I am leaving today for a scientific meeting in Woods Hole, MA. This will be my last major "away game" before retirement in three months. I will miss seeing these colleagues that come from around the US. I've been an integral part of this group since 1992. It has been a good group in that we could argue vehemently about approaches and concepts and then later get together and have a beer and be colleagial.
I'm not sure what the weather is going to be, other than perhaps some snow. I've been to Woods Hole many times over my career. In graduate school, I went there to go to sea on the old Albatross IV. It was early March, and the weather in the Gulf of Maine was miserable. We had such heavy seas that we eventually put into port for a couple of days. There was ice on the deck and sleet was the norm for every six hour watch.
I remember sitting in the Marine Biology Lab and having to wear a coat and wool cap because the Director kept the heat off to save electricity. I was trying to write and take notes from some of the journals that I needed for my dissertation. It was about 40 degrees F in the library!
At the time, I was a lowly graduate student, but I met some of the greats there. Most of those scholars are no longer alive. Later, the same Director who kept the heat down became a close colleague as we both worked together to get a fledgling society off the ground. He was the editor for the scientific journal, and I was the President of the Society.
I enjoy coming back to Woods Hole because it has such a rich history in marine science. Founded in 1888, the Marine Biological Laboratory is the oldest independent marine laboratory in the Americas. To date, 53 MBL-affiliated scientists have been awarded the Nobel Prize. I don't know when and if I'll be back, but it won't likely be in an official capacity after this trip. I'm going to enjoy my time up there and hopefully get to an open AA meeting since there aren't any Al-Anon meetings in town.
I hope to catch up with each of you over the week. In the meantime, take care.