ODNT Goes to San Francisco – Day 4

1:15 am

Pertinent ODNT trivia … Over the years, I’ve worked as an extra (also known as “meat”) on different movie sets for kicks. Kicks plus $100. It’s not proud work. It’s usually me, the unemployed and, in one case, even homeless people. But it’s interesting and different … and I’ve gotten to meet some pretty cool people like Hillary Swank, Anna Sophia Robb, Zooey Deschanel, Christopher Lloyd, Nicholas Cage, January Jones, Guy Pearce, Forest Whitaker, Madeline Zima, etc. along the way. 

Enter today’s installment.

When I began writing tonight, I was immediately reminded of a song. And I was looking for a You Tube clip for the post when I remembered seeing the original performance of this one. It was sung by Renee Zellweger for a movie I “meated” for called My Own Love Song. Nick Nolte was in the scene, too, playing the ‘Nick-Noltiest’ character I’ve ever seen. And … if you look carefully (like super carefully with your finger poised over the pause button and some high-tech enhancement software to illuminate the background) … you just might see me around 2:15 and 3:15. Honestly though, I’d be impressed if anyone actually spotted me as it took even me a few times to find me. Anyway, here’s the clip:

This land is your land, this land is my land
From California, to the New York Island
From the redwood forest, to the gulf stream waters
This land was made for you and me


  1. California – CHECK! (now Northern AND Southern)
  2. New York Island – CHECK! (Though, personally, I usually omit the ‘Island’ or just call it Manhattan)
  3. Redwood Forest – SEE BELOW!
  4. Gulf Stream Waters – CHECK! (I live in the Southeast so I’ve known these waters on a first name basis for years)

We rented a car today and drove as a group (battling four sudden cases of car sickness, myself included, thanks to some pretty winding roads) to Muir Woods National Monument to see the famed Redwood Forest. And I’ll be the first to admit that they modeled the Eva Gabor character on Green Acres after me. Even still, these trees are magnificent. Case in point.


The picture gets hazy at the top because the trees are actually scraping against the sun.


Two kids in a tree. (Great children’s book title. Or maybe the name of a yo-yo trick.)


How cute is this little hiker? #biased #hashtagsoutsideoftwitterarecool

If you are a nature lover (I am insomuch as cows, goats and sheep all live on farms and give me precious cheese), this stop is a must on your trip to San Francisco. It’s an easy walk, there’s a restaurant on site and even a place to purchase necessities like this stuffed chipmunk. We saw scads of them in the forest.


Why is he wearing a paper bag you ask? Apparently, ‘Herve’ is a homeless chipmunk. (My girl‘s been exposed to San Francisco’s large population here. Don’t blame me. I just bought some pretty silver earrings.)

We trekked back to the car and drove from the park to Sausalito for lunch, shopping and general sightseeing. It’s a cute little town. But, honestly, the whole time I was there, I could NOT get this stupid song out of my head. Warning: Do NOT click unless you want to be afflicted with the same problem. I’ll bet Sausalitans (if in fact that’s what they’re called) have been saddled with this unwanted spokesperson for years. Or maybe they just embrace it as with the whole ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ phenomenon.

After stocking up on candy and Dramamine, we drove back across the Golden Gate into San Francisco again. Parking the car was a little challenging on the 45-degree angle street on which we’re staying but we got it done. Everyone was pretty much in for the night but I really wanted to see Chinatown, located only a few blocks from the condo. So, I took the short walk on my own, made a mental note of all foot massage joints for later and snapped a few pictures.



Then, I called my family for their dinner order … springs rolls, fried wonton, crispy chicken, miso soup, etc. That’s when I confirmed the microphone on my iPhone was completely dead. What that means is, when I’m on a phone call, I can listen but I just can’t talk. Can you imagine how frustrating that would be for a verbose person like myself? It’s a good thing I can text with the dexterity of a teenager.

Anyway, if you need me … don’t call. Unless you just want to tell me off and not have to listen to any of “my lip.”  Stupid iPhone. And on vacation, too.

Until tomorrow, here’s a nebulous view of San Francisco taken from the heart of Sausalito.


Click to read past installments of this trip journal … Day 1Day 2Day 3


10 responses to “ODNT Goes to San Francisco – Day 4

  1. I soooo want to be a movie extra. It has been a life long dream. The next time you go, let me know. I’ll be there so you can teach me how everything works. I applied to be a zombie once in a local b-rate, but I think the funding fell through.
    You just made me put the Redwood Forest on our list of things to see in the US before we die.
    And… I’ll have the Moo Goo Gai Pan please. Thanks for asking.

  2. I’ve always wanted to see the Redwoods. Thanks for taking me there. Wonder where we’re headed today!?! 😉

    Glad you’re enjoying yourself. Hope you can get the mic fixed soon. You didn’t press “MUTE” button with your face by accident, did you? I only ask because I’ve done it and thought my mic was broken, too. 🙂

  3. My wife has always wanted to see the Redwoods and I have always wanted to be an extra in a movie – it’s more of a life-long dream really. The next time you go to do that, let me know so you can take me with you and show me the ropes. Once I applied to be a zombie in a local B-rate, but I think the funding for the movie fell through.

    Also, make mine Moo Goo Gai Pan please… Here’s hoping there were no chipmunks in your Chinese food.

    • They’re filming movies here all the time, Chris. You just need to hop the next plane. What do you want to be … Man in Restaurant? Man at Ball Game? Man in Elevator?

  4. Apparently, my first post went through. I didn’t see it just a minute ago. Probably Alvin messing with the wiring of the Internet. ALVIN!

  5. Interesting…I always thought “The New York Island” was ummm..Long Island….I guess I am just geographically self centered…

  6. Hmmm… Is you being a movie extra the real reason that Johnny left Vanessa? Now I’m starting to think you weren’t kidding with that letter…

  7. I am glad I am not the only one to puke as a result of the PCH! It is beautiful and I guess worth it! I hope the ODNT crew is feeling better! I recommend Bonine. It does’t make me as drowsy and comes in jr strength!

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