Are you a member of the Cape May Bird Observatory? I joined last year and went to the autumn show. I got teased because I didn't have any optics. I also missed the pelagic tour because I couldn't find the ferry. I had applied for a job at Cornell and was hoping to network with a professor and that didn't happen either. I'll be back again this year; still no optics, so I'll probably be a target for the bird nerds again, but at least I know where to find the ferry now!
I'm crap-your-pants excited you dig on Wilco. I listened to them a few years ago (got to see them open for REM in LA...w00t!), but someone ruined them for me. Recently, they have been renewed for me and I've been listening to them for weeks. Yay for Tweedy! Yay, I say! Yay!