Appetite and animation both reappear when the subject turns to what seems to be his second-greatest enthusiasm after bones: the 30-acre farm in Virginia on which he lives with his wife, Susie. "We have tomatoes, and corn, and sweet potatoes, and cowpeas in our garden," he says, "and four kinds of raspberries, and blackberries, and marionberries. We've gotten a great crop of boysenberries this year!"
He sighs, apparently thinking about the berries. "I love digging," he says without a trace of irony. "I'm a great digger.”