today we went to the nasher sculpture center to meet the new conservator (well, new since october) for lunch and a tour of the lab. he was great and the food was great (wolfgang puck), and it was good to be there with the weather so nice. i hadn't been there in a few years actually. and since it was the middle of a weekday, it wasn't that crowded...optimal time to go. the david smith exhibit is neat. and of course the sculpture garden is always lovely.