The Alabama Ice House is supposed to have the best tacos, from the truck in the parking lot. We tried them out with friends before a talk at the Museum of Natural Science. Picnic tables were outside, or under a heavy vinyl shelter that apparently counted as outside or the smokers. We avoided the table the friendly, white German shepherd lounged on, and began with beers.The tacos were good, especially the chicharrón, stewed and delicious. Barbacoa, lengua and carne all seemed quite similar, so maybe we should go back and make a study of them. The red hot sauce and the vinagary yellow sauce were both good.
The talk at the Museum of Natural Science by Bob Bakker had lots of drawings and pictures of dinosaurs, loosely tied to the Silk Road. He must have a lot of success with his exaggerated style, but it didn’t do much for me. Even for a public lecture, the content was light. Worst of all, he used the laser pointer incessantly, so it was impossible to actually see the images, and it worked well as a migraine trigger. I’d take the butterfly house any day over this. But others seemed to like it, and he did generate some enthusiasm for the bones and casts that were going to show up soon in the new fossil wing. I hope it has a strong evolutionary focus.