Part 1: The Grubbs encounter
Robert Grubbs gave a talk this morning. Grubbs won a Nobel Prize for his work (which he deserved). However, I think he's getting bored. Or at least he has now realized the opportunity to do crazy things. His talk was good. He talked about some crazy polymers he is working on. That was great, but after the talk when most of us got all coffeed-up, I found myself next to the Nobel Laureate himself taking a leak in the men's room. Yup. How many of you have taken a piss next to a Nobel Laureate. Probably not many of you. Here's a conversation we had (at least in my imagination):
Me: Boy, this water sure is cold.
Grubbs: yeah, and deep.
OK, that conversation didn't happen, but I did notice he is really tall. I'm tall, but he is taller.
Part 2: Other stuffThere was another talk after that and then I had lunch and fell asleep for a while. I woke up and moved on to Part 3.
Part 3: Boulder Beer
I went to the Boulder Beer brewery and drank some beer as instructed by commenters Marcus and Dan. I drank some Hopped and Infused Pale Ale, Planet Porter and Singletrack Copper Ale. They were awesome. The Pale Ale is dry hopped with Cascade, but it is so well balanced the hops don't punch you in the face. The fruity ester overtones make it a fine, fine beer to consume for many hours. The Porter came from their cask. I am a cask whore. I love almost all cask-conditioned beers. This one was so good I almost cried. The Singletrack was a departure from the first two. It was great, but my palate was not prepared. Still, a superb beer. I plan on returning there for more beer. I tasted nothing that was bad. The rumors are correct. Head East on Valmont from 28th street, Take a right onto Wilderness Place and try not to drive in circles. But, if you do drive in circles, realize the brewery is in the middle of the circle.
Part 4: More talks
More talks and posters tonight about stuff. They were all really good and the beer didn't run out at the poster session tonight. I made it back to my room without getting attacked by a racoon (though it was close) and am now ready to go to bed.