As I was getting off the 101 at Vine last week, I saw that the street had been completely blocked off and that there were about 10 fire trucks shooting hoses at a building on the west side of the street. I was enraged. There are constantly street closures in this part of Hollywood for movie premieres and film shoots, so I naturally assumed this debacle was an inconsiderate production unit shooting an action sequence. I mean, how can you just shut down one of the biggest intersections in the country during morning rush hour? Does ANYONE give a flying fuck about the non-famous citizens of this town anymore? I cursed these douches for not properly announcing the street closures and got all pissed off that I was 15 minutes late to work.
I even went out of my way to take a picture with my phone so I could complain to all my co-workers about how these studios never take the common man into account when shutting down major commuter traffic. And all this in the name of a more convenient shooting schedule? Fuck these guys. It wasn’t until I flipped on the news an hour later that I realized what I’d seen was not a shoot for the new Will Smith vehicle, but in fact a Hollywood historical monument, the old building that houses the Basque nightclub, burning to the ground.
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