Today I was at the office by 0630 this morning and I left at 2057. Big thanks are owed to markvd, TK and GK (neither of whom have a LiveJournal... yet...) for their part in helping make my escape at that early hour possible. Yes, an escape at 9PM is early. The actual work was done at 1745, the remaining three hours were just basic cleanup and housekeeping tasks that ranged from throwing out boxes and the old (now scrap) equipment cabinets to tweaking the switch configuration to get printers on the proper VLAN. To put all this in perspective, the outage window for my work was scheduled to run until 11PM, with cleanup getting that meant getting out of the office sometime around 3AM. So to me this was very early.
Today's effort represents the conclusion of a project that I've been working on since May of 2006. Now that I'm home and the final tasks have been closed out of our change management system I am celebrating with the traditional gin & tonic before I throw myself into a shower to de-stink. This shower is imperative because it was 87 degrees Farenheit at my desk, and considerably higher than that in the switch closet that we spent the day working in. It's so nice of our management to never foot the bill to have the office building run the HVAC system over the weekend or past 6pm, despite the near-constant presence of employees during those "off-peak" hours.
Pictures shall soon follow of (in no particular order): the mayhem of decorating a coworker's cube, funny words on booze bottles, destruction of a switch closet, me giving birth to a rat's nest of patch cables, the beauty that is a fully rebuilt switch closet and an almost perfectly-loomed set of racks supporting some 400+ ports for one floor of users. May I never have to do this again.
Doctor Steel loves me