Visited Trumansburg, NY over the weekend for Michael's 40th birthday. I remembered T-Burg fondly, music at the Rongo, stories of Robert Moog and his famous guests, etc. It was great to see the people there, well-traveled, educated, and interesting people who had chosen a more agrarian life in the Finger Lakes area.
The weather was pure crud, naturally, but the food was great. Although the roads were dangerously slippery, especially in a car that had never known a snow tire, I made a point of driving to Taughannock Falls (I spell-checked 'Taughannock' and the suggested replacement was 'Laughingstock', but googling the word showed I had spelled it correctly, to my surprise). The falls are higher than Niagara and when we got to the overlook there was not a human being in sight. After so many years hearing infernal combustion engines in the background, it was a real pleasure to stand in the freezing rain and hear nothing but the roar of water plummeting into a basin of ice 200 feet below.
"Lightning bolts appear above and around the Chaiten volcano as seen from Chana, some 30 kms (19 miles) north of the volcano, as it began its first eruption in thousands of years, in southern Chile May 2, 2008. Cases of electrical storms breaking out directly above erupting volcanoes are well documented, although scientists differ on what causes them. Picture taken May 2, 2008. (Carlos Gutierrez)"
from the Boston Globe's The year 2008 in photographs