Going to Hollywood to pick up the award for Island of the White Rose on Saturday at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the site of the first academy awards. Last time I was there, I represented the buyer in a real estate transaction for the purchase of the hotel from a bankrupt owner in Tokyo Bankruptcy Court. Went for a day and stayed a week due to complications with the lender in Hong Kong. This trip will be simpler, plus I'll have an opportunity to accomplish a goal I set several years ago.
For a long time I have hoped to give a Nazi sword to the Simon Wiesenthal Center in LA for their archives. An uncle picked it up on a battlefield in Europe and gave it to me when I was a child. Its swastika always made me feel really creepy. I thought of selling it, but didn't want to sell it to the kind of person who would pay money to own it. A home in a museum dedicated to tolerance seems like an appropriate resting place. The archivist wrote today accepting the gift, so I will take the sword to its new home on Monday. Afterwards, a fast pilgrimage to Nate n Al for a corn beef sandwich, and I will be back on the road to Sacramento.