So here it was - Friday night and I was looking for something to do after a long week. I had some tentative plans in Downtown Hollywood but not until much later in the evening. I have lived and/or worked in Hollywood since 1978 and only recently have I considered the downtown area an actual destination. For the last decades you would have found me in Las Olas, South Beach, Delray, Pompano, Boca, even the Sawgrass Mall but not Hollywood.
Since I work in Hollywood, I was at the parking garage at 5:05. I dropped my cash in the meter and great - 2 hours free. Didn't see that. Now I have a ticket good till 11:05. Oh well. I had Facebooked my friends the day before and no one was interested. Made a few calls. My usual buds had plans. The only thing left to do was get a beer at Mickey Bryne's and wait for my friends to show around 7:30 pm. As luck would have it, I found some people I knew and met a few more. I had to tear myself away and walk down to Whiskey Tango where again I met a few people I knew and made even more new friends.
We talked, and laughed, had a fantastic dinner, and hung out till the band went on stage. I didn't head home till 11:00 or so and just beat the ticket lady to my car. Those two free hours paid off. Unusual night? Not even close. This happens every time I go. Hollywood is like living in a small town with enough bars and resturants to satisfy the crowds. As I was leaving, a few folks were just getting there! Hollywood used to roll up the sidewalks at 9:00 pm. I'll save a trip to Lincoln Road for when I really want to impress someone but for a great night out with old and new friends, I'll go to Hollywood. Thanks Cindy, Trish, Bill, Johanna, Jon, Paula, Nancy, and everyone else for a memorable night. There are a lot of links on this page so check them out. Then give Downtown Hollywood a try and see if you agree.