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I busted my way out of work at 4:45 yesterday to meet up with my friend S and also scrottie for a start-of-semester postdoc reception up at the UC Botanical Gardens. While we didn't get to fully experience the gardens (hmm, will have to go back), we did get to eat some phenomenal food and listen to some mellow live music.

But in addition, two ant people that I know from my ASU days were there. They have both just started as postdocs in an Argentine ant lab on my floor. A third person from ASU will also be joining them in October. This is all on top of being reunited with S upon arriving here - she and I both went to a tropical field ecology course in Costa Rica way back in 2004.

A lot of people wind up passing through this place, I guess. I'm excited about this for two reasons. Reason one, there are enough of us to justify a weekly postdoc happy hour gathering. Informal gatherings are really important. Reason two, I think I am going to try and infiltrate that ant lab some more. It should bring me back towards social insect research.

Assuming I survive the rest of the current experiments. (I will, they're just...taxing and taking up a lot of energy).

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