The AGU fall conference I’m attending this week has, like, a million posters and talks… enough to keep me busy all week. I’m certain that after sitting in on presentations with weighty titles like “Radiative Forcing of Anthropogenic Coffee” or “Observing Rumor Kinetics in a Temperate Office Ecosystem” or “Magneto-tantric Fluxes in Product Requirements,” I will need to go outside for the learning-equivalent of a dandelion break.
I’ve given up hope on pre-selecting my schedule of events. There are just too many from which to choose. My remaining question is: Should I bring my bike, riding during the mysteriously-open Wednesday morning slot to ply some of the many ass-kicking hills? The forecast looks good. I’ve also had some good experiences with bringing my bike to the previous years’ (1, 2) visualization conferences. On the other hand, those conferences were six weeks earlier in the year — with much more daylight available. Also, if I bring my own bike, I’m doomed to checking bags and forgoing riding BART for a crazy cab ride.
Right now, I’m leaning towards not bringing it, possibly trying to rent one while I’m there. The clown bike is packed in its suitcase, awaiting my morning of departure decision.