Other than that, for the remnant of my time in Aiken, I spent a lot more time with family and good friends, several who made significant drives to come see me. I got to grill steaks, and was lucky to be there while USC was winning the College World Series- a nice backdrop to catching up with friends.
Then it was off to LA for my first time, for the Wnt 2011 conference. You saw me talk about this kind of meeting before, so go there to read what that means if you don't know. This time I was there to present a poster covering some of my data. Here's a shot sufficiently blurry that nobody is likely to learn anything from it.
reported back) could come pick me up from the airport, shuttle me to my hotel and out for some dinner, where little Jonah woke up just long enough to briefly say hi:
As I was saying, meeting was involved, starting on most mornings at 8 a.m. and running to 10 p.m. That doesn't leave time for sightseeing, and I didn't do any. No Santa Monica Pier, no Hollywood, etc. Next time...
For its part, I was impressed with the LA weather. Hot in the sun, cool in the shade. Long sleeves almost a requirement in the evenings. And generally just beautiful. Wish I'd taken more pictures of that- but maybe the blue skies and green vegetation shown here will give you a clue:
Finally, the last thing I did without Alli was get on another plane to come back home to her. Luckily, companies in Singapore support their national carrier, which just happens to be kinda the best in the world. So on this occasion, I decided to just take a picture like the rest of the Singaporeans on the plane were doing (they take a ridiculous number of pictures of themselves in the airport, getting on the plane, in the plane, of the plane...)
I arrived back in Singapore Tuesday at 3 a.m., hurried home, and was able to spend a solid hour with Alli before she caught her 4:45 cab to the airport, destination China. Luckily, that's all over now, and we are enjoying our time together with no immediate plans to go anywhere solo again.