Liberated my car from the Parking Center last night so I could drive up to Glendale for my cousin Brian’s birthday dinner. Then this afternoon I drove back up to Glendale to obtain some desperately needed cargo shorts at the Galleria. On my way back to USC, I somehow missed the exit for the 110, and made it as far as the Downey (not the fabric softener people) city limits before I was sure I’d made a mistake. (And frustratingly, I had left all my street maps back at my apartment.) I turned back around, somewhat apprehensive as the sun began to set, as I’d prefer not to be lost in South Central Los Angeles after dark. I felt a lot like the guy in I Am Legend. But, as you may have surmised from the fact that I’m posting this, I made it.
Though I would never have been able to find my way around L.A. at all without the wonder and majesty of Google Earth, which presents such a detailed recreation of the city that it almost obviates the need for me to ever actually go outside.
Classes start tomorrow. I’ve got Playwright’s Workshop at 7:00 p.m.
A few people have recommended my short story “Veil of Ignorance” for the Nebula award, and one friend encouraged me to post it to the private SFWA page so that other SFWAns can read it, which I did. If you are one of the aforementioned SFWAns, you can read the story here. [dead link]