Saturday, November 22, 2008

Saturday, November 22nd - National Harbor, Maryland

I'm ensconced at the Gaylord hotel at National Harbor, just outside the DC beltway on the Potomac, attending the Gerontological Society of America meetings. It's not a bad meeting, some interesting stuff on the needs of Gerontology and Geriatrics in coming decades with an aging boom. I have to present some research on arthritis and mortality at the ungodly hour of 8 AM tomorrow prior to flying back home. Turns out, arthritis protects you from dying. I surmise it's because the pain makes you more likely to receive routine medical care and other conditions are therefore caught early. As my right knee has been problematic for some years, I guess I am in good shape.

The Gaylord is a huge hotel (same people who have the Opryland hotel in Nashville) that reminds me of a Vegas hotel, but without the casino. It's in the middle of nowhere and you're basically trapped in it with their overpriced food service. ($12.50 for sandwich, chips and coke). It's emblematic of all that's currently wrong in American society, if you ask me.

Trying to spend some time between meetings writing the new version of 'Politically Incorrect'. Have a skeleton of the show, now trying to flesh it out given the people and talents we have for the new edition. I also have a murder mystery dinner party to write.