What good is a lab without water?


That is my sad face. I went into the lab yesterday to get a bunch of things done, when I learned that the water to the whole building was shut off. Our science building is only about 20 years, but every year we have a battery of problems that shake out — rooms are too hot or too cold, the roof leaks, and come the winter, we often get pipes freezing and all the problems that causes. So no water for three days while the maintenance crew fixes everything.

This would have been catastrophic when I was working with fish, and it’s still awkward when working with spiders. On my list was the need to set up more flies so they’d have food in two weeks, washing spider poop out of their containers, and most tragic of all, I had set hundreds of vials soaking in soapy water the day before, and I was going to scrub ’em up and rinse them out and dry them yesterday.

Look! I even got a brand new bottle brush! I was so excited to be doing dishes, and then…crashing disappointment. I’ll have to wait until Thursday.

Comments

  1. stroppy says

    I guess I’m not good at faces. I thought that was your “I’m a-gunna give you a whupin’ ” face. I just about dove under the table.

  2. Akira MacKenzie says

    Funny you mention it: We had a compromised pipe in the basement just yesterday. Fortunately we spotted it early and was able to get a patch on it before things got out of hand.

  3. blf says

    […] soaking in soapy water the day before, and I was going to scrub ’em up and rinse them out and dry them […] I was so excited to be doing dishes, and then…crashing disappointment. I’ll have to wait until Thursday.

    I’ve got sink with more than a dozen things soaking in it, and they need to be cleaned today (but can dry overnight). And I need to get some more soap, and a new scrub-sponge.

  4. PaulBC says

    I guess a “computer lab” doesn’t count. How about a physics lab? Is this a trick a question? Now a “lav” without water. That’s a problem (and porta-johns are just gross.)

    (Or should I actually read beyond the subject heading one of these days?)

  5. PaulBC says

    I even got a brand new bottle brush!

    Promoted to chief bottle washer?

    washing spider poop out of their containers

    I stand corrected. Sounds like you have a lav without water as well.

  6. Pierce R. Butler says

    … washing spider poop out of their containers…

    Surely, a rich and pungent solution transported (almost) daily to fertilize the Myers estate gardens?

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