When I first moved to Los Angeles in 1989, it was like a totally different world from the suburbs of West Chicago that I grew up in. Living out there felt like I was in a dream and I didn’t want anyone to wake me up. I did go through some scary and crazy moments while out there but I also had some great memories there too. I have to admit, I was all over the board when I first planted my feet in California in 1997. There was a time that it seemed like the universe was playing a game of tennis with me and I was the ball. I would move to L.A. then because of finances I would have to move back home to Chicago. This went on for a for awhile until I eventually had settled in there for a couple of years. I’m not sure what it was about California but something drew me there, whether it was the life style, mountains or the fast pace, I couldn’t resist that place. When I was living there I would take on any job I could get just to sustain me staying. I had refused to succumb to that tennis game ever again. It didn’t matter that I was a waitress at Sizzlers or a Receptionist at a leather furniture store, it was a paycheck and kept me there. Also, at that time I didn’t have a car so I would take the bus or have friends give me a ride. It wasn’t until I was 22 years old that I got my first vehicle, why? Because I was picking and actually didn’t really want or need one at that time. It was also in 1990 and while living in San Fernando Valley that I did end up meeting my first husband, my son’s father. He was the bass player for one of the popular bands called Shock Opera. But before we hooked up, got married and eventually moved to Tampa, FL. were he is originally from, I did get to experience the hair metal days of Sunset Strip.
I’ve always had a love for music (and still do) and this was the best experience I could of ever had! I would go out every weekend to the Strip with my friends. We would make the musical circuit rounds to see our friends band play or any new ones that had caught our attention. When we weren’t seeing bands play we would hang out at the Ten Masa (across from the Rainbow) for drinks before we’d go walking up and down the strip. The strip was always packed and it was so cool seeing all the guys and girls out promoting their band with flyers. By the end of the night both sidewalks on each side of the strip would be covered in band flyers. One band I’ll never forget is Tora Tora, they use to roller skate up and down the strip passing out their flyers and/or cassette tapes. Then there were other times that I would go hang out at the Rainbow, Roxy, Whisky A Go Go or Gazzzari’s. I remember one night while I was at the Rainbow I was sitting at this booth and I almost shit my pants (hypothetically speaking of course). After glancing through the menu I looked up to see see Paul Stanley from the band Kiss sitting in the next booth over. I always had a crush on him but I couldn’t get the nerve to go talk to him, my bad and my missed experience. On another occasion, I was with my girlfriends at this restaurant across from the Whisky A Go Go and Lenny Wolf from the band Kindom Come was there. He ended up approaching me and actually inviting me to come over to his house for a BBQ he was having that weekend. And yes, I got with Lenny… maybe because I love Led Zepplin and his band sounded just like them? Just kidding but I do love Led Zepplin!
I had met so many band members, went to tons of shows and have a lot of great memories from those days. Even the friends I made out there were amazing, the few I still talk to today will always be in my heart. That time in my life I will defiantly cherish forever! I don’t think the Universe could of put me in a better spot than there during those years.
“Some memories are unforgettable, remaining ever vivid and heartwarming.” ~ Joseph B. Wirthlin