It’s amazing how a short period of time away from the routine can completely throw you out.
I’ve had this weekend to get reacquainted with life in Stockport as opposed to LA, and I think the simple fact that I have two amazing people to share this house with has made the transition a lot easier than it would have been. But the more I think about getting back to work next week, the more weirded out I am.
It’s going to be strange not spending time with fellow journalists. It’s going to be weird not going out every night. It’s going to be very odd not having breakfast potatoes – or at least the option of breakfast potatoes. Can a week in LA really have changed so much?
Perhaps that’s why they call it La-La Land – the City of Angels insidiously worms its way under your skin until you go a bit loopy. Or maybe it’s the absinthe. Either way, I get the feeling work life is going to feel rather flat compared with this week’s escapades. It’s not every day you get to enjoy the chaotic madness of E3 after all, is it?
I think most of all I’ll miss the company – though again, this is mitigated by the fact that I’ll be able to spend a bit of time this week with my wife and son. Mel’s off this week, and I’ve sworn that I’ll make time to spend a day or so with her and James in between pitching for features and writing reviews. Which will undoubtedly be great. But when she’s not here, it is going to be a bit of a culture shock to go back to my solitary workday existence after days of chatting about games and stuff with a group of like-minded folk.
The thought crosses my mind that more press trips would be a good thing, but then that’d mean more flying, and more time away from my family, neither of which appeal. More media events in this country then? Sure, if I lived in or around London – as that’s where seemingly 99% of them are held – that’d be lovely. Yet unless the games industry suddenly has a huge change of heart and collectively ups sticks to Manchester and the surrounding area, there’s not really much I can do about it.
So yeah, this fairly mundane working week is going to feel a lot stranger than usual.