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Feb. 25th, 2009 | 11:22 pm
mood: hotStill didn't get a tan, though
music: Cut Copy - Voices in Quartz | Powered by Last.fm

But I sure as hell didn't miss it while I was in California.





My trip to OC and LA last week was pretty intense, but fun. I woke up before 6:00 a.m. almost every day I was there, talked to a lot of new folks at the Thu.-Fri. conference, and enjoyed driving around. Those of y'all that know me IRL will know that all three of those things are extremely odd. I assure you that I haven't changed; it was just a different kind of week.


At the Getty Center, looking west


Brief notes about the week: despite an insane multi-tasking half-day on Tuesday, I made it to the airport in time to eat a bagel sammich before departing. Despite a crazy headwind that made the second flight very long, I arrived in time for dinner with my boss and Dante, one of our new UC colleagues. We had good food at a sort-of P.F. Chang's and then I gawked at the television for a while and slept.

Our staff retreat thingy took up most of Wednesday, interspersed with meeting new folks who were having pre-conference meetings on the same floor. The setup was actually pretty good, because we shared a lunch buffet despite being in two different rooms, so we mingled while eating lasagna that all of us were convinced belonged to someone else. :) I also helped put up signs for the next day's conference as everyone scurried around making last-minute preparations. Later that night we then had a completely crazy dinner for 16 with some of those folks at a French-Vietnamese place, except that we didn't order any of the French food. I liked our spring rolls and beef salads, though; very good dinner choice, it was. I also made random conversation with co-workers.

Thursday was a very long blur, but a decent one. I worked out early, had breakfast with a side of awkwardness, and we were in our conference by 8:30. I am very proud at my continued ability to navigate UCI, and it's really damn verdant besides. I helped the organizers out a little, then attended sessions, and met people and networked and OMG it actually wasn't awkward. I also managed to Twitter a lot and not extend my foot into the aisle to trip the passing chancellor who hired and then unhired and then rehired Erwin Chemerinsky last year. And that night we had a quite fun dinner at a monstrous Italian restaurant and unloaded all of our gripes about flying frequently; great staff bonding moment, plus we bonded some woman from UCSB sitting next to us. :)


Getty Center


We wrapped up the conference on Friday morning, after me waking up at 4:45 to pack in a half-assed workout, two breakfasts, and packing. After some fairly low-key sessions, I was leisurely walking down to the 1st floor for our large group wrapup and talking to someone about a conference in Qatar when my co-workers frantically whisked me away because my boss' flight had been cancelled and she was desperately trying to make an earlier one. While I could have gotten to the airport to get my rental car separately, I decided to just go with them and thus we ran to the parking garage with all of her luggage and then sped to John Wayne; good times. I then picked up my rental (a Kia; it was cute but it had less oomph than my 4-cylinder Cavalier), went back to campus to take photos and buy a T-shirt, and got some In-N-Out and took the 2 hour drive up to L.A. Dear Caltrans, please fix the 5 somewhere around Commerce. Love, Jonathan. I didn't do much more that day but chill at the pool and in my hotel room, and the rest was so glorious.

I woke up "late" on Saturday, got a burrito, and drove around some before heading to the Getty Center. I enjoyed the driving only because everything is just so pretty. Not that the Getty is ugly or anything. :P I had been there once before (and those photos look better because they were taken with a real camera), but it was fun to go back and explore it in a bit more depth. I took the architecture tour, and I think our tour guide had jumped the shark a bit on defining harmony within Meier's designs, but it was fun. On the way back to my car, I called urbanrebel (who had left a voicemail while I was on the tour) and we arranged to meet up for dinner. I sat around being lazy in the hot tub and my room until driving to an ATM and then Russ' house.


Wilshire Boulevard


30" travertine floor tiles, y'all!


The Disneyworld-like tram. According to our tour guide, it is intended for "decompression" before arriving at the hilltop.


And our dinner was quite fun! We went to get Tex Mex right near his place, and had cocktails while we waited for a table and were bumped into multiple times by hot servers. We did finally get a table, and chatted over giant entrees about lawyers and gays and other such fun topics. I declared the posole to be very close to authentic New Mex Mex, and the "stacked enchiladas" were good but didn't realize they were an enchilada casserole with an identity crisis. :] Anyway, thanks urbanrebel for the great dinner, and I will be back eventually!

From there I went off to pack and sleep; woke up way too early again on Sunday but my reward was the glorious lack of traffic, and I cruised all the way to Irvine (actually passed the airport on the first attempt, oops). The flights back were again 100% full, but the exit row and a good book got me through. Also, eating 87878 calories at On the Border in ATL. :P And that's it! My next trip is on Monday, to a pretty fabulous but not nearly as photogenic locale: Chicago. Stay tuned for that.



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Urban Rebel

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from: urbanrebel
date: Feb. 26th, 2009 08:48 am (UTC)
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No, thank you AND your employer. :-) I had fun. And it was more like a hot model-ish looking waiter who, after carding you and wanting to bond with you over how close your birthdays were, kept "accidentally" bumping into you. Funny how you constantly seemed to be in his path no matter where you stood. *wink*

I still think you should have gone out slutting. haha!

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Feb. 26th, 2009 10:32 pm (UTC)
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I will yet go out slutting in my springs travels! I've got a lot of options ahead of me ...

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mark

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from: kishenehn
date: Feb. 26th, 2009 01:35 pm (UTC)
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Sounds pretty great! I would love to see the Getty, and I would love to meet Russ IRL.

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Feb. 26th, 2009 10:33 pm (UTC)
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Both are highly recommended. :]

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The People's Exhibit A

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from: davidology
date: Feb. 27th, 2009 02:19 am (UTC)
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> According to our tour guide, it is intended for "decompression" before arriving at the hilltop.

All lies! I worked at the Getty before it opened there. It's there 'cuz there's no room for parking up the hill!

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Feb. 27th, 2009 02:37 am (UTC)
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I was a bit skeptical about everything she said given that she was having trouble with north and south. :]

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