Thursday, February 08, 2007

New Attitude

Today was an uneventful day for me. I stayed on conference calls so long my ears bled and at the end of the day all I had to show for it was sore ears.
Some days work is fun and I actually get to fix things. I love the challenge of solving a complex problems with computers, software, and cables. Those days zip by so quickly I often forget to eat. But sometimes it's all I can do to avoid drooling on my desk as I listen on the phone to people drone endlessly about why their servers, which were built when Nixon was president, sometimes break down. I'd like to say, "well, your running your software on junk. It was great when you bought it, but now it would be of more use as a boat anchor!" I'd like to ask them if they'd set out on a road trip to California in a 1972 Pinto with a quarter million miles on it....but instead I listen and say "well it appears that one your refurbished parts has failed causing the server to panic and crash."
I've actually developed a Saturday Night Live comedy routine based on these situations, but anyone outside the computer industry probably wouldn't get it.
This afternoon, I got an email alert from the local weather station saying that ice and freezing rain is on its way to Empire, Alabama. I wouldn't mind seeing some snow but ice is a different story. Our power is precarious at best and a little bit of ice can knock off our juice for days.
I'm on vacation tomorrow and I plan to take it easy for a few hours. Maybe a long weekend will give me a new attitude.

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