Friday, August 17, 2007

Another day down

For lunch today we walked over to the Westfield Mall food court here; its only about two blocks from the hotel. The food court was a bit unlike any from home, with mid-quality and high-quality vendors throughout. The burger I got was one of the best I have ever had.

Back to the hotel, it soon became obvious there was something afoot. First, the hotel is beginning a renovation and was relocating the front desk and other services from the main level to the second floor. Combine this with a huge influx of people for the American Psychological Association for their conference and the place was just crazy; pun intended.

I have a hard time understanding why folks in this field have such a difficult time functioning in public. The number of them, complete with conference badges, that would get on "up" elevators and trying to go down; blocking the narrowed walkways while engaged in personal conversation; and one I saw that couldn't operate the revolving door. Incredible.

Chinatown for dinner. Walking down Grant street at dusk was nice, if you ignored all of the trash containers along the street. We found a small restaurant that had a fair little crowd of locals (usually a good sign). We decided to get the "family meal" and it was pretty darn good -- sizzling soup, shrimp fried rice, and a portion of deep-fried squid.

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