Let’s expand on the previous post just a tad… Over the past two weeks or so I’ve been laser focused on four things. 1) Getting out a slew of grant applications. 2) Getting out industry collaboration proposals. 3) Dealing with horrible pain in my lower left leg. 4) Reading horrible economic news and hoping that talk of federal investment are going to turn into more than just talk. Why?
1 and 2) I have an opportunity to bring in a very talented individual but I don’t have any more money to allocate to salaries. This means I need to bring in some money now, or miss a big chance. Ordinarily I might ask the Dept Chair to spot me for a bit; however, we have a state mandated hiring freeze and we’re trying to hold onto the jobs that we have as the state continues to threaten big budget cuts.
3) My lower back is a disaster right now. When I’m doing 1 and 2 I can forget about. When I’m not doing 1 & 2 and if I’m not looking at fresh data, I’m in pain. NSAIDs don’t work. Opioids make me sleep. When I sleep I can’t work on 1 & 2.
4) See 1 & 2. Also see 3, which gets better with dreams of massive federal investment and worse with sky is falling RGE Monitor posts.
Then comes last night, Dec 1, 2008. Continue reading