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Around the World in 80 Days

Posted on 2005.06.29 at 10:44
Current Music: LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring Soundtrack
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The Wichita trip was uneventful. I pray for uneventful road trips. Had a fantastic time with the wife and kids, both together, and later, separately. Three weeks is too long to be away from the kids, and this is probably the last time the separation will be that duration. Mother-in-Law (anagram of "Woman Hitler") put me to work right away, cooking food for 40 people who were showing up at the party, and I helped the father-in-Law around the house here and there. Yes, it was hot and humid. The brother-in-law and family show up on schedule and fun ensues. The kids played together nonstop for two days, leaving us to smoke cigars, drink beer, and visit. In the evenings I would attach a homemade chariot to the back of a lawn tractor and pull the kids around the acreage at full throttle. It was really a fantastic time.

I rolled in at 1600 yesterday and stopped at the folks for a bite to eat, fix computer issues, and upgrade mom's Dell with some RAM Tony donated to the cause from his Mac Mini when he upgraded. From there to the ADC where Tony and I enjoyed a long embrace and got to work on one of our clients laptops. From there to Remote Location Alpha, where I cleaned kitty boxes, gave love to kitties, relocated my cot from the computer room to a spare bedroom, and played an hour of Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast.

That brings us to today. Two ladies showed up bright and early at my cube this morning, excited that the Solaris guy was back! They were both taking turns talking to me about their problems as I studied the last gurgle of the coffeemaker dispensing my first cup of coffee of the morning. They continued to talk while I poured a large mug full and brought it to my nose inhaling deeply the bittersweet aroma. I closed my eyes and took my first sip as their voices faded out...When I opened my eyes they were both looking at me. I explained, "If it appears that I am much more interested in this cup of coffee than your problems, it's because I am." One started to go into great detail about Oracle databases and accesses and versions of Oracle and Standard versus Enterprise editions but I waved my hand at her and said, "All I hear is blah-blah-blah can't mount filesystem, blah-blah-blah need it back up. Is that accurate?" (It's really all I needed to know.) As it turns out, it's a Veritas filesystem. "Wait until Eric gets here tomorrow." they all said. Is that the same Eric who CSC has promised Veritas training to for 5 years but never sent? Why yes it is! So here I sit trying to fix a problem which in all honesty looks like I could fix quickly if it weren't encapsulated by Veritas. Also, during the domain migration, my co-worker was able to fend them off re-imaging my laptop for the time being, but they went ahead and uninstalled AIM for me. So, I emerge'd GAIM on the gentoo box.


I leave you with this, my son, on the Slip 'N Slide:


vember at 2005-06-30 13:19 (UTC) (Link)
Nice one re coffee. Honesty in the workplace is too rare.

Vacation sounded cool, as well. And man I miss slip-n-slides and water sports in the sun. It snowed here two days ago. Hooray for summer!
ehowton at 2005-06-30 15:59 (UTC) (Link)
I'm going to honestly lose my job if I don't start at least pretending to listen to my users. It must be coincidence.
drax0r at 2005-06-30 18:19 (UTC) (Link)

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