Yesterday morning, we were informed that the Border Grill food truck was going to be in a park in Claremont, so we hurried out and managed to get a terrific meal from them to be vaguely brunch-like, so that was a nice opening for the day.
We then stopped at what I can't stop thinking of as Kinko's to produce some items for Dungeonmaster.
Then, into the city. I had made us reservations for a late lunch at Pizzeria Mozza. Once we got into the area, and parked, forestcats and I wandered the neighborhood, buying me a hat at a hatter's, poking our heads into the Golden Apple comics store, and meeting a nice lady who sells some wonderful furnishings.
At the restaurant, we were seated in a room devoted to wine storage, which was comfortable enough. We ordered antipasti and individual pizzas. Based on the antipastis alone, I would have raved about this restaurant, but unfortunately the pizzas were at best forgettable. We didn't care much for the service, as well. We didn't bother to wait for dessert.
Then, forestcats directed me to drive through a portion of Hollywood I'd never seen before, and I was surprised and delighted to wander amidst many sound stages, union halls, and lighting rigs that produce so much of the world's entertainment. I knew things happened somewhere in the region, but this was something of a revelation for me. Cool.
We got to Dungeonmaster fairly early, which, of course, meant that forestcats got nervous that we weren't going to have many audience members. However, by show time we got quite a rush, and there were a ton of people offering their names to be on stage.
The pre-show (a magician from the Magic Castle named Micah Cover (www.micahsmagic.com) who's done opening acts for us before, and entertains each time) went well, and as usual, he and his assistant stayed to watch the fun. The show went well, again, and I'll put up a synopsis later, when I have time to write it.
Afterward, it was back to House of Pies to hang with a variety of folk, and we're starting to lay out the plans for the Gauntlet, as well.