Yesterday I attended a press event for a new observation deck opening this weekend in LA (my official post/review is here). It’s located on the 69th and 70th floors of the US Bank Tower. The US Bank Tower is the tallest building west of the Mississippi River and the 12th-tallest building in the United States. You might recognize it from this picture of Mike and me from our wedding day:


Orrrrr you might recognize it from the movie Independence Day, as it was the first building the aliens blew up. West Coast best coast, we’re number 1!

We're number 1!
A preview of what the aliens will do to us if we elect Donald Trump.


It’s a really cool multi-level observation deck with awesome views of LA. Thanks to two large brush fires the view was hazy, but you can easily see 34 miles on a clear day.

skyspace LA

We were also, you know, very, verrrrrrry high. Almost 1,000 feet up.

view from skyspace

I liked that I could see Dodger Stadium and the building that Mike and I got married in:


Besides the views, there’s another big attraction on the observation deck: the Skyslide. It’s a slide made of glass. Yes, seriously. It’s attached to the outside of the building and goes from the 70th floor to the 69th. A slide of glass. 1,000 feet in the air. Sounds like a good, safe idea.

When I told my Editor-in-Chief, Rory, that I’d been invited to the media preview I think I said something really professional like, “I don’t wanna go on the slide, I’m scared, I don’t wanna die.” She told me that of COURSE I didn’t have to go on the slide, because she is a nice, caring person. But Mike and my dad were like, “Go on the slide, you big baby.” Rory clearly loves me the most.


skyspace LA
The top of the slide.

Look closer:

skyspace LA
Leaning into the slide

It’s actually glass, they weren’t kidding. But then something crazy happened. I blame it on the lack of oxygen at the high altitude, and also not wanting my family to mock me.

about to slide!

Look at me, all cheerful and clearly not right in the head!

I went down the slide. You know you want to watch:

P.S. I went down it twice.
P.P.S. I’m pretty sure I have whiplash from the landing.
P.P.P.S. I kept the sound on the slow-motion footage because I sound like a scared cow and it’s hilarious.