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10.24.2005

What's to Love About LA?

I haven't been in the same bed for more than two nights at a time in weeks now. And that's ok, this is the season. It's book tour season. I got back to Burbank late Saturday night and have spent the last two days catching up on a multitude of things. The alone time was necessary as I head back onto the road for the next week.

I don't think it's too early to mention that I'll be making the LA area my home with the BBE after the first of the year. (with lots of bouncing back to Las Vegas to work on VivaLasVegasBlog).

If you don't know me, I detest LA. So, I'm trying hard to see the upsides to this land of smog, traffic, and anonyminity. It's a roller coaster of meltdowns as well as pure good times. By far the best part about being here is the closeness to some very good friends I haven't been able to spend time with the past few years. For example, tonight we're going over to Leigh and Seth's for dinner and to play with their new (1yr old) baby girl. And we planned it an hour ago. I love that. Thursday night we have a semi regular poker home game with John's friends and that is always a really fun night out. And on Friday, I had lunch with a travel pal, Sean, at King's Road Cafe. More of a LA hipster hangout than I would normally choose, but it was perfect.

One of my favorite things in life is to have really good conversations filled with dream talk, travel talk, laughs, and good food. And while I can say that I can't stand the dirty over populated side to this city, there is nowhere else where I could've had that kind of quality company over a pesto-shitake mushroom-tomato-basil-carmelized oninons omelette. With perfect roasted potatoes. I'm hoping to meet Sean there again when I return next month, and maybe we'll even grab a few rags off the adjacent newstand. I don't buy much, but show me a newstand and I'll do some damage.

Life is great. I'll find a way to be happy here.

PS-and the other reason why I wanted to write this. I love my desk. It's not a great piece of furniture, but I love working from a desk as opposed to lettting my ass fall asleep in a WiFi cafe after sitting there for four hours. And I have a big window and a phone with limitless free long distance calls. I can't wait to get back...

Today: Burbank
Tomorrow: Seattle
This week: Seattle, Birmingham, Vancouver
The tour....

1 Comments:

At 11/05/2005 07:55:00 AM, Anonymous Jim said...

It’s is a great place -- and one of the best things about it is the world travel you can do without leaving town. There's Thai Town, Little Ethiopia, Little India, Koreatown, and that's just the beginning. We'll all have to go out one of these days when Leslie and I are in town -- no passport required!

 

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