So my normal routine is 4 days home, 1 day in the office, usually Wednesday. This week was no different, it’s just the 6 accidents that slowed everything down.
Bridgewater, NJ to White Plains, NY is about 86 miles. Takes me roughly 1.5 hours each way. Yeah, I did that commute 5 days a week for about 4.5 years. Oye 🙂 Honestly getting into the car, I usually go into autopilot and just listen to my audiobooks.
Today it took about 2 hours, but it wasn’t super bad on the way home thankfully. I just forget how long it takes sometimes.
I have to admit tho, I do miss being in the office sometimes. Just being in that atmosphere is invigorating, mostly because I get my best work done when I’m bouncing ideas off my co-workers and just get a better feel for the flow of things. Today was no different – couple of meetings, a nice long tech-chat session with the guy who works for me, and lots of tying up of loose ends on a few projects that kept getting pre-empted by more priority stuff.
The other thing that happened yesterday that was great today was my understanding level of some of the stuff I work with. I was really baffled by this one issue (I won’t bore you with what or the details), but I ended up banging my head against a wall for a long time and felt down about my level of understanding. Turns out it was just a stupid user error on my part and once I figured it out, I felt great. Not only that I had finally solved my issue, but with the fact that my understanding of how it worked was right, I just had something I left out and it made it not work for me.
I had been posting some stuff on a tech forum that I use from time to time, and after several back and forths with someone on the forum, I mentioned that I felt dorky for making such a basic mistake. I got two responses that made my day:
|No need to feel dorky. There are a lot of good DBAs who don’t go where you are now.|
|Yeah, forget dorky. If we all knew how to do everything perfectly, it wouldn’t be near as fun to get that feeling of SUCCESS!!!
I can’t be alone in wanting to learn new stuff, and I accept that failure is often the first, and annoyingly persistent, result.
I am thrilled that there are forums like this for when I’m stuck on something that I KNOW has got to be tiny and a stupid mistake on my part.
It just made day to hear something supportive like that. Anyway, I feel a lot better about reformatting and updating some stuff I’ve wanted to play with for a while now, so I’m excited again 🙂