We are here!Â It took us about 50 minutes to get to L.A. and another 20 minutesÂ to find the West Hall of the Convention Center.Â We uh… got lost.Â Yeah.Â Horror stories of 1 way streets and construction during the end of the work-day traffic in downtown L.A..Â Â The thought crossed my mind to ask for directions but that was quickly met with Graev’s panic’d cries of “No!Â Don’t roll down the windows or we’ll get shot!”Â Basically L.A. sucks.Â
The Hotel is really nice though.Â I was expecting the standard Marriott hotel but this one is the ritz compared to the norm.Â The parking is Valet only … *sigh* $17.00 a night with unlimited in and out access.Â WTF?Â The hotel is already $199 a night.Â Â Yeah, I’m a total tightwad.Â Â It was a little embarassing stepping out of the car with all the Chick-Fil-A trash (hey, we got hungry on the way over) but I don’t think I’ll ever be seeing these valets again in my life… as least I hope not.Â I didn’t tip either… does that make me a scrooge?Â At $17.00 a night – no tip for you!
Getting our press badges went pretty well.Â We only entered the Convention center from the Freight and Cargo entrance and had to find our way from the back to the front of the place.Â The line was short at the Media section but the Exhibitor line had several people waiting.Â We got our badges (which look spiffy with pen holders and a little pouch) and then booked it to the Hotel.Â
On the way up to our room we passed 3 people with badges from Nintendo America (total geek moment for Graev) and shared an elevator with some lady who said she was “with Xbox”Â and wouldÂ “cya later”.Â Heh heh, the middle aged Xbox chick totally digs us.
Well, it’s time to figure out what we’re going to do for dinner.Â The hotel seems to have a nice restaurant but I’m afraid of paying $700 for a Diet coke…Â WIsh us luck.