Putting back is more painful than taking away

Today, I worked a 12 hour day (I know.. there have been longer workdays in the world).   It seems putting computers up is really more painstaking (and painful) than taking them down.   Or maybe it’s just that taking them down one day and putting them back up the next is the painful part.

All of us are in pain.   Even the ones under 40.   Even though we are [semi-]tough IT people and can handle long hours… and pain.. for the sake of our connectivity and happy end-users.    I live for this job.   Ok, I just want a day off.   🙂    (actually, I do like my job and love the new building!)

Tomorrow, we get to do a live test of the network with the people who intake our business via the telephone.     The only thing I’m not entirely sure of is whether or not we have the headsets hooked up right.    We’ll find out tomorrow.   We would have tested them, but the phone vendor said, “Don’t use the phones right now.   I repeat:   Do NOT use the phones” ….over the overhead speakers.

Needless to say, everytime we passed the phone vendors in the hall, we had to ask, “Can we use the phones now?” just to see the expression on their faces, which said, “Dammit!   Are you deaf?”    🙂

It’s only fair after dealing all day with staff asking if the network was up yet.    It was fun to see them *try* to get into the network, though.   “I know your PC is turned on and you’re logging in [with your local profile], but actually, you’re NOT going to be able to do anything with your computer right now.”

It’s nice that we can make things look functional when they are really not.   🙂

Geek speak.

Off to the bath to recover.


4 thoughts on “Putting back is more painful than taking away

  1. punctuation

    [Monty Python reference = on] 12 hour day? You were lucky. We used to finish 12 hours before we started and had hot spiky rocks attached to our hands and feet whilst elves whipped us with power cords and sang Tom Jones tunes at us before we went home to where we lived which was a hole in the middle of t’road where we had to eat nowt but coal soup. Eee, you don’t know you’re born [Monty Python reference = off]


    Moving offices is always fun for IT. People never really think about *how* their computers do stuff, just as long as they *do*. 🙂

  2. Brennig Jones

    [Monty Python reference = on]
    Luxury! When I did office refurbs we had to lick ‘t’ road clean wi’ our tongues then go t’t’ werk, do a 35 hour day, crawl four miles home over broken glass carrying t’ servers on ours backs and we had to pay our employers for t privilege. And yoo tell the kids of today that, and they won’t believe you.
    [Monty Python reference = off]

  3. Bulldog

    [Monty Python reference = on]
    We used to ‘ave to get up out of shoebox at twelve o’clock at night and lick road clean wit’ tongue. We had two bits of cold gravel, worked twenty-four hours a day moving servers for sixpence every four years, and when we got home our Dad would slice us in two wit’ bread knife.
    [Month Python reference = off]


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