What to do when there's no one at the office (and a Happy Thanksgiving message)

I went into the office the day before Thanksgiving, and the first clue as to what kind of day it was going to be could be found in the parking lot. It was practically empty. What to do?

I went into the office the day before Thanksgiving, and the first clue as to what kind of day it was going to be could be found in the parking lot. It was practically empty. What to do?


Well, I'm sure not opposed to having a slow day. No print jobs getting stuck in the queue; no e-mails getting lost in cyberspace; no looming deadlines; nobody asking for a back-up file from exactly 2 days and 6 hours ago; and no crisis for my rapid response team (which is me). It seems that today we were several bones short of a skeleton crew.

Since it was a day to do a lot of random things, perhaps I'll lighten the blog a little by sharing some of those random thoughts.

This is a good time to plan what I need to do between now and whenever, which is usually measured by year's end. The biggest thing I'll be doing is upgrading the hard drives in the file servers. It seems that I run short of drive space every year or two, and this is no exception — they're nearing 90 percent full. That'll be a Saturday job in the next week or two, so I can do it without network interruption for the users.

I saw that Micro Center is having a great sale on the Friday after Thanksgiving. If there's one near you, check out the low prices on their terabyte drives (and the other sale items). I plan to buy four Seagate terabyte drives for $120 each. The Western Digital drive is only $100. I've been partial to Seagate of late, but maybe I'll go for the savings. Which should I buy, the Seagate or the WD? Unless someone can convince me otherwise, I'll spend the extra $$ and go with the Seagate, a brand that's been good to me over the past few years.

It's also a good time to go through all this stuff that's been piling up on my desk — or scattered about my desk, however you want to define it. I'm sure I'm not alone by using those sticky notes to remind myself of something or other. I have four of them stuck on my monitor and a lot more scattered about my desk. Let's see ..... counting ..... still counting ..... twenty seven of those things. Is that a lot? Going through them, I see that most can be tossed out:

• Project numbers that have been recorded.

• Phone calls that have already been made. (Do you ever call a phone number just to see whose it is? No, I'm not gonna call that one. I'm not that curious.)

• Error messages that I researched awhile back.

• Some note about a 1911-D, MS-64, $2-1/2 Gold Piece.

• CTB versus STB (you AutoCAD folks might understand that one).

• Model number and serial number of ..... something.

• Yep, I already placed that order — about a month ago.

• That e-mail has been sent, and the guy's now in my address book.

• Who in the heck is Mr. Biggs, and why did I need to call him?

• Did that ..... and that ..... and that.

• Read about Len Smith. (He was an artist who used a typewriter to create his art. He used the one-finger method while one hand had to steady the other. Look him up.)

• I have absolutely no idea what that one means.

• Appointments that have been ..... oops, I wonder if I can reschedule?

Am I the only one who uses those sticky notes in such an organized manner? How about that? I got rid of them all.

Thanksgiving is a day when many people reflect on those things in their lives for which they're thankful, and since we're currently writing/reading in this forum, it's a good time to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to everyone at TR: the PTB (Powers That Be) who keep the site humming along and who share their experiences and wisdom with us. Thanks for the great things you do. And especially to the members, who not only do the same, but they give this little corner of cyberspace a real sense of community. I can honestly say that my job would be much more difficult without the people and resources here at TR. Many thanks to all of you who've sent me those kind e-mails, who've taken the time to read and reply to my blogs, and who've helped me out over the years or have given me a chuckle or an interesting conversation.

And for something totally different and off-the-wall, how about a Thanksgiving breakfast tip?

The best scrambled eggs: For every three eggs cooked, separate one yolk and set aside before mixing the eggs. Also for every three eggs cooked, add a slice of American Cheese (don't add anything else). Cook in a buttered skillet over a medium heat, continually stirring, folding, and blending together. When they're about 75-80 percent fully cooked and the cheese is melted and blended in, add the separated egg yolk, quickly and thoroughly blend it into the cooked eggs. Finish cooking to a desired consistency — but the purpose of adding the yolk at the end is for moist and fluffy eggs, so don't overcook. They'll also be the best and brightest yellow color you've ever seen. Sprinkle some chopped cilantro on the top of the eggs before serving. Serve with a couple slices of bacon and a buttered English Muffin. Everyone I've ever cooked these eggs for tell me they're the best they've ever had. (Of course, I never complain whenever someone cooks for me!)

I hope you don't mind that I deviated a bit from the usual user support kind of subjects and instead lightened the mood a bit. But it seemed like an okay thing to do.

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