First part of the day was spent at a customer's site working on various things. I'm normally their secondary tech, but now that Jesse-sensei is busy working at the office covering for the bossman, I'm going solo to work on most of the small, annoying things. I've only been to this site a time or two before, but the ladies there were complimenting me left and right. As someone who never gets any credit for anything ever, I didn't really know what all to do. But every time I turned around, I'd hear "WOW! You're done already? That was FAST!" or "You're so smart! How long did it take you to get so good at this?" or something similar. I'm definitely not used to that kind of treatment. Not in the slightest.
Trust me: this is the exception, not the rule. Most people hate IT guys. Computer problems frustrate most people more than anything else, and the tech guys only show up when there's a problem. We either have to deal with people who are already frustrated/upset/pissed because everything's messed up and smile as they take their frustrations out on us, or we get accused of being the ones that fucked things up to begin with. After all, nothing's ever broke without us being there. So it must be our fault, right? ::grumbles:: But nevertheless, it feels good to be appreciated.
Ate lunch at my favorite little Chineese restaraunt. Good stuff. And I got a pretty good fortune as well. Funny thing is that at this one particular restaraunt, every fortune that I've ever gotten had either just happened to me or came true shortly thereafter. Let's hope that the streak continues. ^_^
After that, it was back to the office to build PC's. To be honest, I've never done that before. I've repaired and modified computers to the point that they were all but created from scratch, the only piece remaining being the case and maybe the mobo. I've swapped every part, replacing things here and upgrading them there. But each time, there was always a computer (or at least part of one) to begin with, and the end result was a more better computer. So it was kind of fun to dive into a pile of boxes and grab parts, throwing them all together and building a working box from scratch. Nice hardware, too...the next batch of MCSA students are gonna be pleased.
Chris rocks. He's almost exactly where I want to be 5-10 years from now. He's understanding and sympathetic and easy to get along with, but he's also firm and focused and dedicated. He knows damn near everything about anything with a power plug, and he's the kind of guy that gets shit done. So I'm not saying anything bad about him in the slighest...but its so much fun now that he's overseas. Jesse is more like me in that he's strictly business when dealing with customers, but he's a big goofball when he's by himself or around friends. So we were back in the tech room cracking jokes and acting silly for most of the day. My hands never stopped building those PC's, but instead of standing there silently as I worked on the assembly line the entire office was casual and relaxed and not really taking much of anything seriously. Whoever answered the phone straightened up and was 110% professional when a customer would call, but the rest of the time we had so much fun that I almost feel guilty about getting paid for it. Almost.
Think I'm gonna fill out my tax info real quick, then go watch that last disc of Fushigi Yuugi. There's no way I'm gonna ruin the rest of the day by studying for a test that I won't be able to take for at least another five or six days at the earliest. ::smirks::