Lowell Deeds

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June 20, 2007

The End of an Era

by @ 7:43 am. Filed under Registry Ops

You may remember this…When we first began scanning and returning documents immediately after recording I tried to establish an apropos acronym to describe the procedure. Do you remember? I called it PORS (Point of Recording Scanning). I was proud of PORS. It was “my” brainchild. I had visions of grandeur…50/100 years from now people would be working/recording in the Middlesex North Registry of Deeds referring to the procedure as PORS…I can hear it now, ”Hey, remember the days before PORS when people had to give the registry $.41 and wait a month to get their documents back? Thank goodness for PORS!”. Yet, you’ve heard the saying…“build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door”. Well, someone built a better mousetrap and the entire registry world is at the door…Yes, my “PORS” is gone (truthfully, it never really caught on). It is, the end of an era…Registry officials all over the state are calling the new scan and return procedure…well, exactly that, “Scan and Return”. It seems every meeting I attend I hear it over and over…”Scan and Return”, “Scan and Return”…”How’s your “Scan and Return” project going? Our “Scan and Return” project is going great”. No one ever says PORS, not even me…but I must admit, I even like “Scan and Return” better…So from here on, when I write or talk about “that procedure” I will refer to it as “Scan and Return” (like everyone else)…still, it isn’t easy losing one’s attempt at registry immortality.

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