I've never been there before.
I spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out how, and when I was going to get there. I have tickets for the matinee performance of "Riverdance" so my time is limited Saturday.
Several of my running buddies planned on riding the Amtrak or MetroLink, or some other form of public transportation to the convention center on Saturday, but I'm afraid to do that due to my time constraints.
What I really wanted to do was go to the expo on Friday. I had decided I was going to leave work early and drive on over there. But as usual things don't always work out like we plan. Turned out I needed to stay at the office until 5.
The problem is I'm so afraid to drive to LA after work.....alone. Afraid that I will be there in the dark.....alone. Afraid that I will be driving around aimlessly trying to find the place.....alone....in the dark and dangerous big city.
I really can be a wuss. And once I get something in my head it can kind of take over my ability to reason. And I am a little bit of a control freak. And this feels very much out of my control.
I had decided that I would just have to go Saturday morning because I was just too darn afraid to go Friday evening. But that causes me stress too because it could conflict with my theater plans. What to do, What to do.....
Finally, after much angst and inner battle I came to the decision that I needed to put my big girl panties on and go. I mean come on, would they really keep the expo open until 7pm Friday night if it were that dangerous? And really, I've printed maps, directions, I have gps on my iphone, and I have a Garmin in the car.....how lost could I possibly get?
So I did it.
And have lived to tell it.
It was fine. I found the convention center very easily, right off the freeway, and parking was a breeze (although....as I was driving to the parking structure I did hear a rabid pit bull or rottweiler barking incessantly but I never did actual see it).
When I walked into the building I was sorry I didn't have more time to explore. I would have liked to check out the architecture, was wishing it was still daylight outside so I could see the exterior.
I got my bib, technical tee shirt, and swag, felt so safe and comfy I even toured the expo. Even bought some stuff! A new water belt that feels so comfortable.
I just had to have this....love it!
I stayed until they turned the lights down at 7 sharp. Found my car right where I had left it in the structure right away. Only missed one or two turns on my way to the freeway to go home (thank you Garmin). Was a little freaked out because at one point I'm driving next to a train or metrolink and that was a little disorienting for me.....and there's this weird yellow light that flashes "train, train" in the left turn lane which seemed distracting to me......but I resisted the urge to turn left into the train.
I'm so glad I overcame my fear and went. Driving to LA I thought of a quote by Eleanore Roosevelt "You must do the thing you think you cannot do".
The entire quote is: “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt, You Learn by Living
I'm glad I bite the bullet and did this.
Thing #22, drove to LA Convention Center, alone, knowing it was going to be dark soon.