Boy things sure get kind of quiet around here, when I am out of town. What would the mario blog do without Mario. What if I should die? Or move to some remote area with no connectivity. Well, let’s not worry about that now. Rather, I will give you guys the lowdown on my trip to LA.

It was a very good trip. Very insightful.

My first plane Tuesday morning got canceled, but luckily I was able to head out on the next available flight which was only an hour later. You have to love Alaska Airlines.

I arrived in LA and quickly jumped onto a cab. The cab driver was Asian and didn’t speak a word of English. At least not to me. What he did do, was sing along  as loud as he could to American Oldies. What the heck. This is the same guy who stared at me in disbelief for over 5 minutes when I told him that I needed a receipt. Traveling with an expense account can be quite the hassle.

After only having been in the office for 5 minutes, I was directly pulled into a lunch meeting. Sadly, they didn’t order lunch for me. I ended up eating from my boss’s plate, which probably could be considered a bonding experience. In retrospective, it’s hard to believe that I actually did that. How Mario is that?

The afternoon was filled with more meetings and I was explained what my future role in the agency might be. It is a very interesting opportunity and I will think  long and hard about it. Later on in the afternoon, I made my tour around the office and was introduced to all the employees. The office has probably around 15 employees and it’s as Advertising as it gets. A very cool place.

I got out of the office at about 7pm and off for beers we went. Two of the guys were designated to show the new guy around. Brian who is the agency’s producer and Jeff who works as a copywriter. We went to a place called “Del Monico’s”. The bartender’s name was Mike and he kept giving us free refills (shorties). I really liked that guy. Apparently the place is a favorite hangout of the crew.

After work, I checked into my hotel. Our office and the hotel both are located in Beverly Hills, so it was a very upscale place. There were a lot of models and  actors hanging out at the pool. Not my crowd and I was starving at this point. I went to dinner and watched cable TV for a little while. I talked on the phone for a couple of hours and then went to bed.

Getting up at 7am was pretty easy, as it’s bright and warm outside. I went and worked out for an hour and then had breakfast at the pool. It was great.

My boss told me that there was no need to show up before 9am. I thought he was joking, but he wasn’t. I stood in front of the office for about 40 minutes, before the  first keyholding person arrived at 9:10am. Wow, this will be great job for me.

The morning was spend with a few more meetings and I head out to the airport at noon. That’s where I am sitting right now. Still kind of freaked out about the  Iranian cabdriver, who insisted on hugging me after having brought me to the airport. Those middle eastern men aren’t supposed to be that open. Anyway, things are going well.

It was a good trip. LA definitely seems like an interesting place. Lot different than Seattle. It’s huge. Very sunny. Nice weather all year around. Also,  the people I would be working with seem great.

I was only gone for about a day, but it made me realize one thing.  I really missed Natilee. I am not sure what exactly our tie is, but I spend a lot of time thinking about the girl.


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