April 25th is just around the corner. And I can't wait!
I am attending the gala. I even have a date. I am flying in all the way from New York just for the weekend. And I am so excited about finally being able to shake hands with many of the pixels--I mean people--I have come to know and love during the past year and a half of living in a box with you. I am especially excited about meeting the people I don't get along with. And there are quite a few. (Actually I think there are now a few more since the past few days). I just can't wait.
So here's the thing. I know many of you live in LA, or other places in California and environs, and many of you are not planning on attending the gala. But I am here to tell you that if I can so can you. Think about it.
I have been told that most people in the southwest drive. I do not drive. I am a native New Yorker. But I am told that it is possible to drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco and back over a weekend. I have driven from Monterey to LA. (Well, actually, someone has driven me). I also believe that since we are one big happy family and so many live in Bay Area that someone would be delighted to put you up for a night or two.
So many possibilites. Think about it. You could carpool to save on gas and have more drivers to make the run. For those who are wealthy, you can fly in and stay at a hotel. Then there are Frequent Flyer miles and those last minute cheapo specials on orbitz if you get lucky. Hey, you could even fly in from the East Coast like me. Or Montana. Or Mexico. Even Europe. (Well I guess that's stretching it a bit). Do you know if there are any Iranians in Montana?
I also thought it might be a good idea to take up a collection and fly Nur in from Australia.
I have also been told that there is a lovely bus called the Purple Turtle which travels up and down the West Coast. I hope to take this bus sometime this year to travel between my close friends in LA and Portland, Oregon. So if I can take the Purple Turtle, so can you. Think about it.
And I have been told by a blogger or two, oddly among the most loquacious and argumentative onsite (just like me), that they are preternatually shy in person (unlike me), and they only blossom in Cyberspace. I am here to encourage you to come anyway. The theater should be dark during the performances, and before and after I'm sure no one will mind if you hide in a corner. I will join you if you feel lonely. And anyway, who knows, I may have some reasons to hide too.
So fly, drive, take the Turtle. Hitchhike if you must. Whatever it takes. Don't be stingy, lazy or shy. If I am coming to San Francisco, so can you.
Here is a sneak preview of the show.
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