Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Big Easy and the ADA

Last Friday I flew from LA to New Orleans, Louisiana for about a day and a half for the American Diabetes Association’s National Convention. It is a big meeting with scientific sessions, exhibit halls, abstract poster exhibits, award ceremonies and various diabetes related malarkey. I was going because my sponsor, Novo Nordisk, had a show car there. Since they are sponsoring my racing program this season, it made sense for them to have a branded car there. The show car was set up in a really cool plaza just adjacent to the river and alongside Novo Nordisk’s “Be the Face of Change” photo exhibit. The car looked great and had a lot of people come by to see it, meet me and get a photo by the car. I was there from 10-2 and not only did I get to meet a lot of the people from Novo Nordisk, but I got to meet a lot of really neat people wandering through New Orleans- either for the ADA or just passing by and stopped to see what the fuss was all about. With my show car commitments, I didn’t get to see as much of ‘the Big Easy’ as I would have liked. I did however get to experience Bourbon Street in all its glory (well maybe not ‘all’ as I wasn’t there for Mardi Gras!). I had dinner on Bourbon Street Friday night and was utterly unprepared for everyone walking down the middle of the street, drinking and having an all around raucously good time. Still it was an absolute awesome day and a half and I can’t wait to go back and spend some time in New Orleans. If for nothing more than the great seafood and Creole cooking!

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