While not a technical subject, nevertheless since we are working with Veeam and that implies Disaster Recovery I am pretty certain many of you have been in the high pressure trenches of Severity One situations.
Unless you have nerves of steel inevitably this will start to take a toll on your health and well being. People here are veterans of this profession so you have obviously found ways to survive and handle this. I thought it would be good to share what we all do to keep our sanity. Mind you I have been told I was never sane to begin with so you can’t lose what you don’t have but .
For me humor is the saving grace.
Laughing is like a reset button and it wipes the slate clean of all the built up pressure and anxieties and not just with IT related issues. In every situation I try to find a funny side of things. For example two weeks ago when I went to have my eyes checked again. I knew that they were going to tell me that I needed new glasses. Sure enough they did and started to offer me the best $$$$$ of their collection. Frames with model runway names like Milano Simpaticos, or Parisian Passion etc. The young lady told me that with glasses I needed comfort as well as to look good. In and attempt to lower the price range I tried to explain that at my age trying to look good was an exercise in futility and not necessary since I was long past the dating scene.
Furthermore I was in IT and really interested in Kubernetes (the word Kubernetes always raises eyebrows in the unaware and inspires fear, suspicion and bewilderment ) so my goal was to look as computer nerdy as possible, perhaps they had a line of glasses called “Wonder Wallys Basement Specials” or “Mediocre Math Magicians”? Nope it seems everyone is trying to look good nowadays so I ended up with the lightweight “Tinder Temptations” or something like that ( I was focused on the number of digits next to the word price and forgot the name) .
To further add insult to injury a few days later I got a response from my benefits company which started off with the usual heartless attempts at ego stroking, “Dear Mr. Burke, we would like to take this opportunity yet again to tell you just how much we love you as a customer, your presence among the other 10 billion customers is unique and we feel immense joy that you Mr. “Microsoft basic macro error ID 2343 client ID 2413251512525 not found” continue to love and trust us. HOWEVER… we are terribly sorry and deeply mourning the fact that since you chose the “Milano Simpatico” super sexy line of Porsche eye glasses and not the “Wonder Wally Basement Bargains” we will only be able to cover 1/10 of the cost. (Translation dress up for the disco or rave party on your own dime!!!).
So instead of getting angry, stressed out and having a heart attack I thought up this little story about my new glasses and feel much better.
P.S. I do look real cool in my new glasses. Now if only those Veeam shoes would show up in the mail I would be ready to party!!!