|My mutant fly costume - a dark-bodied,|
curly-winged, wild-type-eyed fruit fly.
The answer came during a completely unrelated conversation with my mom. We were talking about my genetics class, specifically what I had been doing in lab lately (fly crosses), and my mom blurted out: "You should be a fruit fly for Halloween!"
At first, I discounted the idea as ridiculous. After all, who's ever heard of anyone being a fruit fly for Halloween? But I gradually realized it was perfect - it encapsulates what I am doing right now, what I love, and it's definitely off beat. Which is exactly what I wanted. Drosophila melanogaster it was.
|Fruit flies with the curly wing mutation.|
|A fruit fly with the black body mutation.|
I knew most (if not all) of the people I encountered would have no idea what I was, but I was OK with that. I'm quite confident in my nerdiness, and I would have fun just being a fruit fly. My friends, who know how enamored I am with genetics, loved the idea. So it would be a joke between all of us.
Yesterday, I had my night out on the town with my girlfriends. As I expected, no one "got" my costume. That was fine by me. I had found something creative, fun, weird, and scientific to be, and that was all that mattered.