JK Rowling could afford a copter. I hereby promise you that as soon as I make my first billion from books - don't hold your breath - I'll dispatch my helicopter for you whenever you come to town.
Looking at your pictures, I keep kicking myself for not having bought the tiny little apartment I looked at in Paris a few years ago when I could have bought it. Wouldn't need a helicopter in Paris.
Yep, I think if I wasn't a fulltime writer, and I actually had to commute, either I would move or sooner or later I'd become a homicidal maniac. When I lived in Asia and had to get around Bangkok for work, it was a whole lot worse than here even, but L.A.'s catching up. I hope you're flying into Long Beach or something like that - if you're not driving.
I'll try to make it on August 1. But what time? Even without traffic Cerritos Library is about 45 minutes drive for me, anytime between about 3:30 and 7:30pm it can be 1-1/2 hours or so. But, I'll see how that day goes and what's what at the time. No promises, other than to keep it in mind. It would be nice to meet you though.