After arriving in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, we worked our way over to the Marriott and checked into our room.  It was nice to have a moment to relax there before having to go to dinner with the Accelrys group.  We dined at the hotel restaurant and had a nice steak dinner while I got to know some of Amy’s co-workers.  I had a nice time, dinner wound down early and we went straight to bed.

The next morning we had a group breakfast in one of the small ballrooms in the basement of the hotel, after which we split into the employee group and the +1 group.  While the employees went to a meeting, the +1’s got on a shuttle down to hollywood and then transferred to a modified open top van for a “star tour” where we drove around and looked at celebrity houses.

After the tour, the Accelrys employee group met up with us on Rodeo drive where we had lunch at Via Alloro (Kids, of you are reading it, Rodeo is pronounced row-day-oh).  We had to hang out for an hour before the other group caught up to us so I drank 1000 glasses of water.  We had a 5 course meal and at the end they rolled us out on dolly’s because we were so full.  Once we escaped the 3 hour restaurant experience we had a little time to ourselves to look around and shop on Rodeo drive.  Amy bought a light sweater in case the island was cool at night, but just at Banana Republic, one block off Rodeo.  All we did on Rodeo drive was window shop and take pictures of ridiculous 2 million dollar sports cars.

After shopping on Rodeo Drive, we took a charter bus back to the Marriot, relaxed for a short while and then went to another group dinner.  After another stomach busting 4 course meal we went back to the hotel, grabbed our bags and headed back to LAX to catch our 11:30pm flight to Papeete, Tahiti.

Vacation can be exhausting!