Friday, April 21, 2006
Mine was probably constructing mathematical models (I'm not a maths person), to describe the biomass of different strains of Atlantic salmon using lateral stereo-images.
So basically what I did was weigh a salmon and then measure the distance between say their eye and all the different fins, and construct equations to relate those measurements to weight. I won't go into stereo-imaging (cough--just because I can no longer program the VCR doesn't mean I wasn't once smart--brains shrink when you have babies you know!)
Only it wasn't just one salmon--it was close to a thousand salmon, all different ages and strains.
I lifted this picture off a journal paper--intending to feel guilty about it until I realized they'd nicked it from me LOL. That is my flippin drawing and they also used my flippin' images. Sheesh. I did get a general acknowledgement, but I drew that bloody fish. sigh...
OK. Over it. Scientists--you can't trust them ;-)
So anyway, I measured fish--lots of fish.
The problem is now, when people get all excited about eating salmon, preparing salmon, catching salmon, I'm pretty much turned off. I have had days when I've been covered from head to toe in silvery scales. I have smelled like the most vile rubbish heap. And yes, one day, one of my heroines is going to have the same experiences and the hero is still going to fall in love with her.
Talk about bear bait (good job that job was in Scotland!).
BTW I also had the best boss ever during this job (Lindsay Ross) and got to travel all over Western Scotland. I measured salmon onboard trawlers, at fish farms, in hatcheries, in rain and shine. Funny what you remember when you put your mind to it :)
OK--I'm asking. What is the weirdest job you've ever had?