Copyright©2009 Antony Williams
I’m heading over to the UK shortly for a week-long meeting with the RSC. In case there is any confusion I WILL be an employee of the RSC working on ChemSpider and we are building our ChemSpider team at present. I’m really looking forward to the meeting as I have already met many of the people and they are skilled, focused and yet lighthearted and funny. Yes, funny. Maybe it comes with territory of working with a young, passionate team of people. One thing about the RSC that I enjoyed during my last visit was the ENERGY in the building. The place is buzzing. There is a lot of young passionate energy with mature skills in the building and it is focused on growing the reputation and impact of the society. Even the “older guys” of which I am now one (!) have this youthful spirit that they bring to RSC. It’s great.
BUT, enough is enough. Okay, I might still run 5km a few days a week, and I might still lift weights a few times a week but gravity is not my friend and I do not have the lithe, supple physique that I had as a 30 year old. Add to that twin boys tearing me apart and bilateral rotator cuff injuries from said boys and I have not been able to stay in shape to the level I had hoped this past year. So, imagine my surprise when I am told that for the inaugral ChemSpider presentation to RSC staff in June I will be expected to dress appropriately. Here’s me thinking that meant a shirt and tie (and best behavior) but no…here comes a package with a “party dress” for me. Sure…make fun of the ChemSpiderman moniker why don’t you! Look at that costume. I wouldn’t wear it when I was young and lithe. Not my thing that. Sorry guys, I have my limits..it’ll be shirt and tie and maybe best behavior but no Lycra Spandex Spidey suit for me for my presentation at RSC!Stumble it!