The First PITCH (L.A. Trip)

July 14, 2009

7/8/09
Trip to LA was absolutely crazy. Connor and I had some possible shitty situations thrown at us, but we persevered. When we landed in LA, the rental car we had reserved had their lot closed, and it if wasn’t for another bored traveler we probably would have waited for that bus for an hour. We went to one of the only open places, Avis, and managed to get a car. Only after Connor’s two credit cards wouldn’t go through and I had to put it on mine. People who were renting at that time were having problem with their cars, but we lucked out … except for the fact out XM radio had only one channel and our GPS was so old it was like a game of Pong powered by D batteries . But it’s fine, we made it to Connor’s boy’s place and crashed.

We woke up early and got some breakfast/lunch at Chipole, a really good burrito chain. Kind of kicked the crap out of Viva and That Burrito Place in Ithaca. Really good, fresh tortillas too that made a big difference.

After breakfast we took our friend “Stash” back to the place and plugged our bootleg GPS in and made it over to Twentieth Century Fox’s movie lot. We arrived with about two hours in which I dragged Connor around the whole goddamn place being a dork like “Look at all the shipping palettes they have!” “Oh shit imagine if we had that many C-Stands!” Got some Coffee at the “News Cafe”, practiced our pitch a little on some nice benches and arrived 15 minutes early to the Executive Building, to be led upstairs to the 3rd floor.

To wait for 20 minutes. “Oh, sorry guys, Mike is in a meeting, it’ll be another 20 minutes.” That’s cool, the chairs were comfy, we could wait, but in 20 minutes the same lady came out and told us our guy was too booked today and couldn’t meet with us. She asked us if we were available tomorrow. I sure as hell wasn’t, I had to get back and earn last months rent. But Connor worked his magic or something because she found us another guy to meet with: The VP of Digital Marketing. Very cool, he is also in charge of finding talent (like us!) and working on Internet based promotions and projects. Super awesome luck out. He was impressed with out pilot, we gave him a DVD and a pitch book. We also continued to chat with the lady, who turned out to be pretty high up on the corporate stepstool or stairs or whatever. A huge South Park fan, she gave us a list of other networks she thought were a good fit for Olympus Burger.

We left the meeting feeling really good. We chilled for a bit then headed over to Connor’s friends workplace, an education center for medical cannabis patients. Then I don’t remember what happened. Oh yeah, my plane got delayed, but it allowed for the following awesome fun: A drive through the upper class neighborhood, some crazy trees and bush… grooming… whateveryacallit.

Korean BBQ! Holy shit, this place was amazing. We met up with Connor’s old friend Han Jin and headed to Korea Town to an All You Can Eat Korean BBQ. I ate so much awesome beef, and a bunch of other things. I’m a little meat-drunk right now, andit’s awesome. I’m going to crash so seriously on the plane. Which is good, because I haven’t had a good night’s sleep since the day before we left.

Dad picked me up at the Airport and drove back to Ithaca, slept in the car a little… i think. Dad got to check out the studio, which was cool because he hadn’t seen it. Gave me some advice about the recording studio, very helpful.

I posted some pictures on Facebook.

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