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The Life and Times of Donald F. Simmons

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January was a slow month at work for me, not much going on, but February is going to be a lot more interesting.

First, we're moving offices at the end of the month. We actually sub-let from the engineering firm Worley-Parsons who occupies most of the building, and they are moving to new dig at Skymark, as they are planning an expansion. After a lot of back-and-forth and considering of other options (like moving out to Airport Road, into the higher-fare zone, which would double the cost of my commute) we're going to follow them to the new building. This should actually knock about 12 minutes of my commute, and make it a lot easier to get here on the odd weekend it become necessary. The down side is that it makes it a harder to duck over to the convention hotels for the odd lunch meeting, but I can adapt to that. And we'll finally throw out all the old junk that's been piling up here for years.

Second, work is sending me to California for a four-day training course in the new package SimXpert (which takes just about all of the software packages MSC handles, and combines them all into a single program). It's in Santa Ana and I'll be gone from the 12th to the 16th. If anyone knows of anything interesting in Santa Ana let me know. Note that I won't be renting a car while I'm there because I haven't been behind a wheel in about 12 years.

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Los Angeles without a car is an interesting proposition--will you be going with someone you could share a car with?

I would say that you really should not miss the Getty Museum. Beyond that, the Museum of Modern Art is good...if you are into that kind of thing. If French Dip is a taste that works for you, Phillipe's, near the LA train station, is can't-miss (french dip and pickled eggs are always on my agenda when in LA).

Everything else I really want to do in LA involves getting out of LA (a few more days and a car would take you some really interesting places), so I am not too much help.

Others have bought up the Getty. If I manage to see one thing in LA it'll be that.

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Thanks for the info, I figured trying to see anything while I was there was going to taken a real effort. Ah London and its Tube!

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