It turns out I’ve been a member of the Americal Chemical Society for three years now. How do I know?
They sent me a new mug.
While I enjoy my weekly issue of Chemical & Engineering News — which, I imagine, most ACS members see as the most tangible benefit of their membership — I must confess that I really love the mugs.
Last year, for my second anniversary of membership, they sent me a mug with helium (element 2) on it. This year, the third anniversary, it’s lithium (element 3). On the first anniversary, there wasn’t a hydrogen mug, but rather a pop-up card featuring hydrogen.
So, the thoughts in my mind as I’m opening the package from the ACS that contains the new mug:
- Damn! I totally didn’t need to wash those three dirty mugs this morning, since now I have a clean mug delivered to me.
- Hmm. To get a full set of these mugs, I’m going to have to live (and pay dues to the ACS) a very long time.
- Of course, they’ll need to hammer out an official name for element 118 before they can produce that mug.
- Given my love of the mugs, I should have joined the ACS years ago.
Kudos to the ACS membership people for knowing just how to reach me.