Does a week ever go by without some random, bizarre occurrence? Would life be boring if these things didn't happen, even if some of them are annoying?
This week's example:
I was sitting at my desk, and my office door was open, as it almost always is when I am in my office. A young man walked into my office and started talking to me, without any introduction. My first thought was that perhaps I am losing my mind faster than I think I might be -- perhaps I have met this person and just don't remember? Perhaps I am supposed to know this person? But no, it became apparent during the conversation that we have not met before.
Random Young Man (RYM): An International Scientist [names person I have never heard of] will be visiting in July for a few days and would like to start a collaboration with Scientists here. Are you interested in working with him?
FSP: That's hard to say without more information. What is his specific field of research?
RYM: I'm not exactly sure, but he has done some work on X [names research field that is not even remotely related to my research].
FSP: In that case, no, but there is another department at the university that does research in that field. Perhaps you can find someone there who would be interested in meeting this scientist.
RYM: So you're not interested in working with International Scientist? He is coming a long way and he really wants to collaborate with scientists here.
FSP: No, I am not interested in working with him. From your description, there is no overlap whatsoever in our research interests.
RYM: So you never work on anything outside your narrow field of research?
FSP: No, never.
But I apparently do sit at my desk just waiting for random people to stop by and ask me to do random things, and then insult me when I refuse.
6 years ago