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Archive for November 2013




Lou Glutz Motors from “Vacation”

Nov 27th, 2013 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Fellow stalker Owen, of the When Write Is Wrong blog, recently embarked upon a mission to try to track down some of the unknown locations from one of his favorite movies, the 1983 classic Vacation.  He had quite a bit of success, too, managing to pinpoint two elusive spots, one of which was the Norwalk motel where Clark W. Griswold (Chevy Chase) skinny-dipped with The Girl in the Ferrari (Christie Brinkley) – a place I was absolutely dying to stalk while in L.A. two weeks […]



The Mulholland Drive Boat House

Nov 25th, 2013 | By | Category: TV Locations

I am extremely excited to announce (to those who haven’t already heard via Facebook or Twitter) that I was recently invited to contribute a weekly blog post to the CityThink section of Los Angeles magazine online.  (I’m feeling so very Carrie Bradshaw!  )  My post, Scene It Before (thank you, fellow stalker Owen, of the When Write Is Wrong blog, for the title!), will chronicle filming locations (duh!) then-and-now and will run each Thursday.  I could NOT be more floored about this new endeavor and […]



Dealey Plaza – Where JFK Was Assassinated

Nov 22nd, 2013 | By | Category: This and That

As most of my fellow stalkers already well know due to the deluge of media attention, today marks the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy.  I was not yet even a twinkle in my parents’ eyes on November 22nd, 1963, so I did not experience the tragic events firsthand, but they have always intrigued me.  I have read quite a bit on the subject, watched countless documentaries and, of course, have my conjectures – as do most Americans.  While not a conspiracy […]



Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle’s Former West Adams Houses

Nov 21st, 2013 | By | Category: Celebrity Homes

I just finished reading a fabulous book about one of Hollywood’s first and biggest controversies titled Room 1219:  The Life of Fatty Arbuckle, the Mysterious Death of Virginia Rappe, and the Scandal That Changed Hollywood by Greg Merritt.  Prior to reading the tome, I knew little about actor/comedian Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, but had always been fascinated by his rape and murder trial, which rocked Tinseltown to its core.  I had actually previously stalked two of Fatty’s former West Adams homes after finding their addresses thanks […]



Aldo’s Coffee Shop – Where Sonny Met Cher

Nov 20th, 2013 | By | Category: This and That

On the November 4th episode of Dancing with the Stars, which featured singer Cher as a guest judge, contestants Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani danced a Viennese Waltz that adorably reenacted Cher’s first encounter with Sonny Bono to the 1965 hit “I Got You Babe.”  In the segment showing Leah and Tony prepping for the performance, Leah mentioned that Sonny and Cher first met at a coffee shop in L.A.  Well, believe you me, those words were hardly out of her mouth before I had […]



The Stuart Building from “That Thing You Do!”

Nov 19th, 2013 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Back in early October, upon returning home from doing some That Thing You Do! stalking in Orange (you can read my posts on the locations I stalked here, here and here), I popped in my DVD of the 1996 flick to re-watch it for the first time in years.  I was absolutely shocked – and floored – to discover in the course of the viewing that The Stuart at Sierra Madre Villa, an architecturally-stunning Pasadena apartment complex that I toured while house-hunting in 2006, had […]



Lauren and Jason’s Malibu Rental from “The Hills”

Nov 18th, 2013 | By | Category: The Hills Filming Locations

Way back in June 2010, a fellow stalker named Nick emailed me to let me know he had tracked down the Malibu beach house that Lauren Conrad and her then boyfriend Jason Wahler leased for the summer in the Season 1 episode of The Hills titled “Timing Is Everything.”  And while the location was one that I had been dying to find for ages, because I was knee deep in wedding planning at the time, I was unable to stalk it.  Then, on a rather […]



Happy Veterans Day!

Nov 11th, 2013 | By | Category: Uncategorized

I would like to wish a very Happy Veterans Day to all of my fellow stalkers and I would also like to say a heartfelt thank you to all of those who have served our military, including the vast majority of my family members.  I will be taking today off in honor of Veterans Day and will also be off the rest of the week, as well, as I will be visiting L.A. and have quite a few activities planned which will not leave much […]



Watson Drugs and Soda Fountain from “That Thing You Do!”

Nov 7th, 2013 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Another That Thing You Do! locale that I dragged the Grim Cheaper out to stalk while the two of us were in the city of Orange in early October was Watson Drugs and Soda Fountain, which popped up twice in the 1996 flick.  And while I really wanted to grab a bite there, sadly the GC and I had just eaten prior to arriving in Orange.  It was still extremely cool to see the place, which is Orange County’s oldest drugstore and the city of […]



Patterson’s Appliances from “That Thing You Do!”

Nov 6th, 2013 | By | Category: Movie Locations

After stalking the downtown Orange spot where the That Thing You Do! mailbox scene was filmed (which I blogged about yesterday), I dragged the Grim Cheaper just a few feet south to stalk the storefront that was used as Patterson’s Appliances, drummer Guy Patterson’s (Tom Everett Scott) family’s shop, in the 1996 flick.  Thank goodness for the Seeing Stars website and its That Thing You Do! filming locations page, which had the address of Patterson’s Appliances listed, because, as I mentioned yesterday, my trip to […]