October 22nd, 2015

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We've returned home from my medical education course in Orlando, Florida; it's nice to get back.

For once, we didn't rent a car. We walked a lot, used Uber and taxis some, and bus transport as well. The walking part was pretty cool, as the street the convention center was on, International Drive, is set up as a real parkway, and it was well-shaded, and there was lots of wildlife to observe.

Over the last few years, the classes at this annual conference have been more interesting and more diverse, and I've learned much more than in the past. However, the exhibit hall has become a wasteland as far as information about new medications and other treatments. Once you get past all the schools, various medical organizations looking for physicians, and sales of software packages, there might have been a half dozen drug company displays. Their moneys seem to be going to direct advertising to patients on TV, and to targeted use of the pharmaceutical representatives. Family docs like me get nearly nothing as far as education. Disturbing.

I was also sad because few of our good friends from around the country who we have often seen at this course actually came. There's lots of reasons, including some getting their education close to home, while others have had life changes that limit their travel options. Still, we missed them.

We did take one day to go to Epcot; as has happened before, it was their International Food and Wine Festival. We saw a few Disney characters (Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Chip, Goofy, Belle, etc.), rode a few rides, ate at a number of the kiosks that they set up for the festival, and generally had a good day.

Yesterday was a travel day, but we had a couple of hours to burn, so we stopped to see Chocolate Kingdom, which for a small fee takes you on an educational journey into the world of chocolate. Along the way we tasted a prepared cacao bean, drank chocolatl, and tasted the differences between dark, milk and white chocolate. Amusing. It would be a perfect idea for a scout troop, or a kids birthday party.

On our flight back, we had a stopover in Las Vegas, and my beloved let our friend Cliff know that we'd be passing through. He works for TSA there, and so he was able to meet up with us and visit while we waited for our final flight.

Today's going to be a day of rest and recuperation, and I'll be back at work tomorrow.
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Having been "off" the last several days, including long flights, I'm sure that it won't come as a surprise that I've finished reading several books:

First was Queen & Country: Definitive Edition: Volume 04, a graphic novel. Apparently, there's some three actual novels involving the characters of this saga. I hope to get to them early next year. This deals with some of the characters of Volumes 01 - 03 in earlier times with various adventures hinted at. Nice background work. I'd recommend the entire series.

Then there was Babylon Steel by Gaie Sebold, the first book of a series. Fantasy; female protagonist. A little disjoint, it deals with a series of interconnected worlds and the Babylon finds herself far from her world of origin living on her wits and skills. Not bad, not the best book I've ever read, but it is a change from much of the fantasy works that I've read. I do think that I'll move on to the next book in the series, just not right away.

Next, Osprey Vanguard #2: Panzer-Grenadier Division 'Grossdeutschland', a discontinued book of this line. Mildly interesting, but as with other really old books from Osprey, the art isn't as good as the more modern books became. It is a quick review of the unit history of this German WWII division.

Then, The Running of the Bulls, another short story by Harry Turtledove. It's not exactly a tale about dissolute expats from the New World going from one city to visit Pamplona for the runnig of the bulls, because ... well, you'd have to read it. Downloaded from Tor via a link on Turtledove's Wikipedia page.

Next, You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) (A Memoir) by Felicia Day; her autobiographical tome bringing you up to approximately last year in her career. For those of us who've seen her work (The Guild, for example, or her work on Eureka), this will give us some background on the actor. For those who haven't, don't bother reading it. I like her work, and I hope to see more of her on screen. I may have to dabble more on Geek & Sundry. The book does make it clear that everyone has hardships.

How was your week?