Big meetings really do suck. I am on the bus from my hotel to the conference center where the ASM meeting is being held. I knew I should have taken the subway. But I took the charter bus. And it seems to be more of a thing for tourists than scientists on the way to a conference. On the bus they are playing tvs at a volume akin to the last rock concert I went to. No chance to talk to anyone. No chance to think. No chance to relax. Ick.