The ’10 weird things about me’…the meme.

Tagged by the meme from Adventures in Ethics and Science and Retrospectacle

  1. I have OCD tendencies. All the hangers in my closet have to be the same color and oriented in the same direction.  A stain on my clothing, no matter how small, will cause me to change clothes. My cd, books, and everything else in my life is close to alphabetized as humanly possible.  I can organize the same set of items mutiple times in row and still not be happy.  Any deviation from organization or a plan will completely shut me down for the day.
  2. I do not have toenails on either my left or right big toe.  They look like Chicken McNuggets.
  3. I am overly sensitive to criticism about my appearance, this website, my science, my writing, etc.  I take it as a sign of personal failure if I am not the best.  Yet, I chose science where rejections for jobs, grants, and papers are the norm.
  4. I did not plan to pursue deep-sea biology, but now I would choose nothing else.
  5. I cannot resist macaroni salad or macaroni & cheese, no matter how prentenious my other tastes get. I may also be the only person who likes fruitcake.
  6. I cannot snap my fingers on my left hand or whistle with the right, left, or no hand at all.
  7. Despite my size (6’2”, 240lbs) and what I am told is a formidable appearance, I am not particularly tough or strong.  I despise physical altercations and avoid them at all costs even it means swallowing my pride.  I lost more fights in my youth than won.
  8. I have had more jobs than a majority of the population.  Most required a shower after a day’s work as opposed to before.  They include: handyman at a Motel 6; busboy at a Bonanza; cleanup boy at small supermarket; every position at a Hardee’s; janitor for McDonald’s; cook at a Pizza Inn; clerk at Service Merchandise; cook at the Ol’ Van Buren Inn; general lacky for a construction company; line worker at foldable table factory; truck loader at a Wal-Mart distribution center; art teacher at a Girl’s Club; art teacher at Boy’s Club; muralist; radio dj; mover; desk help at a Ryder Rental; boxer for Hiram Walker; subsitute teacher; host at a Cracker Barrel; lab technician; lab assistant; lab instructor; course instructor; EEG tech in seizure observation unit; salesperson at Power’s Wine Merchants; and a post-doctoral fellow.  Yet I have never been fired and only quit all but one job because I moved or was starting school.
  9. I had a 67 Ford Fairlane.  289 V-8 White 4-Door.  The horn and driver’s side door didn’t work.  It was missing trim and it was held together with love and rust.  When I donated it before I moved to Albuquerque, I wept.
  10. I have a minor in religion.  I have enough classes for a major but failed to take the senior comps.  Despite the unanswered question of why a god would let really evil things (disease, death, rape, genocide, and any number of other atrocities) happen to good people, I still believe there is one.  I am agnostic at best, but never atheist.  I despise ignorance, whether it be scientist of religion or of religious of science.  I despise fundamentalism of anything.   It represents the worst of Christianity when people use a literal translation of the bible to support  their own hatred, such as homosexuality is wrong but don’t follow…1 Corinthians 14:34, women should be silent in church;  Leviticus 20:9, cursing your parents is punishable by death; Leviticus 11:7, no pork!; Leviticus 19:19, no polyester; etc.

Dr. M (1801 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.