Several of these threads have been informative and fun, and I just wanted to
add my 0.02.
For several years I worked as a "roadie" -- someone who handles the equipment
for live music performances. I did everything: loading trucks, stacking
speakers, climbing lighting trusses, throwing drunks off the stage. It was
a male-dominated field, which turns out to have been good training for science.
(Learning how to solder has come in handy, too.)
Back then I wore my hair in a mohawk, and was often mistaken for a young man.
Sometimes I was asked outright whether I was a boy or a girl. I stole my
response from the movie "Carwash."
"Honey, I'm more man than you'll ever *be*,
and more woman than you'll ever *get*!"
I'm a bit less obnoxious these days, but there are times when the sentiment