The great thing about traveling east to west is that timeshift that makes you dead tired at 9PM because your body thinks it’s midnight. So after a gruesome day of travel, (why didn’t I remember that you can’t recline in the last row of the airplane?) I was completely wiped out. I managed to head down to the LA Convention center, completely amazed at the sheer number of people, until someone next to me mentioned that they couldn’t wait to see Shakira… then I realized I was walking at the Staples Center the night Shakira was playing Los Angeles. Yeah… pretty big crowd. Stopped in at Max, missed registration by about 15 minutes, and walked over to LA Live to grab dinner. One delicious steak later, I’m barely keeping my eyes open on the way back to the hotel.
A great night of sleep later, including the wonderful experience of waking up 15 minutes before your alarm goes off, and I’m ready to go. Today is preconference day and I’m really looking forward to my class, “Creating Engaging Websites with Adobe Creative Suite Web Premium 5”. I’m particularly hopeful that I’ll get some exposure to application interoperability. I want to be able to go back to the beach and take with me a real good working knowledge of being able to integrate Fireworks, Illustrator, Photoshop, Flash and Dreamweaver into a efficient workflow. With so many different disciplines working on creating engaging interactive solutions for our clients at work, knowing that everyone in the process can contribute in a streamlined, efficient, flexible way only helps to create an environment where everyone wins.
I like it when everyone wins.
So here I sit, sucking down my second cup of African Kitamu this morning, I’m filled to the brim with nerd-excitement and looking forward to jumping in with both feet this morning.
Now, let’s head downstairs and see if this hotel will cook me up an omelet. I have a craving for egg whites and spinach…