Thursday, December 20, 2007


These old guys need to retire.

There, I said it. I've said it before, and I'm sure I'll say it again.

Today I got behind one of these old bald guys in a BMW, driving under the speed limit to his reserved parking spot on campus.

I hate old guys who buy sports cars and then drive them under the speed limit in front of me when I need to get to work!

When I got to campus, I saw one group of three old white guys standing around talking on one side of the building.

When I was doing experiments, I was running around inside the building and saw another group of three old white guys standing around talking.

I wanted to yell at them, Are you actually getting anything done, you lazy bastards!!!

I wanted to tell them if they don't want to do any work, they should just go home and leave us alone instead of standing around gossiping and bragging and having a pissing contest, or whatever the hell it is they're doing.

Ok, there, I said it. Experiments will recommence now.

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At 2:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wouldn't mind if a few old white guys retired soon to make it easier for me (starting my first postdoc in January) to get a faculty position, given that I have a baby on the way in a few months :)

- Anonymous wannabe-old-white-guy

At 5:18 AM, Anonymous mark said...

look at it from their perspective. perhaps the fancy sports cars makes them feel reunited with their lost youth?

At 6:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bitter, bitter, bitter!

When I read the first line about the old guys needing to retire, I thought I was going to be treated to an amusing/annoying anecdote about a ridiculous or chauvinistic or just utterly clueless Watson-like display of ignorance at a meeting or in a conversation. But you're just kinda hacked off that a bald guy has a Beemer.

And why the focus on race?

So much anger, so misdirected.

At 10:14 AM, Blogger Andrea said...

A thoroughly understandable rant ...but something to keep in mind. When you're in grad school you think it's going to be easier when you have your phD. Then your in a postdoc and you think it's going to get easier when you get your fulltime position...Then you think it's going to get easier(and by easier I mean less then 12 hour days and some of that time working on stuff you find interesting) when you get to be associate..etc...AND IT NEVER DOES! At some piont you just get tired. I am only at associate but already I look at the new profs coming in all energetic and doing 3 research projects and on 12 committees and designing new and exciting things for their classes and advising students at all hours and I think...that used to be me. But now I carefully pick out my top three priorites of the day and know I will probably only get to two of them. And I miss talking about ideas and research and how it relates to the world. So now I want to be one of the old guys who stands around talking!

At 10:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy holidays you little ball of hate.

At 11:09 AM, Blogger Drugmonkey said...

what if one of three had been an "old brown guy"?

or a young white guy ?

young brown woman?

At 6:23 PM, Blogger Ms.PhD said...

drugmonkey and andrea,

that's exactly my point.

the face of science is still old, white, male, and resting on their laurels.

and some of us aspiring would-be old white guys will never, ever get there since we're missing one or two essential requirements for joining the club.

inevitably, we will be old (and some of us already feel old) but if things don't change rapidly and drastically, we may still not be allowed into the standing-around-getting-paid-to-do-nothing club.

and i think that club shouldn't exist in the first place.

- the little ball of hate

At 11:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

lol, loved the little ball of hate comment.

at what point would it be ok to rest on one's laurels? should it be a go-go-go mentality for all of eternity? do you not take a break from work every now and then?

At 7:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have a great holiday season MsPhD!
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At 8:14 AM, Blogger German said...

"Happy holidays you little ball of hate."

LOL!!!! Classic, that summarizes Ms. PhD in one sentence.. I love it!

happy holidays...


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