I’ve been stuck at my desk for weeks now, analyzing data and working on manuscripts in preparation. The lab is just around the corner from my office, close enough to hear the laughter and banter of all my colleagues as they perform their experiments.

This reminds me of being a little kid again — it’s a long, summer evening, and Mom and Dad have just dictated that it’s too late to go out and play. But I can hear all the other neighborhood children running around and shrieking in the dark as I sit indoors in resentful silence.

No fair.