waving to you from the couch looking at the Hollywood Hills while eating cucumber (chunks, not slices – easier with the fingers) and black olives (cured – they weren’t sick, but, you know, with olive oil and herbs and so forth)!
our plans changed (someone changed their mind for our assignation today – no, not a Romantic one – - – and at the Last Minute – work called or, it seems Demanded their presence) so we thought:
Oh well, let’s take a long walk up to the Sunset Strip and buy a slim volume of Jung from the clever people at Book Soup and then find some eggs and toast and tea at some glamorous hotel overlooking Los Angeles.
so we did.
and then we Wondered why there were So Many People in black hauling lighting and sound equipment into the Sunset Tower.
it took a while to Think.
The Academy Awards are Very Important in Hollywood (and we do mean Hollywood, they probably don’t mean that much to everyone who lives in the rest of Los Angeles, to be absolutely truthful) because then – depending on one’s possession of a fortunate gold statuette (or not), one knows at which Table in Certain Restaurants one will be sitting until February 24th 2014.
Justifiably so, many people get Rather jumpy this weekend – the stress and all that – so we hesitated on the threshold of the Sunset Tower, wondering if we could, in fact, find a table and some eggs and toast and tea behind which, and with, to read the slim volume of Jung.
But then we remembered we were wearing black (so could look like a New Yorker and thus “money”) and shiny-sparkly-silver-shoes (possibly eccentric money) and we have a British Accent (possibly married-to-money, a Magazine Editor or a Producer from the BBC).
we got a table.
and a very nice one.
actually the restaurant was pretty quiet (movie stars don’t get up that early and they certainly don’t Eat the weekend of the awards until After the ceremony) but the beauty salon downstairs was Packed.
there’s some lovely ephemera on the walls of the Tower Bar (the Terrace where we like to eat was closed for Mr. Graydon Carter’s party) including this:
Yes. It’s a letter from Truman Capote to Leo Lerman (now remember that Truman liked to be naughty and be Rude about Los Angeles but he did come here quite a Lot so perhaps he had a secret affection after all).
and Most Adorable and curious answers they are too, darlings:
* i am enchanted by everything that has to do with zombies, the tudors or disney villains.
* when i was seven i had such a big crush on pierce brosnan. i carried around a photot of him that i had cut out of a magazine and told everybody that he was my uncle from the USA.
the rest are Here:
we happily read them while sipping tea and then saw that she had re-nominated us with some New Questions.
happy to oblige – sometimes there are more Questions than answers in Life (but forgive us for not going through the whole Rules to follow and the nominating 11 more people……)
here are Julia’s Questions:
what is the color of love?
do you live in the ‘right’ decade? if not, when would you have liked to live and why?
the ocean or the mountains?
what was your biggest adventure?
what is your favorite book of all times?
if you had to choose between either never ever eating chocolate or never ever having sex again, what would you neglect?
what does your mother mean to you?
if somebody compliments you, how do you react? and what was the last compliment you received?
when was the last time you cried?
which tv series are you obsessed with?
is there a meaning to life? do you need one? (inspired by teamgloria. again.)
UPDATE: before we give you our answers – George’s Responses are here and they are Most Splendid.
and here are Our Answers (briefly, as we must get ready and drive East for the Movies quite shortly…..but our responses are always less considered and more inspired as we’re sure you appreciate ;-)
- what is the color of love? [rose pink with a soft heavy cream satin bit in the middle]
- do you live in the ‘right’ decade? if not, when would you have liked to live and why? [we live in many decades at the same time, dear]
- the ocean or the mountains? [between both, like now, in LA]
- what was your biggest adventure? [getting on the night train from victoria station to paris with a small overnight bag, some books, a scarf and a leather jacket, age 19, maybe 20, sadly no diary exists]
- what is your favorite book of all times? [Noel Coward diaries: all volumes in one if possible to qualify for this response]
- if you had to choose between either never ever eating chocolate or never ever having sex again, what would you neglect? [chocolate.]
- what does your mother mean to you? [that women are perfectly capable of doing anything they want to, including stripping down an engine and replacing the clutch. now we can't do this. but she can. which we've always been impressed by.]
- if somebody compliments you, how do you react? and what was the last compliment you received? [we love it. we blush very well.]
- when was the last time you cried? [an hour ago while listening to Creep by Radiohead]
- which tv series are you obsessed with? [right now? Borgen]
- is there a meaning to life? do you need one? [yes. and yes. and we Thought we had discovered it when we first heard this - yup, it dates us - and it wasn't the meaning of Life after all That but it certainly gave us a new and meandering direction to follow which was rather exciting and interesting and we'd better stop typing now].