Wednesday, August 08, 2007


Gah! I can't remeber any Simpsons quotes from yesterday!

I watched 2 episodes and I think the quotes canceled each other out.

Cooter asked why we blog yesterday. I think I still blog for the same reason I started but added a few other reasons. I enjoy it as a time to write and express myself. Sure I would like some constructive criticism so that I might become a better writer but that will come later, maybe in a classroom setting of some sort. An online diary that is updateable anywhere there is a computer and internet access would be another reason why I blog. I haven't yet started reading through my archives but when I do, it'll be a nice stroll down memory lane. So far it represents a little less than 50% of my time at Clemson and plan to continue this as long as I can. I might switch to Wordpress and buy my own domain name, and when that happens you will be the first to know. Promise.

I also strive to share some knowledge with you and in turn receive some from you via comments and your blogs. We're all trying to make the world a better place (I hope).

So ESC's labmate has full blown cancer. It always strikes at your heart but even more if you're a scientist who is in lab everyday. Was she exposed to something? Do we have it in our lab? Was it a combination of things that slowly, day by day, took their toll on her immune system? How safe am I? Could I be safer? Maybe it had nothing to do with her job and work environment and it was just some extremely bad luck? No amount of questions and even some answers wouldn't help working through this terrible affliction. It's a day by day thing now and in the hands of well trained doctors and maybe even a higher power or two. I can't even imagine what her family is going through. She also has a son who must be a wreck.

Also ran across this yesterday. Dr. Sean of Doc in the Box is currently separated from his wife. It wasn't one big thing but lots of the little things that pile up and if you aren't careful, come crashing out all at the same time and can tear things apart. Heather, aka Tragic Saturn, took her clothes and some other items and went to her parents house, hopefully to think and sort some things out. My hope is they get some professional help and give it another solid effort before throwing it all away.

No happy thought to leave you with today. The world sucks today.

I have a fairly long list of things to do around the house to get ready to fly to Orlando tomorrow. (Yes, my attention to minutiae in the face of sadness and decay is a coping mechanism)

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