Today I’m in Los Angeles. They don’t call it LA here, they call it Santa Monica. Honestly, I can’t tell when one city ends and the other begins. In Phoenix, they change the color of the street signs so you know you’re in Tempe and not Mesa – and you still don’t care.
This city is huge. The weather is great and the chicks are beautiful. Beyond that (and I’m not discounting it) I don’t see what the draw is. I don’t have enough money to buy a house out here even if I wanted to move here. You spend half of your life in your car, stuck in traffic. I do like palm trees, but I like pictures of palm trees only a little less than the real ones. Cab drivers here don’t know how to drive, don’t know how to get anywhere, and don’t know how to speak English. For a guy with Microsoft Streets and Trips on his laptop, that’s not a big problem. But I’m guessing most people don’t have that advantage. When your cab driver pulls out a map, you know you’re in trouble. It took me 1 hour and US$100 to travel 20 miles.
I visited one of my Excel consulting clients (thanks for the referral J-Walk) this morning. First thing, he wanted to show me something in a program that I wrote for him. He did a few things, and…ERROR. All the times that you go to the mechanic and you can’t get your car to make that noise; All the times your IT guy shows up at your cube and you can’t get that printer to error out – this morning there was justice. The guy who wrote the program was standing right there when the error occurred – and the error wasn’t even what the client wanted to show me. It turned out to be a typo on the input form, but I’m glad I was there to witness it. It was a productive meeting, though, and I was glad to meet the people who are using the program.
Tomorrow night, I’ll be watching the University of Nebraska varsity football squad engage in a match with the University of Southern California squad. I’m going to work until noon, then kill brain cells the rest of the day. Tonight, I’m going to watch the Pads v. Dodgers. I’m not a big baseball fan, but this should be a good game. I’m sure the $8 beers will be terrific.
What sporting events will you be attending this weekend?