A glimpse…

i’ve written quite a bit about life amidst science folk.  i talk about Geek Nation… And my conferencing.  The seemingly endless smorgasboard of research and scientific meetings i am subjected to attend.  To provide some enlightenment for those of you not of this community, i did something bad.  Something that guarantees my spot in a toasty alcove in Hell.  But i couldn’t help it…

At the nerd-extravaganza this week, i was pulled off into a side discussion with some of my own folks.  The never-ending and unresolved battle i’ve been in for several years to re-direct a substantial part of our research activities.  In fact, part of the reason i’ve accepted a position in another organization is that i’m simply tired of having the same conversation with the same people for at least the past six years.  They won.  i’m leaving….

For my parting shot, here’s a little cell phone photo, snapped during our side discussions – taken while i was trying to distract myself, and keep from shouting obscenities in a public hotel lobby.  That would be a very senior scientist wearing those man-pri’s.  The one that threw a tantrum a few months back.  Fortunately, i was wearing shades, or i’d still be suffering retinal burn from the whiteness of those legs…

At least his trousers were zipped.  This time...
At least his trousers were zipped. This time…

Yes.  i know i’m evil and Hell-bound.  But first, i’m leaving these bags of fossilized dinosaur turds behind me.  Not sure quite why i feel just a little guilty about this… These people are like family, and as such, a little abuse from time to time seems appropriate!  At least i didn’t take a photo of him tromping down the hallway to the men’s room, a daily happening at 0900, carrying his dog-eared copy of “Physics Today”.