“Hey!” I shout across the road at the tight cluster of my coworkers, brilliant and reflective in their hi-vis vests.
Three university graduates kneel on the roadside, uniforms crisp and heads bent seriously over very important work. They are communing with nature at the same time that they summon the combined power of the space and information ages. Thus do they gather scientific data points that will flow together with thousands of others in a river of information that may well alter the course of nations. Very Important Work. I can tell the watching tourists are duly impressed by how they stand in hushed attention. My coworkers look up at my shout, crisply professional, instantly alert to any critical information I might add to the situation.
“You all look like Technicolor prairie dogs!” I shout loud enough for the tourists to hear.
Instantly, and as one, they straighten their backs and stick out their front teeth. Their hands come up like little paws in front of their yellow and orange chests and their heads swivel to catch sight of imaginary predators, faces tense with comical alertness. The tourists howl with laughter and I drive away my work done. Very Important Work indeed.