Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Welcome Lisa!

        It's been a fun filled week with my friend, Lisa, who arrived last Tuesday from Florida!

Picking out our rental car (this was our first choice, but the black interior changed our minds since Walter is white and sheds!)  We ended up with a Honda Civic- just like mine in Ormond Beach.

  I had requested  tickets to several shows once Lisa finalized her travel plans- not knowing if we would receive any at all.  It ended up that we received too many and narrowed our attendance to two shows.   Last Thursday we had guaranteed seats to attend a double taping of The Talk- as long as we arrived by 9:45 a.m.  We left very early in the morning and arrived in Studio City with time to spare so we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast right around the corner from the CBS studio.  When we arrived in the parking garage there was already a long line of people at 9:15 a.m.  To our surprise emails had been sent out notifying guests to arrive no later than 9:30 a.m. to assure admittance to the show. 
Proud ticket holders
A group of ladies in line smiled when they discovered that Lisa and I had never been to The Talk before and stated that we picked "a very good day to attend".  One lady said, "I hope you have some extra room in your trunk."  Needless to say we were very excited.  How they had the inside scoop, we don't know.

Lisa leaving The Talk with her goodies
Before the shows began, a staff member announced the guests appearing on each show and emphasized "a kids' gadget expert" was a guest.  The staff member then said, "we all know what that means!" and the crowd went nuts!

The first show's guests were  Amy Brenneman, Jennifer Westfeldt, and the guest host sitting in for Sharon Osbourne was Curtis Stone.  On the second show we saw Rick Springfield and Jewel with Tabatha Coffey as the guest host.

The highlight of the second show was the give away- about $600 of items for kids.  Check out the size of our "goodie bag"!  The best item we received was a Nabi Tablet.

On Tuesday we attempted to see The Price is Right, but unfortunately our 2 1/2 hours of standing in line did not pay off.  We did receive two priority tickets for a future taping so Lisa will just have to come back again!  

Some of the other highlights from our visit:

late nights of playing cards filled with laughter

Lucille Ball's home-  one of the homes we saw on our tour
A fun stop but don't buy ANYTHING at the gift shop

The View from the Griffith Observatory at sunset

Beach time and good talks
The view from the Greystone Mansion
Sweet flowers from a sweet friend
Thanks, Lisa, for coming to see me!  (And I hope you're feeling better soon!)

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