Sleep? What’s that?

Well, this site has been without an update in over a week. I’ve had my dad ask me for one, I’ve had text messages from Santa, and the Tooth Fairy is apparently getting impatient as she sent me a note saying something to the effect of “Update your damn site, or I’m putting the molars back in. And I don’t use anaesthetic.”

In the past 2 weeks, I’ve worked approximately 110 hours (thanks in part to the long weekend). We’ve been putting in 12 hour days pretty much every day and I swear to God that my feet hurt more now than they did when I was working in jobs that required you to stand for the full shift.

On par for the project, I’ve transitioned roles again, going from DME (the guy who works overnight to migrate these machines) to Day After Migration Support (aptly abbreviated as “DAM Support”; say it out loud if you don’t get it). What does this mean? Well it means that instead of co-managing 10 people who I wouldn’t trust with a plastic butter knife or a ball of play-doh, I directly manage 2 other people and go desk-to-desk in the morning, and making sure that the number of issues the user is having with their new computer can be represented in no more than 2 digits.

Well… I was managing 2 people. As of 2 days ago, one of my people were poached with sniper-like skill and dropped onto the DME team. Normally, I would be thinking “OK, that’s good, we’ll have at least one qualified person on nights who will hopefully be able to answer questions and quash any problems before they become problems.” I’m sure you can guess though, that this isn’t my train of thought currently. With 3 people on the DAM team, we were usually out of the office in 12 hours. No biggie, I can handle 12 hours. Now, we’re looking at close to a 16 hour day. *sigh*

But wait! There’s more! The night team up until now, has had a goal of 6 hours of migration time. Wait, what? They’re already working 6 hours less than me, and now they’re pulling resources from my team so that they can work even less? Something doesn’t add up here.

I’m going to reiterate that I don’t mind putting in long hours. I will do everything in my power to show Avanade that I am 100% committed to busting my hump day in and day out (especially since my lack of a full college diploma has a 90% chance of keeping me from working with them on any projects in the future), but when my team and I are being asked to make that many more sacrifices (yes, they are sacrifices as we are salary and don’t get paid overtime) just so that people who are borderline Down’s syndrome can have shorter work days, I get a little upset.

Anyways, enough of the ranting. The weather has been great, even if I haven’t been able to enjoy it as much as I’d like. I also got to go camping just outside of a town called Sundre this weekend.

For those of you who haven’t yet memorized the name of every town in Alberta, it’s about an hour north of Calgary, and just a little west of the #2 highway (which connects Calgary and Edmonton) where the hills transform from hills, to mini rocky mountains (maybe 100-200 feet in height). We left Friday evening, and after having to sleep in my 2 seater car because my best friend Dave forgot his 10 man tent slash outdoor living room, drank enough vodka to make even the most veteran KGB agent proud.

The site was literally right on the river; if you are sitting at the picnic table and take 3 steps back, you’re falling off the 10 foot “cliff” and going for a swim in the water that can only be described as not so much “cold” as “painful”. Swimming wasn’t exactly an option for those of us with less than 1% body fat, but it did make for a great refresher to soak your head in in the 29 or so degree weather we were blessed with. One of my buddies Brett was pretty much drunk from about an hour before he woke up till a few hours after sleep time, and as such didn’t feel the pain so much and made an effort to show us “how much of a man [he was]” by taking a swim in the river daily. Coincedentally, he was also the one who complained that after being in the river, he went from being “THE MAN OF MEN” to having an innie. Go figure.

All in all, it was a great weekend, and I took a ton of pictures with my new camera. When I get home (I’m still at work), I will be uploading the 175 odd pictures that I took of the scenery, as well as Brett in the river, and the 2-man beer bong that he built hours before leaving the city with 2.5″ PVC plumbing pipe and ball valves.

Anyways, I will try to keep this blog updated next week with all the goings on, but if this week is any indication, it might not happen until Friday or so. Dave has gone to Venezuela this week to visit our buddy Logan who moved down there to work on the rigs, which means I have 2 weekends of freedom which will hopefully allow me to catch up on the rest that I have been severely lacking the past two weeks.

Talk to you guys soon!