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LA Weekend

So I never did report on my weekend in Los Angeles! The reason for the trip: my friend A currently has a student membership to The Magic Castle, which is a magician's club in Hollywood. She's been talking the place up for years, so I jumped on this chance to go, roadtripping down with a few other friends (S, E, and DK) for the weekend, and we did some other stuff while we were there, including a Warner Brothers studio tour (highly recommended if you have even the slightest interest in television or film-making -- look, Stars' Hollow! and Central Perk! ) and Disneyland, where I hadn't been for over a decade.

The Castle was pretty awesome -- we watched four shows, including two in the Close-up Gallery, which were the best since it only seats 30 and so no one is more than a few feet from the stage. So you get a great view of what's happening, but both magicians were so good that the closer view didn't give the game away. Also awesome: two magicians were in line with us for a show, and they did a bunch of card tricks while we waited. A says that kind of thing happens a lot.

Then Disneyland, which I love. Non-ironically, even. Yeah, it's all fake, but so what? It's still brilliantly designed, and the rides are fun, and it's neat to see all the kids -- big and small alike -- walking around with a bit of wonder on their faces. Maybe I'd burn out if I went more often, but I go rarely enough that I can still get excited, every time. I hope I get back sooner than 10 years from now.

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Jan. 31st, 2013 10:46 pm (UTC)
Please come back sooner than ten years and let me join you on the next pass, since I live all of 20 minutes away from there.

Magic Castle rocks. My uncle gets us in sometimes, since he does close-up stuff (not as well as they do, but enough to have a membership.) Glad you got to see it!

I resisted the urge to bug you for a meetup since that sounded like a busy and fleeting trip. But one of these days...
Jan. 31st, 2013 11:26 pm (UTC)
That would be fantastic! And yeah, sorry I didn't ping you -- I thought about it, but this trip was tightly scheduled as it was, so there wasn't much room to add anything else. But depending on how long this unemployment jog goes, I may be back sooner rather than later. :)
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