We got to visit the set of Friends today - and sit on the couch in Central Perk - it was actually pretty emotional and very surreal…

Spent the day in Hollywood and Beverly Hills yesterday. Beverly Hills was mainly to go to this deli for breakfast - Nate ‘N Al’s - for the cool food and company. We walked all around Hollywood - pretty seedy -as expected. Picked up our new mascot for the trip at a record shop - Mr Austin Powers Bobblehead. Checked out the Nickelodeon studios where some of my daughter’s fave shows are filmed. Then we did all the other stuff - Walk of Stars, Chinese Theater, Hollywood sign, ect. It got real crowded and hot so we left to check into our new hotel and swim in the pool. The hotel is nice but our room didn’t have the view we expected. We couldn’t swim long because we had to make our way back to Hollywood to see Planes Fire and Rescue at the El Capitan. There wasn’t a lot of people there but disney put the whole show on. The organ show, a song and dance with Mickey and the gang - and the movie ended up being pretty good! We are off to the VIP tour at Universal today - should be epic!

Hanging out at the point today - Malibu Point or Lagoon or Surfrider Beach - where Big Wednesday was filmed - and the waves are crazy good - anywhere from waist to well overhead - perfect - long rides - I’m so jealous - we never have waves this good - they look so easy to catch and ride - urrrgg - everybody is wearing fullsuits but the water isn’t that bad - upper 60’s - lots of tidal pools for the kid to explore - gonna hit some other beaches later on but time for some lunch…

Day 2 of our travels in Cali - we made the trip to the Ronald Reagan Library - this is where I lose all my tolerant and open minded liberal friends - oh well - it was great - we got to see an amazing chunk of the Berlin Wall - walk onto the Air Force One used by 7 presidents from Nixon to W - there was a recreation of the Oval Office - lots of artifacts from when Reagan was a kid to actor to Governor to President to after - there was a terrifying section about the assassination attempt - even exhibits about Iran Contra - it was interesting watching video of Reagan speaking to the American people about Iran Contra - he took full responsibility because it happened on his watch - it was quite the spin but a stark contrast to the way Clinton and Obama have behaved and communicated during their scandals - anyway - the library is on stunning grounds up in the mountains with beautiful views - when we got there a speech was getting ready to start from a recent Medal of Honor recipient - so we went to see it - it was amazing - Clinton Romesha got the medal for his actions during the Battle of Kamdesh in Afghanistan - he told his story - which was horrifying, of course - during his story he said “Sucks Ass” - which was awesome - considering the setting and company - it was quite the experience…