This picture is from 1997. An old friend of mine from a previous job sent me several pictures for a good laugh. I think it’s hilarious that I’m wearing a jaunty neck scarf and crisp white shirt with jeans and tennis shoes.
The job was my first job in pharmaceuticals and led to my current career path. As I looked over the other faces in the photo, I had so many memories. A lot of these people became good friends and I really enjoyed working with them. It also reminded me of how different I am now, and how sometimes I wish I could go back in time and be nicer to people.
Then I realized that I can’t look back and regret, I can only move forward and be a better person. I also look back on the work I did and, while some of it seemed menial at the time, it has really helped me understand the pharma industry better. Amy and I were just commenting how, when we tested raw materials, we just printed the USP and went for it- had to learn by doing in many cases. I learned about lots of actives and excipients through testing them, so I know a lot about their properties. Working on cleaning validation was boring from a testing perspective, but I learned a ton about equipment- liquids, blending, packaging- because I had to swab all of it up close. I also was not “stuck” in the lab; doing CV meant going out into production nearly every day and learning about the equipment and the people who worked in production. I developed a very strong respect for people working in production; they told me things about the products that even the product developers didn’t know. They were hard workers with a lot of knowledge and I have never forgotten that.
I was trying to sum up this post, but realized it’s just blathering and nostalgia. Sorry to bore you. Back to your regularly scheduled programming.
HAHAHA–great picture. Come on, you’d wear the same thing now, just with fancier shoes!
To work? No way! Those jeans are so dated! You’re just jealous of my bushy eyebrows.