Thursday, April 1, 2004
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My La-La experience
On Tuesday and Wednesday, your trusty blogger was in LA to give a talk at USC's Center for International Studies. It was quite the experience.
Have any readers experienced a moment during which they realized they were in a place that was way too hip/cool/edgy for them? That's how I felt when I checked into the Standard Hotel in the downtown. The place looked really fab -- clearly they had checked out Virginia Postrel's The Substance of Style. As the Guardian put it last year:
Alas, I witnessed no nighttime skinnydipping -- I had evening plans (I found out later that there was a private runway show and they booted the hotel's regular patrons from the rooftop bar anyway). Plus, I had dinner plans anyway. I can confirm the Star Trek-style waterbeds that would have made William Shatner proud.
However, the highlight of the trip was eating a fabulous lunch on the rooftop, and then noticing that the guy sitting at the next table bore more than a passing resemblance to Nicholas Brendon, who played Xander on Buffy the Vampire Slayer!!
Regular readers know that I'm a big Buffy fan, and I always identified with Xander -- the smart aleck who never had any superpowers. [That, plus his character got to make out with Charisma Carpenter, Alyson Hannigan, and Emma Caulfield's characters on camera!--ed. Er, yeah, that too.]
I've been told repeatedly that the residents of LA never ask for authographs -- it's considered gauche. Well, I'm not from LA, baby!! So I asked Mr. Brendon, and he gladly obliged with an autograph on the only blank piece of paper I had -- the back cover to Steven Pinker's The Blank Slate. Not entirely coincidentally, star blogger Megan McArdle is reading the very same book.
So I now own the ultimate academic geek artifact -- a copy of The Blank Slate autographed by a Buffy the Vampire Slayer cast member.
Oh, and the talk went well, too.
[Why are you posting about all this?--ed. I'm trying to provide this guy some genuine blogosphere gossip.]posted by Dan on 04.01.04 at 11:01 AM
Strangely, I didn't hear about your talk -- even though my wife and I get notices from the Center, since we're helping to coordinate the LA Chapter of the Nathan Hale Society. Otherwise, we would have gone and said hello.
Next time you're in town, and you have some free time, let us know so we can throw you a bash, like we did for David Adesnik and Joe Katzman!posted by: Robert Tagorda on 04.01.04 at 11:01 AM [permalink]
Dan, name one Star Trek episode from any of the series, that featured waterbeds in any configuration.posted by: Zathras on 04.01.04 at 11:01 AM [permalink]
Zathras: It wasn't the waterbeds per se that evoked Star Trek -- it was the "space pods" that encased them. They looked like they'd been lifted from "Mudd's Women"posted by: Dan Drezner on 04.01.04 at 11:01 AM [permalink]
Ever read the white-paper on the "Buffy-the-Vampire-Slayer" strategy for handling WMD proliferation? If was way-cool!posted by: JD on 04.01.04 at 11:01 AM [permalink]
As an 'SC alum I'd like to hear some details on the talk/your impressions of the IR department at USCposted by: Walter on 04.01.04 at 11:01 AM [permalink]
Here are my brushes with celebrity. Celebrities can all go and fsck off as far as I'm concerned.
It's too bad you gave no advance notice. If you had, I would have suggested a field trip to Koreatown to see for yourself whether Samuel Huntington is wrong or not. A stroll down Broadway in "the" downtown, a leisurely nighttime traipse down Alvarado and through MacArthur Park, perhaps a side trip one mile south, west, or east of USC.
Odd, Dan, that you should come back just as we hear about an 80 some-odd car pleup on the 15 through Cajon. Apparently, Fog was the problem.
Glad you liked it, I rather enjoyed my visit.
I hope you at least tip the waiters well.posted by: Scott on 04.01.04 at 11:01 AM [permalink]
Thanks for being a good sport, Daniel. Let's go fishing sometime.posted by: cmonks on 04.01.04 at 11:01 AM [permalink]
Okay, I admit it - I'm a diehard fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Willow and Spike are my favorite characters. Angelus when he get's let out of the bottle isn't bad. I'm hoping Whedon will come out with a Willow based chronicles on the magic side of things. Be a nice parallel story arc to the slayerettes.posted by: Oldman on 04.01.04 at 11:01 AM [permalink]
Nicholas Brendon was great on Buffy. I hope he makes buckets of money from residuals. Congratulations on the autograph.posted by: Michael on 04.01.04 at 11:01 AM [permalink]
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