Oh gosh. Okay. Where to start?
I guess I better start at the beginning. I want to document this, lest I forget. It will be fun to look back upon these words, someday.
I changed out the water for my raccoon bones today. No time to scrub them yet, but giving them another soak in cleaner water. They have a bit of dead stink to them that I hope will go away.
I think he might be missing a single incisor, but otherwise I have all of his teeth. A few of them, including one of the canine teeth, are broken. I’m guessing from the road accident. Also, his sacrum is broken. I was thinking about his sacrum last night, because I couldn’t remember if I had put it in the container. I found it today, and it’s broken in half. Not where it would naturally be separated. I didn’t have time to look the other bones over extensively, but I don’t recall him having a broken pelvis or femur, but I do recall thinking that he had sustained rear leg damage due to the car accident when I was skinning him.
I’m still not sure whether bone cleaning is for me. I definitely like collecting bones, especially skulls, but I actually prefer the skinning, fleshing, and tanning process to the rotting down of bones. Most of the bones in my collection so far have been nature cleaned and just needed a scrub and some peroxide, so this is the first time I’ve dealt with the bigger processing side of bones.
We’ve started placing non-monetary bets on the likelihood that I’m asked about my personal life during publicity interviews.
So far I’ve been correct 100% of the time.
I can’t completely understand the fascination with my dating life; maybe I just really do a stellar job of keeping it ambiguous…
Have a few minutes to spare? I just found out that the Smithsonian is now accepting public help for entering label information for their bumble bee collection. This data will then be put into a database and be readily available to interested researchers! This kind of historical data is really important for studies examining the change in insect populations over time and examining when certain species become rare.
I’ve done a few so far, and the work is pretty easy. Even doing one or two to kill some time will help contribute to science.