I want to talk about local events, and share some chat from David. While David has been scooting around England and Europe enjoying the benefits of foreign travel, I’m scooting around Hollywood enjoying some Benefits. Gents first!
Here’s David: You see me here, you see me there, you see me everywhere! Paraphrasing the line from “The Scarlet Pimpernel” pretty much sums up my current adventure.
American Airlines whisked me across the Atlantic, and I was pampered by the best service personnel in the sky. My ump-teenth leased Peugeot eagerly ran my stay in Milford on Sea with the splendid aid of a Magellan Maestro 4200, fully loaded with detailed maps of the UK and Europe. Not a breadbox but a slice of bread, this is as helpful as a live navigator armed with an atlas sitting in my passenger seat. And in France, Belgium and Switzer-land, I held Maggie in my hand to lead me around each city.
The Heathrow Express is the absolute fastest and cheapest way to get from Heathrow to Central London. I zipped along, non-stop, to London in just 15 minutes!
Once housed at London’s elegant Milestone Hotel, I used my handy Oyster Card to access buses, and the tube, all over the city. You prepay the card in the amount you want, and then London is your oyster! It never expires and it’s cheaper than normal fares. There’s also lots of event passes and information for tourists.
Now, on the subject of big savings and convenience, let me sing the praises of BritRail and Eurail passes. I used the first to travel effortlessly on day trips around the UK. I could have cove-red the entire country for less than the cost of individual tickets.
From one country to the next, I used my Eurail pass. Their flexible Global pass allows 15 days of travel within a 2-month period. I went from London to Lille, Brussels, Luxembourg, Basel, Berne and finally to Zurich (with lots of day trips from each city). A piece of cake! With all the frosting of real style, luxury and speedy comfort. (Eurostar takes just 90 excellent minutes from London to Lille.)
Jackie Talks Again: Now, some words of praise for some local fundraising events.
The legendary Florence steps up to the plate, as always. She inspired the sellout crowd for “Sing for the Cure” (including Sharon Lawrence, Jason Graae, Kate Linder, Rose Marie and Rip Taylor) joining Vox Femina Los Angeles and Voices of Hope Men’s Chorus as narrator for this very poignant, moving performance about breast cancer. This original piece, a song cycle devoted specifically to breast cancer survivors, was commissioned by The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
It was a special treat to meet Marc Cherry because I’ve always felt so motherly about him when reading of his road to success. Marc, the creator of “Desperate Housewives,” hosted an event jointly organized by Los Angeles City College Foundation and the Douglas Blasdell Outreach Program. Emceed by delightful Melissa Peterman (of “Reba”), the musical guests were Erin Hamilton (Carol Burnett’s beautiful daughter!) singing her hit “One World” and Jody Watley. The Douglas Blasdell Outreach Program provides funding towards: student scholarships, gay and lesbian awareness programs and HIV educational materials. It was a starry night with big music and great food at Bardots Hollywood. Something to talk about!