No, I don't know how it got to be named the Avenging Chicken. My wife was going to Pocatello for a family event, and she told the chicken that she doubted that I would take it along. (She took the anteater to Pocatello.) The chicken gave me a long, imploring look from its little stuffed chicken eyes, and I couldn't resist. It's not a great web page, but I'd rather have quick 'n' easy today rather than elegant six months from now.
Please note: Any opinions, either stated by me or inferred by you, are strictly my own, and do not necessarily reflect any opinions of my employer, co-workers, the avenging chicken or any of the people or the squirrel shown in these photographs. The cat has his own opinions--very firm opinions--which he shared at full volume when I got home.
|Thwarted in his desire to go to Pocatello, the cat next tried to stow away on a flight to Seattle.||Contrary to common belief, it is possible to arrive at the airport much too early. There was no traffic, I got to the parking lot right as the shuttle was about to leave, and I got to the terminal at 3:30am.||We check into our hotel room.||Fred and the Avenging Chicken go to the Pike Place Market.|
|Outdoors at the market.||Margaret Hoogland from the University of Toledo, and her poster. Keep an eye on her; she's probably going to be running for MLA president someday.||We meet with Vasu Sriganesh. She and I became acquainted over our mutual interest of teaching Medline searching skills in Indian medical schools. They don't, but she's trying to change that. Go take a look at QMed, her foundation.||Time for a quick sit-down outdoors. I think I'll use this picture for my new LinkedIn photo.|
|I had some free time, so it was back to the Pike Place market to get some goodies for my co-workers.||Alas, I couldn't take any fresh fruit home.||Chocolate, on the other hand...||And of course I had to get a Seattle Starbucks mug.|
|After the NLM update, NLM Director Patty Brennan was kind enough to pose for a picture.||As was Teresa Knott, outgoing MLA President.||Then came the scary part: my presentation. I had a few goodies to give to the people who stayed to the end. (Photo by Vasu Sriganesh.)||Giving my presentation. (Photo by Margaret Hoogland.)|
|I even had an audience! (Photo by Margaret Hoogland.)||And a PowerPoint show! (Photo by Margaret Hoogland.)||In the meantime, the conference was winding down.||A final visit to the NLM booth.|
|Last day: a trip to the Crumpet Shop. Highly recommended.||Then to hear Patty Brennan's talk. She really is an amazing person.||Before we packed up, the Avenging Chicken had a visit with a friend from Munich, Herr Dryer.||No medical library trip would be complete without a picture of a squirrel. (Photo by Vasu Sriganesh.)|
|Packing the bags.||The new Light Rail system takes you from downtown to the airport for only $3.00. It goes the other way, too.||At the airport.||And home again.|