Friday, January 12, 2007

All Work and No Play...

I love my job, I really do, but sometimes I wonder about the people that run our "Next Great University" (which was the WORST slogan ever).

First there is the whole no Coke on campus thing. Somewhere, at some point, someone decided that Coke was evil and that Pepsi (and Pepsi products) should be the only thing available on campus. Now, I am a Coke girl through and through. In fact, I can't really stand to drink Pepsi at all (unless it is mixed the something else, like Rum, but campus is dry as well, so that is out too). The only exception to this rule is that they do sell Coke products at basketball games--men's games, not women's (they are held in separate places, so I guess it's all good). So, even though Pepsi isl a major sponsor of Men's Basketball, you cannot drink a Pepsi at a Men's Basketball game. Yeah, it doesn't make sense to me either.

Next, there is the whole issue of my building. It is a nice building. It is a brand new building. (It is an ugly building, but that doesn't really factor into this equation.) We moved into the 3rd floor of this lovely building about two years ago, and we actually like it. When we moved in, however, the 4th floor was not yet finished. They had run out of money before they could finish the 4th floor, so it was only a shell. Not too long after we moved in, they got a grant and so began work to finish the top floor for a new Cancer center. Now, after much banging and beating and other strange, distracting noises coming from upstairs, they are almost finished but what did they discover? When they applied for the grant, they told the Grant-giving people that they floor was going to be a Neuroscience floor. While Cancer research is important and wonderful, it is NOT Neuroscience. How are they going to resolve this problem? By making us move to the 4th floor, of course. We are all about Neuroscience, so it makes some sense, but WHY MUST WE MOVE TWO TIMES IN TWO YEARS? Moving a lab is a lot like moving from one house to another, only about 50x move complicated because of all the things (read: Chemicals, Radiation, etc) that has to be move carefully as well as very very expensive equipment that can only be moved on the first full moon after the second Tuesday of every month by someone trained by monks in China. The first move was horrible, but I got through it by saying this was the one and only time I would ever have to do this. It's a good thing that there isn't a 5th floor.

Oh yes, and in some fun other news, one of the female PIs got some flowers delivered to her office today. They were beautiful pink Lilies and Purple Daises. They were, however, giving one of the Administrative Assistants (Secretaries) hives (these are super fragrant flowers--you can smell them all the way down the hall) so now they are spending the day with the most wonderful Zel who works at the other end of the hall until it is time for the recipient to go home. There is never a dull moment around here, that's for sure.

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