>I am surprised by how much I liked LA. Even some of the toilets seemed very interesting, such as this one in the women's room with a super stylish flusher at the Davidson Conference Center at USC, where I presented on Thursday:Other than fascinating bathrooms, I did not get to see too much, due to the fact that I was working, I had no car, and I was staying in an area where I was told by multiple people (including those from LA) that I should not wander around by myself at night. That said, on Wed., I got to see a bit of downtown, which struck me as sterile and boring, and a bit of Silverlake, which I loved. (We had dinner at this super yummy place there.) Friday night before I left, I had dinner with some people in the architecturally interesting Union Station, and also walked around in Little Tokyo for a bit before heading to the airport. My friend took me to an amazing Japanese roof garden at a hotel. I would actually love to back to LA sometime soon to spend more time in Silverlake and other neighborhoods, including the surrounding area. There is a home-based bunny museum run by some delightful-sounding nutjobs obsessed with all things rabbit in Pasadena. It’s a must for me.

At any rate, I am glad to be home now. I got back at 8:30 this morning and crawling into bed felt great. I must take advantage of it, as next week I am off to Rome and Florence with Dr. P and Future Dr. H, which will be awesome. Last Saturday I purchased a very cool little guide to Florence, which consists of a bunch of fold out maps and quick blurbs about what there is to do, see, and eat in the area of the map. I knew this was the guide for me, as each map has a category for “Cafes, Ice Cream Parlors.” Clearly, the authors know what is important. I may need to pick up one of these for Rome…

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