6:20 AM: After an early wakeup and a brief about a lost ID, we are off. DC, here comes TSF.
8:00 AM: Turbulent ride in. Good thing I didn’t eat any breakfast. We’re here in beautiful, drizzly DC. I can almost smell the political infighting. Rushing over to SOT for a CE class.
8:15 AM: Made it to the class in record time. I’m being THAT guy who can’t stop fidgeting and someone got the squeakiest chair in the room.
9:30 AM: The word on the street is that mixtures of toxic compounds is HOT. Also, thanks to the staff at Walter E. Washington Convention Center for keeping me going.
10:00 AM: Class break. Touchscreen updates to the TSF blog are iffy, so this update isn’t really LIVEblogging right now. I hope to have everything sorted out soon.
12:10 PM: Class over and I found Nathaniel. All in all, class was pretty interesting. I learned a lot about modeling effects due to chemical mixtures, but not so much about mixture PK/PD or risk assessment. Mad props to the GCT curriculum. Full details later.
12:32 PM: Left the Walter E. Washington Center to go pick up my bags. Simple walk down K street, headed towards 2nd St. NE.
12:51 PM: Found 2nd St. NE, headed towards the hotel. I think.
1:10 PM: It turns out that the hotel was on the opposite end of 2nd St. NE. I’m now wandering around, trying to find it. It’s raining.
1:30 PM: Finally found the hotel. Its location makes literally no sense, but guess what – it’s across from the ATF! They have a really nice building.
2:00 PM: Got a quick lunch with Dr. Shi, now I’m headed to my hotel. Across town. Lets hope I find it.
2:30 PM: Missed the right stop on the subway. I’m going to walk the rest of the way to the hotel (it’s a straight shot). It’s crazy raining.
3:00 PM: Made it to the hotel. My suitcase is drying out as we speak.
3:23 PM: At the Smithsonian Musuem of Natural History! Full update later, but briefly – giant squid are awesome, insects are awesome, man is nowhere near as awesome as elephants. Case closed.
5:05 PM: Back at the hotel. Resting before the big SOT grad/postdoc mixer tonight! It will be epic?
6:20 PM: Nathaniel cracked a joke about an unnamed third party. It was hilarious. Going to dinner, then the mixer – will update afterwards. The police have the street across from our hotel cordoned off with flares.
10:00 PM: I think that the street across from the hotel was flooded(?). The mixer was a wash – I did NOT win an ipod shuffle. It was fun, though, and I got to represent UK/OVSOT… kind of. Tomorrow is going to be a big day!