We were in Chicago in the past week for a conference.
1. Guanqun graduated from the lab around 2 years ago and also came to the same conference, when we did catch-ups in the hotel. Since he just got married weeks ago, when he told us he had to go to hospital for some reason on the second day of the conference, I had to interrupt him and make a comment to others like, “Dude, after a few weeks of marriage, Guanqun had to go to hospital to sell his kidney…”
2. Jinyao was also in the conference and walked around different sessions. Because many of the presentations were out of her field, she couldn’t understand them. So she complained to us like, “Why do I feel I am so dumb in this conference?” I kidded her like, “Maybe because you are dumb?”
3. Since we were on a business travel for this conference, the dinner can be reimbursed. We went to a Japanese BBQ restaurant for dinner one day and the food was so good that I made a comment to others like, “This restaurant is good. I think Rama’s research funding is well spent here…”
4. Rama chaired one session at the last schedule slot of the conference. By the end of the session, he was like, “All right everybody. Thank you for coming to this session. Let’s call it a conference…”
Finally I dropped by to take a peek of the Bean at Chicago after staying in mid-west for seven years…