Robert (gurdonark) wrote,

austin sojourn

My work as an attorney deals with a few disparate somewhat arcane aspects of civil trial and receivership law. A description of one of my cases might make the average eye at the average dinner party glaze over. But my work interests me, which is, I theorize, the essential thing.

Today I was in downtown Austin for a conference in my field. I breakfasted on fresh fruit and scrambled eggs. I really enjoyed the speakers. I got to see old friends and business acquaintances. Contrary to custom, I signed up for this seminar by specifying a dietary restriction--"low fat". When I checked in last night, the seminar folks gave me a special card to give to the lunch serving staff to let them know I was special. I duly did so when my salad was served. This bold step netted me a truly non-fat entree--a second dry salad, but with nice little orange pieces and a bit of almonds. I rather enjoyed my double rabbit meal--the orange pieces, the almond bits and the wheat roll were great.

At dinner, I went with colleagues to Perry's, a restaurant known for huge pork chops.
I ordered a grilled salmon with a dry baked potato and asparagus and the heel of a sourdough bread loaf, but a friend gave me a couple of ounces of pork chop, which lived up to billing. The portion was so large that I would have to be accompanied by three companions to order that dish.

In the margins of today, I got some work done, and mapped out more things I need to do. But for now I am enjoying learning things and seeing people I like. Tomorrow afternon I will be glad to catch my bus home.

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