The acorn doesn't fall far from the tree, etc.

May 25 2011 Published by under Uncategorized

Or is it the apple? Whatever. If you think about it, nothing that grows on a tree is going to fall that far from it--the metaphor is virtually limitless! Thank you, Newton!

It was but a few short months ago that I was gently chiding my current PI for his hoarder-like tendencies, and I see that I have the gift as well. It is strong in me.

The chair of my future department wrote to me recently. "Dr So-and-So has taken a position at another University and is leaving this summer. Do you want his Very Expensive and Complicated Piece of Equipment (VECPE)?"

Hmm...I thought to myself. I have no experience whatsoever with VECPE, but I do know that it is Awesome and Powerful, and it would complement my research really well, and I'm sure I can find someone to show me how to use it or hire a post-doc or something. "Yes!" I told the chair. "I'll take it!"

When I told my current PI about this most excellent score, he beamed like a proud parent. And I'm super excited about VECPE, too. I just have to work hard to make sure it doesn't end up in the cultch heap.

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