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Back from Disney and off again

The Disney blogging will continue, or I hope it will--I think posts for the rest of the trip are a lot closer to completion than the largely unposted 2009 ones. First, a brief interruption for more travel.

I got back Sunday night. Monday was filled with laundry, fixing a problem with the work laptop, soothing the cats, taking younger niece and the nephew out for dim sum and a Trader Joe's stop, and packing. Today I flew to Dulles (Washington, DC/northern Virginia) for three days of meetings. I met up with two coworkers at baggage claim, then the head of the national project I work on picked us up. One coworker drove in from Maryland and two others flew in yesterday from points west, too far to fly in on the same day.

We assembled at USGS headquarters in Reston, VA, then headed downtown via bus and the Metro to the Agriculture Building, located on the Mall. We had a good meeting with a group from a number of Ag programs, most of whom were very interested in sharing data and working with us on various aspects of water use. That broke up about 5, and as one member of our USGS group had never been to DC before we walked over to the Mall, down to the Washington Monument with the view of the 4 biggies (White House, Capitol, and Lincoln and Jefferson Monuments). Then we walked to the fairly new WWII memorial, which several of us had never visited. We then headed generally toward a Metro stop, passing by the Interior Bldg as we went. We decided to eat before catching a train and ended up at the Elephant and Castle pub. Noisy, but the food was good.

I'm now settled in my hotel room, after having to request a room change because the first one smelled of cigarette smoke. The apologetic desk clerk who called to be sure room #2 was OK said they had an Asian group leave today, and this was the third room that had had complaints. He'd also stopped one person from smoking in the hall, who told him "you said no smoking in the rooms". Guess the concept of smoke-free hotels has not spread to whatever country that group was from.

Tomorrow we'll have some discussions among our group, taking advantage of being in the same place for once--mostly we work by conference call. Then we'll spend most of the day with a guy from the Australian Bureau of Statistics talking about how we each do water use estimates. He'll also give an hour long talk to a broader group in the afternoon. Should be interesting.

Thursday will be spent on thermoelectric water use, a meeting that is to set up an interest group on thermo data and methods. I'll fly home Thursday night.


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jekni
Nov. 3rd, 2010 07:51 am (UTC)
Well, I'm glad the ABS is good for _something_!!
growlycub
Nov. 3rd, 2010 01:38 pm (UTC)
Wow, busy week! Are you up for dinner Friday night? I'm in town for a cat show Sat/Sun and will be staying just up the road from you in Norcross. Had hoped we might have a nice, quiet dinner somewhere near your house and a chat about Cryoburn, cats and books. :)
nlbarber
Nov. 3rd, 2010 08:10 pm (UTC)
Sure, that sounds good. Maybe even takeout eaten *at* my house? The cats are feeling very deprived of company after my three back-to-back trips.
growlycub
Nov. 3rd, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
That sounds perfect! What kind of takeout did you have in mind? :)

I'm still waiting to find out if I'll have my car back or will have to get a rental, but I have only 2 kittens to bathe and hope to be in Norcross no later than 5pm your time, get the cats settled and then head your way whenever it's convenient.
nlbarber
Nov. 4th, 2010 03:40 am (UTC)
I'm easy--currently am stuffed after a lovely meal at McCormick & Schmick (seafood), so thinking about a future meal is not appealing. :)

Easy options are the reliable Chinese place that delivers, picking up at Longhorn or Outback steaks, or trying takeout from one of the neighborhood spots like Mezza (Lebanese--might not do well as takeout) or the new pub called Napoleon's. There's a Mellow Mushroom pizza within range, too.

I should be around from mid afternoon on, so anytime you get the cats settled, just give me a call and come on over. I'm not doing anything silly like going into the office on my day off or anything...depending on my energy level I might bake the cake of the week.
growlycub
Nov. 5th, 2010 03:30 am (UTC)
Okay. I'll holler at you once they are settled. I really hope things will go according to schedule, but the fact that I'm still doing laundry at 10.30pm seems to indicate otherwise! :) But I got my car back with much less damage than expected, so it's all good! :)
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