I recently took my crack squad to the 53rd Experimental NMR Conference (ENC), held at the lovely Intercontinental Hotel in Miami. The crack squad consisted of myself, our currently injured lab manager Richele Thompson, Research Assistant Professor Ben Bobay, post-doc Andrew Olson and graduate students Sean Stow and Ashley (AT) Tucker. We flew coach, walked from the airport to the hotel and our rooms were extremely cheap, of course.
The ENC is the largest conference of its kind and is an annual rite of passage for the hardcore NMR crowd. Everyone who is anyone is there. I had breakfast with Richard Ernst – Nobel Laureate. When I say I had breakfast with him, he was on the other side of the room at a completely different table, looking out of the window. But I could see him from where I was sitting, somewhere below the Cholula sauce.