Uncle Sam and Jill-Freedom: Defending America, One Mountain at a Time

E pluribus unum, Americans. I hope everyone had an explosively enjoyable Independence Day. I adore the Fourth of July. Historical sticklers might argue that, in reality, the founding fathers declared INDEPENDENCE on July 2nd, 1776; that nobody actually got around to signing the document itself until August; that Uncle Sam was merely a manhattan meat-monger; and that the... Continue Reading →

Montana Love

Hello happy human beings. It's a magical day here in Missoula, Montana! I'm enjoying an iced tea and some black licorice at an amazing apothecary called Butterfly Herbs in order to kill some time before my flight back to Denver this evening. I've been in Missoula for a few hours now, and I'm thoroughly enjoying... Continue Reading →

The graduate students are retreating!

How's it going, human beings? I'm lazing around Seattle on this Sunday afternoon after a fun-filled weekend spent on San Juan Island. Each year the graduate students in my microbiology department spend a weekend together away from the lab at our annual retreat on San Juan Island. We always have a great time getting to know... Continue Reading →

The Sound of Music

Aloha athletes! I'm pecking out this post with a spring in my step and a song in my heart, gentle readers. Would anybody care to hazard a guess why this plucky Ph.D. candidate blogger is in such a merry mood? I'm feeling elated and elevated because yesterday evening was my induction into an organization that guarantees a... Continue Reading →

Seattle is splendid in the summer

Happy sunday superheroes! I hope that everybody had splendid weekends. It was a scorcher up here in Seattle, the mercury climbed to the high eighties and mid nineties both days! I chose to take full advantage of the heavenly heat by getting outside as much as humanly possible, and by wearing the smallest amount of... Continue Reading →

Wet weekend wanderings: the camping trip that wasn’t

Happy Monday, maniacs! I hope everybody's week is shaping up to be super! I tried to start the week strong with my typical swim this morning. Tragically, when I entered the University of Washington gym I was informed that my membership has expired because SOMEBODY forgot to register himself as a PhD student for summer quarter. Luckily I was... Continue Reading →

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