Livin’ large in L.A.

Not really. I mean, I’m out here for a couple days, but I’m only workin’ and then heading back to the hotel. I did make it to an In and Out Burger today, so that was good.

I’m stayin’ in a Sheraton and it’s really nice. Same one I stayed in when I was here back in October. Free high-speed internet and cheap valet parking make it a steal. Of course, all of this is made possible by my company.

The best part of my trip is definitely the First Class plane ticket. First class is so much nicer than coach, it’s not even funny. Seriously. Once the plane takes off (and sometimes before), the flight attendants offer you something to drink. Then, they bring a little dish of warm, assorted nuts and your beverage. Then, they bring you a little moist, warm towel to wipe your hands or face or whatever. Then, they take dinner orders: salad, entre, drink, dessert. I had so much leg room, I could put my legs straight out in front of me and not hit the seat in front of me. Also, the seats recline to nearly horizontal and they have foot rests that extend in front of you. Totally ridiculous, but really fun and comfortable.

Movie in the works?

Ok, so it’s been a couple years since I had any movie ideas in the works and I may be the boy who cried wolf, but I’m working on a short with a few friends (one in particular). I don’t want to talk too much about it (because I don’t know much about it), but it looks like we’re going to keep it short, simple and hopefully poignant. We were initially hoping to shoot while I’m home in Florida for Christmas, but that’s only about 2 weeks away, so I’m not counting on it.

Regardless, I’ve been wanting to work with this friend for several years and I think the end result will be excellent. We have complimentary skills that should lend themselves to creating something meaningful through collaboration.


L.A.: First celebrity sighting!

Well, I missed my flight this morning because traffic was horrendous. So, I waited two hours for the next flight and, just before we boarded, I hear, “Josh Doody, please report to the attendants desk.” So, I did and they told me I was upgraded to First Class and “please fly with us again.” Ok, so that’s awesome, I’m in First Class, gettin’ free refills, good food and a lot more leg room than I would’ve in “economy.” Excellent. But then, about three minutes before we take off, who sits down next to be but Kirk Herbstreit of ESPN College Gameday fame! I couldn’t place him at first, but a kid that was sitting in front of us said, “Excuse me, aren’t you Kirk…” So, I waited a few minutes for the kid to finish talking with Kirk, and I said, “Man, I’ve been tryin’ to figure out who you are for about 45 minutes. You look a lot like a friend of mine from back at school.” So, we ended up talking about college sports (football and basketball) and shootin’ the breeze for a while. Then it was naptime. Then, for about the last 10 minutes of the flight, we chatted some more about L.A. and how nice it is and such. And, just before we got off the flight, I got up the nerve to ask, “Hey, would you mind if I snap a picture with you after we get off the plane?” He was nice enough to wait for me in the terminal and let me get a picture. So, when I get back to Dallas (which will be way too soon), I’ll be posting at least one picture of me with a celebrity.

Also, I think Ridley Scott may have been on the plane with us. I never got to hear him talk, but it sure looked like him and he was getting a lot of special attention from the flight attendants. I’ll have to see if I can figure out whether that was him… Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get a picture (there’s a fine line between being a fan and a stalker).

I’m off to my hotel, and then I’m headed to Hollywood for dinner. Hopefully, I’ll have a good team and maybe meet some cool people. It’s going to be a challenge for me to go out there by myself seein’ as how I’m pretty introverted and all. Maybe I can leave my shell in the hotel for tonight.