I’m off to look for hooded mergansers, which have been sighted not far away in Hyde Park. In the meantime, while looking for photos this afternoon, I came across some old ones of interest—at least to me. I’ll share them. TRIGGER WARNING: Some self aggrandizement.
My landsmen uncles: Bernie and Moe. The brothers of my mom, they had a thriving auto parts business in Pittsburgh. Look at those golf outfits! (I wonder how they got into the country club. . . )
My first student, Allen Orr, and I on the Great Wall of China at the International Congress of Genetics in 1998:
My dad (right) with Sophia Loren at a toy store in Athens, ca. 1956. Loren was there to film the movie Boy on a Dolphin, and my dad helped with the vehicle logistics (they used Army petrol and vehicles as there was a postwar shortage of both in Greece).
Feeding cats at a convent in Mystras, Greece, ca. 2000. I always carried a box of cat food in my backpack while in Greece. The nuns, who didn’t take good care of these hungry moggies, were peering out the windows:
At the Karni Mata “Rat Temple” in Deshnoke, Rajasthan, India, 2003. The rats (there are thousands who run loose in the temple) are eating one of the offerings: a pan of cream.
Pushing flies, 2005. My station at the lab bench. This is what I did for the vast majority of my career:
Beef brisket BBQ at the City Market in Luling Texas (2005)—in my experienced view, the best barbecue in America. No plates, just white bread, raw onion, pickles, beer (sausages if you want ’em), and their fantastic sauce.
Greg Mayer, who wrote this morning’s election post, in his office in 2005, cutting up a kringle for us to eat (this is a pastry speciality of Racine, Wisconsin):
A “Big Dat”, the monster donut that’s the speciality of Dat Donuts on the South Side. I see this is getting food-themed.
With my buddies at the end of a two-month field course in Tropical Ecology run by the Organization for Tropical Studies. Costa Rica, 1974:
Feeding a real Texas longhorn on the Hillis/Bull Double Helix Ranch, 2007
And shooting beer cans (I have never fired at a living thing!):
A ride on a tamed wild mustang, New Mexico, 2007. At last I got to put my cowboy boots to genuine use!
A beautiful feral kitten at the Şehzade Mosque, Istanbul, 2008:
Tasting wine with my oenophile BFF, Kenny. Denton, England, 2008.
Time to look for mergansers!