I'm out of town this week attending the International Conference on Gram-positive Pathogens in Omaha, Nebraska. The conference started tonight with a dinner buffer and the first of four featured presentations. This talk was given by Olaf Schneewind, who also works on Gram-negative organisms.
This is the first conference I have attended all by myself and it's a little strange, a little intimidating and a lot boring. Of course, it's only the first night. I'm sure I'll meet some people and conditions will improve. It's probably for the best that I am here alone, my networking skills are getting a little rusty.
Although I am already missing my little family, I am totally looking forward to three nights of uninterrupted sleep.