I don’t know about your grad school, but this is what mine was like.
That’s Monte Westerfield on the left, Chuck Kimmel on the right…and if you know the zebrafish literature at all, you know you’re looking at a pair of heavy hitters. In the middle is Chuck’s son, Seth.
That’s what made grad school fun. You’d work hard during the day, you’d wrestle with interesting problems, and then every once in a while Chuck & Reida would invite the whole lab out to their farm. I think every event at the farm was like the one today: clear skies filled with birds, trees all around, good food loaded on the tables, talking about science and ideas, and then the gang would break out the fiddles and dulcimer and banjos and we’d get some classic old-timey.
Today was especially good, because 35 years worth of Chuck’s students and colleagues were there. I’ve decided it was a huge mistake to have left in 1988, and we should have all just stayed right there in the perfect culture for doing science and living a happy life.
It would have gotten a little crowded, I guess.