Got back from the field trip yesterday.
Am now ill. Not sure why. Does it matter?
So it was the fourth time I’ve been to Smiths Lake. Hopefully this time was the last time.
More research. A lot of beach profiling. A lot of gathering data. Was an acceptable time.
Was over pretty quickly, which is something that I’m pretty happy about, to be honest.
Field work is fine. It’s important to understand why we do the things that we do and what they allow us to gather, but the closer to the field trip I became, the less I wanted to be going on it as there was a bunch of other things that I needed to take care of.
It was nice to see Smiths Lake with the estuary entrance opened.
It was also nice to see some interesting beaches and geological features.
Probably the biggest highlight of the field trip was the person who decided it would be a good idea to assert their authority, assume some sort of directorship and start telling people what to do.
We were working in groups. Unfortunately mine had one who decided the best course of action would be to assume leadership and direct people in what they should do and how they should go about things; people who had far more experience than this person did.
People who were already in the beginning of doing what this person told them to do before they said anything.
There’s nothing like someone who doesn’t have much of an idea of what they are doing telling you how to do something and talking about how it will take less time when their method ends up taking more time; something that becomes readily apparent during data gathering with other people involved.
I’m whinging about something that doesn’t matter, but I can’t help but be bothered by it.
Well, I guess I could work toward not being bothered by this stuff, but… well… that’s for another time.
There’s just something that really bothers me about how there are people out there who have to talk about how “crazy” their life is (even if they don’t necessarily use that word) in a way that seems to be some sort of “look out cool I am” signalling.
There’s also something about how a bunch of people not helping out with cleaning a research station so everyone can leave sooner. I guess some people consider cleaning to be criminal.
On another note, Smiths Lake was particularly lovely to look upon this time around. Then again, it always is.