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turtle samples [21 Jun 2002|01:55pm]
an adventurous client brought a turtle to the lab today. because he wants to eat these wild turtles he has been catching "out behind the house", he thought he would have the savory meat tested for metals or pesticides.

my thought: "disgusting"

with a contented smile on his face, he pulled from his cooler a ziplock of leathery limbs and legs, mixed with bloody bones. and when i expressed my reluctance at the thought of eating turtle meat, he indignantly stated that i had obviously never tried it. "there are seven different types of meat on a turtle". his wife, at his side, smiled contentedly.

my thought: "disgusting"

now, for the turtle-sample, it's off to the blender for liquidification and extraction.
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[19 Jun 2002|04:05pm]
"the clock is laughing in my face"

another slow day: i sorted and organized the colored paper for quick access. i programmed the telephone for speed-dialing within the laboratory.
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[18 Jun 2002|05:02pm]
after lunch i wandered the lab trying to occupy my time. with no pressing work this afternoon, i needed to invent something to do. looking busy is what is important. working in a public service laboratory, funded by the state, i often have trouble finding reasons to be efficient. other than altruism, there are no obvious motivations. no bottom line, no profit margin about which to worry. tax payers' dollars at work.

i searched the mass spec lab looking for a male-male coupling for the nitrogen tank, which hooks to the turbovap. i couldn't find what i needed, but i did waste an hour digging through various cabinets of odd lab equipment.
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[18 Jun 2002|10:51am]
ups and fedex brought twenty bacteria and e.coli samples, which took nearly an hour to categorize and distribute.

i couldn't hear my radio, playing "performance today", because others were loudly assembling metal shelves for the new walk-in cooler.
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[17 Jun 2002|04:26pm]
i updated the database for incoming samples. then i entered the invoice/billing date to query what analyses have been completed.

while entering data, a customer (a middle aged woman) brought in three hay samples to be tested for nutrients. she was talking loudly on her cellphone: "yeah, i'm at the feed lab right now", "why don't you talk to him about buying your heifers", "oh, that's a problem, he only buys heifers a hundred at the time".
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[17 Jun 2002|01:30pm]
i drove the university van to the recycle center, after loading it with 6 large boxes of broken glass bottles, glass pipettes, glass tubes, etc. the box bottom broke in van, spilling the shards inside. i jammed a broken pipette tube into my index finger. then i dumped the glass into the recycle bin. the wind blew glass dust into my eyes, so i drove back squinting and scratching to the eyewash station in the lab.
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[17 Jun 2002|08:27am]
logged in 9 wastewater (sewage) samples into the log book, immediately washed my hands.
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