Sadie Ryan has officially read both Andro's and Dan's blogs. It sort of shamed me into writing a new post here.
Also, procrastination is a fantastic motivator. Is this irony? Discuss.
What is the latest and greatest? PRIMATES!!! Yes, that's right, the buffalo have been set aside for the 'summer' in favor of returning to my undergrad pursuits - the role of social contact in disease transmission in primates.
Yes, this is a very well studied taxon, and therefore there are quite a great deal of data on them. (notice how I correctly used the plural for a change, mr. editor?).
Let's have some primate pictures, shall we? NICE.
Then, I will come back on the 7th and contemplate my navel, panic, etc. Because on the 13th I'm off to Brazil (Brasilia) to give a talk about primates at the Society for Conservation Biology's 19th Annual Conference and then fly back. Phew.
Getting the visa is proving to be a crazy ordeal. I had to get a postal order for the $100 fee, had to go and get passport pictures, there's a whole form and all that... then I have to go to the Brazilian Consulate in San Francisco for approval.
Fortunately, after that conference, I'll get a good break. How often does one go to Japan? So I'm going to see Kyoto and some ancient culture - with an English speaking tour, so I don't try to order sushi non-stop or ask for "two red towels, please" (it's something like Akai tauru o ni mai kudasai), the only phrase I learned from the TV japanese course.
Then back I come to SF, perhaps pack and then head back out to NY state again - this time Alex's brother Joey is getting married. YEA!!! To Aisling, who I like a lot. But I have to sneak out of their weekend of wedding extravaganza to join in a bachelorette weekend with Gillian; 18 years of friendship counts for something, eh?
To come back or not to come back? Well, we shall see... If there's an apartment lined up, perhaps we'll come back. Because yes, believe it or not we are going to be at another wedding in upstate NY in...