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This was one of those days where everything seemed to conspire against me when it came to getting lab work done.
Problem 1, children’s homework. My 7 year old needed help with his music theory. Okie dokie, he comes first. Dad helped the boy learn “FACE”, “every good boy does fine”, “all cows eat grass”, and “good boys do fine always”. On his way, smile on his face.
Problem 2, the weather report. The wife reports that we’re getting rain in the next couple of days, and oh by the way, there have been lots of roof collapses in the area because of all the snow. Roof collapses? Yikes! I wonder how much snow I have on MY roof? I better get up there and see. Oh, man…I’m glad I did. On the back part of my roof where I don’t get much sun, I had about 3 feet. I shudder to think about all that snow soaked by rain. I spent an hour and a half shoveling.
Problem 3, laundry. The wife usually deals with laundry in our split of household duties, but she had to run out to her music practice tonight. So laundry became my problem. Okie dokie, can do.
Problem 4, family tech support. I made the mistake of checking the BlackBerry to discover a voicemail. My darling sister needed help with her Internet connection halfway across the country. I have no problem helping, no problem at all. But it’s a half-hour of my evening I won’t get back.
Problem 5, mystery leaks. Whilst I was in the laundry room, I look up at the ceiling tiles, and find mysterious water spots in 3 places. Now, THAT’S odd. If it was on the second floor, I’d figure snow melt backed up somewhere. But in the basement? I poked around in the plenum and found…nothing. No explanation, really. I spotted a drip in one spot, but after moving aside insulation, the drip went away. No water pipes in the area above. I’m sure the leak will reveal itself again, though.
Despite all that, I managed to get through one BGP lab, and I’m going to try to get another one done now. But the last few days have just not been cooperative. <sigh>
If CCIE is important to you and you still have a choice, don’t get married, have kids, or buy a house until after you have your digits. The rest of you feel my pain, I have no doubt. ;-)
Ethan Banks writes & podcasts about IT, new media, and personal tech.
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