July 31, 2011

Blast from the Past: Most Likely To Be Crushed By Falling Rocks While Examining Them

Posted by Evelyn Mervine

The next few weeks are going to be crazy busy for me since I’m moving to Cape Town, South Africa. I’ve arranged with my thesis supervisors to finish up some of my thesis writing from over there, where my fiance lives full-time and where we share a flat. Over the next year, I’ll periodically be back on Cape Cod (and perhaps Wyoming, where one of my supervisors is based) for meetings and ultimately for my PhD defense. However, I’m very happy that I will soon be able to live (mostly) full-time with my soon-to-be husband and to do some of my thesis work remotely. Thank goodness for Skype!

Anyway, I have a zillion things to do related to work, packing, and immigration before I fly to South Africa in two weeks… with my two cats! So, the next few weeks may be somewhat light for blog posts. Never fear, though. I will at least keep you entertained with the Geology Word of the Week and the occasional quick post such as the below.

Remember those high school “most likely” awards?

What was my high school “most likely” award?

Most Likely To Be Crushed By Falling Rocks While Examining Them.

My high school "most likely" award. Click to enlarge.

Someone even made up this little drawing for me. I think this “most likely” award may have actually been a sports award from when I did “Outdoor,” a semester of outdoor activities such as kayaking, rock climbing, and hiking. However, I believe my yearbook “most likely” award was very similar. My yearbooks are all packed away, but when I unearth them eventually I’ll scan the yearbook page.

As for avoiding the rock crushing? So far, so good. But I suppose geology is a somewhat dangerous profession what with hammering on rock outcrops and all.