Now is the dead-space gap between Siggraph shin-dig and the back-to-school BONANZA. So... I will take this time to breathe. Well, actually no. I will use this time to do the mountain of things that I apparently still have to do before I go back to school! How did this HAPPEN?!
Anyways, I guess I can take at least a few minutes to describe my trip to Los Angeles. It was fantastic. It was amazing. It was a chocolate sundae of my most fantastic dreams, sprinkled with the glamorous promise of new hope and free pens, posters and prizes. It was the farthest I've ever been from the East Coast.
Every day was jam-packed with working the conference (wielding titles such as GATE-KEEPER, STUDIO BREAK-DOWN ASSISTANT and SUPER-SPY EXTRAORDINAIRE). And when I wasn't working, I was wandering around the dense hallways making small-talk with the almost-famous and being intimidated by the famous. I bought a book; "The Art of Oddworld". I sat through some amazing lectures.
However, beyond the conference I didn't see much of LA. I went out for a night to see the star-laden sidewalks of Hollywood, which were just as dirty as your average city sidewalk, except with that stunning hint of fame.
But now I am back. I need to re-adjust to the real world. I can do this.
Apparently everyone who LIVES in LA is waaaay over the whole palm-tree thing. They consider them to be pests. Giant, invasive pests that slow traffic for the camera-laden tourists. But I am not over the palm trees. I mean it was like I was walking around Jurassic Park. Or some strange Dr. Seuss-esque world. And you can bet I snapped a few pictures of these monolithic topiary. They were cool.