Writers, Canadians, and an occasional star. It’s not about the art of writing, but it sure is about the business. Here’s my strike report, by gate!
FOX Galaxy gate
I am especially fond of the Galaxy gate, because it’s literally the closest gate to my house. Too bad it’s so far south — I have to walk down from Santa Monica to get there. It’s even worse when I have to walk back after picketing for hours. But I’m strong like bull!
FOX Pico gate
Earlier this week, the Galaxy gate lacked water, so I had to head down to the Pico gate. It’s a much bigger crowd and much more organized, which isn’t necessarily my cup of tea. However, once I was crossing at the crosswalk, I was back in familiar territory. And, as often happens, you find yourself talking to the strangest people. Before I knew it, I was talking to Larry David, and a OLTL writer I was with ended up rubbing sun block on him. Truly odd.
Paramount Main Gate
I decided to see how the other half lives so I went to Paramount today. I didn’t like it as well as FOX, but it could be because I now know more people there. I managed to corner a certain Mr. Z. Estrin, writer of various shows I’ve watched perhaps too much, into a long conversation. If he’d had the rest of his show with him, I probably wouldn’t have gotten to speak with him.
The biggest burst of energy came when a couple of vacationing Canadians joined in the picket for a couple spins round the crosswalk. They were having such a good time, and, really, what’s cooler than going to Hollywood and being part of entertainment history? I’m just sayin’.