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    Rainy day memories

    All the rain we had in May and June reminded me of long winters in Los Angeles. It rained pretty steadily all winter and disrupted my normal routine of waiteressing and beach time although I searched for an acting job rain or shine. Though it was a bit more difficult commuting into Hollywood for auditions in the steady rain.

    I never experienced any massive flooding when I lived in Los Angeles like we’ve had here. My entire beach in Caroga Lake was under water for the first time as well as my deck at the beach. What Herman wound up having to do was take concrete blocks to weight down our deck and tie it to a tree so it wouldn’t float away.

    But back to Los Angeles. What I wound up doing on the rainy days out there was to go see movies. I saw a lot of new  releases and the price was very reasonable out there for tickets. After all, you could say it was a local product.

    I remember at that time talking to my friends back east. The subject would invariably come around to films. Of the ones that I’d seen, my friends back home hadn’t even heard of them as they hadn’t been released back east yet.

    Of course, the rain totally cut into my beach time, which I hated.  The rainy season may have been the reason there were a lot of tanning salons out there. It always amazed me there were so many tanning salons in supposedly sunny California. And truth be told, it was sunny most of the year.

    Not only did the winter holidays lack the festive spirit of snow and cold. The rain put a damper on the holiday time altogether. So I would sometimes go to two matinees in a row in the afternoon. After all, ticket prices were cheaper there in the afternoon as they are here.

    In fact, if I couldn’t get the acting parts I was after, I could at least see what the competition was doing on film in the afternoon.

    I actually wound up auditioning for more television roles than movie roles. An actor pretty much has to be well established in television to forge on to film work.  A star like Julia Roberts who went directly to film is unusual. Most actors have to learn the ropes in television first.

    So rainy days remind me of my winter days in California when I watched others do on the screen what I wished I were doing.


    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com