Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Paraformaldehyde Tramp

Countdown to seeing the Mayan ruins: 3 days.

I can not wait.

I start my new job the day after I get back.

I can not wait.

I then have to help the new grad student in my old lab learn how to stain her tissue and analyze the results as no one in the lab knows how to do it.

I would rather stab myself in the eye.

I hope that she's been informed that this "training" will have to occur after hours as I do have a new job to go to. I'm sure no one found it necessary to tell her this as she is a grad student and thus a victim of The Man. At least she will have someone to help her, and she will not have to learn how to do these things on the Black Market like I did. I can't tell you how many of the lab's precious, disposable filter flasks and surgery needles were exchanged for protocols. Nor do I want to even think about how many animals I perfused like some paraformaldehyde whore in exchange for help cutting brains, use of cryostat and microscope equipment, and aliquots of solutions that I wasn't allowed to buy until I had tried them out. Do you know how hard it is to try something out before you buy it? Paraformaldehyde whore...that's what it came to.

Ahhhh, the life of the scientist. You wait for scraps to be thrown your way and then hover over them to protect them from being yanked away from you. Are there rescue societies for abused scientists? There should be.

Yep, she's lucky and she doesn't even know it.

Mayan ruins--here I come.

26 Comments:

At 1:03 PM, Blogger Katie said...

Gosh, all this is so familar.

Just recently I begged for some cadmium pellets in this kit for a reduction I was working on. Then I had to peruse through all this literature to find out what was in all the solutions in this kit because of course, the company is not going to tell you the concentrations you need. Finally, I was permitted to perchase this relatively cheap kit because we had all this grant money we needed to spend by a certain time. But I could only purchase this kit after I showed that it worked.

 
At 1:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. You're so lucky (Mayan ruins, that is).
I went there many years ago and I was going trying to go there this year with the kids.
I hope that you are not going to stay in Cancun.
If you are going to that region i.e. Yacatan Pen. Then I would suggest that you go to Punta Allen. It is an amazing place and well worth extra distance.

See you

Jealous Guy.

 
At 1:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

PS
I like your paper.

 
At 1:38 PM, Blogger she falters to rise said...

My paper on the downfall of society via paraformaldehyde prostitution?

 
At 1:41 PM, Blogger she falters to rise said...

We're not going to be in Cancun--we're mainly Central America type of people.

 
At 1:59 PM, Blogger B said...

the Mayan ruins sound great! I have always wanted to see them, even more so after I took a class with a prof who lived their every other summer. Enjoy every minute! The grad student you are helping, hopefully will realize what a lifesaver you are. I would give my right arm for someone like you :) Even if the student doesn't recognize it immediately he/she is bound to down the road.
Your blog really helps me realize that people do make it to the end of this grad school road so thanks for writing!
sorry for the long note!

 
At 1:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No
The fall of Society via Hydrogen Peroxide.

 
At 3:33 PM, Blogger sue said...

YIPPEEE!!! You have a job! You have a life again! You're going to see the ruins! You appear to be happy!... wow...I've been away a long time. Nice to "see" you again~~

 
At 5:03 PM, Blogger trisha said...

Oh, wow! Hooray for you! On all fronts!

Love you, Rox!

 
At 11:31 AM, Blogger Katie said...

Sadly, I don't think there are any rescue societies for abused scientists. I think one should be formed.

If so, I would certainly stand in line, I am in so desperate need to being rescued...

 
At 4:37 PM, Blogger William the Coroner said...

Katie--Scientists are not rescued. They in turn abuse their students. It's the "What rolls downhill" phenomenon again.

I enjoy the concept of a paraformaldehyde 'ho.

"Will perfuse for food!"

 
At 6:18 PM, Blogger Katie said...

William,

I have to say that I have at times been "abused" by various people in my profession.

I absolutely, and I mean absolutely refuse to be one of those people who "in turn abuse their students". I abhore that idea greatly. I have always cherished and respected the teaching aspect of my life. That is why I won the nomination of "Outstanding Teaching Assistant".

Sadly, since scientists are not rescued, I have to find other outlets for my frustrations. Those being things such as orchids and photography.

I like the food aspect of your suggestion though. I think I can make it work...

 
At 11:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

William The Coroner:

It sounds to me that eager students full of expectations have already suffered from your devastating "downhill abuse" and that you condone this behavior.

Perhaps you should not assume that other people will behave the same way as you do.

 
At 12:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the rescue society for scientists are the pharmaceutical companies that hire them to be drug reps.

 
At 4:09 PM, Blogger muse said...

Haven't read you in a while, just wondering how you're doing? :)

 
At 10:20 AM, Blogger Jessica said...

Well? I want to hear all about it!

 
At 7:37 AM, Blogger Pink Cupcake said...

Just checking in. Hope you had a wonderful vacation and that everything's going well with your new position?

 
At 2:35 PM, Blogger Psycho Kitty said...

Dude, those must be some BIG ruins...

 
At 5:32 PM, Blogger trisha said...

I miss you.

 
At 11:22 AM, Blogger sue said...

I miss you too.

 
At 11:29 AM, Blogger Katie said...

I think that SFTR must have gotten lost in those BIG ruins...

Miss you too!

 
At 2:56 PM, Blogger muse said...

Some terminology help for your reports (a friend sent it to me and it made me think of you):

http://www.flyzhy.org/research/dictionary_research.html

 
At 1:11 AM, Blogger Psycho Kitty said...

Roxie. Dude. I am starting to get the shakes.

 
At 6:46 AM, Blogger Pink Cupcake said...

What psycho kitty said. We miss you!

 
At 10:42 PM, Anonymous Dominic Ebacher said...

Good luck, your life seems interesting!

Peace and Love!

Dominic Ebacher
ebacherdom.blogspot.com

 
At 2:56 PM, Blogger phu said...

very helpful post thankyou.
check on google for “cast spells radionics software”

 

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