Gone Fishin’

Gone Fishin 3

What was I thinking when I said that I wanted to really focus on DNA and be able to make a significant contribution?  What was I thinking several years ago when I said that I really believed the genetic genealogy field needed consultants and sent out all of those positive intentions?  What the devil was I thinking?

I think this falls in the “be careful what you ask for” category.  Because, not that I’m complaining….but the next 2 months or so are, well, insane.

I will be in a total of 7 countries and 3 states, on 2 continents unless you count the British Isles and islands separately, and then it’s 6 land masses, will attend 2 conferences, give several presentations and participate in 2 photo shoots for an upcoming documentary.   This touches about 10 different DNA projects and ongoing scientific research.  Oh yes, and did I mention, I still have to work too?  I think I’ve lost my mind….

Part of this time, I’ll be, as Spencer Wells is so fond of saying, “off the grid.”  For some reason, I really like the sound of that, sounds very mysterious and adventurous, Land Roverish…right up until I want to talk on my phone, check my e-mail, approve a blog comment or see what’s happening on Facebook, which is generally about every 30 minutes or so.  We’re an electronically addicted society aren’t we.

There will be times over the next few weeks that I won’t have internet access, or that it’s extremely expensive (more than a dollar a minute,) and so, in that case, I won’t be blogging, approving comments or replying to e-mail for that matter.  So, please don’t take it personally – it’s not you.  And I’ll eventually catch up when I get back.  Hmmm, maybe being “off the grid” is less about a Land Rover and more about $$$.

When I get back….I wonder if my husband will still know me.  But worse yet….the cats.  You see, the cats are already mad and as people-owned-by-cats will vouch for…there is just nothing worse than an angry cat…unless it’s a very smart angry cat.

Phoenix packed

My cats are already pre-angry because the suitcase is in evidence.  They’ve packed their toys and themselves and they are ready to go.  As you can see, Phoenix thinks she’s going fishing too.  It’s downright ugly when they discover they’re not invited.

I shudder to think about what will be waiting for me upon my return…

I have prepared some articles in advance and we’ll see if I can manage to post them from something other than a PC when I do have internet access.  The smaller gizmos, of which I’ll have 3 different flavors with me, just don’t behave the same.  So, if you don’t see any blogs for awhile, just think of it as me out fishing for good material for future articles.  I promise, when I get back and get settled, there will be an exciting harvest of blog material and next year, a wonderful new documentary too.

That’s my fish story anyway, and I’m sticking to it.

About Roberta Estes

Scientist, author, genetic genealogist. Documenting Native Heritage through contemporaneous records and DNA.
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2 Responses to Gone Fishin’

  1. Vivian Markley says:

    Thanks for all your work in the genetics field and have a good trip and try to find some recreational time as well, at least a good meal. I finally did the autosomal and I do have a bit of “indian” but my gedmatch is still processing, so maybe we will find we connect in some obscure way. I am finding a lot of good stuff already. Loads of matches and new contacts that I would never have found that I know are related. I am convinced this is the best research tool that we have found in my 40 years of research.

  2. Anne Poole says:

      LOVE this post !      


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