Saturday morning I got a text from Ailsa at 3:40am saying she was safe and well with a broken ankle.
It took quite a few more texts and a phone call to find out more details.
She slipped on the trail, and her ankle came down on a hardwood tree root. She spent about 7 hours clinging to the side of the hill, in too much pain to move, before getting a helicopter ride, winched up through the canopy, then flown to Kaikoura, diagnosed as too complex and flown 100 miles to Christchurch.
Everything seems to be being handled by others, and she is insisting that I stay here and enjoy. And there is a lot of emotional turmoil.
Jewelia is on her way to my sister Pauline’s as I write.
Conference has been great.
Met lots of interesting people both Friday and Saturday.
The Friday morning started with a BART trip to Embarcadero then an F line trip to the Fishermen’s wharf area. From there an Open top bus trip across the Golden gate to Sausalito and back was very interesting. Then the F line back into town, and back on the BART and out to San Bruno for some shopping. From there BART Again to Millbrae and transfer to Caltrain, and a trip to Hillsdale for more shopping. Then back on Caltrain and the trip to San Antonio station, and about a mile and a half walk to the Crowne Plaza Hotel on El Camino Real. Checked into the hotel just in time to freshen up for the Friday evening function.
That was great, met lots of people, and spent a couple of hours talking mostly to Larry Millstein and Carl Page. Also spent quite a bit of time talking to Perry Metzger.
Eventually headed for be about midnight and set alarm for 6:30.
Saturday started with breakfast with Larry, then a ride out to Google with Perry.
A very interesting day at Google, many more fascinating people, including a brief catchup with Bob Freitas.
Once back to the hotel I finally got to call Ailsa, and find out what happened.
Spent Saturday evening talking to Larens (http://twang.wikispot.org).
Now Sunday morning and about to depart.