Thursday, November 03, 2005

Scottsdale: Day 2

The ICC meeting went from about 8:30 until 4:30pm. It was nice to get finished early (the original finish time was 6pm). It went pretty well. I met a few people that I have wanted to meet. It was especially nice to meet Abhay Sharma, since I just read his book about 6 months ago.

I am glad we decided to stay at the Caleo Resort instead of the one across the street, the Chaparral, where the meeting was held. Our hotel is much nicer. Next week, the CIC conference is in our hotel.

Since there's not much close by here other than malls, I broke down and went to one. It is surprising that people are pretty fashionable around here. It's no NYC, but it's definately up there with Jersey. The mall (Fashion Center, or something like that) has everything from Louis Vitton to Tiffany to Coach. No wonder people dress well here. As a reminder for my NJ friends, we don't even has those stores in upstate NY. I wanted to go to Old Town or the 5th Avenue shops, which look cool but unfortunately they close at about 6pm. I ate at some American-Asian restaurant in the mall and had some Thai peanut noodles with chicken and an overly sweet glass of Japanese plum wine.

I have Sunday off. It is my only full free day for the next 9 days. I don't know yet what I am going to do. The Grand Canyon is about 5 hours away, so that's out. I am thinking maybe of going to the Desert Botanical Gardens. I will probably rent a car, although I don't think the Garden is too far. A Zoo is near there also. Maybe that day I will get back early enough to check out the shops at 5th Ave or Old Town.

Anyway, I will post pictures when I get back to NJ because I didn't bring my card reader with me.

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