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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Damn. I left it to the last minute to write this and almost all the good alternatives are taken. International espionage. Rock star. Fishing boat captain. Broadway dancer. Ninja. Radio DJ. Dinosar hunter. Pirate... I could have been any of those.

Well, maybe not a Broadway dancer.

Or rock star.

And my older brother already is a pirate, so that's taken.

 

Actually it's hard to imagine being something else. Despite all the trials and tribulations along the way, I love being a scientist in academia. I look forward to going in to work (almost) every day.

Nonetheless, here are some of my thoughts on alternatives:

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Dr Becca, Ph.D.
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I can't tell you how much I hope that's an accurate representation of your hair.


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Dr Becca, Ph.D. said:

I can't tell you how much I hope that's an accurate representation of your hair.

 

A long time ago, Dr. Becca, a long time ago... I do still have most my hair, unlike my male siblings, but not that much.


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Love it! Great idea. I also had the wrong parents to inherit gobs of money.

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Good thing you said male siblings... MouthfulOfPancakes would have killed you. Oh, and I never saw you with hair like that!


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@Goose: It was never quite like that. But I did live through the 80's you know...

 


Nikkilina
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I love it! I agree with Becca ... the hair is rocking!


JanedeLartigue
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Haha, brilliant!

But this pom has just one thing to say to you: Rugby world cup 2003


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@JanedeLartigue:

Except Rugby, in all likelihood, is not an English invention. Despite what you might read on Wikipedia, there is absolutely no evidence that William Webb Ellis spawned the game when he picked up the ball in a football (soccer) match at Rugby. Rather, the game has its origins back in the Middle Ages, if not earlier, potentially in Wales and Ireland. There is even some thought the Romans brought a variation of the game to England when they invaded. Yet another school claims that it was the Vikings. So, technically, my claim stands.

You would have been on firmer ground if you had brought up the 2005 and 2009 Ashes.


Odyssey
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I can be quite the smartarse... :-)


JanedeLartigue
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Ha ha, touche! Some might say you're a sore loser rather than a smart arse! ; )  I just couldn't resist bringing it up, despite the questionable origins of the sport!  Thanks for pointing out the Ashes though, I'll jump on that bandwagon instead!


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Now a sore loser wouldn't have brought up the Ashes, would he? Wink This year is going to be interesting. Australia's tour of India isn't off to such a great start. They'll need to regain some form if they want to win the Ashes later this year.


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Hahaha, nice.

Aussie Aussie Aussie...


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Brilliant! Except for the bit about the poms. You shackle-draging colonial begetter of convicts.


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Why thank you Tideliar. Shackle-dragging colonial begetter of convicts is quite a compliment coming from a miserable Pommie git. :-)
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Listen here brother....little brother!! I case you had forgotten I still have a full head of hair and have in the past grown it to ponytail length with great success.  BTW you have always been a smart arse!!

Are you sure you want to insult your piratical brother????? Really sure???? We're not renowned for our forgiving streak, us pirate types.....just our tattoo's and our cutlasses...very sharp cutlasses!!

 

Aaaaarrghhh!!

ozcyberminx

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You forgot to add in "Coffee taste tester!!". And for the hair..... no comment as I will always beat you in that department. As for being a smart arse..... its in our genes guys!! I love the comment about wrong parents!!!

Pirates are also famous for their parrots Jolly Roger. What happened to yours?


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@JollyRoger:

Having enough hair at the back for a ponytail isn't necessarily correlated with what you have on top. :-)

Exhibit A: The late great George Carlin-


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@Ozcyberminx:

The "wrong parents" line was for you, Jolly and Goose. I knew you'd appreciate it. :-)

 

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Sarah wanted me to point our that you could have run a Peet's Coffee Franchise...


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Except I would drink enough of the stuff to obliterate the profits...


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HAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAA! Hilarious. The only problem is the pink shirt with the nipple-like buttons.

Just remember that one doesn't really need to be good at cricket to beat the Poms. Or so I've heard.


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@PiT:Alas the only way to change the shirt was to pay money (and change characters so I would lose the hair too). And yes, you don't really have to be that good to beat the Poms. They generally do a pretty good job of beating themselves.


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I'll beat you son...


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@Tideliar:

I'm sure you could. That's why I'm not planning to go anywhere near Memphis anytime soon. :-)


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LOL, I'm a pacifist really :p


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Yes, but you're a pacifist who practices a martial art... Is it possible to disarm you by offering you a beer? If so, I'll take Memphis off the travel-advisory list.


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LMAO, yeah for a beer I'll ease off the "Big Guns"

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