>Next week I am off to San Diego and Los Angeles for work. My flight for San Diego leaves at 6:40 am on Sunday, which let me assure you I am not thrilled about. However, I have never been to San Diego before, so I am looking forward to having a full day to explore. My plan for now is to drop my stuff off at the hotel, and head over to Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo. I would also like to see Old Town and the Gaslight District before moving on to LA, but I’m not sure when I’ll be able to squeeze it in.

As with my last trip for work, my co-workers and I are making a stop at a wacky attraction on our way to our next training site. Last trip, we went to the Sacramento Valley Medical History Museum, which was hilarious and fun, although it smelled like formaldehyde. This time around, we will hit the Lawrence Welk Museum in Escondido. I read on Roadside America that it has the World’s Biggest Champagne Glass. AOL City Guides claims that the Museum is packed with octogenarian groupies. (This was also the case when Husband and I visited the Jell-O Museum in LeRoy, NY in 2002.) Dear Lord, how I love this kind of cheesiness. I am soooo excited.

As for LA, my final destination on the work trip, I was there once before, during the summer between 5th and 6th grades. I liked it enough at the time, but I’m not really looking forward to going back. I can’t stand the thought of the car culture, the plastic surgery, the obnoxious divide between the haves and the have nots, and the segregation. (I’m not saying that New York doesn’t have its problems, but pretty much everyone rides the subway together. It is a lot more democratic.) I do look forward, though, to seeing some friends for dinner. I will also try to get to the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Culver City, but I don’t think I will have time.