Sunday, January 20, 2008

Day trip to L.A.

I've always wanted to go somewhere (other than Seattle) for the day. Well we finally did it! Matthew & I, along with Helen & Jasen, started out early Wednesday morning, and flew to Los Angeles! We left the kids with my mom and Christy in Seattle. We went to attend a Deal or No Deal show! Unfortunately, this is the only picture I have of our trip. It was our first stop in L.A. -a hardware store of course! Here we are each buying a pair of $3 sunglasses. None of us thought to bring any, and when we arrived there was something big and very bright in the sky...I believe it was called sun! Our eyes couldn't handle it. The reason we didn't take any more pictures was because we were told not to bring cameras or cell phones to the studio or they wouldn't let us in. So, being good citizens, we left them in the car. Then we headed to the studio. We all dressed fairly nice, in case they decided to pick one of us for the show. Notice Matthew in all black. He thought I had spoiled his possible chance of getting on the show because I didn't pack black socks for him. That turned out to be the least of his fashion blunders. After walking 4 blocks looking for the studio, I realized we didn't have our tickets. So Matthew ran all the way back to the car, which was parked on the 8th floor of a parking garage. When he got back to us, he was dripping in sweat! Then we discovered we had gone in the wrong direction! Finally we found the studio, but were told the morning show was running late, so we should come back in about 2 hours. To wait it out, we went to cold stone and got some ice cream, which Matthew spilled down his pants! Then we found a nice bench to sit on under a tree. And guess what...a bird pooped on Matthew's shoulder! Finally we went back to the studio to get in line. They told us the show could take up to 6 hours, and they didn't like people to leave early, which meant we would miss our flight back! We decided to go in anyway and take our chances, since that was the whole point of coming to L.A. As we stood in line we saw that everyone had cell phones and were taking pictures with them! They just told everyone to turn them off inside. So much for rules. I wish we'd known that! Then we might have had some good pictures! Oh well!
(I'll write about the show in the next post so this doesn't get too long!)
Anyway, it turned out to be perfectly fine to leave the show early. They just brought in extra people to replace us, since they don't want empty seats. We ended up back at the airport just in time to catch our flight back to Seattle. By then we were all very tired and hungry and had headaches. I felt really sick the whole way back from exhaustion. (Up all night with children the night before!) But, overall it was a fun adventure!

6 comments:

sixwickerts said...

We had a great time!! And yes Caren it was very worth it :)It was a fun adventure and also great to hang out with you guys without all of our kids causing chaos around us :) Thanks again for a the fun treat.

sixwickerts said...

P.S. We actually had a nice day in Wrangell!!

gpa john said...

Now I hear the rest of the story. That is funny...especially with the bird finishing off Matthew's fashion statement!

Christy said...

I am sooo glad you guys did that! It does sound like such a fun thing to do!

Derek Linder said...

It definitely does sound like fun...though I have to admit crowds and gameshows aren't my normal cup of tea (or coffee). I remember touring the Martin Guitar Factory, and leaving my camera in the car because I was sure they wouldn't allow any pictures. Imagine my surprise and disappointment when I found out that I could have taken all the pictures I wanted! Oh well, just means I'll have to do it again someday, eh?

Katie Cooke said...

We used to watch that gameshow down here too,but I think it was filmed in Argentina because everyone had wierd accents. Too bad you guys didn´t get to play. Lane thought that the guy in the promo photo was Matthew too!