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What a roller coaster day!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Holy crow! At this point, I'm not sure which end is up...

My day started out kind of crummy but okay. I was just overly tired. I don't think I slept well at all. So, I was moving a little slow to start the day. My boss said I looked awful this morning (umm... thanks?!?). Of course he did mention that I looked much better in the afternoon.

First thing at work I'm checking my email. I'm a federal contractor so I have both my Army email as well as my company email. Well, from my company I see a message... the company did well enough this year (and I've been around long enough... LOL!) that we get profit sharing bonuses. Woot! Straight into the 401K it goes! Sweet!!!
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So now I'm doing okay. I was working through some miscommunication between a field service tech and his company regarding some reagents. It got straightened out finally at the end of yesterday and he emailed me this morning to tell me that the replacement items should arrive today for me to test the repairs to my instrument. You know... the $500,000 pain in my neck... So I'm excited. The fluidics have been fixed, the failing hard drives replaced.... I should be good. So I go in to the laboratory to do a fluidics check in preparation for running it tomorrow. Yeah... I launch the software, the message says initializing instrument... for a REALLY long time. The the lights go from green flashing to yellow flashing... then the motor failure message pops up. *sigh* I do a few system restarts, hard shut downs, basic trouble shooting. No luck. So I contact the service folks. Our field service guy got back to me pretty quickly and asked me to do a few things to see if I could get it going. It basically involved me manhandling a half million dollar piece of equipment. I was SO nervous! Of course, I was on the verge of taking a baseball bat to it...
First try didn't work, so he gave me a few more tricks. After a little more abuse, I've got it working again and it passed fluidics tests. We'll see how it goes tomorrow...

I also got pulled in to an unexpected meeting - not a terribly bad thing. After all, we walked to it so I got in an extra 1.5 miles! Anyway... it was a really productive meeting. Afterwards, the chief pathologist took us on a tour of their facility. Now, you have to picture this... the captain I'm with is 6'4". I'm 5'6" and the pathologist is about 5' even. This place is in an older building and it's like a maze. She's in hiking boots and walking super fast. I'm wearing leather soled penny loafers. Can you guess where this is going? I'll give you a hint... the floors are concrete or in some places the old style linoleum. She goes around a corner really fast, and me... bringing up the rear... I promptly slide into the wall. I'm busting a gut laughing at myself and she never even knew it happen since I was behind Jonathan. Oh my goodness... I was having such a hard time on that floor. I can see why all the scientists there were wearing hiking boots or sneakers. Of course it was kinda fun...

I can't wait to see what tomorrow brings... One thing for sure, it's always interesting!

Hope you all are having a great week! Spark on my friends!
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