True Hollywood Stories
Texans who took a chance and headed west tell all
Yet we also know those who have packed up their car and taken I-10 23 hours west, to give their dreams a chance. "All Roads Lead to Los Angeles" reads a postcard you can buy at many a convenience store in the sprawling metropolis. Just wandering through this endless city, you will encounter things that remind you of home: a Texas license plate idling in traffic one lane over, the state flag pinned to the wall in a Burbank Ribs restaurant, Shiner beer at the neighborhood grocery store.
Then there are the fall Saturday mornings at Mr. Pockets, a sports bar in Manhattan Beach, where Longhorn and Aggie fans pack in to sardinelike capacity. They wear their respective burnt orange or maroon, root and drink hard, and wistfully reminisce on their last trip "home." At commercial breaks, many also make contacts: exchanging phone numbers and sharing inside information, exploiting the unique gray area between business and pleasure that greases the gears of the entertainment industry.