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A Week Without Sleep

Posted on 2007.03.01 at 21:45
Current Location: 63134
1989: 13-hour days, 7 days straight, Cinco de Mayo festival, Keller, Texas
1992: 12-hour overnight shifts, rotating for 6 months, RAF Molesworth, United Kingdom
1993: 12-hour midnights, 7 days a week, for a month, MacDill AFB, Florida
1994: 16-hour days, 6 days straight, for two weeks, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
1995: 14-hour days, every other day, for two months, Osan AB, South Korea
1998: 16-hour days, two weeks each month, for a year, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:


1999: 12-hour overnight shifts, rotating for one year, Lewisville, Texas
2000: 24-hour single overnight shift, Greenville, Texas
2001: 12-hour overnight shifts, rotating for one year, McKinney, Texas
2002: 24-hour single overnight shift, McKinney, Texas
2007: 17-hour days, all week, this week, Saint Louis, Missouri

I had a pretty good run there between 2002, and today. This week has been a nightmare. The last time I slept more than 4 hours, was Sunday night. I went to work Monday morning like any other Monday. When I arrived home that evening, I rec'd a phone call. A virus outbreak was affecting computers nationwide. I was up until 0200 trying to get that handled. When I awoke, I survived on coffee, but the nightmare was over. A job well done. I was understandably tired, but unfortunately, I couldn't sleep based on caffeine intake and a skewed sleep schedule, so I was up until 0300. That's when a phone call got me out of bed at 0700, calling me to a conference call concerning a nationwide virus outbreak. I didn't understand...was this Monday night again? I spent 10 hours in my basement office, leaving only 5 times. My wife brought me clothes, coffee, scooby-snack, and food. The 5th time I left my office was to drive into work. I was up until 0100, but didn't get more than 4 hours of sleep. Yes, I'm still at work, yes, I'm still battling viruses, and in the middle of everything, we had a power outage due to 'high winds.' Tomorrow, we have a project scheduled from 2000-0100, after a full day of work, and a generator cut-over this weekend. galinda822 has offered to take my morning appointments to allow me some rest between today, (Thursday) and Saturday morning. The generator cut-over, a 24-hour project which will kick-off Saturday morning after we finish our Friday night project, will likely involve me throughout the weekend.

I want to die.


CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2007-03-02 06:25 (UTC) (Link)
Keep your chin up. It will be over soon.
ehowton at 2007-03-02 18:27 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks dude. galinda822 took my morning appointments so I got in a good eight hours sleep. Too bad I'll be here until 0300!
galinda822 at 2007-03-02 18:57 (UTC) (Link)
I can bring you a pillow and blanket if you'd like!
drax0r at 2007-03-02 10:44 (UTC) (Link)
In the previous examples you were working long hours because you were integral to fixing the problem.

Currently you serve as a manager. Pull a 'Sparky' and sleep on the con-call. Learn from his mistakes and hit mute before snoring however.

Someone will wake you up when the problem has been resolved.

Seriously though, delegate something. I'm quite sure your staff is capable of sitting on a phone call providing status updates while you catch some Zs.

galinda822 at 2007-03-02 13:16 (UTC) (Link)
Seriously, his staff worked those long hours along with him. While he was at home Wednesday who do you think was taking care of getting the viruses cleaned, sitting on tech bridges and doing EVERYTHING else that still needed to be done!

The reason he came in Thursday was to bring his staff sustenance as there was no break in the activities to get food!

I for one feel for hin and his lack of sleep which is why I VOLUNTEERED to take over his morning activities today.

drax0r at 2007-03-02 17:40 (UTC) (Link)
It sucks that the corporations select a computing platform that's known to be fundamentally flawed and susceptible to devistating viral attacks and then expects the IT staff to jump through its ass to respond when said attacks occur.

Perhaps this would be a good time for the company to consider alternative platforms.

"Hi, I'm a PC"
galinda822 at 2007-03-02 17:54 (UTC) (Link)
"Hi, I'm a Mac"

ps: I love my Mac!
ehowton at 2007-03-02 18:46 (UTC) (Link)
You gave me the gift of life, and there's no gift greater than that. Thank you.
ehowton at 2007-03-02 18:45 (UTC) (Link)
In the previous examples, each person had a job to do, and they did it.

This was no different.

Furthermore, I'm ultimately responsible for this entire shop. Thank goodness I'm not some paper-pushing manager, rather a bona fide administrator who can perform actual work. How many times have you and I been hindered by the Sparky-types hanging around while we're trying to work asking dumb questions?

Seriously though, if I had more staff, I'm quite sure I would have chosen someone to sit on a phone call providing status updates while I caught some Zs. As it was, each and every one of my guys was performing a function.
galinda822 at 2007-03-02 21:58 (UTC) (Link)
Each and every one of my guys was performing a function.

Then there was me...the lone female on your staff!
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2007-03-02 14:39 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah like draxor says put galinda822 to work. I'm sure you would never tolerate such laziness from
galinda822 at 2007-03-02 15:25 (UTC) (Link)
How very amusing that you all assume that ehowton was the ONLY one busting his ass this week and not getting any sleep!
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2007-03-02 16:31 (UTC) (Link)
It was no insult intended towards you. It was a sarcastic insult towards draxor . You just don't know him well enough to notice I was actually making fun of him.
drax0r at 2007-03-02 17:42 (UTC) (Link)

ehowton at 2007-03-02 18:53 (UTC) (Link)
There is no single person I know who's as lazy as drax0r. But in an effort such as this, there is no single person I know who'd I'd rather have by my side.
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