Friday, January 16, 2009

Some days it does not pay to get out of the nest

DG braved the cold and was at his desk at 7:55 AM this fine cold morning. He shook the mouse on his computer to wake it up from it's slumber and nothing happened. He pressed the magic buttons and nothing. Cold, dark nothing. The computer had died in it's sleep overnight. He called the IT "customer care" number and was connected to Chicago, no one cares that early in the morning on the east coast. He was told that a work order was being dispatched and someone would be by shortly. He caught up on his reading, cleared off the desk, did email on his phone, contemplated joining the computer, called home, and waited. The Polish computer technician arrived about 9:30. She tried pressing the start button, checked to see that things were plugged in, took the battery out and tried jump starting the computer and said, "itis-dead." She went to fetch a loaner, aka the last semi working model of a laptop designed for Windows 2000. That was made somewhat functional by 10:30. He spent 15 minutes trying to decide if he should scream or cry when she explained the largest professional membership organization in the world (oops too much information) does not sync files from the work stations to the file servers automatically. The three hours of tedious work on Thursday afternoon exist only on the hard drive of the dead computer. About 11:00 he got a call from IT saying that that they had transplanted the hard drive from the deceased into a new body and it appeared to be working. By then it was time for a phone interview for a summer intern (who stood us up for the second time this week, she won't be getting a job offer - it is a paid internship in DC at the brand name organization in the industry and she sets a time for us to call her and then does not answer the phone -- - - - - - - her mental health or ours? - - - IN THIS JOB MARKET - she must be nuts. After that he has a meeting and a working lunch and lunch and then back to the office to find the successful transplant patient working. It is cold and DG actually got about 12 minutes work done in the office today. Not worth getting out of bed for. Work has been emailed home and 3-4 hours work will get done over the long weekend.

Some days it does not pay to get out of the nest,



  1. Bless your heart. I hope your weekend makes up for your Friday :)

  2. The bad part is that we don't find out until too late that we should have stayed in bed! Sorry about your frustrating day!

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