So here we are on day 17 of 38 at sea (not that anyone's counting), and with good weather and calm seas, things might just be starting to get a little bit monotonous. For example, in my own 6-hour shifts, for the last four shifts (at least) I have come on watch while the CTD was in the water, helped monitor bottle-tripping on the way up (my job is usually resetting the winch monitor which tends to go blank for unknown reasons and can only be restored by flipping a circuit breaker on and off), recovered the CTD, sampled the water, transited, and then deployed the CTD. Then my watch ends, and 6 hours later, I do it all over again. As you might imagine, it becomes necessary to start to look for ways to make life a little more interesting. Now there are certain events to look forward to (such as steak on Sundays, or the salsa party that is supposed to happen Friday -- check back for later reports) but sometimes just the little addition of something to make you smile can help. Take, for example, the CFC group. They have added interesting sound effects to their sample analysis, so that every 10 minutes or so, I hear from across the lab a woman's voice asking someone to "push that button" and then responding "ooh! That feels good" after the button is pushed. The button is appropriately labeled as "that button". It's much more interesting than a boring computer prompt or beep as the analysis advances, and people have been known to seek out opportunities to be the one who gets to push "that button".