November 16th, 2005



Yesterday evening my hosts here in The Big D provided an evening entertainment for everyone. Current Fed regulations affect this, at seminars and conventions like this; either they entertain everyone, or no one. What we did is get on busses here at the Wyndham and ride over to the Dallas Aquarium. It's an interesting place, combining other things than fish; there are fish, and some mammals, and flamingos. The overall theme inside the building reminds me of a big sinkhole environment, layered as one gets down close to (and then under) the water. Pretty cool.

They also provided a wine/beer/non-alcoholic bar, h'or deurves (or however that's spelled), and Mexican. Not Tex-Mex. Mexican. It was good, too. Done as a buffet, and chef's there to grill up what each attendee requested so that they could also get just the spicy they wanted. Something like fajitas, but not exactly.

Believe it or not, I ate only one chocolate covered strawberry.

Today it's time to go be studious. Tomorrow it will be time to be presentious. Not presumptious, just presentious. (hmm, did that make sense?)

A Pleasant Meal

I had the great pleasure of dining with starcat_jewel this evening. We opted for ease of finding a place and ate at the Mexican restaurant here at the Wyndham. It's excellent food, and I'm blanking on the Spanish names for our entree's. It boils down to surf and turf for myself (steak and grilled shrimp), and pork chops. This, however, does not do them justice. Nor the company.

I find it a wonder-ful thing, this meeting people through virtual world correspondance and then getting together in the physical world. One of the questions I was asked is did appearance match expectations. My answer is yes, with the qualification that details were not part of my expectation. Height, size, accoutrements such as eyeglasses, all things surmised from LJ icons (constructed avatars in this case) and comments in passing. On the other hand, camera angles apparently affected the reciprical.

So now I'm sending along safe home thoughts for the journey back to Houston; and again, I'm particularly impressed that she came. I'd underestimated the Houston-Dallas trip duration by half.

As for the remainder of the day, it was a seminar. Topics of interest to myself, related to what I do to earn the daily bread. Feel free to ask, but I doubt the intricacies of working with an information management system that records patient care is of interest outside the specific circles.

Tomorrow I shall do my little bit of theatre, contributing to the overall exchange of knowledge, thus justifying the "Combined Knowledge Summit" name of the event.