Joshua Gizelt (swashbuckler332) wrote,
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Blah! Blah, I tell you, blah!!!

Tonight was a doozy.

Last night I got a job towards the end of the shift at a gentleman's club. The customer had a Shark that had gone down, and when I showed up at the site, I found the reason was that there was a short on the underground.

The problem with working the night shift is that you have limited resources. For example, there is nobody at the frame. I had to inform the customer that without somebody to work with at the central office that I couldn't pick a new underground and that the best course of action in order to get the circuit up would be to redesign it to the new mux that was installed a few weeks ago that was only ten feet away from the demarc. He felt that the redesign might take to long, so I just sent the job back for a morning dispatch.

For some reason, the job didn't get dispatched until I came in this afternoon. By that point, the customer was livid. Apparently he had been calling up everybody... and because he works for a gentleman's club, there's a lot of Old Money that was involved here, so he got a lot of results by being irate. I, however, got a "get out of jail free" card when I got to the site because I was the tech who had been out there the night before. The job had been escalated to some very high levels, so Michelle gave it to me as she is wont to do on really hot jobs. I actually had a second liner at the bureau at my beck and call to get stuff done.

The copper in the building was utter crap, though, and I informed the customer that I could possibly change the underground, but that the T-1 would probably just burn out the pair. It turns out that the reason they got the Shark was because all of their lines kept going down. We therefore went back to my original plan to get the circuit redesigned to the mux. This being a superhot job, I was told to stay until the circuit was up. Well, I ran the wire to where the mux handoff was and waited.

...and waited... ...and waited... ...and waited... ...and waited... ...and waited... ...and waited... ...and waited... ...and waited... ...and waited... ...and waited... ...and waited... ...and waited... ...and waited... ...and waited... ...and waited... ...and waited... ...and waited... ...and waited... ...and waited... ...and waited... ...and waited... ...and waited... ...and waited... ...and waited... ...and waited... ...and waited... ...and waited... ...and waited...

There was really nothing for me to do until the circuit was remapped except periodically pester the manager. I read my book (a trip to Barnes & Noble is in order for tomorrow), listened to my music (no internet, though, all of the dial tones were too noisy for me to get a good connection and there were no ethernet or available wireless portals for me) and waited.

Finally, there started to be action on the circuit. At around 11:30 the ticket was cleared, I got my tester on the phone and we started working with each other. I finally had a slot on the mux, I hooked the circuit up and ran head to head with the tester, only to find that there was one daxpoint that hadn't been mapped. Oh, and my tester was coming off duty.

Groan.

By this point I had already informed Dispatch that I was going to need relief, and they told me that Dennis Murphy, who is a Steward I had worked with at 56th Street, was on his way. Dennis and I got in contact, and he was on his way with another tester on the phone. We got the circuit escalated and pushed it through and got the Shark up and running. Dennis was then gracious enough to give me a ride, which was most wonderful as I was leaving over an hour later than the end of my shift and it would have taken me forever and a day to get home.

So everything was pretty easy, it was just frustrating to be doing all of this waiting for so long. However, it was rather nice to be hearing the massive collective sigh of relief when I contacted everybody involved in the repair (rather poetically from the Shark's dial tones) to inform them that we were up and running.

The highlight of my night, though, was that my liaison at the club told me that since I was helping them out, I could pick anything off of their dinner menu that I wanted. I had grilled chicken, string beans and a baked potato for dinner. It was quite delicious, and free, too.



Composer John Williams


I've been listening to Lumos Musica! a lot lately. Much of this is, of course, residual from Half-Blood Prince, but may I just say what a difference this new disc is from the old one. Looking at the track listing, it appears to be very similar, but the editing and mixing on this version is much tighter, and the programming is, in my opinion, much smoother. In particular, my movement of the two concert arrangements from The Chamber of Secrets end titles into the body of the album works quite well both in terms of programming and breaking up the score tracks. The finale of the disc is also much more satisfying this time around. The album artwork is also much more refined that the rather gaudy cover that I put together for the original version.

I'm really, really proud of this one.

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