A day at the races ~ Hollywood Park closing

Hollywood Park has seen its share of celebrities over the years.  My experience was tinged with sadness wondering what would happen to those who had worked there for so long.  The bartender was an elderly woman with white hair and lots of costume jewelry. She was slow to move but had a quick wit. I wished I had gotten a picture of her to share with everyone.

Howard let me take his picture. Talk about a character, he had so much personality and loves the racing arena. He has worked at Hollywood Park for 15 years, while also working at Santa Anita Park for over 18 years! This man loves the race track. He took us down to the track and showed us that the track is actually made of synthetic material, not dirt.  Rubber bits and other weird fibers all meshed together to give the horses a cushy feel when running.

20131201_155136Howard taught us betting terminology, how to place a bet; either win, place or show and how to read the betting book.

I was excited as I placed my $2 bet on a horse named Rookie Sensation to show, my payout for placing; $2.  Then I bet on A Day At The Spa horse and she lost miserably, coming in last. Oh well, so much for winning $2.

Overall it was a great way to spend the afternoon at an iconic and soon to be forgotten place. Ah, the perils of living in LA when you’re only as good as your last race, movie, performance or show.

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My friends with Mario Lopez

My friends, Rick and Laura are big fans of Mario Lopez. My buddy Jimmy, is one of his managers and was able to get us up close and personal with Mario at his book signing. Afterwards we all dined with Mario and his friends at La Piazza restaurant at the Grove.

I have to admit after meeting with and talking to Mario, I’ve become a fan too. He’s super sweet, engaging, intelligent and genuinely a nice guy, as are his friends.  Did I mention how “HOT” he is and what an absolutely amazing body he has?!

Mario Lopez has it all….beauty, brains, ABS and personality!!!

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Fall Festival 2013 ~ Evansville, Indiana

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Every year my home town has a huge festival, it should be called the food festival instead of the fall festival but its a great time! All church and civic organizations have food booths including a lot of stuff I’ve never heard of like “kutchen” and “burgoo” and “pigeon poo” … but I’m gonna try it all!!The leaves are usually changing colors with beautiful sunny days, chilly nights and definitely Friday Night Football is a must!! ….and cold beer 🙂

R.I.P. Paul Walker

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Hollywood and the world lost a talented actor over the Thanksgiving weekend. Paul Walker starred in Into the Blue, the Fast & Furious franchise and many other movies. He was just 40 years old when the angels took him. RIP, you will be greatly missed by your fans.

Galley Girlz….

This section is dedicated to some amazing women in aviation, many of whom are corporate flight attendants. Each month we will feature another fabulous flight attendant.

This month we are featuring: Jenne Kang

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Jenne has been a contract corporate flight attendant for the past couple of years. She lives in LA, is single and speaks several languages including Korean, English & Spanish.

Jenne grew up in Brooklyn, NY and graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Dentistry.

She lived in Seoul, South Korea for 5 years where she was a travel correspondent for CNN. She traveled Asia showcasing exotic foods and beautiful beaches. She relocated to Los Angeles 9 years ago to pursue her journalistic and acting pursuits. She’s been featured in many TV shows.

Paper or Plastic…..no real dishes? What?!

Flying on a private jet should mean being pampered to the best abilities that money can buy, right? Not always so. On a recent trip I had the opportunity to fly with operator “X”. The aircraft was a 2012 but the couch and side wall  inside the cabin were already stained. As the flight attendant, I had requested pillows, blankets and comforters to make comfy beds for my clients and I was told the following by an “X” employee:

“X” provides (4) airline sized pillows and (4) blankets …even though there are 8 seats in aircraft.

If a client wants more pillows, blankets, comforters etc.. operator “X” charges the following:

Cabin Amenities – Bedding Sets

A complete bedding set can be ordered for $250 per set

Complete bedding sets include one (1) of the following*:

·         Inflatable mattress or mattress pas

·         Twin flat sheet

·         Twin fitted sheet

·         Twin comforter

·         Standard sized pillow

·         Standard sized pillow case

*Any items ordered individually will be charged back to the client at quoted amount. If more than one full set is requested, then each set is $250.

Let me prefix my next paragraph by saying that not all private jets are equipped with real dishes, especially the ones that do not typically have a flight attendant onboard. This was the case with the Challenger aircraft I was flying on. What I can’t understand and the point of the story is the complete lack of customer service by the operator.  At least pretend to give a crap about my clients’ requests.

I was  told there was no real dishes on-board, only plastic. If I wanted dishes, I had to bring them myself or order them for the caterer, which made absolutely no sense! Can you believe it?! Clients pay thousands of dollars to travel on a private jet and they don’t even give you real dishes if you’re requesting it????

Here is the reply I received regarding cabin stock and dishware.

Here is a list of standard on-board service ware on our fleet, and attached above is our standard stock list.

·         8 crystal tumblers

·         8 crystal wine glasses

·         1 wine opener

·         Clear plastic plates, the amount varies by aircraft

·         Set-ups (includes plastic spoon, fork, knife, and paper napkin) amount varies by aircraft

·         Standard silverware (forks, spoons, knives, steak knives) each to serve 8 PAX

*** NOTE: We do not stock champagne flutes, we must order these directly with the caterer whenever we are asked  to order champagne

I must admit I was really taken aback by operator “X”s lack of customer service or care regarding my clients. It almost felt like I was traveling on a cattle call carrier much like commercial travel is now, with “add-ons” costing extra money.

In all my years of being a flight attendant I’ve never had an experience like this. Most operators will go out of their way to provide clients whatever they need. Even if it’s not an item an operator usually stocks, they will generally purchase requested items to ensure the clients satisfaction.

The nice thing I can say about my experience was that the pilots were really friendly and helpful.

The Via Dolorosa ~ Jerusalem : The path that Jesus walked while carrying the cross

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The Via Dolorosa is important to the Christian religion, as its the path Jesus was made to walk while carrying the cross. The church is the place he was crucified and laid to rest. The path and surrounding areas are now bustling with many shops including spice and carpet sellers.  The Via Dolorosa is inside the walls of Jerusalem, in Israel.