When I was eleven, I wanted to be a paleontologist. I had a big picture book of dinosaurs and loved learning about bones, Pangea, and all things stegosaurus. I remember getting totally stoked when Jurassic Park came out and totally depressed that they mislabeled the Deinonychus as the Veloceraptor.
Steven Spielberg: But Mike D, Hollywood is no place for science!
Mike D: Shut up Steven Spielberg!
While I was enamored by the Cretaceous period, my good friend Steve was captivated by Indiana Jones. I had a big rock with tiny fossils in it, Steve had an Indiana Jones hat and a whip.
So here we are 18 years later. I’m spending my days staring at gray cubical walls and longingly aching for the next day on my Holiday Schedule (Memorial Day! Awesome! …Awesome?) and Steve is alternating between excavations in Israel and teaching time in AZ as he concludes his PHD in archeology with a specialization in Religious Studies. Whoa!!
(image taken directly from Steve’s website)
In new and exciting news Steve and his wife Lesley just had a baby. To celebrate their child and show my appreciation for Steve’s friendship and his inspiring career dedication, I thought an added personal touch to my gift to them could be a sweet silk-screened hoodie for the baby but I’m short on clever design ideas.
A few other things Steve likes: Ska, the Marx Brothers, the original Star Wars, and the Tenor Sax.