Just back from a terrific trip, and before the serious posting begins tomorrow, just a few holiday snaps. First, the biology:
Fig. 1. Dr. Stephen Secor, Dept. Biology, University of Alabama, with a legless lizard, Ophisaurus apodus (nb: not a snake, but convergent on them). Legless lizards have evolved independently several times.
Fig. 2. Bearded dragon (Pogona vitticeps) on Secor’s hand. These are popular pets, and come from Australia.
Fig. 3. Meat and three: theory. You can’t get more Southern than this. Menu at City Café, Tuscaloosa. Note that the yams are truthful.
Fig. 4. Meat and three: practice (my lunch). Chopped steak with brown gravy and onions, fresh tomatoes, creamed corn, and fried okra (best I’ve ever had). Note sweet tea, an essential for washing it all down.
Fig. 5. Dreamland, Tuscaloosa. The original of a growing chain. Note the decrepitude and pickup trucks: signs of a good rib joint.
Fig. 6. A half slab of Dreamland ribs. Rolls of paper towels on the table are a futile gesture toward keeping your face sauce-free.
Fig. 7. ‘Nanner pudding; the requisite end for any southern meal and a favorite of the King. I’ve never had better than at Dreamland.
Thanks to all my hosts and colleagues (especially Dr. Leslie Rissler), the biology grad students, and the ALLELE series for showing me such a swell time. Roll, Tide!