Yawn. I’m dead tired, and it’s only 21:30. Can’t keep my damn eyes open. See, I just came back to our luverly norhtern capital of Helsinki from an exceedingly nice road trip to Lammi. And why would I drag my city slicker ass out to the wilderness that besieges us outside the third ring road? For love, my kittlings, for love. My girly was stranded at the Lammi Biological Station all weekend, so I thought it would be nice to cheer the poor darling up by paying her a visit! And nice it was, a cheerful and educating experience. Lammi is located about 150km from Finland, uh, oops, I mean Helsinki, and is home to a biological station of some sorts with dorms, students, labs and microscopes. The station is surrounded by pretty forests that are full of trees, birds, bugs and mud, not to mention biologists. My girlfriend tells me that she is there because of polypores, which are apparently some
sort of tree-eating parasites. I learned a lot about them this weekend, mostly through osmosis. There’s like about 200 to 230 different kinds in Finland alone, and you can’t tell many apart except through a microscope or by taste. Yeah, you have to taste some of the buggers to tell ‘em apart. Barbaric. And they don’t taste too good, apparently. The reason people are mucking about with polypores, or at least the reason my girlfriend is doing it, is that they are apparently good indicators of climate change and polution or something clever like that. Cos they like suck all sorts of shit in from the air and react to changes in temperature, I guess…
I arrived at the station on Saturday, pretty late in the day, so we didn’t do much that day except visit the store, frolick in bed, and, after some wine and cheese, play an awesome Finnish game called Mölkky. I’ve seen the game in stores, and in most gas stations, but never played it. It’s kinda like the Russian Gorodki, another game I’ve never played. I lost. The next day, after a wonderfully restful night, it was time for activities. We visited the lab, where I was issued with a pair of rubber boots four sizes too large, and then took a walk in the forest, where we climbed all over rocks and fallen trees, trampled through puddles and mud, turned over toppled tree trunks, and were rewarded with many an exciting polypore! We marked them with fiber ribbon, and on my boat GPS, a GPS that was thoughtfully confiscated from me in the name of science. Hey, at least I’m making a contribution. We also saw a cool bunch of lizards basking in the sun shine on a tree trunk, about a dozen of them! So cute..! And so lazy, they didn’t worry much when I was fussing around them, the camera lense a few centimeters away from their half-lidded eyes. We saw other exotic animals as well, namely Mr. Toad and Mrs. Squirrel. Mr. Toad was ugly and understandably shy, while Mrs. Squirrel was apparently on speed. All that excitement coupled with a lot of trampling about got me tired in less than half an hour,
despite all the sleeping and resting I did earlier, so I was led back to the station and put down on the couch for a refreshing afternoon nap… And after the nap it was already time to go back home. I was volunteered to drive my girlfriend’s gruppenfuhrer (or whatever you call the grad student she works for & with) and her german boyfriend back to Helsinki, and was kinda worried it might turn out to be a trip filled with opressive silence interspersed with forced small talk, but they proved to be an interesting bunch, and actually made the way home more pleasant.
Ok, time to wrap up for today. Sorry for a crude post, just too tired. So go play The Impossible Quiz n.2. It might keep you occupied for a while. And if that’s not enough playing for you, here’s a list of recently freed games, if you happen to have some moral objections against pirating software. Or you could just stare at this awesome world clock instead. Yummy statistics!