November 7th, 2011


Work it

Today was my first day of work in entirely too long.  It was supposed to be only a single day, working as an independent contractor doing a PC refresh for a local American Cancer Society office.  It was also supposed to be very simple: unbox and boot the new computers, let the automated Sysprep tool configure them, plug it into the old computer, run a utility to copy the data, set up Lotus Notes, install the new computer at the user's desk, then box up the old machines.  Simple, right?

Of course not.

I got to the office at 7:30.  The new computers weren't there.

The site contact called the PC distributor, and was told the computers would arrive by 9:30.

9:30 came around, but nothing had arrived.

Called again, was told 10:30.

10:30 came and went, and nothing.

Then we were told 11:30.

And again, nothing.

The site contact noted that the other materials had arrived via UPS, who'd previously shown up at 2:30.

So I waited...  FedEx driver dropped off a small package....  UPS driver pulled up out front, but went into another office with a small package then left....

The project manager told me to remain on site until the office closed at 5:00, then I could go home.  So I waited some more....

At 4:15 some freight company I'd never heard of finally showed up with the equipment.  They didn't know there was supposed to be a rush on it.

I was able to get 4 machines unboxed and the Sysprep started and 4 old machines set up ready for the data transfer, all in less than 45 minutes.

So basically I got paid to sit around on my ass for 8 hours, and I get to go in again tomorrow to do the actual work, so I get paid double for a simple one-shot temp job.  Yay.  Too bad I won't get paid until after my credit card bill is due.

Sign you've been out of work for too long:  you write IBM as the manufacturer for a bunch of Thinkpads.