This year's symposium seemed smaller than previous years, though the lectures were interesting. I think the best part of the day was Danny meeting up with the University of Nebraska ornithology people, and being given a printed guide to their collection of taxidermied birds, along with an invitation to stop by during the week and visit with the experts. They told him to bring along a sketchbook, so of course he's excited.
"Whoa, that's a pretty large funnel cloud and....well, that's the end of that acreage, moving along everyone north of I-80 will want to be taking cover before...oh well never mind, if you're watching tv instead of taking cover it is already too late and you're going to die. Sorry."
There were the usual emergency management people, disinterested students from the university, and some arts and crafts for the youngest children. It seems less an event for people genuinely interested in climatology than the television audience that likes the excitement of storm chasing. The last few years have seen the symposium decline by trying to reach a more general audience. I like extreme weather as much as the next person, but it would be nice to have something with a bit more depth than, :Look at the scary tornado pictures!"
The University of Nebraska is also home to the Quilt Museum. This sculpture/seating area in front of the building is a nice place to sit and enjoy a beautiful (but VERY windy) day, and take some photos.
I had that funny thing happen where I drive sixty miles to the west and by boobs increase a couple cup sizes. Incredible, I know! And this was a minimiser bra. Just imagine the pontoons I'd be hauling around if I'd worn the regular sort.
1980's Outback Red jersey dress-Goodwill
Necklace-Gift from Danny
Venetian glass earrings-old, bought them in the early 80's
Boobage-courtesy of that physics defying thing that happens when you cross into Lancaster County. I can't explain it, but hey-I'm not complaining.
We stopped by Branched Oak Lake in Raymond, NE to look for migrating pelicans. We didn't spot any, but there were plenty of ducks, geese, heron, eagles, and vultures. Lots and lots of vultures. I don't know about you, but I get uncomfortable with them circling above me...like they know I'm nearly ready to die! The lake was busy today, but I only saw one fool wade out into it-and he quickly retreated! Small lake or not, it is still far too cold for swimming in Nebraska. Unless you're a duck.
No trip to Lincoln would be complete without a stop at the Salvation Army store at University Place. Mr. ETB found some mind-boggling reading material. I'm ashamed to admit the book came home with us. Danny is enjoying it greatly.Lest you think I've lost my mind completely, the book was only .49 cents. The label must have been from a previous yard sale where it (no surprise) didn't sell.
So that was this year's weather symposium. In two weeks I'll be back in Lincoln for the Spring Affair plant sale from the Lancaster County Extension.
Watch out for tornadoes!