New Orleans, USA
Sunday 19th June 2011

An early start with a productive breakfast meeting with Mutchy, myself & another of our business partners, Mike Ferrara was suitably productive. Mike is the lead athletic trainer & professor of AT at Georiga Tech University in Athens, Georgia & an inductee to the NATA Hall of Fame (very American) back in 2009 when the NATA congress was in San Antonio. Mike has been working with Mutchy, myself & our colleague in Copenhagen, Henning Langberg, to push on with a project to change the face of on-line education provision for professionals working in human performance. Watch this space & all will be revealed as we reach the end of the testing phase in the coming weeks & months & launch

After the meeting was concluded we had lunch with several other of our long time friends & athletic trainers that we meet up with year on year at the NATA Congress, including Stacy Struble & Brittany Bingham. Both have started new posts since last we met in Philadelphia in June 2010, so the opportunity to catch up over Cajun food was too good to pass up.

Then we went along to the conference centre to register & wow, this place is huge. As with previous venues the trade show is vast but this year it seems to dwarf even the aeroplane hangar size hall in Philly last year. It is safe to say that no other country would have the vision or footfall of professionals working in human performance to deem it feasible to host such an event.

Following last night's shenanaghans & the early morning start tomorrow we decided to meet Mike again after a quiet supper before calling in for an early night.  So in the quest for local fayre, we stumbled across a hole in the wall down a back street not far from Bourbon Street & embraced what was about to become a bizarrely quirky eating experience.

Two Latino mothers were slaving over a couple of cluttered stoves in a cramped & cluttered kitchen with a broken door, whilst the younger members of the family busied themselves with the other tasks conducted in a restaurant. We ordered a small feast & then sat back & waited...& waited & waited & waited. Then when the food finally did come, the waitress realised that one of the dishes that Mutchy had ordered was no longer an option & forgotten another, however she was so friendly & the food that did arrive was so good, we didn't complain. Only when we were paying the bill & a rat ran out across the floor (which our waitress found highly amusing!) did we decide that the experience was best taken as a unique experience as opposed to a venue to visit again.

So all in all a fun day full of interesting encounters!

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