Conference Life Sport

So, the alcohol’s not to blame

On Saturday some of Bradley’s friends came over to watch the rugby with us. They brought their alcohol. I had wine. I had to drink something. So I had my wine. I also cooked dinner, a stir-fry, and we had strawberries and cream for desert :). I felt indulgent. Especially since the Bok’s won :).

Well, it was all fine up until bed time, and a bottle and a half of wine later. (Started at 17h00 and stopped at 02h00)

Half an hour later, and subsequently every half hour to an hour later till after the sun rose, I had to run to the bathroom to throw up my guts. Even when there was nothing in my guts.

I spent the whole of Sunday wondering how a bottle and a half of wine could do that to me. You know, I do have a reputation to keep up here!! It couldn’t possibly be my cooking, since no-one else had the problems that I had.

Subsequently, we spent much of Sunday pondering the possibilities of hot swapping livers and body parts for situations like these. Brad’s is still insistent that a USB powered hot swap liver system is the way to go. I disagree. I think an array of them is what is needed. They can all work in parallel, and you can swap one out for reconditioning every now and then.

It wasn’t till this morning, I received an email asking who else had this ghastly thing, and that the culprit was the mussels in starter at lunch time on Friday at the SAIMM . Phew… My liver is safe. This time…

Don’t eat mussels from this place (the Lord Charles, that is…).

Conference Wine

SAIMM 2005

Got back from attending the SAIMM 2005 conference. It was a good conference, with some really great papers.

I gave my paper on Thursday. It went remarkably better than when I gave it at the Centenary of Flotation conference. I think I still looked a bit nervous, and didn’t really sell the work as well as I could. It was suggested that I perhaps go for some coaching (Occupational Therapy, or breathing / self-confidence). I think this is a good idea, and will definitely look into it.

The conference dinner was great. It happened on Thursday evening @ Moyo at Spier. It was the first time that I’ve been to Spier, and my feelings are that could come across as a bit kitch, me being a ‘local’, but I think the atmosphere still holds it together and it did come across as classy.

Wine tasting

The evening started out with some wine tasting. I was lucky enough to be able to volunteer as a wine pourer. This had it’s own benefits :). My favourite wine that we poured was the Anura Pinotage Reserve (2002). It was a bit young, and hence quite tannony, but once you get past that, it felt very smooth and rather fruity. Other wines that we poured were the Cordoba Crescendo (2002), a 70% cab franc, which is an unusual wine for SA, and I really don’t see what all the fuss is about with it, and a Boschendal Cabernet Sauvignon (2002), which is an outstanding Cab Sav. I’m not much of a Cab Sav person though. I can’t remember the whites, as I’m not that much into them. That being said, there was one that I’d happily drink any day :).