MD and I just got finished with Renaissance Weekend late yesterday and have spent the time since trying to catch up. We’ve been invited to attend one of these gettogethers for the past several years, but haven’t been able to work it in with our schedules. This Presidents’ Day the organizers had the meeting in Santa Barbara, it worked for us schedule-wise, so we went. We’ve both been kicking ourselves since for not attending earlier. (Click here for more information)
It was one of the most intellectually stimulating weekends (very long weekends) I’ve ever spent. There were a handful of Nobel laureates in attendance along with presidents of major universities, CEOs of giant corporations, MacArthur Grant recipients, presidential speechwriters, former cabinet members, directors, producers, actors, federal and state judges, historians, Olympic athletes, and a host of other accomplished people. All attendees participate in lectures, panels, and group discussions. Despite the diverse political viewpoints and the large number of political discussions, the entire affair was conducted with perfect civility.
There was much interest in the low-carb diet, and MD and I made our case every opportunity we had. The one thing that struck me was the abysmal level of ignorance in basic nutrition found in otherwise very, very smart people. I can’t tell you how many people I had ask me to tell them exactly what a carbohydrate is. In going back to an earlier post, people have been pounded for so long with the fat-is-bad hammer that they all know what fat is, but many still don’t have a good grasp of carbohydrates. MD and I did our best to educate.
I thought I was going to have time to blog and do a whole lot of other stuff while this meeting was going on, but I was soon disabused of that notion. The program started at 7:30 AM and ran until about 10:30 PM. Then the socializing began. Thank God our dietary regimen allows for alcohol (in moderation, of course).
We’ve come home to a giant stack of snail mail, email, blog comments, and phone messages. I’m trying to get through my share of all this backlog and get to blogging. I’ll try to get caught up on all the comments and get a real post up tomorrow.
If you get the opportunity to attend a Renaissance Weekend, I highly encourage you to take it.