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13 June 2015 @ 02:10 pm
Soggy barcodes  
I volunteered at the park run this morning. I like to volunteer occasionally and give something back, and I've been tired this week, even having taken Monday and Tuesday pretty easy. Giving blood on Wednesday and going to a project meeting in Bristol and Thursday are probably contributory factors but B did neither of those things and fell asleep on the sofa at 8.30pm last night, so I think we're both still recovering from Cheltenham.

I was quite glad I wasn't running since I don't enjoy running in the rain. I had the job of "barcode checker" which meant I made a record of any barcodes that the scanners couldn't handle. We had a lot of very soggy barcodes, the worst of which we couldn't even unfold and I had to read the barcode in mirror writing through the back of the folded paper.




The above was one of the soggier specimens. It was one of the first to show up (in the first five people to cross the line) and the barcode scanner was absolutely determined to get the technology to work on it. She succeeded eventually and I recorded her triumph for posterity above. Later soggy specimens I just wrote down, more work for the Results Processor but it helped keep the queues for scanning down.

Right towards the end one of the unscannable barcodes came with a friend I vaguely recognised. At first I just assumed I'd seen her at park runs before, but then we realised we'd met in the blood donation centre on Wednesday. She's been promoting Foster Care Fortnight and got the nurses to photograph her giving blood in her Manchester Foster Parents T-Shirt. I mentioned that it was also National Blood Week so she could promote two causes in one tweet! She was wearing the same T-Shirt at the park run, though she hastened to reassure me that it had been cleaned.

I should get a running icon of some sort.

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wellinghallwellinghall on June 13th, 2015 04:55 pm (UTC)
I am impressed with anyone who donates blood, especially as I can't (quite apart from my now-reduced needle phobia), and may need it at some point.
louisedennislouisedennis on June 14th, 2015 08:34 pm (UTC)
It must be said I'm unclear how much British blood gets used with actual patients because of the CJD risk. The blood service is remarkably coy on the subject.
bunnbunn on June 14th, 2015 08:15 am (UTC)
That's a seriously squelchy bar code.

Soaked bar codes is a hazard of running that had never even occurred to me. I guess if you put them on the outside, they get soaked with rain, if you wear them somewhere that might stay dry they would get sweaty and be even worse...
louisedennislouisedennis on June 14th, 2015 08:34 pm (UTC)
It must be said I long ago purchased a plastic bar code. Lots of people have rather sensibly laminated theirs. But there remain an awful lot of scruffy bits of paper that get produced every week.