6:45 AM: Awake. Getting ready for the conference. The Australian Embassy is across the street from us!
8:00 AM: Traveled to Dupont Circle on foot. I got a free pastry from Panera. Nate and I are going to finish breakfast, then ride the Metro into the conference.
9:00 AM: At SOT, setting up Nathaniel’s poster. Maybe I’ll get to answer questions about it?
9:15 AM: Had to move the poster – it was in the wrong spot. I’m going to go scout out my competition in the metals section.
10:45 AM: Had a lot of interesting conversations re: metals with other students. It turns out that microgravity affects chromium import (?), and that I should be using zinc chromate for my research (!). Also, I need to brush up on my ferromagnetic compounds like woah.
11:30ish AM: Finished with the poster session. It was AWESOME. Time to get swag from the expo.
2:00 PM: If I don’t win an iPad or some money, I’ll be furious. I got some free whiskey and stress balls, though! Also, don’t tell that one booth, but I played their game twice to win that microphone. It was worth it, though.
2:54 PM: Wolfgang Puck ripped me off. Off to the hotel for a bit, then back over here to catch an EPA talk. Maybe they will go ahead and give me a job.
3:30 PM: Got back to the hotel, right as the EPA talk started. Guess I’ll stay here a bit, then back over for the AACT talk.
4:30 PM: Out the door, headed to the AACT talk.
4:54 PM: Took the wrong station on the Metro. Going to be late. Dr. Shi should be used to this by now.
5:07 PM: I finally found the AACT talk. This presentation looks oddly familiar.
5:40 PM: Dr. Shi spelled my name wrong. I need to update his spellcheck.
6:10 PM: Left the AACT meeting (free food), headed to go meet a friend from grade school (not free food). Chinatown, you’re about to meet Andrew Hilton.
7:30 PM: That was awesome. I heard/thought about a LOT of grade school names. Wierd. Off to a Promega happy hour event over at Capital City Brewery.
9:30ish PM: We ran into Beth at the Promega event! It was awesome! Also, rumor has it that Xabier is around here somewhere – I will find him.
11:00 PM: Got second dinner with Nate-dog’s crew. Back at the hotel.