Monday, June 8, 2009

North Carolina

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The SiiM meeting this year was excellent - lots of great talks and networking opportunities. I found myself going to more of the meeting than you might have expected. Part of it may have been that I'm actually requesting CME now too :-)

Got to have a nice dinner out with the peeps from the Gray Lab at Alexander Michael's. A fun bar in a really cute neighborhood near downtown Charlotte.

Hanging with Emily and Carm has been really great. Today we went to the UNC Charlotte Greenhouse.

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Lisa is demonstrating the "tongue orchid" that we saw there :-)

We also went on about a 20 mile bike ride around Charlotte that was great fun. Click through for a few more good photos.

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Monday, June 1, 2009

Garfield Conservatory

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Leon and I visited the Garfield Conservatory. They have a greenhouse with tons and tons of orchids and other exotic plants. We had a great time taking pictures and hanging out despite two failed geocaching attempts.

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We always end up doing fun stuff with Leon and Heather and Saturday night was no exception. We ventured to the state fairgrounds to see the Naptown Roller Girls (NRG) compete against a Fort Wayne Squad. I remember watching roller derby back in the day on bad public access cable. Let me tell you that this event did not disappoint that fond memory.  The evening was Star Wars themed, which provided more-than-ample people watching opportunities. I realized after the event that I didn't take any photos of the roller-derby action. Part of the Star Wars theme was a fundraiser for Girls, Inc. that included me being "arrested". More info and pictures on the Kelly blog for more pictures.

We had a great time and ended up at Greek Islands for dinner. The food was excellent, but the people watching was even better with a talkative belly dancer, and the patriarch breaking plates in excitement.