The Idea Dude


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Is this the beginning of the end?

On Monday, I put in a 16 hour day to get some final touches to a client project as well as deal with a last minute request to add an extra feature to the application. Going to bed at 2:30am in the morning is generally no big deal except that I usually get up by 7am to get the kids ready for school. No big deal I thought until yesterday morning.

I arrived at work, ran up the stairs, unlocked the door and stepped in. I stared at the alarm pad with a total blank mind. As the beeping continued, I realized I had no clue what the password was, something I entered twice a day for the last four years. Not even the starting digit came to mind.

First dumb thing to do. Start punching a couple of combinations. Then realized it was stupid because I'm not about to guess the password in the next 10 seconds.

Panic mode sets in as I fumble looking for my phone to call my colleague. Of course, it was the morning I changed coats so after hunting in 4 different pockets, I found the phone.

By now, the alarm had gone off, I felt like a burglar. Called my colleague, then realized that he wouldn't be able to hear me with the siren blaring next to me.

Opened the door and ran down the stairs. The first thought was, 'I hope no-one was going to shoot me because, to anyone else, it looked like I was fleeing the scene of the crime. Got the password, ran back upstairs and after a few miscues, type the code in. Silence is golden.

Next 15 minutes was spent sitting in my chair anticipating a rush of police in response to the alarm. My colleague luckily called security to let them know it was a false alarm.

I learned two things from this experience.
a) I'm not cut out to be a criminal
b) I'm not as young as I thought I was. I'm sure I'll have a few more senior moments in the months to come.

Burning the midnight oil should be left for the young. The only thing I'm wondering is how many brain cells I killed in the process.

Is this the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning?


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