I’ve Been in L.A.
Los Angeles, California – No angels here. Traffic in L.A. serves as my reminder and motivator not to re-settle there. Drivers are crazy, obsessed with honking their horns and always in such a rush! S L O W D O W N people!
Yesterday I returned to my little corner of the world here in San Diego after spending the last two weeks in Los Angeles. This was the first chance I’ve had to get away for a bit since I returned from my travels at the end of July. I was happy to have a little break!
You see, I’ve been spending day after day after day at my computer doing my research for job opportunities, sending off letters and networking my bootie off (not really, cuz it’s definitely still there!). So I welcomed a break to visit some friends, and give myself a well-deserved mini-vacation.
I house sat for a friend who was in Europe for 10 days, which also gave me some much needed alone time, a chance to reflect on my travels and assess the path I’m taking with my career. I still managed to network a little more of my bootie off, though, as I visited the City Club, chatted with my former boss, co-workers, and members. I even attended the annual wine expo, indulging in just a few tastes of really good wine. Yummy.
Sheryl and I hit a hotspot for happy hour and dollar tacos, as well as hit the Central Market for lunch one day – tame in comparison to Asian markets! But I felt right at home!
Steve and I caught up over a fantastic dinner, our conversation falling easily back into our comfortable and stimulating rhythm. We’ve developed the habit of closing the restaurants we frequent. Just love his company.
Carol, Bruce and I got caught up on the laughter which always ensues when we start telling stories. Carol and I covered good ground in L.A., from a Greek restaurant around the corner from her house, to InNOut in Westwood, to Billingsley’s and an afternoon at the Grove. I can’t believe how many beautiful homes have been sold and torn down in the area, only to have Italian-themed condos go up. The side-street traffic in West L.A. is a nightmare because of it!
Coffee at Pete’s on Montana and 14th allowed me to catch up with Sarah and the boys, Dan and Paulie, and meet a fantastic couple, Phil and Paula. Pete’s is always good for great conversations and lazy weekend mornings.
On my way back to San Diego, I stopped in Torrance to visit with the Eisenberg family. Michelle and Justin are about to welcome their third child. Sarah and Bryan are preparing for their new sibling, too. I most enjoyed our dinner conversation, which included the kids telling or making up jokes and Bryan enjoying the idea of finishing his food after saying, “Nice to eat you!” before each bite.
Among all that fun, I did manage to make significant progress in my networking efforts. Things are really heating up!!! In fact, I even have a job interview this week! I’m so excited! I don’t want to jinx it, but I will say that it’s exactly the type of job I’ve been hoping for and I would be based overseas with lots of international travel involved. So fingers crossed. I will update you when I have more news.
Whew! It’s been a busy couple of weeks!
On the Bright Side,