This morning, I flew out to LA for PDC. The plane landed around 12:15PM, nice and early. The ride to the hotel was mostly uneventful until we got to downtown and I noticed all the traffic lights were flashing red and drivers were confused at every major intersection. After dodging collisions a couple of times, the driver dropped me off at the Westin. I go to check in and they tell me I can't because all of downtown LA has no power. I'm thinking "you've got to be kidding! Does this really happen?". So I go leave my bags with the bell captain and head over to the restaurant for a nice cold salad (no power means no hot food). About an hour later, power returns and I go to check in. I run into Steve Swartz standing in the check in line and we chat about CommunicationObject. When I finally get to the counter, the lady informs me I was supposed to have arrived yesterday. Apparently, the reservation says I arrive on Sunday and leave the following Sunday but I actually arrived today (Monday) and leave on Friday. I must have entered the wrong dates when I made the reservation. Anyway, there are only smoking rooms now so I settle for one and go up planning to work on my demo.I set the laptop down and pull the adapter out of the bag only to find it's missing the tip that connects into the laptop is missing (it's a universal adapter with interchangeable tips). I call the concierge and ask for a nearby electronics store she tells me there's one across the street. Great, things are starting to look up. So I walk down to California Computer Center. The helpful clerk there shows me three different Targa adapters only one of which has my laptop listed on the back (I have a Compaq Evo N800w). The clerk says "be sure you get the right one because we don't return them." So I buy it (relying on the list on its back) and walk back to the hotel room. I plug it in, it lights up but my laptop gets no power. I go online and lookup the number for Targa, I call them and they say it looks like a faulty unit so I should exchange it. So I walk back downstairs to CCC and ask for an exchange. They're out. So I argue with them for 15 minutes until I convince them to refund my money. I ask for the nearest Radio Shack which turns out to be 3 blocks away. I walk down there and find they have only one adapter left which happens to work with my laptop. I'm back in business!Next, came my adventure in getting a Starbucks coffee. Never mind.Well, despite the rocky start, I'm psyched about PDC and the talk that Kenny and I are giving about writing custom channels for WCF (a.k.a Indigo). I plan to hang out in the Communications Track lounge so stop by and say hi.