Paul leaves his Love in South Australia

 

The first half of 2016 has been quite an adventure. I returned to Colorado for six weeks in January and February to spend time with Paris. I touched base with Dean Saitta, Becky Powell, Alex & Cherie Muleh, Sarah Robinson, Emily Skop and Family, Chris Elvidge, Ben Tuttle, and Amanda Weaver. I also decided to return to the University of Denver to spend more time with Paris. Which explains the title of this blog. I am Leaving Sharolyn behind in South Australia. Our love is strong – Sharolyn even bought me the coolest Russian Wedding ring. It does prevent strange women from throwing themselves at me. The future is uncertain. I may return to South Australia if things work out, or Sharolyn may join me in Denver. The election or non-election of Donald Trump may have a big influence on this. Right now we are both still feeling the Bern. I took Paris and his friends Jack and Luke to a Bernie Sanders rally in Denver. We both spent time in Canberra with Bob Costanza and Ida Kubiszewski for a Future Earth Australia event sponsored by the Australian Academy of Science. Sadly, lots of DEWNR and CSIRO scientists are losing their jobs. Sustainability science is not well supported here in Australia at this time. We have had four prime ministers in two years which is a record (Julia Guillard, Kevin Rudd, Tony Abbot, and Malcolm Turnbull). We spent a week in May at an ELD (Economics of Land Degradation) workshop that took place in Bangkok. This was the second of these events. Bangkok is a blade runner type city. Very cool. Great public transportation. Crazy traffic. 3-dimensional walkways, subways, trains, canals. Wild. Sharolyn and I have finally co-authored a paper with only the two of us as authors. It is in Press at Ecosystem Services: Holistic Valuation of urban ecosystem services a case study of New York City’s Central Park. I have been working with James Ward and others on a paper to put to bed this idea of ‘decoupling’. We’ll see how that goes. It has been rejected at Nature and PNAS. Sharolyn and I went on a dinner cruise on the mighty murray river in early May. Very fun. I have been riding my bike up ‘corkscrew’ almost once a week. We saw ‘A midsummer night’s dream’ with OZACT at Naracoorte caves. We also checked out the Naracoorte caves. Very cool skeleton collections there. Sharolyn for CRC for low carbon living in Melbourne that mostly about valuing green infrastructure.

 

Paul and Paris Feeling the Bern

Paul and Paris Feeling the Bern

 

Paul and Sharolyn with the Buddha in Bangkok

Paul and Sharolyn with the Buddha in Bangkok

 

Paul in Lime Green

Paul in Lime Green

Strange food at the mall in Thailand. Sticky Rice and Mango Good.

Strange food at the mall in Thailand. Sticky Rice and Mango Good.
Sharolyn in Bangkok

Sharolyn in Bangkok

Buddha trapped in strangler vine tree

Buddha trapped in strangler vine tree

Permaculture course at Panchabhuta

Permaculture course at Panchabhuta

Entrance to the Naracoorte Cave

Entrance to the Naracoorte Cave