About a week ago Magnum, PI approached me in the lab and we conversed breifly. It was one of those situations that left me feeling both good and bad and it went something like this:
Magnum PI: Microbiologist XX!! How are things going?
MXX: Pretty good. I am in the final stages of purifying proteins and am on track to provide you with data from said proteins next week...
Mind of MXX: yeah, if nothing goes wrong.
Magnum PI: That is great.
...silence...[play sound of crickets chirping]
Mind of MXX: Why is he still standing here?
MXX: Is there something else you want to discuss with me?
Magnum PI: Well, since you asked...I am currently writing a grant and I want to include the project you are working on. I take it you are up to speed on the literature?
Mind of MXX: No!
Magnum PI: Then I am going to lean heavily on you to help me with that portion of the grant.
MXX: OK. Not a problem.
Mind of MXX: This should be good.
Magnum PI: Also, you are the strongest writer in the lab, so I want you to edit the grant and turn it into English.
MXX: For the part that pertains to me or for all of it?
Magnum PI: All of it needs to be turned into English.
Mind of MXX: Of course it does.
MXX: OK. I can do that.
Magnum, PI: That's what I wanted to hear!!
Mind of MXX: No kidding.
...Magnum PI walks starts to walk away and then stops...
Mind of MXX: Why in gods name did he stop moving away? Don't turn around, don't turn around...FUCK! He's turning around.
Magnum PI: Did I mention that I write everything on paper?
Mind of MXX: Fucking, fuckity, fuck, fuck.
[Manum PI starts walking away]
MXX: Can I use a red marker for the corrections?
Magnum PI: Turns back, laughs, walks away.
Mind of MXX: Let's take that as a YES!!
Let's break it down:
Boss trusts me to help him write a portion of his grant.
Boss knows my writing and editing skills are far superior to his own.
I'll gain more experience with grant writing.
You just guaranteed yourself a marathon of paper reading to get "up to speed."
You already have a shit-ton of work to do with the other lab projects, your pet project and the unfinished work from grad. school lab that you will probably be doing by yourself.
The worst negative:
You are going to edit a hand-written grant. wtf? WTF?