didn't find it.
And it was so cold out, we couldn't stay in the garden.
We sat indoor on the couches for a while.
But then we went out by the front doors, and there were space heaters there. So thats where we stayed.
We did see Quentin Tarantino go in, and Corbin Bernson .
Then Jodie Foster arrived. My friend was so happy about that.
But from where we sat, we did not see alot of other celebrities.
And since there was no one else anywhere around, we did not want to overstep out boundaries and take pictures.
I told my friend, we should go back out into the Cold Garden, because if any celebrities were staying in the hotel, that is the way they would go to the award ceremony. They would not come through the front doors.
But the space heaters were way to comfortable, so we stayed put.
Finally we decided to go. As we turned the corner, there were about three limos - which we had not seen drive up to the front door. I said "Oh, no - they took some celebrities in through the side."
We snooped around, and sure enough - there was a side gate.
If we had been willing to be cold and sit in the garden, we would have seen more celebrities.
But we wanted to be warm - and I just don't think we made good celebrity looky-loos.
We stopped off at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
We planned to see the artwork they usually have on display.
Of course, we pick a day when they are in between exhibits, and could not get in.
Then we tried Trader Vics .
It was closed.
So we went into the Beverly Hilton . The bar area was finished being remodeled.
And all this running around was making me tired (or is it the radiation treatments or both?).
I said to my friend "Lets sit down."
He didn't want to - because there were no celebrities.
I said "I need a Sparking Mineral Water. We are sitting in the Bar!".
My sparking mineral water was $4.33, tho they did serve nuts and spicey dried peas with it.
We relaxed for about an hour.
If you want to see pictures from the day, I have them uploaded on Flickr.
Its my Beverly Hills Set .
Wanna See Me Act in Something ?
The short film I was in, "One Man's Trash", is up on Ifilm .
Here is the link:
It is 20 minutes long.
It is on the Indie Producer page as well.
We were one of the 3rd Annual Indie Producer Finalists.
Then on Dec 9th, we were one of the "Editors Picks" listed on the IFilm Main Page .
So if you feel like watching a 20 minute funny comedy about Garage Sales, Click on Over to Ifilm and watch the short film.
Please also give us a vote by clicking on the "stars", and maybe even leave a comment and let us know how you liked the short film.
I checked this morning, and we already have over 2,600 views ... and a 4 star rating ! And we are #5 in the Most Popular Comedy category !
I hope you enjoy watching the short film, "One Man's Trash".
Yeah, I am Really Tired
Yesterday, I left the office early. I was basically just sitting at my desk staring off into space.
The final radiation Treatments, together with all the family stress I am having lately, just are taking their toll on me.
I took a multi-vitamin last night, because now I am concerned about catching a cold due to the stress.
So last night, I just sat on the couch and started to read "The Essential Mystics" by Andrew Harvey.
Its a good comparative religion book, with the emphasis on the mystics from each religious tradition.
I think I slept really good last night.
But this morning, I couldn't even make it into the shower in time to get dressed for the office.
I just called my boss and said I was staying home today.
Today is the Fourth to the last Radiation Treatment.
Soon it will be all over and I will be able to get back to a regular schedule.
A regular life ... and Energy ... I can't wait.
I must be in the "Activist" Mood. Those "Contact" buttons on the company websites make it easy.
Even though I try to eat as organic as possible, sometimes I am to rushed. I try to make as wise a decision as possible. No fast food for me. But after looking at my last El Pollo Loco meal, it seems like that restaurant is becoming Off-Limits too.
Dear El Pollo Loco -
As much as I love the food at El Pollo Loco, I feel I must stop eating at your restaurants.
Your food is much healthier than most fast food places, but you wrap your hot tortillas in plastic, and your side dishes are in styrofoam. And your "To Go" containers are styrofoam.
I am sure you feel the plastic and styrofoam containers you are using are safe and approved for cooking.
But lately there is alot of controversy about plastics, styrofoam and the causes of cancer.
In August 2005, I was operated on for Breast Cancer. I am currently undergoing Radiation Treatments. Due to my health issues, I feel I must avoid as many plastic and styrofoam containers as possible.
Please start wrapping your tortillas in paper wrap. And please put your food in paper containers.
Many restaurants are already doing this because of the health concerns of their customers.
If you switched your containers, I feel I could once again enjoy your delicious food.
This is how badly I am sleeping:
At 4:30 in the morning, I wake up - and remember that I have scheduled an appointment for 8:30 am at The Department of Motor Vehicles .
It had completely slipped my mind.
I stumble over to my Day-planner. And yes, it is true. I have not dreamed it.
I really do have to go to the DMV in the morning.
Dec 19 th is my birthday.
And my Drivers License is expiring.
The picture on my current drivers license was taken 10 years ago - back when I was a skinny blonde living in Redondo Beach .
Now I am a chubby brunette living in Hollywood .
Time for a new picture.
I drive there, and as usual I am running late.
I was so tired. Uneasy sleep and radiation treatments will do that to you.
Actually, since I have been doing the radiation, I have noticed my eyesight has been alittle worse.
A few months after I am finished with the radiation, I will have to go get my eyesight checked again.
The guy who took my $25 decided to have me read the eye chart.
I panicked alittle. But I am fine if I read far away. Its close up where I need reading glasses.
He made me put a piece of paper up to my one eye to cover it up.
I got the feeling he thought I might cheat.
Maybe because my eyes were so red.
But I passed the eye chart fine.
I got my new chubby-brunette picture taken. And I was out of there in 20 minutes.
Letters Sent Via Email
Just trying to make the world a better place in my own way
Dear Avalon Organic Cosmetics
Dear Aubrey Organic Cosmetics
I recently took the "Look Good Feel Better" class offered by the hospital treating me for Breast Cancer.
This class is sponsored by both the Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association and the American Cancer Society.
This is a beauty and make-up class for Cancer patients.
During the class we were given a big box of Cosmetics to take home.
I was very disappointed that there were no Natural Cosmetic Companies donating cosmetics to this worthwhile program.
Please review the "Look Good Feel Better" website at:
I hope you will decide to donate your natural cosmetics to this worthy organization.
I have even blogged about my experience on my webisite.
You can read about my experience at the following link:
I am just a class participant, and have no association with this organization.
Since I am trying to use as many natural products as possible since my cancer diagnois, this came to my attention as I attended the class.
Thank you for your consideration.
Beauty and Self-Esteem
The Radiology Technicians had invited me to a special class today called Look Good, Feel Better .
The conversation had gone something like this:
Tech : You are invited to a special make-up and beauty class for the cancer patients.
Me: Uh, huh
Tech : It will be lots of fun. You'll get to experiment with make-up.
Me: Uh, huh
Tech: It will build your self-esteem and make you feel good.
Me: Uh, huh
Tech: We give you over $200 worth of free make-up.
Me : Oh, yeah - sign me up !
So I took my radiation treatment early today. And then I went to the class.
I guess the American Cancer Society feels they can build your self-esteem during your cancer treatment, by layering glop all over your face.
By the time I left there, I don't know how many layers of glop were on my face.
Make-up with sunblock already in it
And don't rub any of that in.
Pat, Pat, Pat ....
That was actually pretty good advice.
I can't help but think of all those different items inter-mingling. And all those cosmetic chemicals that aren't supposed to go together because they are by different manufacturers ... they are in a big layer on my face.
I just want to do everything Natural now.
But I have to admit, all of the free make-up was really cool.
I wanted to ask the Volunteer Beauty Consultant if she thought any of the chemicals in the make-up were bad for us now that we have had cancer. Like I have read alot of bad things about Parabens lately.
This is a preservative, that can mimic estrogen when it is absorbed by your body.
(Both Avalon Organics , and Aubrey Organics stay away from Parabens in their products.)
But she was only a volunteer, and she had already stated that she could not give medical advice.
And I was just happy to have all the free make-up.
All of the free make-up is donated by the cosmetic companies for the programs. So I do appreciate it all.
And I did get alot of really nifty stuff:
Biore Cleansing Facial Cloths
Avon Moisturizer 24
Estee Lauder Beautiful Bride Powder Duo
Prescriptives Matte Finish Foundation
Merle Norman Lasting Eye Color
Clinique Liquid Lipstick
Oil of Olay Lipstick
Maybelline Eye liner
The difficult part of the class for me, where some of the other cancer patients.
The lady sitting across from me was undergoing chemotherapy for Ovarian Cancer.
She had lost all her hair, and was asking the volunteer for advice about what to do since she is missing her eyebrows now.
She asked me "You still have your hair ?"
I said "I am doing radiation for breast cancer. Not chemo."
She said "Oh, Radiation for breast cancer. I have ovarian cancer."
As I walked back to the my car after my class, I couldn't help but feel cancer all around me.
Right now, it seems like its in the air.
In the atmosphere.
Its impossible to escape.
After church, I headed over to the Los Feliz section of Los Angeles.
First stop, was Skylight Books . And no, I managed to not buy anything.
I do just fine by the Los Angeles Public Library .
Even though I saw lots of interesting books - I did not spend a dime.
Lunch was at Figaro Bistro .
I was with the Stephens Minister from church.
We were just trying to find a new restaurant where we hadn't eaten at before.
Looking at the menu, we discovered that The Figaro Bistro is completely organic.
They had a Yellow Zucchini Soup special on the menu.
I asked the waiter how it was prepared.
He said "Do you want to know if its creme based or not?"
He came back. And yes, it was creme based.
I asked "Is the milk, organic milk ?"
Yes, the milk is organic - almost everything at this restaurant is organic.
Oh, yummy - Organic Yellow Zucchini Squash soup.
Very yummy indeed.
That along with a Tuna fish sandwich and salad.
A very healthy and organic lunch.
I really enjoyed the food there.
The sky and clouds in Los Feliz were extra pretty.
I attended Hollywood Presbyterian this morning.
As usual, I was late.
Especially since the radiation is making me so tired, I feel like I am carrying an extra weight of lead or something.
The Bible verse for today was :
Luke 1:39-56 (New International Version)
Mary Visits Elizabeth
39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea,
40 where she entered Zechariah's home and greeted Elizabeth.
41 When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!
43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.
45 Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!"
46 And Mary said:
"My soul glorifies the Lord
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.
50 His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
55 to Abraham and his descendants forever,
even as he said to our fathers."
56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home
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