The situation: I'm slated to present a poster (blech, I hate posters) at an upcoming meeting. When the meeting is two weeks away, the clouds part, the sun shines and all my cloning problems are resolved.
The question: Now that the constructs are complete, can I get the strains made in enough time to do experiments and include the results on the poster? (I've wanted these results on the poster all along, but after I stumbled into a bad cloning patch, I resigned myself to leaving this data off.)
The Answer: If I work everyday between now and the meeting, don't make any mistakes and find a way to print my poster at the 11th hour, I can include the data.
Sidebar: I consider throwing in the towel before I even attempt this whirlwind of tasks. You see, this shit happens all the time. I have a breakthrough within two weeks of an important meeting or presentation and bust my ass trying to acquire new data to include on a poster or in the presentation. All signs point to things not working out, but I try anyway and attempt to just push through only to finally realize a couple of days from the deadline that there is no possible way to get everything done. As a result, I am exhausted, irritated and consider my poster or presentation completely lacking as it doesn't contain the new data.
Current Standing: Well, I didn't throw in the towel. I am t-5 days from the conference. The strains are made and almost all the experiments are complete. By the end of today I should actually be in a place where I can put the poster together. If things work out, this will be the first time that last minute data gathering doesn't end in a complete and total cluster fuck.