Having just read poor Stephen’s “Year” I must admit that since Wed. I am not faring any better. My lymph nodes feel like coconuts, and my head feels as though someone keeps inflating balloons under my skin. I had hoped to use this respite–this quiet time between Christmas and the New Year–to catch up on writing papers, grants, and other obligations.
I had also intended to jump-start my third Lab Lit novel (tentatively titled: “Let My People Go“–about a student whose mentor does not want her to graduate yet)–and at least have had enough strength to get those matters moving.
In the spirit of another year about to pass, and the silly 1st year Blogiversary that I hastily put together last year, I thought I’d try to lighten things up a bit. So here goes:
Feeling as I do right now, Mayan calendar notwithstanding, I thought that I had better straighten out my legacy to Occam’s Typewriter. Should I succumb to the beastly virions that plague my innards, here is what I leave for everyone:
To Richard Wintle: My Pentax K1000 camera and a lifetime supply of AGFA film.
To Athene Donald: My axe–so you can continue to smash glass ceilings for gender disparity.
To Erika Cule: A copy of my Ph.D. thesis. In Hebrew.
KristiV: My lovely undergraduate zoology drawings that were jolly entertainment for my entire class.
Richard P. Grant: My old defunct BlackBerry.
Bob O’Hara: No cats, but you can have my daughter’s guinea pig.
Sylvia McLain: My favorite 3 liter box of red wine so you can fill the glass in your profile picture.
Jenny Rohn: My 2013 Journal of Cell Science calendar and some Paas dyes.
Austin Elliott: My Polar Bear Tournament 1st place reserve chess trophy.
Stephen Curry: A list of all the manuscripts I’m handling for the PLoS One open access journal.
Steffi Suhr: My snowblower, in case you go back to the Antarctic.
Cromercrox: You can share my BlackBerry with RPG, or perhaps he’ll give you the battery.
Frank Norman: A laminated copy of my Omaha Public Library card.
Cath Ennis: My postcard with a beautiful picture of Manitoba’s provincial bird: the mosquito.
HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL!