It’s been a while since I posted anything here. Have had a lot going on in life as of late which kept me from posting anything and also is what has now prompted me to post.
As many know I have been studying. I was anyway. I took my CCIE Voice written the last week of June in San Francisco while at Cisco Live – Networkers. I passed and I suppose thats a good thing. I know it is but I barely made it, and realized just how difficult the test is. I feel I knew the content well, not perfect but ok. The real kicker with these tests is just how much trickery and deception they put into them. Really messes with your mind to the unsuspecting and nervous as hell test taker. I can barely keep my wits taking tests when its just a normal test trying to gauge if you paid attention and know something. These tests are on a whole different level. Bleh.. its done and now I am trying to find it in me to do the lab so that I might finally one day become a CCIE.
I also learned that my neck issues (surgery on 6 vertabrea, fused and full of metal rods) makes studying very difficult and painful. No pity party, just a personal observation that I have to contend with and consider going forward in my life.
Been in the midst of some major projects at work. Awesome stuff, technology heaven for me although I am starting to realize the long late nights and being hunched over the computer configuring routers and switches for 36+ hours at a time with little sleep and breaks is also something that my neck isn’t too happy about. I run on adrenaline and excitement through it all (with high doses of caffine and pain medication) and can still manage but its really not the same. What sucks is I am 35, and I am becoming one of those people I didn’t care for when I was 25 in this field.
I couldn’t stand those old mainframe farts who couldn’t do the 48 hour, no sleep, bust your butt projects always complaining of needing a break or spending time with family or back aches and blah blah. Karma is a PITA! I am now becoming one of these people. I still manage to do what I need to do but it damn near kills me in the end. Thinking and worrying about my family the whole time, fighting back the pain and sleepiness. Sucks getting old.
Work is umm.. well that needs a whole other book to be honest. Lots of change, and at first glance it doesn’t look like the good kind of change. But one has to give it time before making rash decisions or judgements. Hard not to but it’s the only thing I can do now to try and maintain my sanity. It has led me to make some new observations about life and people and corporate america that I believe I am going to document and share in my next post.