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Clawing our way back to civilization

Talkative Officemate knew where to find the construction guys who organize the other construction guys, so after a futile conversation with the department chair, I went down to have a chat with them about our lack of water. So now at least a couple of the actual construction people have room numbers written on paper. Talkative officemates have their benefits!

They also turned the university-wide steam system on again in the early afternoon. I could tell because walking into the office stopped feeling like walking into a walk-in cooler. The oil-filled space heater I ordered mid-week last week also showed up, so we're running it to work on boosting the temperature in one of the two cricket rooms that has been out of commission. Fingers crossed, we'll be able to move crickets back in there tomorrow. That would relieve a large portion of the squeeze. The remaining room is going to be a separate conversation with the construction workers, after we have water again. And two of the undergraduates managed to dishwash like crazy all day today in the tiny upstairs sink, so we'll be able to do 27 aquaria transfers tomorrow. Basically, we're barely staying on top of things.

Now it's time to revise a "lay abstract" for a manuscript, and write an overdue manuscript review.

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