Superstitious

Although I’m generally a logical, scientific-type of person, I must admit that I am superstitious. Case in point: when I first emailed the profs in California about postdocs positions, I put their replies into a folder marked “postdoc” (I’m a bit neurotic about keeping all my emails, so I have a well-developed e-filing system… I know, I’m a nerd). Then I didn’t hear back from them. When I got a response from the guy at McGill, for whatever reason, I didn’t file that email right away, but left it in my inbox. Then he offered me a job. So now I’m terrified to take any emails from either the McGill prof or the Stanford prof out of my inbox, for fear that it will jinx my chances at a postdoc. And so my inbox is cluttered with tonnes of emails. Am I crazy?

4 Replies to “Superstitious”

  1. Thanks for the comment on my space.

    As to your entry, I also am superstitious like that. I would just leave them in the inbox until something is decided for sure. It can’t hurt to have the inbox crowded for a couple of weeks!

  2. Why not change the folder name to: ‘Postdoc Inquiries’ so as not to jinx it? That way – cleaner inbox, deities not angered…

    I’m getting more superstitious as I get older. No idea why…

  3. Very superstitious, writing’s on the wall
    Very superstitious, ladders bout’ to fall
    Thirteen month old baby, broke the lookin’ glass
    Seven years of bad luck, the good things in your past

    When you believe in things that you don’t understand
    Then you suffer
    Superstition ain’t the way

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