The Botanical Society of America is meeting in New Orleans Louisiana about a month from now. The fact that it will be hot and humid hardly matters because botanists are basically cheap-skates and they like the off-season rates. Besides, convention centers are always AC-ed to near meat-locker temperatures anyways, and you rarely get to see daylight at meetings so condensed are the programs. Since lots of us are field workers anyways, you do get used to dealing with difficult conditions, but some of the lab people can be kind of wimpy. TPP hasn't been in NO in a long time, actually since the last time the botanical meetings were there, decades ago, and it's always nice when the area offers food and music as a sort of bonus. Now here's a freebie for you (don't think this is behind a fire-wall), The unified theory of gumbo(a pdf)(complete with Mrs. Elie's gumbo recipe!). Don't miss out on this one. None of this "new-voh" cajun food, oh, no. This one is authentic! TPP does anticipate eating well; to those ends reservations have been make at NOLA. The results will be blog fodder for certain.