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Any denizens of Minneapolis/St. Paul available for a MiniLoisCon? I've got a business trip to Minneapolis coming up, and wondered if there might be interest in a MiniLoisCon.

I'll be arriving on Monday July 16 in the morning and have the rest of the day free. (A visit to Uncle Hugo's/Edgar's is of course planned, and any other Minneapolis sight-seeing suggestions would be welcomed.) My meeting runs Tuesday-Thursday but one of those evenings would be an option too. I fly home on Friday morning.

My meeting is at the local USGS office in Mounds View and my hotel is somewhere in that vicinity. I can get myself to other parts of town as required, as long as someone offers directions.

(I sent the same query to the Bujold posting here is so sporadic I'm guessing my LJ followers are down to a handful.)
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I meant to blog something on the San Diego trip (week before last) before heading out again, but it didn't happen. Maybe those notes will get written up sometime, just as a personal memory entry.

Anyway, this week I'm in Albuquerque for a meeting Tuesday-Thursday, the annual get-together for the user group for the USGS groundwater database. San Diego was the meeting for the water-use user group--I'm crazy enough to try to sit on both groups. I'd first thought to come to ABQ on Saturday and have a couple of days for sightseeing, but the amount of travel I've got right now made that less attractive and I changed my flight reservation.

I flew in last night around dinner time, and met up with others from the user group at the airport (after returning my personal rental car) this afternoon at 3. Not much time in the middle, but it was lovely. With very little lead time I emailed [ profile] idiotgrrl to see if she might be available for a MiniLoisCon of sorts, or failing that, just offer some recommendations for half-day sightseeing that wouldn't stress my bum ankle. Indeed, she was available, and in the end chauffeured me around all morning.

We started out with breakfast (huevos rancheros) at the Frontier Restaurant, right across from one of the main entrances to UNM. We made a quick swing by [ profile] idiotgrrl's house for me to meet the cats, but only Spot and Shadow were At Home--I'd so wanted to meet Dufus Claudius, too. However, both Pat and I were amazed that Shadow let me actually enter the doorway of the room he was in before deciding to leave by the cat window.

We then headed off to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, which turned out to be a nice little museum with two primary exhibits--one on life through geologic time with emphasis on New Mexico's geologic history (and lots of dinosaurs), and a smaller exhibit on space exploration, again making the NM connections. They had a really great exhibit/art piece/don't know what to call it in the main lobby, a backlit piece that was a desert scene. What made it unique was the collection of polarized filters in a little holder for you to grab, then view the piece through a filter while rotating it. The scene went through several shifts as the light changed: the mountain lion in the foreground appeared, then showed in fossil form. An eagle flying over with a rattlesnake in its talons appeared and disappeared. Just a really neat idea, well executed.

We didn't do the planetarium show or the nearby exploratorium, but wandered through the gift shop and then sat and chatted in the little snack bar. It was nice that the museum let us both in for free on my Fernbank Museum membership card, too. After that, Pat ran me back to my hotel by the scenic route, giving me a little more orientation to Albuquerque on the way.

After saying goodbye to Pat, I made a quick grocery store run before returning my car, then met up with 2 of the other user group members at the airport to get a ride back to the hotel. Another 3 members appeared while we chatted in the hotel lobby, and the group decided (surprise!) on Mexican/New Mexican cuisine for dinner, at Monroe's. I had a bowl of Cream of Green Chile Chicken soup with a house-made flour tortilla--good, though the flour tortilla at the Frontier had Monroe's beat by a mile.

Meeting starts tomorrow, so any additional sight-seeing will have to be in the evening after work...
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If any Atlanta Bujold listees didn't get the word, the MiniLoisCon will be squeezed in on [ profile] mbernardi's last night in town, which is to say tomorrow. My place, we're ordering in Chinese. Send me email offlist for the address if you need it...
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Posted here and to the Bujold list, as this is rather short notice...

Michael Bernardi is in Atlanta for GaFilk, and will be here until Thursday. Is there any interest in a MiniLoisCon before he goes? The proposal is a gathering at my house (ignore the mess....feel free to surf the bookshelves) probably with a call for Chinese delivery. (Food choice is negotiable.) My house is in northeast Atlanta, roughly halfway between Emory and the Northlake area off Lavista Road.

Tuesday or Wednesday evenings are probably the options. Interested? Send me email...
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We had a nice MiniLoisCon last night at Crescent Moon at Northlake (easier access and parking than the Decatur one, site of many other MiniLoisCons). The occasion was the visit of [ profile] toraks with Tom and the oh-so-adorable Sean all in town for a neuroscience conference (Tom gave his poster session yesterday with Sean on his arm--I think it must have added a nice touch <g>), [ profile] toraks's cousin Vani, [ profile] filkferengi and Marty (Happy birthday, [ profile] filkferengi! I didn't know it was coming up, or we would have gotten you a candle in your dessert last night...), and Dawn B. and her mother. We took over a couple of tables and camped there for the evening--luckily the restaurant wasn't that busy, so I don't think we hurt our waiter's business too much.

We talked Bujold list, made faces and played games with Sean, gave our general non-spoilered feelings on TSK:B (not everyone had read it yet), I gave the kitchen remodeling update and [ profile] toraks compared notes with her pre-baby bathroom remodel, and on and on. [ profile] filkferengi successfully pushed books on Dawn, but had less success with me--Dawn got a few I might have taken, and most of what was left I already have or don't read. She did talk me into one, though--[ profile] filkferengi is a world-class book pusher, after all!


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