So after our fun times in Vegas, we got home Friday evening and didn't get to rest at all on Saturday. I left the house at 8:30 am and didn't get home till Midnight. (Kurt took a break in the afternoon and went home for a bit.) Here's why we were so busy:
First Appointment of the Day: Producer's Guild Screening of Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince. The screening was at 9:30 at the Grove and David Heyman, Producer, answered questions afterward. I wouldn't have signed us up first thing after Vegas, but Kurt had worked a bit with Mr. Heyman about ten years ago on a script and I wanted to make sure they got to shake hands and say hi. The movie was good and even better were the two kids (one boy, one girl) in front of us with their dad. They both had their wands and the boy had not only his robes and HP glasses, but he had his forehead scar as well. OMG so freakin' cute! Even Kurt thought that was pretty sweet. I said "Ooooh, you just want to give that little guy big smooches!" And we laughed about how, uh, inappropriate that might be!
After the Q&A we muscled our way to Mr. Heyman and waited patiently while he spoke to someone else. I realized that Mr. Heyman (who I have never met) might not recognize Kurt after all these years and without his beard and round glasses. So as they came face to face, I made a quick decision and said, "David, do you remember Kurt Frey?" and he perked up, looked at Kurt and said, "Kurt! Great to see you!" and they shook hands and spoke for a minute or two as we were hustled out of the theater. They got separated for a moment then shook hands good bye. Sometimes in Hollywood, a handshake and "how are you" after ten years is all you need to get back "in" with someone. (Oh and a great script that impressed a guy back then...)
Second Appointment of the Day: Bloggers Go Boom
. By now it was almost 1pm and we headed east on Third to pick up Noirbettie
on our way to the LA Gun Club
downtown. We were meeting Travis, Lucinda and Mykal there to shoot guns at paper targets. Mykal is the gun owner of record and came with a 9mm, a .357, a .45 and .25 as well as a shotgun. We all took turns learning how to handle said firearms and then started blasting away.
Want to know something? I'm good at it. Want proof?
Yes, I am quite pleased with myself! At one point I started putting the targets much further away than the closest point. Kurt said, "you're putting the target too far away, it should be at the red line." I turned to him and said, "I know it's further away, I need more of a challenge." He nodded and handed me more ammo.
Last up was the shotgun and only me, Kurt and Mykal shot it. Again, please make a note: When the Zombie Apocalypse comes, hand the weapons to me. My two shotgun rounds were within an inch of each other within the red square.
I got a new nickname: "One Shot One Kill."
Don't ever under estimate a blonde with a big rack.
Third Appointment of the Day: Classic Eats #6. We dropped Noirbettie off at her place and then Kurt dropped me off at El Cholo at 5pm. I changed into nicer clothes and ordered a margarita and waited for the Classic Eats crew to arrive. There were only nine of us to enjoy the nachos, green corn tamales and margaritas, but it was a fun visit with other fellow bloggers and classic eaters.
Fourth Appointment of the Day: VFX Wrap Party for 2012. Kurt picked me up at about 7:45 and we headed into the heart of Hollywood to Roland Emmerich's house for the party. OMG his house is amazing. Gorgeous. Fabulous. WOW. The party was fun, I saw many people I had hired last fall to work on the in-house FX crew. I wasn't really sure about going to the party as I was pretty tired, but I was rewarded with one of the artists saying to me "Julia, thank you so much for hiring me, this has been the best job I've ever had!" Wow. Okay, my day was MADE. We stayed at the party until about 11:30 and by then my feet were killing me (leftover from walking so much in high heels in Vegas) and we went home.
I woke up at about eight or nine the next morning, still smelling of gunpowder. It had been a great day!