Sunday: John and I decided to explore the Las Palmas Flea Market in Hollywood. Well, we drove around, but could not find it. We think maybe it has been disbanded. Anyone know? Hollywood Blvd was lively with street performers and large crowds of pedestrians. We drove up through Mulholland Canyon and were in awe of the view on one side of LA and the ocean and the the San Fernando Valley on the other side. Oh, and we were even more in awe of the houses hanging off the sides of the cliffs on stilts! This is the land of earthquakes and landslides. Beautiful, but scary.
It has been fun for me to explore the locations of my youth. Hollywood was the big date night destination. Back then, the newest released movies were shown in Hollywood before the general release into our neighborhood theaters. The two hot places to go were Grauman's Chinese Theater with the cement footprints of the stars and the Pantages across the street with the balcony loveseats for two. Often I went with the 17 year old John. We would dress up to go there, the girls in heels and our best matching sweater and skirt sets. Afterwards we would go to Micele's on Las Palmas for the best pizza or down the street to c.c. Brown's for the best hot fudge sundaes. One Saturday night, much to our excitement, Johnny Mathis was in the booth next to us at c.c. Browns. John remembers saving up his money for weeks to afford the price of the "Hollywood" date. I remember seeing West Side Story for three Saturday Nights in a row, each time with a different guy, not wanting to tell them I had already seen it. "Remembering when" is a favorite game of ours. John and I continue to marvel at what is still around and what has changed completely.