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Disgruntled Julie

Disgruntled Julie is a laboratory slave 6th year Ph.D. student studying pediatric cancer through biochemistry and biophysics. When she isn't in lab (never), she enjoys cooking, cleaning, crafting, and other domestic goddess type activities. When she is in lab (always), she spends her time attempting to purify seemingly non-purifiable proteins, determining the structure of unstructured proteins, fighting with the pH meter, and injecting mice with cancer. Disgruntled Julie survives by finding the humor in lab life, and rants accordingly.

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Thursday, August 12, 2010


I have quite a few animal facility related rants-in-progress that I have not yet finished writing (or rather, every time I think I do, there is more aggravation that I have to add), but today’s Daily Display of Incompetence is rather brief.

Dear Animal Facility,

Wet Paint signs are used for a reason. Namely, that reason is to warn unsuspecting individuals that, indeed, the paint is wet, and it is probably not a good idea to lean against that wall while waiting (and waiting… and waiting…) for the vet tech to show up with ointment to schmear all over 200 mouse eyeballs infected with pinkeye.

I sincerely hope you enjoy that amazing imprint of my ass left on the wall.

XOXO,
Disgruntled Julie

P.S. Thanks for ruining my new skirt.

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Geeka
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Holy Crap!

If they would have painted anything in the animal facility, I know 2 PI's that would have absolutely lost their shit.


Disgruntled Julie
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...why? The walls in your animal facility weren't painted?

Dr Becca, Ph.D.
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The fumes could potentially mess up experiments, depending on what you're ultimately measuring. I'd be PISSED if I arrived one day to find out they'd painted.
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Was it at least a flattering color?

Disgruntled Julie
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Becca -- Our animal facility has multiple zones, and within each zone are multiple air-locked rooms where the animals are stored. Painting the hallways leading to the zones does not affect the air quality inside the airtight rooms. The hallways are painted yearly because they really take a beating with everyone pushing around big carts and whatnot.

UR - Plain old institutional off-white, with a bit of navy where I also hit the door frame.
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