This morning, it snowed while I walked to lab. The previous night, it had rained and all the earthworms had crawled out of the soil onto the road. Cars whizzed across the road and the worms that had crawled out a little too far were no more–merely pale smears on the blacktop. It made me sad to think that these creatures were in a damned if you do and damned if you don’t situation. Drown in the soil, freeze on the pavement, or get run over.