You know, being a scientist is all about the intangible rewards…and I spend most of my time doing things that ultimately fail. Papers and grants get rejected, I don’t get the jobs, I don’t get the awards. Because most of the feedback I get is negative criticism, it can be hard to see science as a rewarding profession sometimes.
Putting in a hardwood floor, on the other hand, yields immediate and tangible rewards. You can see the work you are accomplishing as you accomplish it. You put the wood in place, you sand it, you finish it. It immediately looks beautiful. Work = reward…and it felt so good.
This is the hardwood floor we installed and finished a couple of weeks ago. The wood is ash, and it’s gorgeous, but I have a bad feeling that everyone is chopping down their ash trees before the Emerald Ash Borer can get to them…this is unfortunately a repeat of what happened with the American Chestnut. By cutting down every tree that might get affected, we eliminate the genetic diversity of the population and prevent any innate resistance that might exist from showing itself.
Still, this is a gorgeous hardwood floor!