Today begins a daunting journey to Bucharest. People have been asking me if I’m excited for my trip. A simple shrug of the shoulders has usually been my response.
Start time: Sunday Feb 21, 12:15pm – San Diego to San Francisco. San Francisco to Calgary. Calgary to Regina. Regina to Toronto. Toronto to Montreal. Montreal to Paris. Paris to Bucharest. End time: Tuesday Feb 23, 2:10pm.
I ain’t complaining mind you. Can’t. I must stay positive or the getting there part will suck. Besides, 40 some hours of air travel is a great way to get some reading done. With a little luck, I’ll have completed my research for the Dracula episode and if I eat my Wheaties (and spray canned cheese) I may even have a start on my shooting script.
Adding San Diego to my trip certainly complicated things, but it was worth it. I got to see my little girl and get in a bit of a mini-family vacation. PJ and I barely even fought, and for the most part, it felt like old times. We spent the day cris-crossing the University of California, San Diego campus, and we even took in a trip to the aquarium together. There was ample oppertunity to watch the ocean and I squeezed every last drop out of my Jazzy/Daddy time. One of my favourite memories was eating pizza on the beach. The moon was up and it was just Jazzy, me and a box of pizza.
On Friday we had dinner with PJ’s academic advisor Steve, as well as with Ken Eklund, the San Jose based game designer we’re working with on the Mothers Day game. Both were in town for the conference PJ is attending. Prior to that night, I had only known Ken through our SKYPE meetings for the Mothers Day Game. It was great to put a face to the voice. It was also great just to hang out in a non-work sort of occasion. Even so, I got talking about Crimes of the Art and Ken’s ears perked up. After some discussion, he and I decided that we are going to work on an Alternate Reality Game for Crimes of the Art. We figure it would be a great way to build an audience and launch the series.
That’s it for now. Got a plane to catch.