~U.S. Naval Historical Center photo G-387565, obtained from here~
Pearl Harbor Day is always a bit of an odd day around the Microbial Laboratory. Although it's fearless leader was raised a pacifist, and it's members are much too young to think much about something that happened 68 years ago - we are still tied to the ship that has come to be a symbol of that day, and of our country's resilience. I've spoken of this tie before (and even before that). You see, my lab has collected a large amount of data describing the oil that is leaking out of the memorialized vessel - and so sometimes on this day we get a bit of attention because of our past involvement in the project.
Now this is always nice attention (of course it is) but it's also a bit stressful because I still have two or three manuscripts to write describing what we learned. They've been lingering much too long, and while others are pondering the significance of this day in our Nation's history, I'm kicking myself in the butt for not having submitted manuscripts on this work for publication already.
For a fascinating look at the history of the USS Arizona and on-going preservation efforts, I recommend that you spend some time here.
As for me, well, I should get writing (and if it were only that easy). But alas, yesterday's funky state has gone viral, at least in my little world - this morning the Airstream's electricity blew, and I have calls in to several electricians with no call backs yet. I'm posting this because of an extension cord that is connected to the power in the falling-down house - and this evening I've been alternating between plugging the cord into the computer, the TV, and the Vornado. Fortunately for me I always liked camping (although I must say, tonight is testing my limits).
So if you're in the neighborhood, please do drop by - there's a fire going outside, and if you have the ingredients for s'mores, all the better.
Happy Pearl Harbor Day.