INR, Evening 1

Yesterday was check-in and an evening social for the Imagine No Religion meeting in Toronto; it’s in the Airport Sheraton, so I doubt I’ll see anything of this lovely city.

The speakers did get nice rooms, though:

. . .with nice bathrooms. I LOVE hotels and have never gotten over the luxury of staying in one:

A kindly reader came up to me and gave me two bottles of Riesling in a wooden box, with the bottles shaped like cats! What a treat!

Self portrait with Hawaiian shirt:

Robyn Blumner, president and CEO of the the U.S. Center for Inquiry, with Leonard Tramiel, a physicist on the CfI board of directors.

The evening social had a poutine station, so my trip for dinner poutine was unnecessary. Here’s Richard Dawkins helping himself to poutine. The talks start in earnest today; the schedule is here. I speak Sunday at 2 pm.


  1. DrBrydon
    Posted June 3, 2017 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    Jerry, I don’t think your shirt is working in that bathroom picture. Mind the mirrors.

    • Posted June 3, 2017 at 11:53 am | Permalink

      That’s on purpose. I wasn’t wearing a shirt when I took it, but the reflections were deliberate.

      • Posted June 5, 2017 at 7:17 am | Permalink

        Very clearly, it seems to me … 🙂

  2. Randy schenck
    Posted June 3, 2017 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    Well, it’s not motel 6, that’s for sure.

  3. Ken Kukec
    Posted June 3, 2017 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    Nice Hawaiian shirt, boss. Jimmy Buffet, Thomas Magnum, “Prew” Prewitt (Montgomery Clift’s character in From Here to Eternity), and I all approve.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted June 3, 2017 at 11:56 am | Permalink

      Jimmy “Buffett,” gd spellcheck.

  4. Ullrich Fischer
    Posted June 3, 2017 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    Looks like a lot of fun. I’m still miffed that the local regressive left ideologues drove this excellent event out of Vancouver.

  5. rickflick
    Posted June 3, 2017 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    I like nice hotels too but my wife can’t sleep well in them. Toronto is my town of birth but I’ve not been back for a Procyon lotor’s age. I should return to my roots and stay at some good Air B&Bs. I wonder if Canadian B&Bs serves breakfast. In the US they usually provides only instant coffee with possibly a bagel while the rest of the world seems to heap on the victuals.

    • Randy schenck
      Posted June 3, 2017 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

      Sounds like that would just be a B.

  6. BJ
    Posted June 3, 2017 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    That Riesling is SO COOL. I’m going to have to find some of that. Is “Vintages” the actual name of the wine company?

  7. Dan
    Posted June 3, 2017 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    Leonard Tramiel’s father founded Commodore and bought Atari. He’s filling in some huge shoes.

  8. Posted June 3, 2017 at 11:36 pm | Permalink

    A Hawaiian shirt in Toronto, huh? I hope you have a polartec fleece jacket to go with that.

  9. Les Faby
    Posted June 4, 2017 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    Leonard Tramiel has come to our local sceptic meetups in Silicon Valley.

  10. Posted June 5, 2017 at 7:18 am | Permalink

    Great shirt Jerry! 🙂

  11. MP
    Posted June 5, 2017 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    It seems there was no public advertisement for this event. Sad I missed attending the event and listening to all speakers

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