A trip to Los Angeles

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Last week I got to go to Los Angeles. The initial reason was a business trip. That part of it was certainly worth the trip. I learned a few things that will help us in the future and I think we gave some other groups ideas on how to make a few things work better.

The best parts of the trip, though, were the parts not involved with work. I had the pleasure of staying with two members of my family that I don’t get to see often. I got in Wednesday night fairly late and then we stayed up talking much later, which was wonderful. I don’t generally like staying up late, but Wednesday and Thursday nights I stayed up with no problem at all and I had a blast.

We got a long lunch at the business meeting, so I walked a few blocks to the Museum of Contemporary Art. I got to see an original Jackson Pollock! Several of the exhibits were fascinating, including a video over the course of several rooms of a young man in a deserted city, moving to his own rhythms, which got faster with each room. There was a hallway with yarn across the top in different colors and angles. As I walked down the hallway, looking up, the patterns changed. It was unexpectedly beautiful. There are, of course, always pieces I don’t understand, the main one here being a large slab of polished black material (looked rather like a long table top) leaned up against a wall. I can’t say I got anything from that. I don’t go to museums terribly often, but I generally enjoy them when I get the chance.

The highlight of the trip, though, was a visit to the Magic Castle in Hollywood. The Castle is “the private clubhouse for the Academy of Magical Arts, Inc, a very special organization devoted to the advancement of the ancient art of magic.” It’s a really neat place. There are always magic acts, the food is very good, and there are a lot of neat things to see on the walls and throughout the Castle. The company was very good – my relatives had been there before, so they showed me around, and we talked about all kinds of interesting things. When we got back to the house, we talked for a while before going to bed. I’m pretty sure that between Wednesday and Thursday night I got about eight hours of sleep total.

I caffeinated a lot on Friday. I almost never do that, but sometimes it is completely worth it.

I love traveling. I don’t get to do it much, although hopefully that will be changing over the next few years. I like getting to see things I can’t see in Reno. I especially like places that are more culturally varied; Reno has some limitations in that area. We both like traveling together, even though it is sometimes stressful. I couldn’t bring Xander along on this one because he’s rather busy at the moment, but next time I go back, he’s coming, too.

We were planning to go to Australia at the end of last year, but it didn’t work out. We have another trip or two planned over the next few years, though. The travel bug never left; it just got delayed for a while. In the meantime, we’ll go on little trips and enjoy them.