Andrew and I worked and played hard today.
Our play was a 6 or 7 mile hike in Topanga State Park north of Pacific Palisades. We hiked the Sullivan Ridge Trail between Rustic Canyon and Sullivan Canyon on a bright, warm winter day I never would have seen in Colorado! Here is what we saw as we looked down into Sullivan Canyon:
Winter is already over in Southern California. At least the flowers seem to think so. I was delighted to see so many:
But before going out to play, Andrew and I went to the Brentwood home of Drs. Neal and Fran Kaufman, both of whom are endocrinologists. They host a fabulous lunch and talk by experts every couple of months. We met on what had been their basketball court on chairs set up under a large tent.
Today we listened to three professors from the University of Southern California discuss medical ethics in a stimulating discussion. At least 100 people — many of them with distinguished credentials, like doctor, judge, councilman, volunteer organization director, film and TV producer — were there. I know their titles because each of us briefly introduced ourselves.
“I am David Mendosa visiting from Boulder, Colorado, and I write about diabetes,” was how I introduced myself.
I had already heard a lot about Fran, partly because she is the author of the recent book Diabesity:
She is now becoming the medical director of Medtronic, which owns an important diabetes subsidiary called MiniMed. And the marketing and public relations director of MiniMed, Steve Sabicer, was the only person at the event besides Andrew who I knew personally:
But a diabetes expert at the event named Evelyn recognized me. She came up to be after the event. “Weren’t you in Montreal?” she asked.
I was there about 10 years ago. Abbott Labs had invited Evelyn, me, and four other people representing different aspects of diabetes care to advise them as they worked to come up with new products.
Andrew’s wife Joanne had other plans today, including practice for her rock group. But the three of us caped our day and my visit with a wonderful meal at a little neighborhood restaurant. We walked a block to Noma Sushi, where I had the most delicious Japanese food I have ever tasted.