Meme Machine: Eight Random Things
(tagged by Sean Prophet)
- As much as it pains me to admit it, I have a deep-down yearning for sasquatches to be real. I've had some spooky encounters in the wild, albeit no actual sighting or aural experience of anything. Sometimes I head over to the Bigfoot Field Researchers' Organization website and browse through their sighting reports- to what purpose, I don't know. Maybe the discovery of such a creature serves as some kind of weird fantasy.
- Part of my fascination with the concept of sasquatch may come from my experiments with ultra-primitive camping. And when I say ultra-primitive, I mean sans nearly everything but a loincloth and a knife. And a lot of mud. In fact, it's entirely possible that I'm responsible for several sasquatch "sightings" in and around Daniel Boone and Wayne National Forest.
- I had in my possession at one point in time a ball python and a mouse colony. I learned very quickly that the mice could out-reproduce the gastronomical needs of the snake very easily.
- I've also rehabilitated a baby raccoon I found while hiking near my apartment, and initially thought was dead. When he woke up and started running in a circle and bleating for its mother, I took pity on the little thing and brought him home and named him Garrett. He was unsure what he thought about me for a little while, until I got him to try some kitten formula- at that point, I was his favorite person in the world. I kept him for a few months, until he was big enough to take care of itself. Before I released him, I took him camping and taught him how to catch and eat crayfish. It was not easy to let him go free.
- It's probably obvious by now that I love animals. Early on, I wanted to be a veterinarian, and in fact my designation throughout my undergraduate study was "pre-vet." However, while going to college I volunteered at several veterinarian offices and got to know the profession better. I discovered that although I loved working with animals, I loathed working with peoples' pets. Large animals weren't much better - the average horse owner is even more annoying than the average dog or cat owner.
- My choice of science as a career was somewhat accidental - having turned away from veterinary medicine as an option, I thought that I might be happy as a wildlife biologist, but I was also working as a tech in a molecular biology laboratory on campus. When I neared graduation, my boss strongly suggested that I apply to the graduate program, which I hadn't seriously considered (even though I was a reasonably adept lab tech and loved the science I was working in).
- As a graduate student, my most valuable skill became performing vascular surgery on the carotid arteries of mice. You can read all about it on PubMed.
- Although I'm more than open to just about any kind of cuisine available (particularly Indian and Thai), I cannot stomach any kind of melon. Not watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, or anything from that family. And I've tried- this was a distaste that was immediately obvious to me at a young age, at my first attempt of any of these fruits- but since then, I'll periodically try them again, to see if I've gotten over my revulsion. The only thing that's improved is my ability to swallow the fruit without dry-heaving - when I was younger, it was that bad. I have no discernible allergy to the stuff - I could rub it all over myself or eat a whole slice of watermelon with no ill effects other than highly acute nausea. It's my kryptonite.