Friday, February 10, 2012

Travel tales: Paul McCartney

Although I have been talking about trip preparation and favorite interstate exits, I would like to introduce some new sections to this blog. This first section will appear as needed for special situations that occur while I am traveling.

I was lucky enough to be in Los Angeles when Paul McCartney received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This was something I wanted to attend, so I had to make sure I was prepared. Since I was by myself, I wanted to have as little as possible with me, so I placed an energy bar, a bottle of water, and a small amount of change in a discreet bag that I could hold close. I was uncertain where to park my car, so I decided to take the bus. Going on the Los Angeles Metro website enabled me to familiarize myself with the route and choose the stop closest to the Capitol Records building. I got a copy of the bus schedule, so I could check the times for the return trip. When I arrived, I was happy I had taken the bus because parking was $20.

Waiting in line was an amazing time with strangers of all ages who bonded with a shared love of a man they had known for most or all of their lives. We were friends for nearly four hours. The crowd went wild when Paul McCartney came to the podium after being introduced by Neil Young. A sea of cameras rose in the air. I had the surreal experience of looking through my viewfinder and seeing Paul McCartney. Afterword, many of us remarked how we never expected to see a Beatle in our lifetimes. It was a magical moment.

(Photo of Paul McCartney taken on 2/9/12 in Los Angeles)

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