Aug 302004

I had my first on-call weekend at the new job and it was definitely a trial by fire. We had the Leos party on Saturday night, and everyone seemed to have a great time. Saw a lot of people we hadn’t seen in a long time, and it was good to catch up. I kept my drinking to a minimum, although the raspberry martinis went down way too easily. _kosh_ outdid himself making hors d’oeuvres and canapes, and finally had to be forced to stop cooking. Everyone loved his nibbly-bits. hehe…
No one threw up, broke anything, or hit anyone, and there was minimal drama, so that makes it a smashing success in my book.
Oh, and everyone wanted to know what I was wearing under my kilt, so my stock answer was, “If you’re man enough to look, I’m man enough to let you.” Everyone was man enough, even if it took a couple drinks first.

Right about 2am, as most people were leaving, my pager went off. Thinking it’s just another false alarm like the few other pages I’d gotten were, I went upstairs to check it out. One of the plant firewalls was completely down. It would get part way through boot-up, encounter serious hard drive errors, then reboot. Over and over. I couldn’t break the boot cycle, and ended up calling my team lead. We worked on it til 4am, then I finally went to bed, only to be back up at 6:30 for a scheduled firewall change. Right after that my team lead asked me to go out to the plant to help a coworker install replacement firewalls. Didn’t go home until 2:30pm, then took a 2 hour nap. I could have slept longer, but didn’t want to be up all night. Best way to look at it is I got probably the worst on-call weekend out of the way immediately, so future ones probably won’t be like this. Knock on wood…

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