How can you tell that an environmental consultant doesn’t do fieldwork? She has perfect manicured hands and fingernails.
Now, I’m not the manicuring type, and the odd time I put on nail polish, I do it myself. So that could be a large part of the reason why my nail polish lasts about 3 days before it starts to go (also, I admit to being a polish-picker. Once it starts to peel, it’s all over.)
But even when I do wear nail polish, it’s pretty hard to disguise the fact that I have “working” hands. If I’ve been in the field for any length of time, I have all sorts of odd calluses, inevitably at least one knuckle is scraped, and my fingernails look like crap. I get grime under the nails, and even when they’re cut super short (the quick of my nails is pretty close to the end of my fingers, so I don’t have a lot to work with) they snag and tear.
It’s petty, but I’m suspicious of a female geologist with perfect fingernail polish. How does that work? Do you have some sort of industrial-strength gels? Do you wear gloves nonstop? Or do you let someone else (me?) do the dirty work?
Maybe it’s me and I’m just a klutz in the field…