In Frisco Bay

August 21, 2007 at 10:47 pm 4 comments

I returned late last night from a conference in San Francisco. It was a great time – did a little science, had a lot of fun, got to see some new stuff/people.

Thursday, I arrived in San Fran around noon, met up with Josh and Ziva, and headed to the San Francisco Marriott. After lunch at a nearby diner, we met up with Bill and Mark and wandered around for a bit before heading to an animal researcher social hour (we are quite a social group) and then to a meeting for the executive committee of the psychopharmacology subgroup of APA.

Friday morning I went to an animal researcher breakfast and some scientific sessions, and then Wendy, her husband Jason, Mark, and I walked down to the pier and rented bikes. We took a 16-mile bike ride over the golden gate bridge and along the shore opposite downtown San Francisco. It was a beautiful day for a bike ride – 70s and sunny – and the views were pretty great (especially the views from the ferry on the way back to downtown SF).

Saturday morning consisted of attendance at more scientific sessions, but the more exciting part of the day was when Kevin, Amy, and Peter showed up for a visit! The details are all described here, but suffice it to say, I was quite happy for the entertainment (i.e., Kevin’s enthusiasm on the slides, the random dude smoking a joint in the middle of the park) and also for the opportunity to see Amy and Kevin again and meet little Peter. He is so sweet and adorable! Jason is so jealous that I got to meet his little nephew before he did! Ha ha!

Saturday night, Bill accompanied me to a science social hour at the California Academy of the Sciences, where we got to drink free wine and watch the fishes and alligators swimming around the aquarium. Oh yes, and talk to scientists. Following that was a psychopharmacology dinner at MoMo’s and it was delish. Delish!

Sunday was another scientific morning, followed by a sweet cruise in the convertible that Josh rented. My hair was ridiculously messy at the end of the drive (note that no pictures were taken), but it was worth it for the beautiful scenery. After the drive, we ate at Annabelle’s Bar and Bistro – another delicious meal – and sat around the hotel bar because it was on the 39th floor and had stunning views of the city.

Yesterday was a long travel day, but Josh, Bill, and I made it back to Lexington safely, and Barley was really excited to see me when I went to pick him up! Yes!

Here are some pictures of my adventures:

San Francisco 8-2007
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Entry filed under: Travel.

Work your magic, St. Joseph! Back to school!

4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Amy  |  August 21, 2007 at 11:35 pm

    Love the dead shark! I also love the birth defect signs, but much more now that Peter’s made it through to the other side. Did you see any “unreinforced masonry” signs? Those are my new favorite.

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  • 2. Debbie  |  August 22, 2007 at 4:49 pm

    I’m glad you had a good time, Jen. Seafood in San Fran AND Peter all in the same trip! What could be better?

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  • 3. jp  |  August 23, 2007 at 1:03 pm

    It was SUCH a great trip!

    And Jason informs me that it was not, in fact, a dead shark (I forget what he said it was – I usually tune him out when he starts talking all scientific and whatnot). Oops.

    And, I did not see any “unreinforced masonry” signs… what is unreinforced masonry anyways?

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  • 4. Amy  |  August 23, 2007 at 4:23 pm

    I’m not entirely sure, but I think they’re just brick buildings that, in the event of an earthquake, almost certainly crush you in a pile of rubble. Fun! At least you know what you’re getting into…

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