When was your trip to California?
Billy: It was February 1988 when we left Dallas and drove cross-country. I had a 1984 Mustang at the time that I pulled a small U-Haul behind for the move. I was moving with my friend to Los Angeles. We thought we could be actors. I stayed there three years and we had some of the best years of our life.
Who did you travel with?
My best friend Kirk Wilson and I moved to LA without jobs and very little money. We were young and stupid and thought “What the heck, let’s move to California.”
Where did you stay?
Our first couple of nights we slept in our cars in the Marina del Rey beach parking lot, and ate free chips and salsa at the Baja Cantina. Then we stayed in a Days Inn for a few nights in Venice and eventually found a small apartment one block inside the Beverly Hills city limits. Hilarious to send home a 90210 return address when you’re broke, but this was not what you see on TV.