When I grow up, I'll damn anything. Independently charting my own course, I'll do things my own way using available tools to guide me until I'm able to find my own niche in the world. And I found this niche in a university research career that enabled me to penetrate the living cell with the tools of molecular biology. I have avoided mathematics as a field of study. In 1944, aged seven, in primary school, my teacher turned arithmetic into a monster, punishing me over and over again for failing what to everyone else were simple questions of sums and subtractions and divisions and multiplications. In secondary school, again one of our teachers put the fear of the Lord in me by telling us if anyone failed Physics, he would be expelled from the school. Of course, I did not want to be sent away or my father would kill me! So, I laboured at Physics sufficiently to pass it, together with Mathematics in our final matriculation exams in 1954. All this ensured I would not be able to make a career of anyhting mathematical. And I moved to the biological sciences devoting myself to research with the total freedom to damn anything and puruse my dreams to make a mark in cell and molecular biology. And I did. I enjoyed this a great deal. When i retired in 2002, after being a professor of cell and molecular biology for twenty years, I decided I would do something else, again with total freedom to damn anything. And I found this in writing. Whether or not I'll make a success of it only time will tell. I am only seventy-two.