For the second time in four weeks, I’ll be spending a weekend down in our new data center in Charlotte. Not that I objerct; I volunteered to head down and coordinate our migration from Charlotte that weekend. Still, it is my hope that this weekend does not turn out like the previous weekend I spent in Charlotte.
Last time, we boarded the flight to Charlotte about a half hour late. After we left the gate, we spent another hour on the runway in Newark before taking off. All this guaranteed us arriving in Charlotte two hours late, ensuring that all the restaurants in the area had closed, so that we missed dinner completely. Friday was a 12 hour workday, with a midnight dinner and some fun after. Saturday was even longer, with us working twenty-one straight hours, from 9 a.m. until 6 a.m. Sunday. And Sunday itself lasted almost another 12 hours. After dinner, I finally collapsed at about 2 a.m. in time to catch a few hours rest before heading to the airport…where our flight was delayed another 3 hours.
I was told the weekends would be relatively boring. I’m hoping the August 19th weekend lives up to that billing, because the last time around it was anything but.