It was, amazing. I'm no crow-eater (loose women who have their sights set on members of the club) but I do love them and getting to see such sights as Clay and Gemma Morrow's home, a coffee shop Tara goes to and the Funeral home where Half-Sac's wake was held (R.I.P Half-Sac) was extremely thrilling. As was the two guys on Motorcycles I totally saw while there. Unfortunately they weren't SAMCRO... but it sufficed.
Just in case you haven't heard of Sons of Anarchy, it's a show on FX and is about a Motorcycle Club (MC) based out of the fictional Northern California town between Lodi and Stockton called Charming. "Our name says it all," is the city slogan. While the town doesn't exist, its locations do, and thanks to a stalker website dedicated to the location sights of the show I was able to visit them with my mom: a fellow SAMCRO enthusiast and my sister (our driver and photographer for the day). Happy early birthday to me! I found so many sights that are all things SAMCRO in the real town of Tujunga California which is not in Northern California at all but rather in Southern California.
To be honest it was anything but "Charming." I found the city to be dirty, but what a thrill it was to walk and drive in one of the towns where Creator Kurt Sutter brought to life one of my favorite shows of all time. Though I can't get behind the occasional graphic sex scenes and the way over usage of "Jesus Christ" as an expletive, the creativity of Kurt Sutter is absolutely amazing. His story is equally met with the talent of every actor on the show. Though they were not filming the day we arrived (I would have peed my pants) it was so fun to see some of the places in real life.
The only thing that could possibly be better than visiting Charming was seeing John Mayer at Sleep Train Ampitheater in Wheatland CA. He sounded so good live and his guitar playing was perfection. I'm so happy he didn't have to give up singing, he's my favorite musician of all time and I was hugely blessed to get to volunteer to tell fans about John's non-profit with the Northern California Institute for Research and Education called VHIP or Veterans Health Initiative Program. Back in 2009 John visited Camp Lejeune (where my dad was born and grandfather was stationed out of) and spoke with Wounded Warriors. After speaking with the veterans he couldn't get them out of his mind and after meeting by chance with the NCIRE he got more involved. His current tour is donating $1 from every ticket sold to fully fund the program. Incredible. The money raised will fund 4 "pilot programs" that deal with several different issues veterans face upon returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Check out www.vhip.org for more info.
The last week has been filled with such wonderful gifts: John Mayer, my sister graduating from grad school, getting to see so much of my Dad's side of the family and topping it off with a visit to
Charming. In the midst of so much uncertainty it's been nice to have some happiness.