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Today I successfully performed the usual tasks at my job, and it was reasonably pleasant.

(Blame [livejournal.com profile] peteralway for this memorable entry.)

10 Years

Jan. 26th, 2006 11:55 am
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Today was the Medical College’s annual “Employee Service Awards” event, where employees who’ve worked at the college for 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and 35(!) years were recognized. I can’t believe I’ve been here 10 years. I can’t believe I’ve been anywhere 10 years.

There are a shocking number of people who’ve been working on insurance forms for 15 or more years. If you ever wondered how we can spend so much money on health care in the United States without even caring for everyone, a vast army of people with jobs in the “HMO Group” working on some kind of coding for “charge capture” goes a long way toward explaining it. There were a very few people with jobs I actually understand, like running radioimmuno assays, doing organ transplants on mice, or carpentry, but it was mostly billing. “Charge capture” sounds like something that happens in the mass spectrometer when the ions collide with the neutral atoms or something, but apparently it has to do with billing.
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I’m back at work after being away since December 23. Excitement from the start. The MALDI-TOF mass spectrometer’s rough vacuum pump stopped turning over the holiday, probably when the electric power problem screwed up lots of people’s stuff. The service engineer has been called. No MALDI until that gets fixed and the machine pumps down.

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