Morning uneventful; good buffet breakfast at the Luxor before leaving. Found water for less than $4.50 a bottle at Walgreen’s before getting on the road. To where, you might ask. I’ll get to that.
Our drive this day takes us southbound on the I15. We saw many things but stopped for none of them, for we were on a tight schedule. Why, you might ask. I’m getting there.
After driving through what I might describe as a sketchy part of Los Angeles — now you know the where — we arrived at our hotel in Pasadena called Farmer’s Daughter on Fairfax Avenue. It’s a rustic little motel-type place, very charming; Jessica and I both liked it as soon as we walked in. No time to actually check in though; we valeted the car, checked our bags at the door, threw some sunscreen on, walked across the street and got in line –wait for it — for The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
Yes, you read me right. Jessica and I took a road trip to L.A. just to see a taping of Craig’s show before he signs off for the last time in December. And we were not disappointed. Not only was Ryan, the audience guy, awesome, and Bob, the warm up comedian, funny, and Craig and Geoff fantastic, but we also got to tape two episodes and see both Simon Pegg and Daniel Radcliffe! And we got to sit in the front row of seats, too! As audience members we had to do a lot of cheering and clapping, so our throats are a little raw now, but as I’ve already said, totally worth it!
In our mad rush to get to L.A. on time we did not stop for lunch, so by the time we got out of the show we were pretty hungry. Choosing to stay at Farmer’s Daughter turned out to be a fantastic choice. They have an on-site restaurant called Tart where we ate supper; the food was wonderful! Jessica had a blue cheese burger with fries and I had pan fried halibut in tomato consommé. Wow! Then we discovered there’s a Farmers Market literally right across the street, so we decided to go for a walk there and see if we could find some dessert. The place is more like an open-air mall. It was huge. We toured around pretty much the entire site before deciding to go to the Cheesecake Factory for dessert, you know, to get our Penny on, but the wait time was too long (half an hour; we’d had a long day already). So instead we went to a couple candy stores and a bakery and, well, truthfully we overdid it in the dessert department.
Now we’re exhausted. Heading back to Vegas tomorrow at a much slower pace so that we can get some photographs and stop for lunch. Later!