I arrived safely in West Hollywood yesterday, after a flight from Caracas to Houston, a 2 hour layover, a flight to LAX, a trip to the Budget Car Rental counter, and a 30 min drive. I had a lovely reunion and dinner with my friends Dallas and Dimitri (with whom I am staying), and then passed out by around 9:30pm and woke up at 5am this morning. Now I am rather trapped at their place awaiting the UPS guy with my replacement credit card (which had its number stolen in Bogota and used for thousands of dollars in makeup purchases). But that is fine, I have work to do anyway. It is surprisingly warm in LA for this time of year, in the mid 80s today, but I hear it was much worse a few days ago and will be much hotter this weekend. Ah, global warming. Anyway, I am excited to be here and be able to catchup with a bunch of friends over the next couple of weeks. After that I head to SF.