FIRST: Tomorrow is National Unplug Day. No facebook, no internet, no tweeting, no blogging. I think it will be hard, but I’m planning on participating. My little BlackBerry doesn’t do much, but I do get all my social media updates, so I will have to be extra disciplined in not checking facebook every time Aaron goes to the bathroom. And hopefully, if everyone else is participating, I won’t miss much! (My guess is me and 5 other people in the world will actually do this).
Also, kind of sad that we’ve become so reliant on constant social media connection that they (whoever the heck ‘They” are) have to actually invent a holiday to get everyone to take a break.
Personally, I’m more a fan of National Margarita Day!
IRHSA (International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association….i.e. gym people) holds a huge trade show and convention every year. As a gym manager, Aaron gets to go to this convention to see and demo all the newest cardio and weight equipment, and I’m a little sad that I didn’t get invited.
This year IRHSA was in Los Angeles, so Aaron was out there all last week getting wined and dined by vendors and running 9-10 miles a day on fancy new treadmills.
While he was there, he spotted Mark Wahlberg shopping to furnish his personal gym and raced Carson Palmer (QB for the Oakland Raiders) who was demoing the next treadmill over. He also walked by the Felicty Huffman trial circus with lots of flashing cameras and news reporters.
Meanwhile, I ate my grilled chicken and watched Real Housewives of Orange County at home with Giuseppe.
I sent Aaron with the fancy camera to capture all the excitement and chaos of a fitness industry convention and to report on all of the new-fangled equipment that he wants to buy me as presents.
He did not bring back any pictures (he was having to put his stuff down while trying out equipment, and as much as leaving a fancy camera laying around without supervision sounds like a good idea, he opted against it). I was a little disappointed when I found out that Markie Mark got away unphotographed (I could care less about the Raiders).
However, I DID get lots of pictures of the Biltmore (the home of the original Academy Awards in the Biltmore Bowl Regency Room) where Aaron got to stay (jealousy doesn’t even begin to describe). The craftsmanship that went into that hotel is amazing. Hand carvings, stone work, and gilding not to mention fresh flowers in different colors every morning. A palace built for the original Hollywood Royalty. Walt Disney accepted an Oscar for Snow White, and Shirley Temple presented 7 honorary Oscars to the 7 dwarfs….all downstairs from where Aaron was sleeping.
I also got some pictures of downtown L.A. I’ve been to Disneyland, Orange County beaches, and Universal Studios more times than I can count, but I’ve never spent any time in L.A. I kind of want to spend some time exploring the historical buildings…but only if I get to stay at the Biltmore!
Happy Friday! I hope everyone enjoys this amazing weather!