An Allosaurus skeleton in the lobby of AMNH, New Year's Eve, 2007.
Image: GrrlScientist 2007. [Larger view].
As proof that my readers are the bestest of the best, I met one of my long-time readers and her daughter at the American Museum of Natural History today and spent the afternoon with them.
It was great!
I took them to my favorite watering hole (their choice -- this is where I write for my blog when "my" library is closed (evenings, sundays and holidays)) and she and her daughter treated me to a delicious lunch and to wonderful conversation about all sorts of things; education, science, politics, religion, literature, writing, pets and other things. In short, I was so pleased to meet them and found such delight in their conversation that I didn't want it to end. But we should always leave our friends while they still want more, right?
Anyway, because it is New Year's Eve, and partying tonight is exceptionally expensive (even by NYC standards) and because things get really wild in NYC (as you might have guessed), I have returned home to my parrots, where I will spend the night, reading, listening to music, watching DVDs, and making sure that my wacky neighbors don't shoot flaming fireworks into my apartment windows, which are wide open. I wish I could get to sleep at a reasonable hour, but alas, I will probably be awake until the wee hours of the morning, as has been the case for several weeks now.
For my bird watching pals, I just wanted to say that on my way back to my apartment, I saw an adult sharp-shinned hawk flying low over the buildings. I am sure this is the last wild bird I will see in 2007, although the last bird I see in 2007 will be a toss-up between my various roommates; the yellow-bibbed lories, the Eclectus parrot, and the hawk-headed parrot. (It'll probably be the hawk-headed parrot, Orpheus, since he is sitting on my knee at this moment).
So how did you spend your New Year's Eve?