So long, and thanks for all the fish

Just in case you were wondering, the answer is no. No, I’m not writing this on my brand new iPad mini. That’s right! Last night I got an email informing me I’d won a prize at The Endocrine Society’s Wheel of Fate. A brand spanking new iPad mini. I’m living the dream, to quote Maurice Moss. I got an iPad “without giving any money to Apple.”

To be fair this conference has been pretty awesome swag-wise. I’ve managed to finagle a pedometer, what I’ve learnt is know a credit card holder and not a sticky pocket as I originally though, a sumo wrestler stress toy, 2 t-shirts (one of which states “I heart beta cells” which will be worn to all future postdoctoral job interviews), a cap and now an iPad mini.

As well as all the food I’ve managed to get away with. I’d like to thank Novartis, AstraZeneca and Merck for all the yoghurt and coffee that I’ve been living off for the entirety of the conference.

Unfortunately, yesterday I gave in and bought breakfast from Starbucks, but then I found out about the free lunches at the Expo Theatre tents. So thanks to Novo Nordisk for my sandwich, and for allowing me to leave and watch over my poster instead of actually watching your demonstration. I wasn’t entirely selfish though; I didn’t take a skipping rope. I mean I can’t skip, but that’s not the point.

There’s also been a lot of good science, and I have a tonne of reading to do. But I imagine there’ll be a few posts about stuff I’ve learnt at ENDO2015 over the next week or so.

So, cheers Endocrine Society! It’s been fun.

Today’s quote is from Douglas Adams. I think I jumped the gun with my obnoxious quote yesterday, as it’d apply today, but I think this expresses my gratitude.


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