It’s been a while since I checked in last. Somehow, I always end up getting lazy with these blog posts… Maybe it’s like summer camp, where they told the parents if I didn’t send letters home often that was a good sign (but somehow I still got grief about not writing enough…) Anyhoo, somehow it is now July, and I’ve been living the island life for a month. I think it’s safe to say I’ve settled into a bit of a work routine, and that I’m getting comfortable here. The living situation is working out well, and the other interns are all very friendly.
I’ve done a bit of exploring since I last checked in, and I’ve found that my job is a bit strange but in a mostly awesome way. For example, last week I spent a day helping the former director of natural sciences at MMA with his research on ospreys and barn owls. To do this I went out into the field with two other interns (who were from the astronomy department) and helped put bands on the baby birds. These bands help researchers identify where birds come from and approximately how old they are. It was a really cool experience, and from what I gather not something most people get to do.
As for exploring Nantucket, I went to the whaling museum a few weeks ago and was amazed by the guts those whalers had, spearing those huge animals with such tiny harpoons! I never would have dreamed of it, and dear god was it a violent job. I had to stop reading some of the signs because they had fairly graphic depictions. I walked away from the experience resolved to read Moby Dick, and since then I’ve started the book… and put it down again. I figured I’d read it in short bursts. That still counts, right?
I’ve also been going to most of the lectures offered through work, alternately for fun and as my job. I’ve been to several of the astronomy lectures, most of which went over my head, but they were interesting. I also attended several events where authors related to MMA in some way spoke about their works. For the most part, these bored me, but generally they came with free food.
Last weekend was the film festival, and I went to two films and attended the comedy roundtable event with Ben Stiller, Mike Meyers, Seth Meyers, and some guy I hadn’t heard of. The comedians were all very funny and it was an interesting discussion. I was glad I went.
Tomorrow I’m going to a bbq with some friends from work, which had previously been postponed because we’ve had terrible weather lately. With any luck it will soon clear up enough for me to go to the beach again — it’s almost been a full two weeks since I was last sitting on a towel in the sun. Too long, at least by my new Nantucket standards.
I’m working on the 4th, but I think I’ll be able to see some of the festivities in town, and I’ve been told there are several nice spots around to watch fireworks. I can’t wait!
That’s about it for now. I’ll post again soon about what exactly it is I do at work, but for now it’s a bit crazy. We’ve got the annual gala coming up this weekend and everything is suddenly revolving around the event. At least I get to dress up and go.
Till next time!