Two Days in California

Two days have passed and it’s been pretty interesting so far. The flight was pretty painful. 14 hours is a long time, please remind me to try and sleep next time – if only to pass the time. Hiring the car was painless, so too the first few minutes of driving. Sure, it required complete and uninterrupted concentration, but after a while it all became more natural and required less and less effort over time. So now it’s really only turns and car parks that worry me!

I was pretty much straight into LA traffic – and what an introduction. It is unbelievable! No literally, it defies comprehension. 6 lanes of traffic – all going in the same direction, so 12 in total – and it still regularly slows to a stop. Even if there were 20 lanes this would still occur – like on of those mathematical paradoxes – LA traffic just IS.

My first port of call was the AT&T store which I magically stumbled upon. I was drawn to a mall, a little lost and craving caffeine. I thought “hey we can kill two birds by heading to Starbucks and thus getting coffee and using their wifi to use google maps and find out where the he’ll I am”. So while sipping my double shot latte I was able to pull out my iPhone, find myself and realize not only was the hotel just up the road but there was an AT&T store directly across from me. So the next port of call was to get this phone a new SIM. The woman at the shop was so friendly and made it an absolute breeze to get set up. I was informed however, that data was unavailable on an unlocked iPhone, which was one of my main fears. Fortunately for me I had my iPad too so I got another sim set up for that. This required an extra stop and a trip to Walgreens for the purchase of a pre-paid Visa card (I read all about this before I left). Once I registered the card, which required an hours wait (so I headed for Carls Jr for some food – um… I got a small cheese burger meal – which here is same size as a large Quarter Pounder meal at home). After the meal I headed back to Starbucks where I logged in, registered my Visa card and then setup my iPad on their wifi.

Now with my 3G iPad up and running I opened my Navigon app, punched in the hotel address and let the kind female voice coax me and my Chevy Cobalt to the hotel. It was about 10.30am when I got there and I held out little hope of checking in, but figured I could at least find out when and then go and pass the time. To my surprise I was checked in, unpacked and lay down. I promised myself to not sleep till 6pm to reduce the impact of jet lag so I amused myself flicking through the tv and getting my laptop up and running on the hotel wifi. After a couple of hours I felt a little refreshed so decided to hop in the car again.

I headed down the coast to Laguna beach but the traffic was horrendous so I decided to call it quits and headed back. The Candlewood Suites

My first experience with LA traffic

where I was staying had a small kitchen area so I decided to get some breakfast stuff and find a stereo cable to I could connect my iPhone to the stereo for some tunes – LA you do not have one good radio station!

It was getting closer to bed time so I grabbed some dinner and headed back to the hotel for 14 hours of straight, uninterrupted, black beautiful sleep. So in one foul swoop I was able to get all the sleep I’d missed by staying awake for more than 24 hours.

OK I’ll do day two later.


By Tim Klapdor

Passionate about good design, motivated by the power of media and enchanted by the opportunities of technology.

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