Yet another somewhat under-par posting, this. I have things to say, just neither the time nor inclination to type them all out right now when I could be down the pub, or sleeping…!
- It’s honestly harder to pull a decent pint than it looks. Pull the tap too slowly and it stops and judders and you don’t get any beer or it all goes frothy. Too fast and you get way too much head, obviously. Guinness always needs to settle, but that’s fine. Lagers are hard to pour too in order to get ‘just the right amount’ of head. Why? Who likes a head on their beer, except that it would look wrong without?
- If you’re a regular you get priveleges like glass beer tankards if you ask for them or the speciality Ringwoods glasses which have trees and badgers etched into them (try asking for one anyway, you’re a customer after all) and are really pretty.
- Research is expensive because all those tiny little glass and plastic tubes are actually highly designed, serious bits of kit, which cost at least a couple of quid each. And let’s not even start on reagents and chemicals and stuff.
- Most scientists – from a spectacularly large sample of three – don’t like killing the animals they work with, and try to have to kill as few as possible as quickly as possible. So put that bucket of pig’s blood away, OK? Especially since I’m working with tiny little shrimp that have about one nerve cell apiece.
- The things you really want are always in the last place you look. Literally. You’ll say that’s becuase obviously once you’ve found a thing of course you stop looking for it, but if I hadn’t found my shoes in the bag I found them in, that would be it. No more places in the whole house where they could possibly be. Annoyingly, infuriatingly true. Still it does now mean that I have shoes to wear to the wedding tomorrow. Shame about the lack of jewellery – I know where my cross necklace is, I’m wearing it. I *think* my plain silver earrings are on my dressing table. That’s it. Sum total of locateable jewellery.
- As a scientist I’m really going to miss out on wearing smart clothes to work. Today? Brown shorts, Green Flash, vest top. When I was younger I had all these visions of sharp suits and neat black heels and pencil skirts, but it’s not to be.