Nicole sent me the following e-mail… check it out!
So I have my Ph.D. qualifying exam this afternoon. Its an oral exam that determines whether I am worthy enough to pursue a doctoral degree or not. Failing means I have to start looking for a job… tomorrow. Anyways, after trying all yesterday to convince myself I’ll be fine, I wake up this morning determined to relax so I go into the exam with a clear head and not panic. This morning, I was going to have a lazy breakfast, a long shower, and then mosey my way to my office for the exam. I turn on the kitchen sink to rinse an apple but…. no water??? I check every faucet, tap, and toilet. No water whatsoever. I call the landlord, who calls the town. A major pipe in Hadley has burst, much of Hadley is without water for 24 hours. OH NO!!!!! I get on the phone and call every person I know who is close enough to me to use their shower. Everyone’s already at exams or doesn’t have water themselves. I finally get ahold of a friend who has a friend who has water. I go to this stranger’s apartment, not knowing who this guy is, to use his shower in desperation. And now, I’m sitting in my office waiting to be called into the exam happy that at least I don’t stink and have greasy hair, but frazzled none the less.
So what do you think? Is this situation…
a) the result of me using up all of my bad luck for the next month and I’ll be fine? I mean honestly, the one day all of Hadley decides to not have water is one of the two most important days of my Ph.D. career. How much worse can things get?
b) an omen of horrible things to come? Lady luck is not on my side, but hopefully she’ll be around as I start looking for a job tomorrow. Anyone know of any openings for molecular modeling or flame chemistry?
Anyone have any advice for Nicole?