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Las Vegas: Interbike 2012

Sept. 19-21, 2012: Interbike is for two-wheel obsessives.  You want to know how weird bike-talk can get?  Try this visitor review of a new must-have cycle accessory, the AutoSag (I’m not kidding): “Essentially, this product makes setting the sag as easy as possible. Open the compression, set the  proper PSI for your weight, sit on the saddle, press the Autosag button, and then cycle the shock. You’re good to go. This takes all of about 30 seconds. It’s not really necessary for tinkering masters, but for the average Joe or Jane, it’s certainly helpful. The second thing is more nebulous and is only in the “concept” stage. Anyway, the concept is basically a more techy Autosag setup. Essentially, you can hook up your smartphone to the Smart Suspension setup, which then communicates with the GPS…”.  Hey, are you getting this?  Sheesh….

Las Vegas: Super Zoo #SZ2012

Vegas is going to the dogs, we heard. (And cats. And horses, and lizards and parrots). Actually this show’s bark was exactly as big as its bite. SuperZoo is paraded as “the Pet Industry’s Hot Spot”, and experienced pros visit the expo as the right kennel, cat-basket or birdcage for the pet business. The pet industry appears to be almost recession-proof, with many pet owners forgoing luxuries to provide for their furry friends, to the tune of $50 billion a year. Hosting top suppliers, thousands of pet retailers and comprehensive educational opportunities, SuperZoo had everything lovers of animal-lovers need to sell more, profit more, and succeed bigger. More than 850 exhibitors brought stuff to sell: leashes, pooper scoopers, aquariums, food, hay, beds, toys, clothing… Clothing? For pets? Well hey, this is “party animals” we’re talking about…

Vegas: #BikeFest 2012 #DTLV

Bike Fest Las Vegas from Cashman Field. Photos by @LasVegasLoopy

Chicago: International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS)

Sept. 10-12, 2012. IMTS stands for the International Manufacturing Technology Show.  More than 100,000 industrial decision-makers attend IMTS to get ideas, find answers to their manufacturing problems, see new technology demonstrated, choose the best for their business needs, cut costs, and get more work. To survive and succeed, we heard, you have to keep up with technology.  With exhibitors and visitors from just shy of 120 countries, IMTS 2012 covered 1.2 million net square feet of exhibit space with 1,900 exhibiting companies. Total turnout for the six-day event was over 100,000, which is a 20% increase over previous year.  Oh, and spelling lessons were available:  “How Does Manufacturing Technology Spell Success? IMTS 2012!”.  Puts you right in mind of that spelling-bee movie, “Akeelah and the Bee”….

Peoria: Illinois Health Care Association (IHCA)

Sept. 11-13, 2012. The IHCA acronym stands for Illinois Health Care Association.  These medics evidently take seriously the age-old medical injunction “First, do no harm”, since the first thing they wanted to talk about was the 2012 IHCA Golf Outing.  Said the opening paragraph in the welcome message: “The first new event is the “Celebrity Caddy” auction. Everyone can use a caddy on the links; whether it means someone to drive your cart, clean your clubs, or replace your divots, we can all use a hand, right? Well, not only can you hire a caddy at this year’s event…you can hire a high-powered long term care mover-and-shaker! The following VIPs and members of the IHCA Board of Directors have all agreed to serve as ‘Celebrity Caddies’.  These ladies and gentlemen all have agreed to be auctioned to the highest bidder to serve as your caddy for the event. To bid on one of them, just click here”.  What?  Tonsillectomies?  I usually use a 4-iron…

Washington DC: OTO

Sept. 9-12, 2012. This show is targeted to practicing otolaryngologists, i.e. head and neck surgeons, and their associates, researchers in otolaryngology, and senior academic professors.  The annual meeting of OTO Expo is “the world’s largest gathering of otolaryngologists.” The expo provides an opportunity for thousands of academy members, non-member physicians, allied health professionals, administrators and exhibiting companies to catch up on developments. This one drew more than 6,000 medical experts and professionals from around the world, and featured instruction courses, mini-seminars, scientific oral presentations, honorary guest lectures, and numerous scientific instruction sessions.  Audiology got to be a big agenda topic — but to hear about that you had to be listening…

San Diego: College of American Pathologists (CAP)

Sept. 9, 2012. CAP was billed as “The Pathologists’ Meeting.  The College of American Pathologists (CAP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  The lineup of speakers from the frontlines of medicine included Drs. Philip Cagle and Marc Ladanyi for the CAP Scientific Plenary, “Breakthroughs in Molecular Testing of Lung Cancer.” There were 105 courses to choose from in total, taught by 149 faculty experts. New this year was a special pulmonary pathology course focusing on non-neoplastic lung disease, plus sessions on cytopathology of infectious lung disease, pulmonary adenocarcinoma, and other key areas.  These people are pathological….