Happy New Year everyone! So how did the celebrations go?
We spent our first L.A. New Year's Eve at the Blu Jam Cafe on Melrose Avenue with a five-course meal (which was not so daunting as it sounds) and a couple of bottles of champagne. A fun time was had by all.
We did the typical thing and whilst everyone else was all glammed up, especially the girls with their dresses and hair, we went dressed 'L.A. casual' which for me was jeans and a comfy, yet stylish t-shirt (it was five courses after all).
The food was great and there was a DJ playing all night, plus a few tables of other revelers to watch with amusement at their progressively drunken antics.
So now it's the first day of a brand New Year. Have you made any resolutions yet?
You may be wondering why all the pictures of parachutes and me dressed a bit like a clown. I thought maybe as it's the New Year we should all be inspired to try something different.
This was me a couple of years ago doing a sponsored tandem sky-dive for the Treehouse Trust in the UK, a charity for autism education.
At the Hinton Airfield outside of Oxford on a beautiful day of clear blue skies and sunshine myself and a few friends decided to jump 12,000 feet from a tiny plane strapped to men we'd never met before (luckily mine was an army parachuting instructor).
It's strange watching your friend jump out of a plane and being the last one squashed inside, but it was totally exhilarating hanging out of the aircraft and doing the free-fall before the chute opened and we drifted the rest of the way to the ground.
I was actually less keen on the parachute ride down, as you're just hanging there in the open air looking down to the landscape far below, whilst the free-fall is such a rush and you don't have a second to think as your gums are flapping away as you're hurtling down.
So that's my challenge to you all, not to jump out of a plane, but to try something new in 2009 and give it a go. What do you have to lose?
I'm not exactly sure what I plan to do yet, but I know life's too short to do the same old thing.
Maybe you can write that book you always wanted to, or run that Marathon? I'm sure lots of you will be wanting to get fit and healthy after bingeing over the festive season, but that doesn't sound like much fun unless it's something that you really want to do.
Anyway, whatever you decide, enjoy it and have a fantastic and happy 2009.
And don't forget to to keep coming back to follow the continuing adventures of Jason in Hollywood (plus Cooper too, of course)...