And I am very, very sleepy. Not enough sleep last night. Too much of everything today. But it was a good day.
I was at McWane by ten this morning, worked a little on one of Winifred's cervicals, and then Jun and I and a couple of other museum folks carpooled to UAB to hear the first third of Andrew Gentry's defense of his dissertation on the fossil "toxichelyid" turtles of Alabama. Only that first third of the defense was open to the public. Anyway, you may recall that Drew was lead author on our description of Asmodochelys. The defense was in a classroom on the third floor of Campbell Hall, the biology and psychology building, where I pretty much lived for long stretches of the time during my college years and where I taught undergraduate labs*. Drew's talk was excellent, and also there were a couple of my former professors there (both on Drew's dissertation committee), one of whom I'd not seen since...shit, 1988? I'd not even been in Campbell Hall since about 1990. And afterwards, I got to talk briefly with Dr. Winston Lancaster, who was at the Red Mountain Museum (working on fossil whales) way back when I was also at the RMM. Actually, I think Red Mountain hired Winston when I was still in high school. Now he's teaching at UAB, and it was really good seeing him for the first time in 36 years.
And...I'm too tired to do a good job of recounting all this, but it was the nice sort of weird and I'm glad I didn't chicken out. I almost did. Just the thought of being back in Campbell Hall was sorta overwhelming. Lately, I feel like I'm seeing a lot of people I assumed I'd never see again.
So, good job, Drew. You go.
Back at McWane, I spent three more hours on the air scribe. My hair smells like chalk dust and motor oil.
I headed home about 4:30 p.m., and there was dinner, and then there were two hours of RP, and now I'm gonna go lie down and watch TV.
The platypus is staring at me...
* Drew and I realized today that we both taught the same organismal biology lab.