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Orlando, and home

March 15, 2013

Friday, 15 March 2013

Home again, home again. Orlando was okay, but I wouldn’t want to live there. Lots of people would disagree.

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By dint of searching a little, I actually did find a few small animals to photograph, starting with a tiny insect on a leaf of the hedge outside the conference center.

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I stood patiently, hoping to see something more, and spotted another insect. On the camera’s small preview screen, it wasn’t clear what we were seeing, but on the big screen, it’s clear that this is predation, not sex.

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I stood perfectly still, moving nothing but my eyes, and suddenly — schloop! — out onto the top of the hedge, a face appeared!

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There were actually two, at least two, geckos in the hedge right here.

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I suspect that the ubiquitous gecko is responsible for the dearth of insects.

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Some of the conferees said they had seen an armadillo. That would be a small animal worth a photo! Someone commented that the armadillo’s evolution has trailed behind the contemporary environment: when confronted with an emergency, the armadillo tends to jump straight up — which puts it just about at grille level!

Others saw wild turkeys, right at the conference center. I saw a pair myself, on a subsequent morning, but didn’t try to photograph them.

As a change of pace, a sample of the art on the walls of the conference center. It looks like tapestry, but on careful inspection, we see that it is really water color. Nice.

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And after a few restaurants, I returned to Landry’s seafood restaurant, next door to the hotel, because they have good beer! Here we see sediment swirling and settling into the brew.

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Friday was for another long day, flying home. Not as long as my next trip, though: to Aachen.

Orlando

March 10, 2013

Saturday, 9 March 2013

I had an early flight out of San Jose. Early means 6:30 takeoff, due to a noise-abatement curfew. We sat at the end of the taxiway until 6:29:30, then rolled into position and headed for Houston, where I changed to an Orlando flight that was chock full of children on their way to see Disney.

Took the Mears shuttle to my hotel, the Holiday Inn Lake Buena Vista. Mine was the last stop of several, which was a little annoying, but I did get the scenic tour through Disney world. Not my cup of tea, but I suppose they make a bundle of money from those whose teacups are filled thereby.

After dark by the time I checked in, so I just went next door to the steakhouse.

Sunday, 10 March 2013

The hotel’s restaurant, Applebee’s, opens at 7. Allegedly. The clocks changed to daylight time overnight, and although the doors were unlocked at 7, the employees were drifting in for the first hour. The manager should certainly have reminded the staff of the time change!

Slurbs here, wide roads with heavy traffic and endlessly long lights. Poor land, sandy, pine forests with palmetto. The maps show a lot of lakes, but they are either mudholes or surrounded by private property or both, and don’t offer the parkland I might have hoped for. So I went running along Vineland, to International, and down to World Center drive, where I stopped at the Caribe Royal hotel, the venue of the upcoming IETF meeting. Wandered through quickly, but didn’t see anyone  I knew, so I ran the rest of the circuit back to the hotel, about 5.6 miles total, according to Google maps.

Although I had taken the camera with me on the run, I didn’t take any pictures. Had I been walking, I might have spotted some small animals. Maybe next time.