The Adventures of Mr. BOD

Adventures of Mr. BOD

Mr. BOD is a very busy guy. Our favorite Environmental Express mascot is always on the go. There's an old proverb that says, "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." Well Mr. BOD is no Jack! He works hard 5 days a week testing for Biochemical Oxygen Demand. When he's not in the lab, Mr. BOD likes to go on adventures. 

Mr. BOD is going on a trip to get back to his roots!  Legend has it that the BOD analysis settled on a 5-day test because this was the amount of time it took for water to go from London, via the River Thames, out to the sea.  For years, Mr. BOD has wanted to see where it all started, and now he has the chance! 

Joe Boyd, the Director of EE, is traveling with his family to England and has extended an invitation to Mr. BOD to tag along!  During his trip Mr. BOD will be taking several selfies and writing about his adventures on the EE blog! 

We encourage you to follow him on his adventure, see how much fun he is having, and even share your own adventures with Mr. BOD. If you and Mr. BOD have had any adventures of your own, please email your story and some pictures to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to be featured in his blog. 

Don’t currently have a Mr. BOD? No problem, ask for one the next time you place an order with Environmental Express and we’ll include one in your shipment for free! Just reference part number MRBOD.

Trip to England

Day 1

Arrived safely in London but very tired! 

Day 1 rest

After a good night sleep, I jumped on The Tube to head out into the city.

Day 1 Tube

The history of the BOD-5 day analysis starts in England. Lore states that it takes 5 days for water in the River Thames to reach the North Sea, and this is why I’m incubated for that same period of time! I figured the best place for my first view of the Thames would be from the famous London Bridge!

Day 1 Bridge

What a fantastic view! I’ll be sure to update more of my trip soon so stay tuned!

Day 2

Day 2 of my “incubation” in London and having a great time! I was beginning to think I had overstayed my welcome when Joe took me to the Tower of London.  Many famous people, like yours truly, have entered the Tower of London never to be seen again. 

Day 2 Tower of London

At least I was not wearing my fuzzy overcap like the Tower Guard - that would have been awkward!

Day 2 Tower Guard

We’ll be leaving London today and heading up north. The weather here is great - a constant 20 deg C! I could get used to this.

More tomorrow!

Day 3

Half-way through my incubation time in England and I am having a blast! Woke up this morning to a proper English breakfast before starting the day 

Day 3 Breakfast

Then we were off to see the famous Roman baths in Bath. I was very interested in seeing the baths as I have never taken any. My glass friends have to all the time but I never need to! Look at all the water they waste!

Day 3 Roman Baths

Day 3 Spring Water

Over 1 million liters of naturally heated spring water bubbles up every day into these baths! I wouldn't mind testing those waters. 

More tomorrow!

Day 4

Day 4 took me to Stonehenge which is just an amazing place! Much of Stonehenge is still a mystery to us but to imagine the construction of these stones without any modern tools is impressive. 

Day 4 Stonehenge

The stones are arranged perfectly for the summer solstice which meant longer days and better crops for the settlers so you can imagine its importance.  The sunrise follows a perfect path through the stones!

Day 4 Solstice

I really enjoyed my time in Bath! They even hung a sign to welcome me here!

Day 4 Welcome Sign

One more day until my test is complete!

Day 5

My final trip entry as our vacation winds down. My blanks are clean, my Seed Correction Factor is in range, and my GGA has read a perfect 198 mg/L! England is a wonderful country and it was great seeing the River Thames where it all started! I will miss England but will be nice to get back home to Charleston, SC! Thank you Joe for taking me on the trip of a lifetime! I leave you with a couple of pictures of the English countryside! 

Day 5 English Castle

Day 5 English Countryside

Day 5 English View

Cannabis Science Conference

Work for me typically means I am in the lab preparing samples and analyzing data. However, this is not always the case. Sometimes you get to travel to other cities for trade shows and conferences so you can keep up to date with advances in your industry as well as showcase what your company can offer customers. Last week, I had the pleasure of traveling to Portland, Oregon for the world's largest cannabis science expo, the Cannabis Science Conference. 

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Now I know that you're probably thinking that a conference all about marijuana is hardly a work-related event. Well since states started legalizing marijuana for recreational and/or medicinal uses, the cannabis industry has started growing at an exponential rate. The Cannabis Science Conference pulls together cannabis industry experts, instrument manufacturers, testing labs, research scientists, medical practitioner, and policy makers from around the country and even the world. 

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I wondered around the exhibit hall checking out all of the different vendors. You would be amazed at the science behind the growing and testing of cannabis. I ran into a few friends at the Environmental Express table that I hadn't seen in a while. It was nice to catch up with them. 

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I had a great time at the Cannabis Science Conference. Thank you Joe Boyd and Melissa Donigan for inviting me. It was interesting to see what opportunities the cannabis industry holds. I must say though, it's a real jungle out there.

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Bike Trip from San Francisco to Denver

My good friend, Joel Holtz from the NELAC Institute, invited me on his bike trip from San Francisco, CA to Denver, CO. I was excited because I had never been on a long distance bike trip before. I Googled it and was a 1,350 mile trip!!

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We packed up the bike, Joel made sure that I was securely strapped in, and we hit the road.

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We climbed mountains and crossed deserts. When we got tired, we would stop and camp out.

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After a week or so, we finally made it to Denver. Boy was I happy to see the inside of a hotel room.

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Thank you so much for our amazing trip Joel! I look forward to our next adventure together!