I am going back to Eugene!


I love Eugene — lovely place, great school, good people — and I’m flying back there, leaving tomorrow and staying for the weekend, for a science conference and to meet with old friends. It’s got all the best stuff: copacetic venue, interesting subjects (zebrafish!), nostalgia, wonderful people (the zebrafish community is exemplary that way), and best of all, I don’t have to work! I’m chairing one of the sessions, apparently, but otherwise I have no obligations other than to learn and enjoy myself.

It’s perfection.

Oh, and I guess that there will be an informal get-together over breakfast on Sunday morning, in the restaurant at the Valley River Inn, before I flit off to the airport. Feel free to stop by and say hello. I’m relaxing, though, not performing, so this will just be a convivial brunchy sort of thing.

I intend to revitalizing my old hippie juices and come back an even more mellow Oregonian.


  1. Johnny Vector says

    I intend to revitalizing my old hippie juices…

    Yo, Gene! Why drink that old-fashioned ordinary hippie juice, when for only $5 more you can get new Revitali-Zing!! Now with extra Oregono!!! And if you like Asian food try our Thai-po.

  2. Artor says

    Well drat! I would have liked to meet you here PZ, but I’m running my kid up to Portland for summer camp on Sunday.

  3. bcmystery says

    I’d come say Hi too, but I’ve got a conflict as well. Hope you get outside a bit while you’re here, though. The weather is at peak spectacular right now.

  4. Artor says

    Stock up on antihistamines! The pollen count has gone down from nearly 800ppm3 last week, but it’s still in the “Very High” range here.

  5. anthrosciguy says

    I’m actually at the Valley River a Center right now (unlike most malls in the USA, they let RVs stay overnight for a couple days) but we’re off today headed for the John Day area.

    (BTW, anyone traveling through that area of Oregon should stop and take a tour of the old Chinese store in John a Day; it’s amazing for a variety of reasons).

    The weather here in Eugene has been pretty nice, and warm, especially when coming from the coast, which has been windy and cold. Good for a stroll along the river walk/bikeways. So have a great time.

  6. says

    I don’t know what my schedule for Friday and Saturday is — Friday is the conference itself, Saturday is a party at Chuck Kimmel’s place. I might be available in the evenings — I’ll post a message if I’m going to be hanging about in the bar or some place cool & publicly accessible.

  7. yazikus says

    I love Eugene, it is a super fun place. Great farmer’s market. Also, as a conservative friend tells it, far too many Satanists. So PZ will be in good company!

  8. yazikus says

    Will you be fishing? I once went fly fishing on the John Day near the Painted Hills (which are amazing!), and caught a small mouth bass. Also a sunburn. A very fond memory.

  9. anthrosciguy says

    No, no fishing. Just hanging out in the state park nearby and doing some clean up. Should be putting my other two solar panels on too, but there’s always some excuse. For that matter I should be installing my roof cell amp antenna, cause every once in a while, like right here, it’s a sketchy area for cell data.

    It’s a pretty area, although you have to appreciate dry landscapes. And the streams running through are nice. We use a looped recording of one of them as white noise for sleeping at home and sometimes when traveling. I also like seeing the magpies, but I like the Czech name, straka, better; such a cool looking bird deserves a cool name. :)

  10. Rob Grigjanis says

    The birthplace of the band Oregon! I loved Winter Light and Moon and Mind.

  11. Lady Mondegreen says

    @Raucous Indignation


    So says the proprietor of The Thunderdome.

    Have you ever met PZ? He really is laid back.

    (Some even call him “teddy bear,” “pussy cat,” and suchlike zoomorphisms. But not me. And don’t tell him I told you so.)