Made it to Cali(fornia) safe and sound. Had a really smooth (compared to last year's disaster) trip down. Got mistaken for one of the cast of Star Trek (not sure if it was the movie or tv show, didn't ask), said hi to Ted Danson on Abbot Kinney while having a wicked Macchiato, saw the Goodyear blimp, and my rental car has paddle shifters. All in all a good day. The place I'm staying is really nice, desert landscape bordering on 10000 foot mountains. Very cool, I hope I have a chance to explore.