What would Hollywood be without its parties? It would be a boring piece of land.
So, it is a good thing, that there are more than enough occasions to get together — Independence Day, for example. It is one of the few holidays where offices and (most of the) stores remain closed. Many Americans invite friends over for a barbecue and enjoying the fireworks in the evening.
It makes sense to accept an invitation to the Hollywood Hills.
Hollywood wouldn’t be Hollywood without the colorful personalities you meet at parties:
Cindy is a blond, tanned career woman in her late Thirties. The attractive real estate agent showed up in a casual look, with white shorts and a pink shirt. Cindy is loud. She prefers women as partners, and one can’t ignore that, because her female physique is contrary to her masculine manner. This woman doesn’t take any shit. Most men will be cautious in her vicinity, since you can’t pluck Cindy like an apple: “I enjoy life and utilize its opportunities. But I am the one, who wears the pants, there is no other way,” she says, laughing with a twinkle in her eye while she takes a big sip of her vodka lemon.
Lyman is a veteran in Hollywood. The white-haired, tall actor has appeared in more than hundred films and TV series, among them leading roles in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Bonanza, Kojak and The A-Team in the original version of 1986. He is 71, but appears much younger. Lyman is not a person who usually hangs out at parties, but this time, he gave in to the coaxing of his friends and stopped by for a while. Hollywood, so he says, treated him well. He can understand that young actors become disillusioned nowadays. There is one phenomenon he knows very well: sometimes, there is nothing to do for 2 months, and then, suddenly, you get 10 different offers at the same time. Lyman seems balanced and content with his life.
Terrance is a screen writer and director of Independent movies. The forty year old African American impresses with an amazing knowledge about history and mythology.
California–he quotes one of the theories of how this state received its name–was named after an amazon, who still gets depicted on art work and is considered to be the spirit of California. This amazon was first described in a novel, written in the early 15 hundreds, before the discovery of California, by the Spaniard Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo.
According to the saga, beautiful black amazones would rule a mythological island north of Mexico that had a rich resource of gold. They commanded an aerial defense force of 500 griffins, fabulous animals which, according to the saga, were native to California.
The name of their queen was Calafia — and “California” was the island she reigned over with her women warriors.
Cindy laughs out loud approvingly.