Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Digging stuff

Literally. Digging, as in a trench, as in a very long trench. As noted recently, I got a new satellite system. The guy who put it in had a car accident the day before he was installing it. Hurt his back and neck so he could not dig the trench and put the cable underground.

Never fear said I, I enjoy working in the yard (I don't mind it really). I can do it. He offered to come back after he healed and do it - but I said no. He looked at me like "yeah, sure".  Then, he took it off the bill.

Now I know why I work with computers ;) Ouch describes it. I'll be hurting tomorrow. But the entire thing is underground, buried, out of site.

I'll keep my day job thank you very much.

Coming up this weekend - I move some cut of pieces of tree from one place to another place in my yard.  We had to have a couple of trees removed - some died, one was in the way of the most perfect line of site to satellite A6.  It was expendable. Now I have what used to be really tall trees in really big piles. Wood is heavy. Should be fun. Makes me look forward to my Sunday afternoon flight to Toronto for the Toronto OUG on Monday. Should be a good show - Jonathan Lewis will be there as well. I enjoy his presentations.

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Anonymous Anonymous said....

Perhaps you should have had a conference of some sort at your house and told participants to bring work jeans ...

Tue Sep 27, 08:47:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Bill S. said....

Considering what the projected price of home heating oil will be this season, I'll bet you could have had lots of help if the reward was a cord each ;-D.

Tue Sep 27, 08:52:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Noons said....

Allow me a suggestion (from a person who's totally into old hand tools to work with wood):

when it comes to *anything* to do with gardens, backyards or construction, *more power* is the order of the day!

Take it easy with the back stuff, it can get out of hand very fast.

Tue Sep 27, 09:36:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Robert said....

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Tue Sep 27, 11:24:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Eddie Awad said....

Now I know why I work with computers

Working with computers is not always an "Ouch" free vocation. In my case, I sit in front of the computer from 9 AM to 5 PM in addition to a few extra hours at home too. By the end of the day, my back is as stiff as a log. I should go back to the Gym, so that at least, I can work in my yard without feeling sore the next day.

Tue Sep 27, 11:27:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Robert said....

sounds like a good workout.
yeah definitely watch your back lugging those wood.

Chiropractors love computer people.

Tue Sep 27, 11:29:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

The Australian way is to invite your mates around for a BBQ....

Tue Sep 27, 11:36:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Joel Garry said....

Still cleaning up the trees I lost in last October's and December's storms.

Tue Sep 27, 11:48:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Tim... said....

If your kids were a bit younger they might fall for the, "Who can move the most logs in th shortest time?", line.

Cheers

Tim...

Wed Sep 28, 03:37:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Leo Mannhart said....

Nuno Souto said…
"when it comes to *anything* to do with gardens, backyards or construction, *more power* is the order of the day!"

hou hou hou can I hear another fan of "tool time" (tim allan in "home improvement")? yeah *more power*

Wed Sep 28, 05:32:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Tom Fox said....

I found that I'm no basketball player either. I hadn't played in 13 years, so I couldn't walk the next day either. Then the sides hurt. I was stuck in front of the computer, and wanting to go _nowhere_.

Wed Sep 28, 08:16:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Jeff Hunter said....

Can be rented for about $200 a day.

Wed Sep 28, 09:49:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

This is not related to the topic...but it really made me laugh yesterday.

We have a datawarehouse that currently is going through many performance issues in production. Many of them are not hard to identifiy and fix, but the developers tested against a database that didn't have full data in the tables. Now all of the sudden the performance is terrible on production and it's the database's fault. Anyway, we're in the meeting yesterday and one of the developers says: "I might be naive, but Oracle is supposed to be this big powerfull RDBMS engine but it can't handle anything. I think we're overpaying for it. The design should have nothing to do with performance. Oracle must be able to handle everything"...really made me laugh, altough it's really sad.

Wed Sep 28, 10:41:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Alberto Dell'Era said....

I'd bet that the car accident was a fake - and you misunderstood his "yeah, sure", it was actually "great, the plan worked - no heavy diggings today" ;)

Wed Sep 28, 12:21:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

The design should have nothing to do with performance.

Maybe Fabian Pascal will see that and put it in his "to laugh or cry" section.

Man, I would have sat there with a really pained expression on my face.

Ouch.

Wed Sep 28, 12:23:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

I'd bet that the car accident was a fake

Nope - I know the guy and I know what his car looked like the day before and what it looked like in my driveway that day ;) He was hit.

Wed Sep 28, 12:24:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Alberto Dell'Era said....

I know what his car looked like

That only means that He was REALLY NOT looking forward to do the job ;)

Wed Sep 28, 12:27:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Chickswv said....

Truncate table tbl_woodpile;
Commit;

Wed Sep 28, 12:58:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Tom Best said....

You don't need the COMMIT. :-)

Wed Sep 28, 01:06:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Alberto Dell'Era said....

It should read COMMIT TO HEAVY WORK and be issued *before* the truncate ...

Wed Sep 28, 01:14:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous John Spencer said....

Wouldn't that be:

ALTER table tbl_woodpile MOVE ?

Wed Sep 28, 02:36:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Alberto Dell'Era said....

ALTER table tbl_woodpile MOVE

Sure, runs fine in an archiveLOG garden (and for sure Tom runs his garden in archivelog, it's not a test garden!)

Wed Sep 28, 03:12:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Jeff Hunter said....

ALTER table tbl_woodpile MOVE ?

You dudes got too much time on your hands.

Wed Sep 28, 04:08:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

i'm moving 3 cords of wood this weekend into my garage, fortunately, i got 3 helpers (wife & 2 teenagers)
CREATE table CUTSPLITHARDWOOD STACK;

Wed Sep 28, 04:18:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

So there is a relation between the ratio of the car hit and contractor performance...

Wed Sep 28, 05:21:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Noons said....

"Sure, runs fine in an archiveLOG garden (and for sure Tom runs his garden in archivelog, it's not a test garden!)"

(groan...)

Yeah, but you need RMAN to handle that and none of us db geeks are the physical kind...

(groaner...)

Wed Sep 28, 09:13:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Robert said....

okay, so how deep and how long did you dig ?

Wed Sep 28, 11:34:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

how deep and how far

it was about 4-5 deep (not deep) but about 200 feet long (long ;)

Thu Sep 29, 06:20:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Robert Lockard said....

Tom,

Too funny. No I feel for you. When I have a large project like that, I always call my friends and tell them I am going to have a party complete with beer and pizza. My friends now realize that a party that includes beer and pizza also includes tools. Now I am building a new house and there needs to be a deck put on and a path down to the water made next spring. Want to come over for a party? I'll provide the beer and pizza.

-Rpb

Thu Sep 29, 07:30:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Sudhi said....

I sit in front of the computer from 9 AM to 5 PM in addition to a few extra hours at home too.

after getting one of my discs slipped, I've realized the importance of taking a break every 40mins. Just getup from the chair, walk around, grab an apple down the hall...

After religiously following that haven't had another slip (touch wood)

Thu Sep 29, 03:26:00 PM EDT  

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