1. Thursday, June 8, 2006

    today im trading in my summer vacation for a paid summer vacation, 

    as tonight at an undisclosed tavern, carolyn kellogg, editor of the laist is going to whisper the alarm code of la to me and i will take over the fine website.

    i actually accepted on tuesday, 6/6, and it still hasnt sunk in.

    quite possibly the most perfect job i could be asked to do. cover la. completely. ridiculously. relentlessly. humorously. in a way no one could have ever conceived.

    while giving great new writers photographers and artists a chance to have their killer work seen.

    while putting los angeles back on the map.

    what does this mean for the busblog? well, it means there will be way fewer posts. like maybe only one a day. thats because im going to be posting like a mad man over at laist. like theres no tomorrow. because, there really isnt a tomorrow. so live for the day. or the light change. or something. fine, dont live. i dont care. but there will be fewer busblogging.

    laist doesnt really have an office, so i will be working from my hollywood bachelor pad, and i will start accepting offers to blog from pools and hottubs around los angeles. harry caray is my hero and the days when he would work from the bleachers were the best days ever.

    i will be reporting from the pit and vip sections of great rock shows. i will be photographing from every beach and flashpoint that i can find. i will be interviewing owners and operators of roach coaches, boutiques, and 98 cent stores from all over this fine city.

    there will be traditional stories, audio interviews, video, and holograms. not only will we change the way people group blog, but you will see our so called competition stealing from our innovations.

    i say “so called” not out of disrespect but because we are all neighbors and comrades and this city is big enough for all of us. and by this city i mean the valley, the rest is laists.

    but seriously i want to thank all the people who offered me condolences. i want to thank all the people who rooted me on and said positive things that never sank in. so many of you said that something great would happen for me and i didnt believe it. but you were right.

    i want to thank all the people who offered me jobs, especially mr canter. and all the people who tried to hook me up with other people, especially dr searls.

    but i totally want to thank carolyn kellogg who had the faith in me to put in a good word for me to my new boss jake dobkin and of course i want to thank jake for taking a chance on me.

    i have great respect for carolyn, and jason toney who was the editor before carolyn. i will be leaning on both of them for advice and guidance to help me make the laist the greatest blog about a city ever.

    and im going to need a little help from my friends. of course.

    and i might need some help from you, like be patient with me for a few months as i figure out what the hell is going on.

    after my meeting tonight im going to drive to vegas and buy a macbook, then im going to drink and tan, then i believe my first day at laist is on tuesday.

    pray for me. pray for all of us.

    but especially say a prayer for the unpaid college interns

    of whom i will begin accepting resumes from shortly.

    bloggingla was nice to me this summer too + fishbowl la is looking for an editor + it’s still jeffs birthday