April 15, 2002
Greetings From L.A.

Hello from sunny Los Angeles!

graffiti cactus

Yeah, I've moved. And gotten a new job, at Evolution Robotics.

Chicago is great, and I will miss the excellent people I worked with (Will even wrote and sang a song for me!). I'll miss my friends and family. But I needed a change of scenery, and I am sooo excited about living in LA and working on some robots.

Logistically, it could hardly get any better. I arrived here a little after noon Friday, found a great apartment two hours later, and signed a lease Saturday morning. My Beetle, according to the auto shipper's website, is en route, currently in Reno. All that's left is to go back and fetch my cats, and then truck all my stuff here (including the G4 serving up lemonodor; there will be down time).

How much lisp will I be doing at work? None. What will happen to lemonodor? I don't know. I imagine spending more effort on some of the free lisp projects, but I'll have to see what happens and how much time I have.

Already overheard at the Rose Bowl flea market: "You're in the pilot, right?" "No, I'm not in the budget." "Oh." [awkward silence] "OK, I'm sure we'll talk later. Bye!"

Posted by jjwiseman at April 15, 2002 12:10 AM

Hey, John! I keep meaning to e-mail you but I keep forgetting, so hopefully you'll see this here:

I live in LA. So now we're neighbors.

We should hang out sometime over a couple of <John's_Poison>. What do you think?

Posted by: Paul Snively on April 16, 2002 07:46 PM


You are already missed! Glad to hear the transfer occurred so seamlessly. An apt. in two hours? That must be some sort of record. Where are you? Please describe. (Also, let me know what email address you'll be using from now on.) Curious that your car needed a stop in Reno...

CUT TO: DEADBEAT DAD skipping town in BLACK BUG purchased from underground auction with earnings from last night's gambling spree.


No, of course not...

Hilarious overheard conversation! Prepare for more of same at every turn.

Keep in touch,


Posted by: gitmo on April 18, 2002 11:36 AM

PS: That cactus scarification picture is the cutest thing!

Posted by: gitmo on April 18, 2002 11:44 AM

PPS: Oh, wait...maybe it's not what I thought it was. I thought it read "JL JW." Who's "JM"? (For that matter, who, if anyone, is "JL"?) Middle initials? Something else entirely?

Posted by: gitmo on April 18, 2002 11:49 AM

I would be surprised if the identities of JL and JM were not forever lost to us. But yes, that picture was just supposed to be an illustration of the urban/natural graffiti/cactus juxtaposition that is everywhere in socal (can i say socal now?).

My email address will always be jjwiseman@yahoo.com from now on, forever.

And it was money I won at the dog fights.

Posted by: jjwiseman on April 18, 2002 04:13 PM
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