Juggling by myself: Bug Night #8

The male White Coat was alone. Utterly and completely alone. There was no one to fetch scopes and proctor the sit-down room. It was the first full night of identification and for some Bug Night-ers, their first chance to use the Macroinvertebrates of the Upper Merrimack picture and dichotomous key. It was going to be a new experience for some and for others, a bit of a panic.

“How much more can he take?” murmured an experienced Bug Night-er under her breath.

“Did you see how he just froze while opening the eighteen-slot egg carton?” asked another Bug Nigh-er, “He looked so dazed and harried.”

“Where IS she?” demanded a new Bug Night-er, “Why isn’t she here?”

“Remember the huddle last week,” chided the experienced Bug Night-er, “They gave us a choice to come or not while she was travelling.”

“Nothing’s ever easy, is it?” acknowledged a sage and veteran Bug Night-er, “Let’s pitch in an help—we can do it.”

The sage veteran helped bring the cartons off the cart and began arranging the Bug Night “caféteria” on the laboratory bench. With just a few people, it didn’t seem too onerous. In no time, they had the laboratory set up and people were in the stand-up and sit-down room working on their samples. They settled in with their normal routine and forgot about the sole White Coat.

As the night wore on, it was clear the White Coat was not keeping up. The strain began to show.

Steve will see you on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 beginning at 6:00 PM sharp (ending just as sharply at 8:59 so that we do not tax our kind St. Paul’s School hosts).

Tap on the door or windows to be admitted to the laboratory.