What a day. Well, actually, what a NIGHT!!
The day first. It was more clear than yesterday. Well, it was basically impossible to not be, after yesterday's fog. It was a good day. I had a bunch of meetings and wasn't in the lab as much as I'd hoped to be. I had a meeting at 10 with the VP of Toxicology. After two people heard I had this appointment, they made a point to come to my office to sort of warn me about him. Well, after the meeting, I could tell about some of the stuff they talked about, but mainly I saw that the guy is straight-up business. He invited me to dinner, and, well, I had to accept. You don't turn down the VP of Tox.
I rode to the restaurant in his BWM with his driver. Totally felt like I was getting special treatment, as everyone else got on the bus to go home. We actually ate in my hotel. I was skeptical, as I'd heard that the restaurant isn't that good. Well, we went to the upscale, upstairs restaurant. And that wasn't good enough, so we got a private room. We ordered enough food for approximately 10 people, and it was just Brian, Charlie and me. And, see, I couldn't even use the "there's starving kids in China" line. You know, since I'm in China… nevermind.
It was great. We had: wonton soup, fried fish, salted preserved shrimp, marinated beef, lamb and yams, tofu skin noodley-things, a big plate of veggies (eggplant, pumpkin, corn, edamame, and mini blue potato things), hot fish soup, and eel with garlic. I'm pretty sure I ate a bulb of garlic. That's right, not a clove, a bulb. And the eel was interesting. It looks like single ribs, about 2" long. But it was eel. Skin on and everything. So when you're done eating it, there's a giant backbone in the middle of it. It was yummy, but really weird. And the restaurant was so fancy that as soon as my plate got just a little dirty, they exchanged it for a brand new plate. Hmmm.
Anyways, that's really all I have to say tonight. I'm super tired and would like to take the early bus tomorrow. I miss home, and my Christmas music just seems so out of place; I may as well be listening to it in June or something. But tonight, in the hotel lobby, they'd added Christmas-style glass bulbs (big ones though) and snowflakes to their interesting lighted chandelier. I was a bit happier after seeing that.