Having grown up in Southern California, I'm rarely star struck by celebrities. I live in the land of the rich and famous, and quite frankly – most celebrities don't impress me in the least. In fact, most celebrities un-impress me to the extreme.
Nonetheless, I was thrilled to find out I would be attending a party last Saturday on the yacht John Wayne owned and loved for many years, the Wild Goose. He loved spending time on his boat so much, many people believe his ghost still haunts it.
By the way, one of my favorite John Wayne quotes is: "Life is hard; it's harder if you're stupid."
The yacht is beautiful. It was originally a minesweeper, but John had the entire ship remodeled to his specifications. It's adorned with beautiful woodwork and intricate carvings – absolutely gorgeous!
As I boarded the yacht (around noon), I was greeted with champagne.
There were approximately 120 guests for this particular party.
We were served a buffet lunch; we were supposed to eat our meal in this area:
Nike and I, along with a few others, snuck down a level and enjoyed lunch on John's poker table in the library instead.
At some point, Nike and I went exploring to find John's master suite. I became obsessed with having my photo taken in/on his bed.
From what I've heard about my good friend, John, I don't think he would have minded me being in his bedroom or on his bed in the least.
The above photo is John Wayne's once-upon-a-time house on Balboa Island in Newport Beach. He doesn't live there anymore since he's, um, dead. The house has been overdone redone since he died. He used to dock the Wild Goose right in front.
It was a beautiful weekend, with spectacular weather. I had such a great time at the boat party. I feel so lucky at having been invited to such a fun event!
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