|Eastbound on Hollywood Boulevard at Vine|
Memorial Day is a day for thoughtful remembrance of all those who have given their lives so we can enjoy our own lives in the way that is most pleasing to us. I'm so grateful for the freedoms we experience living in the good ol' USA.
As I was sitting at home on Monday morning, bemoaning the fact that I had nothing fun to do and still felt rather rotten from a persistent upper-respiratory virus, I got a text message from my neighbor. "Do you want to go to lunch at 1 pm?" it read.
Yes, I did. However, I was quick to point out that I was't feeling well and might be contagious.
|Miceli's of Hollywood has been around since 1949|
Yes, Hollywood! When you live in Southern California you can do that, you know.
We went to an Italian place known as Miceli's, a family-run Hollywood institution that's been around since 1949. It's right off Hollywood Boulevard. The Boulevard was packed with tourists taking advantage of the 3-day weekend!
|Angel, age 6|
What a cutie!
I'm not sure about the child labor laws aspect of this - but I'll bet the kid was having the time of his life in his cute little shirt and tie. I'm also pretty sure he was having a much better time hanging with mom and/or dad at the restaurant as opposed to being with a baby-sitter.
We enjoyed his attentive service very much. (I only wish my camera took better photos in low light conditions!)
Miceli's is an interesting place with a lot of old world charm. The ceiling is festooned with empty wine bottles. They are autographed with names and dates and some bear interesting slogans.
|The colorful ceilling|
|My handsome neighbor George|
Pizza! So that's why Mona has that secret smile! That made me laugh.
|Mona Lisa with a pizza|
He says he's letting it grow out a bit before he cuts it. It was an interesting "look" for him. I won't say who it reminded me of, but I think a fake red nose and big, oversized shoes would have completed his ensemble nicely. (Sorry, Ray! You know I love you!)
|A smiling Ray|
The food was good. I got a Vermicelli Putanesca that was a bit skimpy on the vermicelli and a bit overloaded with tomato chunks. The sauce was excellent, however. Those are Greek olives in there. Yummy.
It was so nice to get off my death bed for a few hours and do something fun. Even if I promptly went home and slept for a couple of hours!
|A sniffling and coughing Yours Truly at Miceli's|
I appreciate having a 3-day weekend.
I appreciate this wonderful country we live in and the freedoms we enjoy because of the sacrifices of so many. Amen.