Wednesday, November 02, 2005

I saw palm trees.....gorgeous palm trees.
I saw.....the HOLLYWOOD sign.....I was ECSTATIC
I saw.....Grauman's Chinese Theater and I saw John Travolta's hand and foot prints.....WOW...
I saw and walked the boardwalk of Hollywood Stars....it was surreal.
I saw Rodeo Drive and the Beverly Wilshire Hotel (I think that was it's name from Pretty Woman?)....unfreakinbelievable!!
I saw Beverly Hills mansions.......Whoa....
I saw the OCEAN, the Pacific Ocean....I wanted to cry.
I saw Venice Beach. @Venice Beach I saw Osama BinLaden playing guitar on roller skates and a naked guy on roller blades ( I believe my daughter called it butt floss so maybe he wasn't naked), I saw Bridgitte Neilson and I swear I saw Ryan Carbera, I saw a guy get arrested, he was so high and out of it I'm not sure he knew what was going on....I was sad.
I saw a guy, a homeless guy(?) holding a sign that said.....MY WHOLE FAMILY WAS KILLED BY NINJAS NEED MONEY FOR KARATE LESSONS.....I was confused....
I saw Santa Monica Pier and rode the Ferris Wheel over the ocean AT NITE.....
I took Party Naps, one of them even on the beach right next to the butt floss guy. (We didn't see him there .....I swear!!)
I ate El Salvadorean food and at J Lo's restaraunt, I liked the divey little El Salvadorean restaraunt MUCH more!!
I worshipped at the Mayan w/probably 700-800 + 18-30 year olds. I cried at the sight of this sea of people, young people worshipping God. At one point I had to walk out to the parking lot to take our purses. I had this moment of ...'I'm in downtown LA, by myself at 10PM .....cool' when suddenly I heard this guy ask me for $$. I had 3 purses, I found mine and dug out what I had and gave him fruit and a blanket my daughter keeps in her car. She later told me never money, but whatever food I have to give them, she keeps extra food in her car for just this purpose.
I heard Erwin R. McManus speak TWICE and each time I was in tears thinking he was talking to me, seeing my heart and knowing my selfish struggles and I HEARD him say....It's not about me.....I'm not sure he said it but I HEARD it....
I saw my daughter and heard her heart, it is about seeking Him and His will, it is about learning to serve others, all others and I was GRATEFUL.

3 comments:

Bruce said...

Now that was an adventure! As a Baby Boomer, I often wish all of life could be lived like that. But we just don't have what it takes to be like your daughter (we have way toooo many responsibilities, I thought sarcastically). I'm glad you got the opportunity to visit with your daughter and I pray she is doing well. She hasn't posted anything in a while and I was afraid that the stress of LA had finally gotten to her.

His peace.
B~

Melissa said...

Grateful indeed! What a blessing...I'm in awe and blessed for you!

So I Go said...

wow.. what a trip.. Hollywood, Erwin, butt floss.. you got it all!

thanks for sharing!