Day’s Verse:
Bug godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires taht plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.
1 Tim. 6:6-10

This morning’s work revolved primarily around reading SOPs. When I stopped I had read 20 documents ranging from three to 30 pages long, and in the main having a quality of writing worthy of a college freshman (maybe). Thankfully every occasionally one came up that amused me, such as:

Standard Operating Procedure for Charles River Laboratories-Worcester/Southbridge Pest Control Program

Turns out you can’t squish a bug; you have to capture a “sample,” take it to security, and so forth. I find that every conversation, every external event distracts me from SOP-reading. I spent an hour reading one (rather important, I think) seven-page SOP and I guarantee I retained none of it. Or maybe 1%. No, I think none is probably more reasonable.

Luxuriously, I woke up at 7:00 this morning and drove myself in to work, arriving right at 8:00 for another day of SOP-reading. This means that by working through lunch (whatever “working” means in my position) I can leave at 4:00 and bid farewell to 35 endless SOPs! Usually leaving early means very little, since the train departs Worcester at 5:30 whether I finish at 4:00 or 5:15; but because Ian has this Friday off, I seized the opportunity to drive myself. Oh, I love to drive, and I really love to drive the Prius. It reminds me of riding a bike in some ways: Pushing gently up hills, but taking full advantage of the downhills to get lots of momentum up to carry you along coasting as long as possible. Easy on the gas, light on the brake, and the Prius becomes a driving dream. At least, my driving dream; I know some people like their little red 1993 Mercury convertibles.

One thought on “SOP Stands for Somnolent & Obfuscated Papers

  1. Well, since I have a star role in this blog I guess I have to make a comment . . .

    Just one question – where did that picture come from?? I hope you didn’t sneak your camera into work did you!! Gasp!!

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