Recycled Wednesday - Geeky People Are Weird

I just can't be bothered to blog today. It's already 7:30pm - I've got about 30 min of work to do (something that has to be done in off-hours), I've got to clean up from dinner, I've got to get on the treadmill and then I have to shower and then I have to put 10 pieces of my puzzle together (it's 1000 pieces, so if I do ten pieces a night, that's 100 nights-making the most of the money I spent on it!), and I've got to read at least 20 blogs and I have to read my book before bed. I have TONS to do. I can't be bothered with my own blog at this time....so I'm plagiarizing. MYSELF. It makes the crime a little more acceptable. Here's a post from 2007 when I only had 4 readers:


The database guy I just came out of a meeting with told me that he only works part-time (.85 or so) because he has a young daughter. He was explaining, in his mysterious Soviet block accent, that he has so much fun with databases at work, but he has a small child..and so I added, "oh, and she's probably more fun for you." And he says quite strongly, "No-no, she's not more fun. She's not. But she's a better investment of my time."

**did he just tell me his daughter is less fun than a database??**

hmmmm...what to say to that...


So he explained that he enjoys the database work he does, and working with the network and the server and all that, it's enjoyable and he finds it a fun way of passing time. However, in a few years, his databases and all the hard work he's put into them and all the network/server stuff will probably be obsolete. There is always bigger and better upcoming software programs and solutions. "My time that I dedicate now has a short-term investment, whereas with my daughter, the investment-hopefully-will be long-term and the time I spend with her now will be more long-lasting as far as gains returned."

Well, um, I guess that makes sense...in geek logic maybe.



Database people are like that. The ones I know anyway are WAY far out there and not "normal" in some ways. I have to admit that database work DOES excite me, however, I like to think that I'm still normal in most ways. When I talk to a database fanatic, like the man today, I get excited to do more and more and I start thinking of all the things that I would like to put in a database and how so many things could be better and more efficient, etc.....but then I hang out with normal people, and I start feeling like there are so many different aspects to life and you can not just put them all in a database (though right now I am ready to try!!!).

5 comments:

  1. Brian Miller said...:

    i will admit...i like using the database at work, but once i walk out the door...nah...how you get everything done that you need tonight...

  1. Nat said...:

    Wow, you are a busy lady! :)

  1. Heather said...:

    Makes sense in a geeky kinda way, I guess!

  1. Brandy said...:

    hmmm that's interesting. databases make my head hurt.

  1. carma said...:

    I like how he is looking at his daughter in terms of "gains returned" lots of luck with that - especially during the teenage years ;-)

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