Thursday, December 6, 2012
Simmons Family Dancing Christmas Lights 11-30
Speaking of the pool, this is the perfect opportunity to thank all of my hosts so far for providing me with really great accommodations. When a host agrees to sign on for the tour they have to do three things: Get as much publicity as possible for the concert, collect for a charity and provide me with a room in hotel/motel/b&b. I always tell them it doesn't need to be fancy.....just clean and bug free (!)...but all of my hosts so far have really gone out of their way to make sure I've been taken care of. Every hotel has had an exercise room or access to a gym, for example, which is really important to me as I struggle to continue to lose weight while on this tour (so far i've just plateaued.) SO THANK YOU to all of my hosts. I am very grateful!
Getting back to Palm Springs....my host, Michael Simmons, treated me to a lovely outdoor lunch at a cool PS restaurant and then took me sightseeing...including seeing Bob Hope's former home (which, Michael informed me, wasn't really owned by Bob Hope but by the Chrysler Corporation, who let him live there). We also saw a statue of Lucille Ball sitting on a bench, and this GIGANTIC statue of Marilyn Monroe:
The concert at the Simmons' house that evening was so much fun. His display is bright and beautiful and has even been featured on national television. My pictures do NOT do it justice.
What I loved the best was the decorated palm trees! There's something ya don't see in New Hampshah!
Michael, if you are reading this, please don't feel bad that there wasn't a huge crowd there. I had a wonderful time and I think the people who were there had a good time and as long as you had a good time then it's all good! I'll come back next year if you want me to and let's get that float in the parade!
I also want to give a big shout out to the folks at http://www.facebook.com/burkemedia whose staff was there covering the event. They were great fun to work with and I look forward to seeing the footage they shot!.
THANK YOU SIMMONS FAMILY! I had a GREAT time in Palm Springs and found it very difficult to leave your beautiful city!