June 10, 2008

It's a Glamorous Life in Biology: Samplin' and Stinkin'

It's going to be hot, hot, hot here today:

...The National Weather Service has posted an excessive heat watch through Tuesday afternoon for a large portion of interior Massachusetts including Worcester and Springfield, where forecasters said the mercury could top out near 100 degrees.

State and federal environmental officials predicted another day of unhealthy air quality in the region, due to a build-up of ground-level ozone. Officials again urged residents to avoid strenuous outdoor activity...


So what am I doing today? I'm going into the field to collect specimens, along with my adviser and a couple of other students.

We're mycologists, dammit. We don't listen to no steenkin' excessive heat watches.

We're leaving for a field site at 9:15 and will probably be out for no more than two hours. We should get back to campus by around 11:30, at which point I'm going to come home and hose off the oh-so-attractive mixture of sweat and insect repellent with which I shall be covered. Then I'll eat lunch and head back.

Oh, and the best part... we're taking two cars, only one of which has working air conditioning. Ah, the glamorous life of the scientist!

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