Visiting Gold Base, Before I Learned Much
08.07.2013 - 09.07.2013
Finally, after staying a night in a Hotel 8 just outside of Long Beach, I was ready to go. I can't say I was super excited to be meeting a 20-something year old in a religion's main headquarters, but I really can't say I wasn't either. The idea of my visit was to take a quick peak around the grounds, shake hands, and watch a short seminar along with a few new adherents of Scientology on it's general ideas and beliefs, etc. I get a phone call at around 1:00 pm, about an hour from when I'm supposed to be at the Gold Base. It was John,
"How's it hangin'?"
"Just fine, yourself?"
He was just fine too, apparently. "I'm off to get you now," he said, "you ready to go?"
John was coming to pick me up. Fantastic. I said I was and he said he would be outside the Hotel in a half-hour. And he was. He pulled up in an ice-white Toyota Camry, honked his horn and waved vigorously at me. On our way up to the facilities, he told me about the general history of the place. Things like how it was a resort-type place in the 70's and was purchased by the Church of Scientology. He even said they have their own production set down there, for shooting films and such. I thought that was neat. I also kept staring at his hair for no reason. Well, there was a reason, it was gorgeous. It looked as if it took him hours to do, but he didn't really seem the type to spend a while on his hair. He told me when he isn't consulting for the church, he usually surfs with his friend, Tom (probably Cruise) and watches movies with his girlfriend. He was a regular guy. Just some dude. I was hoping everyone was going to be like that, and they were. I liked John. Not like that. You know what I mean. Get your mind out of the gutter.