California trip

13 06 2014

Just back from a wonderful whirlwind trip to California (well it would have been whirlwind if the temperature has not been a staggering 100 degrees F, which meant I spent a lot of time trying not to move).  I spent Sunday just south of San Francisco, visiting Joe Garner, his wife Megan and their two very small children in their steep little hillside house with its sea view. Fun to catch up with his life and work; I was also very impressed at the $4000 3-D printer he keeps in his loo. Monday and Tuesday were spent in Davis, where I gave a seminar on all our mink enrichment work (8 years in 50 minutes!); met up with Joy Mench (squeezed in a spot of shoe-shopping with her too: heaven), Cheryl Meehan and Brian Greco to discuss updates on the IMLS elephant project; had a lovely 3-hour long work lunch (well kind of work) with the World Parrot Trust’s Jamie Gilardi; and ate delicious Japanese food with Andy Sih and his lovely wife Cait.