Monday, December 07, 2009

spring time


11/30/09 Woke up at 3:40AM this morning. It seems the nerves still hanging on to the unresolved postdoc fellowship that I am applying. They should announce the grant receivers today, but I haven’t heard anything from the official website earlier. It’s a tortures. I wasn’t that nervous actually, sort of, because of the terrifying interview and comments I had received from the interview committee earlier this month. It is the worst experience of interview I have ever got, so far.
Anyway, I was up already, it seems the minor concern of the expected negative result still affecting me, at least to my sleep. I decided to give it a check of the internet again. I turned on the computer in the living room. It loaded up the major igoogle webpage with gmail column in it. It showed a new email with “Congratulations” from my Mom..?? “what is going on here?” I asked myself with a lot of question marks… follow the title, then the letter announced : Congratulations! Mark, You have received the grant successfully! We are so glad for you… A greeting letter from my mom! For real?! My mom never joking with me through the emails and I know they are more nervous than I do at this moment. So … this is for real?! I won’t doubt anything if this is the letter from the midday, but now it is 3:40AM. Am I in a dream again?! I called home, and there is my dad telling me this exciting news! Wow… unbelievable… Although I really want to believe them at this moment, I really want to make sure this is not a mistaken, kind of a bit worry, they are not very good at extracting information from the internet, just like me… They might find something illusion… ha… am I wrong and underestimate my parents… forget the extra worries , son! They have called and got the direct positive answer from the grant officer! It’s for real! Unbelievable! I feel I have used up all the good lucks of my life in this month. Harvard! I am coming!

9 comments:

Lightmist said...

Congrats!!!!!

BLUEANGLER said...

Thanks Jen,

Now, I need to visit you and fish the Canadian Rockies for sure! : )

Ross@Florida said...

Wow..great news....congratulations!!

Marcus said...

Fantastic! Very excited for you Mark. But, sad you will be leaving my home state. We need to get together for one more day of fishing before you leave...

BLUEANGLER said...

Thanks Ross! I am excited for the new project too! : )

Hey Marcus, sad to me, indeed... I love this place!
definitely will have to celebrate the striper run together soon... maybe more than once in this coming spring? I will call you when the run is up...

Cameron Mortenson said...

Mark...HARVARD? What is the grant and type of research that you will be doing? I am so proud and excited for you.

BLUEANGLER said...

Hey Cameron,

still similar topic, sexual selection...
It's only one year grant, but the salary is much better than what I have now... maybe more glass rod? HA... lol

flyfishingunlimited said...

Congratulations Mark!!! I am very happy for you!! One dangerous thing about living in Boston is that you might become completely addicted to striper fishing in the harbor... I will be there next spring or summer for my annual striper weekend, so we can finally fish together. I hope you stay longer than a year, since I might be moving back there in the near future.

BLUEANGLER said...

Thanks Vlad,

Ha, good call! I have to be aware of "the striper attack" for sure! : P I am so excited about the future plan too! maybe it's time to prepare a ultimate striper rod! : )