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Wednesday, February 14, 2007
From LEX to LAX: What a Trip!
Well we're back on the Farm. It was a fast trip-- the Grammy Trip. Here's the sketch of the itinerary for starters:

3:45 Depart Lexington (finished reading Jake Halpern's Fame Junkies en route-- which will frame some of my reflections on the whole experience)
7:45 Arrive LAX (and yes we were picked up in a p-diddy styled Denali Limo)
9:00 Arrive at hotel: Downtown Westin Bonaventure and ate third supper of the time-warped travel day with Tomlin entourage (including Chris's Mom Donna and the Record Label peeps)

1:00am Turned in for the night in our suite room ( i meant sweet)-- actually it was a suite-- and I want to give some gratitude to sixsteps records who so extravagantly picked up the tab for the whole event.
1:00-morning-- maintained the silent prayer vigil for the babysitter a.k.a. Courtney Gray-- who singlehandedly cared for all 4 of our kids. amazing grace.
9:00am Yes-- we haven't slept that late since college.
Enjoyed an extraordinary breakfast buffet at the hotel.
and yes it took the next 3 hours to actually get dressed for this affair
12:15pm The sweet 50cent styled Denali Limos picked us up for the Grammys. Some of you are wondering who "us" is.

us: (a.k.a. entourage) Chris, (and his date Abby) Jesse Reeves (bass) and Janet (wife), Travis (drummer) Daniel (guitar) Matt (keyboard), Louie and Shelley Giglio (Passion/SixSteps) Mike (also w/ sixsteps who did all the work to make our time there happen) Donna Tomlin (mom) and Jeanette (friend), Tiffani and me.

1:30pm The 49th Annual Grammy Pre-Telecast Show begins.
2:40ish We find out Chris did not win a grammy
3:00 we're over it and settling in to the "just glad to be here" mentality
4:00 we head over to the Staples Center for the 49th Annual Grammy Awards Telecast
4:15 we are eating Staples Center McDonalds and hotdog stand Nachos in our Grammy finery
5:00 The 49th Annual Grammy Awards Telecast begins with, yes-- you saw them-- The Police
8:30 Show ends and we load up in the sweet Limos for the After Party Scene.....
9:00 Tomlin and entourage arrive at (I can't remember the name of the club) on the Sunset strip for the EMI party.
more on the party later-- but it was everything you thought it would be-- movie stars, singers, exotic dancers (clothed) and so on.
Midnight Team Tomlin loads back into the Limos to head to the hotel.

2:00am Finally get to bed
8:00 Wake up thankful for a taste of this life and even more thankful for all the life we needed to get back to
9:00 Another fabulous breakfast
10:00 Say goodbye to Chris and friends
10:30 Cab to the LAX (where did all the Limos go!!)
Noon Fly Back to LEX
11:00 Arrive back in the shire-- a.k.a. Wilmore
11:15 I headed for the grand opening of the Asbury House of Prayer

2:00 am Back in Bed
7:00 Back in the saddle again.

Finally getting around to blogging.

more to come.
posted by John David Walt | at 2/14/2007 02:57:00 PM



Blogger Morgan said...

Glad to know you guys had fun! I watched in order to be in solidarity with 'Team Tomlin' and I'm glad to know the whole crew went to LA and celebrated. Even more glad to know you made it make to the shire without losing any pieces.

8:29 AM EST  
Blogger brandon said...

Sounds like a whilrwind trip, but a fun one. You guys look so cool. I'm glad you had fun.

It's always good to make it back home to the Shire though, isn't it. There is something sacred about returning home from the adventure.

Thanks for sharing with us.


2:37 PM EST  
Blogger Fitz said...

That sounds just like my week. Strange...

8:16 AM EST  
Blogger claude said...

Who did you see and who did you meet?

Small town Arkansas wants to know.

Sounds like a great trip.

9:39 AM EST  
Blogger shannon said...

what a fab trip- so glad yall had such a good time! Yall are totally gorgeous in your finery. guess the kids were ecstatic to see yall- love you-shannon

12:54 PM EST  
Blogger Jeremiah said...

Who is 50 cent and P-Diddy?
Glad you had a chance to experience all of the Grammy-ness, glad to hear the rundown of the whole adventure.

6:06 PM EST  
Blogger Jackson said...

Hey JD-

Are you passing out Lenten readers this year? If so, we would love one.

2422 E. bradford Ave #3
Milwaukee, WI 53221

4:50 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like one, too.

Kathryn Dudley
555 Maple Crest Drive
Lawrenceville, GA 30044

Are you gonna be at Thirsty?? If ss I want to try and catch up with you.

3:51 PM EST  
Blogger ben said...

Ah, the life of the Seminary Chaplains. You are livin the dream bud...livin the dream.

12:04 PM EST  
Blogger John said...

I saw a pile of them on a table on campus today, but I wasn't sure if they were free for the taking or what.

10:23 PM EST  

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