I have detailed journal entries to post when I get home that I've been keeping on my laptop but this is my first real opportunity to plant myself in front of a computer for a little bit and report.
It's been great. My road trip was a lot easier than I thought it would be...maybe so many people balked when I told them of my plans that I thought I was getting myself into some brutal jaunt and it turned out to be a lot of fun. The first few hours were a little dull...but then I started my Harry Potter 5 CD and BAM, the time just flew. I only really needed a navigator once I got into Alameda...(or rather...trying to find the TUBE to take me into Alameda (which incidentally is where they shot some scenes for Matrix 2.)
I like to drive distances...it helps knit things together for me. Sylvie and Ry Guy used to be 4 years ago. Now they are only a 12 hour drive. Heck, they're less than a 2 hour flight. I am comforted by this.
It was terrific first seeing Sylvia. I knew she was on the third floor of an old Victorian house so when I opened the door to #3 on the ground floor I thought maybe they would be stairs that would take me up and then I would knock...but half way up the stairs I realized I was going INTO her apartment so I softly called out, "Uh...hello?" and then I heard her say, "Is that Jeanette? Oh GOOD!"
She was giving me a hug before I even got up through the stairs. One of the first things she said was, "Isn't it interesting that we are meeting here in this part of the world?" I have to admit I was thinking the same thing.
I got my nickel tour of Pixar today and it's interesting seeing the place in person. The surrounding area is a little scary...but the campus is incredible. She and BJ and I ate at the Luxo Cafe, we got a tour of the grounds (soccer field, basketball hoops, swimming pool (!) and then she showed us what she could of the interior. Along the upper hallways is a lot of conceptual art for Finding Nemo that is absolutely gorgeous. They had some maqueets of Bruce and the angler fish that are stunning as well as some adorabe sculpts of Pearl and Sheldon and Nemo. Cuuute. I'm OBNOXIOUS!
I tried not to be too obnoxious but I did take ONE picture...mostly for the benefit of my nephew. I'll post it as soon as it gets developed. I think he'll like it.
It was incredible...at the same time a little grounding. It IS just a place. A really COOL place...but a PLACE none the less. I'd love to work there though. (Big fat DUH!)
Not quite sure what time I will be heading out tomorrow morning but it will be with a lot of energy that I do. I was talking to BJ and I told him I feel even more energized and excited about my future than ever before. It's not all the contacts I've made and the tips on who is hiring whom...though that IS awfully nice to know...it's the acceptance of my friends. No pep talks...but an acceptance when I tell them my goal this year is to get back into my field. It's a "well of course you are. Duh." It's like telling them my eyes are brown. They know this thing. They have total confidence in me. They know when I tell them I will be working at a studio again. It is nice to know they are here and rooting for me.
I feel a bit like I did when I was getting ready to graduate from school or putting my mission papers in. I feel so excited about my future. I don't know where I will be going...but I will be going somewhere! That's exciting.
When I left the movie theater some of the people there were kidding me saying, "Are you coming back?" To which I responded, "Not mentally."
Oh so true. Oh so very, very true.