Wednesday, October 8, 2008

The Cruise 1

Well, we left on time and the cruise is well under way.
I'm on the night shift, 7p to 7a.

So, here's a basic day for YHN aboard the ship.
1700: wake up, see if I have samples to process, consume much coffee, process samples
1900: shift begins. So far it's been plankton tows, Tucker trawls and/or CTD casts.
0700: shift ends.
0730: finished with end of shift stuff, scarf breakfast.
0800:take care of laundry (it's been raining for most of the deck work, and glorious when I'm asleep), data processing, quick emails to SO, PI and family and other misc stuff. (cruise axiom: Dry shorts are good for morale. Dry shoes are a pipe dream.)
0900: sleep

Notice anything missing?

Yeah, blogging.

I'll keep trying, if I have time.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

The Cruise 0.5

I packed up the truck this morning and set off for adventure on the high seas. Action packers full of supplies were stowed, along with a cooler full of micro media and a liquid nitrogen dewar. Water, check. Road food, check. Am I caffeinated enough? CCHHEECCKK! So it's time to go. I bid farewell to my PI (henceforth "PI") and Lab Goddess* (henceforth "LG")

LG's reply: "Have fun storming the castle!"

I instinctivly reply: "Do you think it'll work?"

LG: "It'll take a miracle. Buh-bye!" (Link for those who didn't get the ref.)

Well, I made it to the destination and I load up and board the ship in the morning. I met the Big Boss (henceforth BB. This is the science BB, not the Captain of the vessel, who will be called "the Captain") of the cruise and most of the other crew (scientific and ship crew) for dinner and I really hope I learn all the names quickly. There must be almost 40 people on this leg, with scientists and ship crew. I hope my swiss cheese brain can keep up.

Maybe I'll find the four white horses at the end.

*anyone who has ever had a really good lab manager to work with knows why I chose that title.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The Cruise!

Dear reader*,
I am going on a research cruise for the next two weeks. I'll be aboard the RV Big Boat**, and I have been told that there is WiFi aboard. If the internet is real, and reliable, I shall try to blog the cruise. We'll be working in the Gulf of Mexico, studying the deep water corals there. I'll try to post pix and all that kind of cool stuff, as well as what the day-to-day life aboard is like, since I don't know if my reader has ever been aboard a blue water research vessel.

This should be an interesting time, and I really hope for some good samples. Will I get them and have a job for the next year? Will they tell me anything interesting and new? Will I fall overboard while losing my lunch? These questions and more will be answered in the next episode of "Lab Boy on a Boat." Be sure to tune in!

*I think I have at least one reader.
**I'll be keeping things anonymous. Since this space is mine, I do not speak for my employer, the funding agency, the crew, the vessel, the vessel owners, nor anyone else. If I get seasick, I don't even speak for myself.