UCO: LA or BUST! ~ The Experience of a Lifetime! (Part I)

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Ric’s trip started off on June 28th, Trisha’s started on June 30th.
On June 27th, Ric went to Highland to load up Mom’s van and then spent the night at Mom and Dad’s. Sunday morning he was on the road headed to CA. I talked to Ric a few times while he was on the road. He was definitely making good time. He made it to CA by Monday evening. My trip started bright and early on Tuesday morning. I had to be at the airport by 4:30 a.m. Our good friend Katie took me there. Hopped on the plane and was on my way. We had to make a pit stop in Atlanta. (Man, I hate that airport!) I was there for over 4 hours, plane was delayed a few times. Finally made it to CA around 2:30 p.m. Went to baggage claim to meet up with Ruth and Eric, while we waited for Mom to get there. While waiting at the airport for Mom we had only one celebrity sighting. It was Neal McDonough from Desperate Housewives. Ruth grabbed her camera to take a picture, zoomed in (we weren’t too close) and took the picture. The flash flashed really bright, and while she was checking out the picture that she got, he looked over to us and just smiled and waved. He was so cute there hanging out at baggage claim with his wife and adorable kids. 🙂

Mom finally arrived around 5:00 p.m.
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She thought we were hilarious!
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So yes, I spent more than 12 hours in the airport that day. NOT a fun day. All the while, Ric was enjoying the day at Venice Beach. He stopped at the airport to pick up some of our luggage, because all four of us (Mom, Ruth, Eric and I) weren’t going to fit in the rental car with all of our luggage. Ric went back to the hotel to unload some things and Mom, Ruth, Eric and I went to get the rental car, and then head to the hotel. TLC put Mom and one of her assistants (two rooms) up in The Hilton. It was so pretty (even if they didn’t have free WIFI). 😦 When checking in we requested joining rooms, which we got. So the boys (Eric, Ric and Steven (who wasn’t there yet)) in one room and the girls (Mom, Ruth and I) in the other. Yes, that DID make for a FUN weekend. I have never laughed so much in my life! Haha

After unloading luggage, checking on the cold stuff in the cooler downstairs, etc., Ruth, Eric, Mom, Ric and I headed to dinner. We ate at a great restaurant just a few blocks down from the hotel. (We were in Glendale, CA at this point.) Dinner was great (can’t remember the name of the restaurant) and then it was time to head back to the room. That night Mom had to make some sugar veil in the room. It was quite interesting “cooking” in a hotel room, with a “travel stove”. We stayed up probably a little too late laughing and having a good time.

The next day Ric and I got up and did some touristy stuff (downtown Hollywood/LA), etc. Ric and I then had to head back to the room to pack up the van to get all the cake stuff to the studio.
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Cakes. . .
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Opposing team. . .
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Then drove to the studio, and unpacked the van again.
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(Lots of packing and unpacking throughout that weekend.) It was pretty neat getting to be in the studio. Seeing the “removable wall” and stuff like that. Mom and her team were in the blue kitchen. (GO BLUE!)
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We hung out a little while with the team while they got stuff organized and such.
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Ric and I with Mom in the blue kitchen.
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They didn’t show it on the actual show, but the Blue Team did some actual welding on the set. Here is Eric’s welding helmet.
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Then we left the team to finish up, while Ric and I finished our touristy stuff. While we were in Downtown LA we bought a map of the stars’ houses. We could have taken a guided tour of these houses and such, but it was so much more fun and laid back doing it on our own. We saw all kinds of celebrity gates. Haha (The addresses lead us to a lot of gates, rather than houses, because of celebrities gating up their house.) It was when we were checking out Luci and Desi’s old house that we came upon the house that Michael Jackson had just passed away in just one week prior to us being there. It was interesting. Memories, florals, people, etc., everywhere! After our tour (it started getting dark) we enjoyed dinner at Mel’s Drive-In and then headed back to the hotel to see how Team Blue was doing. Another late night spent talking and laughing.

The next day the blue team had to leave pretty early to do studio things. Ric and I decide that this day we would go to DISNEYLAND. AWESOME time! We were back REALLY late that night! The team snoozing by the time we got back from Disneyland.

The next day the blue team had to leave SUPER early to get to the studio to start filming. That day Ric and I went to Universal Studios. We had a great time there. Had dinner at Subway at the City Walk, and then headed back to the hotel. No one was there when we got back, so we got ready for bed. I fell asleep. It was only a few minutes later that the blue team called to let us know that they were ready to pack up the van and would like some help. Mom wasn’t allowed to tell if she won or not, but it was at that moment that I found out that THEY WON!!! (I was the first one. . .well, Ric was, because he was on the phone with Mom, since I had fallen asleep.) What an awesome feeling. I really couldn’t wait to get to the studio then. When we got there, the losing teams were destroying their cakes. So, no pictures of their cakes. Mom had to go back to the hotel with the recording team to do some interviews, while the rest of the blue team, Ric and I helped clean up the blue kitchen. Of course, I made my way around the studio to find the WINNING cake to take pictures of it. 🙂
*Warning, there are a lot!*
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Clean-up, then back home to go to bed because the blue team had one more early morning.

Before that, I gave Mom her “award”. 🙂
(I KNEW she was going to win!!) 😉
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To be continued. . .

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Katie
    Oct 03, 2009 @ 11:34:14

    What an amazing experience!!

    Reply

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