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Monday, April 20, 2009

Chick-tac-toe/SAE conference, Day 1

I'm at the SAE conference in Detroit. That's 'Society of Automotive Engineers'. Yep. It's very different from the chemistry conferences I've attended. Everyone is wearing suits, except for me and a few other random people wearing blazers. There are lots of nifty looking cars in the Exposition Hall, hybrids, CNG and fuel cell cars, etc. There are even a couple of hybrid Hummers. They have very big batteries. The cutaway cars are particularly cool.
Arnold Schwartzenegger was supposed to speak at the opening ceremonies. I waited around for a while then wandered out for coffee. When I came back he still hadn't arrived. I left to go to the talks, so I missed the speech when he finally did show up. No great loss.
My knee had been bugging me. The physical therapy last week did a number on it and now all this sitting in non-adjustable chairs hasn't been good for it. Hopefully they'll have tables at the training class tomorrow.
My boss and I went to dinner with one of our collaborators from Dow. We wandered through the Greektown Casino after dinner. It was mostly nondescript, but there was a long line of people waiting for something. I assumed they were waiting for the buffet, but in fact they were waiting for their chance to play tic-tac-toe against a white hen named Ginger. Chick-tac-toe, get it?!?! Ginger was scratching away at the wall. Her competitors would enter their picks on a computer touch screen next to her cage, and she'd peck out her response.
We watched a few games. Ginger won all of them. They didn't mention whether Ginger would be sent to be on the buffet if she lost too many games.
The bath is calling me again. Hopefully tonight I'll be able to fall asleep at a reasonable hour. More from the SAE conference tomorrow.

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