A break from work in smoke-free Carbondale.

A break from work in smoke-free Carbondale.

More grant writing today, but I took a break with Kate at the Long Branch. Carbondale’s new smoking ban makes this place much nicer for us. Here’s Kate with Elaine, the manager, and paying the tab. I don’t have permission to name the young woman in...

The rubber chickens and moon suits arrive.

The rubber chickens and moon suits arrive.

It was in the single digits last night and Kate and I got the wood stove too warm and I slept hardly at all and dreamed material for a couple of David Lynch movies when I was asleep. We’re working way too hard, but it has to be done. Poor Cara was up half the...

Two turntables, Steve and Kate.

Two turntables, Steve and Kate.

Kate and I had a blast last night. Finally some time to play, and we spun records until the wee hours. And then goofed off all day today (including making this video from still photos.) It’s been a long time. Not sure how well this Blogger video works,...

Pre-Christmas Carbondale Saturday fun.

Pre-Christmas Carbondale Saturday fun.

Aside from work on my grant proposal, we hiked around the big Cedar Lake dam structures south of Carbondale with Kate’s sister’s family and the amazing Karen Renzaglia, lichen and fern expert. We had a blast and here are photos (and dumb Forest Service...

Nice snow in Carbondale, dog needs a home.

Nice snow in Carbondale, dog needs a home.

Kate and I had fun at Hangar 9 last night listening to these crazy people. I was reminded of Elvis Costello, Patti Smith, Earl Scruggs, Chris Whitley. And with none of the positive stuff, just a driving chunka chunka bluegrassy beat, happy danceable songs about...