notes from
the MUCK . . .

How does your garden grow? With muck, muck and more muck! I spent much of today finishing the final muck box and then shifting muck from one box to the next. The first box, which the Big Lad is enthusiastically pointing out, has been rotting down for two years now and once we’d removed the top quarter of unrotted material, we found we’d hit the pay dirt.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Attempting Cool

My goal was to find a cheap(ish) hotel in Santa Monica, so I could be very close to the beach during my 3 nights in LA. Tried Expedia, Hotels.com, Sidestep, etc...it was all out of my price range. So I gave Priceline a try - only I screwed up and accidentally selected the Beverly Hills/Hollywood area. The request went through, got accepted, and now I'm staying at the Hyatt on Sunset Boulevard. This is somewhat disappointing, but there's definitely a bright side. First of all, I saved over %50 off the regular rate. More importantly, however, this hotel is apparently famous as a former 'party' hotel for big rock stars of the 60's annd 70's. Here are some facts from Wikipedia:

* Led Zeppelin rented as many as six floors of the hotel in the mid-to-late 1970s for the band members and entourage. Drummer John Bonham was reported to have driven a motorcycle along the hallways.
* Room 1015 bears the distinction of being where Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards dropped a TV out the window. The Who's Keith Moon was also reported to had dropped a TV out of one of the hotel's windows.
* Scenes in the film Almost Famous which depict the hotel were filmed at the actual hotel. Parts of the hotel were refurbushed with exactly the same decor as existed there in the 1970s.
* The scene from Almost Famous in which Russell Hammond cries out, "I am a Golden God!" is a reference to Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant who allegedly said the same thing while looking over Sunset Strip from one of the hotel's balconies in 1975.
* The end-of-tour party scene in the film This is Spinal Tap was filmed on the roof of the hotel.
* Little Richard lived at the hotel through much of the 1980s and 1990s
* Jim Morrison lived there until he was reportedly evicted by management for hanging out a window by his fingertips, dangling over the pavement.

And here's some relevant dialogue from the Almost Famous screenplay:
RUSSELL
(privately)
So. You want to come up to L.A., we'll
be at the "Riot House" all week.

WILLIAM
"The Riot House?"

RUSSELL
The Continental Hyatt House! It's on
Sunset Strip.

WILLIAM
(attempting cool)
Right. Right.


The Riot House is also home to CHI, a new restaraunt owned by none other than Justin Timberlake. It's apparently somewhat of a shitty celebrity favorite, so I need to print Notes From the Muck press passes immediately.