Greetings from Austin, the capital of Texas and the home of the University of Texas Longhorns. I am here to visit colleagues in the Astronomy Department and to scout out the town. Not counting layovers in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Airport, this marks my first trip to the Lone Star State.
The astronomy department here is quite large. Yesterday I met several faculty, postdocs, and students. We had good discussions on our work, with more on the way today. We also had a severe thunderstorm last night, with water streaming from the skies and quite a bit of wind. More storms today, and a street fair this weekend.