Well, ladies and gentlemen, those of other genders, and comrades, this is the last “photos of readers” contribution I have. If you want this to keep going, please send me two photos of you (preferably in quarantine, but not required), and cat photos are welcome too, so long as they’re your cats.
Today’s reader is Julian Cattaneo (note that “cat” is in his name), and his notes are indented below:
I’m usually quite reticent to publicizing my mug but finally decided that perhaps I should help keep your tank supplied (you keep asking). I’ve enjoyed reading about some of my co-WEITers, if that can serve as a descriptor.
I’ve been following WEIT assiduously for quite some time now — started shortly after reading Why evolution is true, although I post very infrequently. Have always found it interesting and it is one of the few sites where I can stomach reading the comments (your Roolz and enforcement certainly help!). And have learned quite a few things, from you and others. Plus you pointed me in the direction of the (now sadly discontinued) Imagine Conferences, which turned out to be among the most intellectually stimulating gatherings I’ve attended. I had the pleasure of meeting you in Richmond and Toronto and obtaining your cat-enhanced autograph on my copy of Faith vs Fact.
So: I’m a retired business prof (human resources management, international management, mainly) from the University of Windsor (Ontario, Canada) and also, for my sins, had a variety of administrative positions at the university. (My last actual teaching gig was at the Canadian Executive MBA at the Warsaw School of Economics in Poland, March 2018). So photos of me at work are few and far between and excruciatingly boring.
Instead, some other views. We went to Argentina in April 2019 and visited parts of the northwestern provinces of Salta and Jujuy. The first picture is of my wife, Vivian (a retired social worker) on an outlook by the Cuesta de Lipán, a stretch of Route 52 that connects to the highway network and allows commercial travel from Brazil, through Argentina, and on to Chile. The cuesta itself is a succession of hairpin turns (some are visible under the sign on the right) ascending for 17 kilometres from the town of Purmamarca, Jujuy province (at 2192 metres above sea level) to the Abra de Potrerillos (4170 m). This outlook is at around 3600 m above sea level.
We continued on to the spot below. I get a kick out of asking Canadian and American friends to identify what is pictured. Invariably the answer is some variant of “people on a glacier” or “people on an ice field”. But no…
These are the Salinas Grandes (Great Salt Flats), some 30 km west of the Abra de Potrerillos. They are at 3450 m above sea level and cover about 212 square kilometres. A closed basin, the salt is left behind by evaporation. Certainly not as big as the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia (10,000 sq km, the world’s largest), but still quite impressive. There is another Salinas Grandes in Argentina, further south, which covers some 4700 sq km at 4500 m — world’s second largest after Uyuni.
Below, the two Ragdoll sisters we are staff to: Scotch and Soda.
Finally, for many years one of our hobbies has been Scottish Country Dancing. Here we are photographed at the Annual Ball of the Windsor SCD group. If you’re wondering at the coats of arms on the wall, it was held at the local German club. The dancing is an activity — like travel — that has been curtailed by the current pandemic.