Friday, August 27, 2010

You know what really grinds my gears?

So, I was fixing a clogged DCM pump on the LSRII this morning, which requires the removal of the side panel on the instrument, getting on your hands and knees and digging around in the inner bowels of the beast.  As I was shimmying around, contorting my limbs in all sorts of god-awful positions, I kept crunching pieces of plastic under my feet.  I peaked down, backwards, over my shoulder to see a bunch of pipette tips on the floor...surrounding the trash bin at the foot of the instrument. Are you kidding me?  People, presumedly adding their PI or DAPI at the instrument, are ejecting their used tips in the vicinity of the garbage, and missing >50% of the time.  They obviously can hear the tips crashing into the ground and missing the garbage, but decide to do nothing about this?  I then pan across the room, and I see racks of nearly empty tubes, crumpled kimwipes and a full waste tank.  C'mon people, have a little respect, pick up after yourselves.   Needless to say, my DCM repair turned into a full-on cleaning session; swept, threw out all the tubes, wiped down the bench space, and even got the mop from the janitor's closet and mopped the floors.  So, here we go people, August 27th, 2010 at 10AM, the LSRII area in 037 is clean.  LET'S KEEP IT THAT WAY!