[bct] Re: The Night Before Startup

  • From: "Maria" <malyn87@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2005 18:45:39 -0500

Hi Lois,

This was great.  I collect take offs on The Night Before Christmas and will
be adding this to my collection.



----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Lois Goodine" <al419@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "blindcooltech" <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, December 19, 2005 4:00 PM
Subject: [bct] The Night Before Startup

> Hi Everyone!  Thought y'all might appreciate the following.
> Lois.
>  The Night Before Startup
> 'Twas the night before startup
> and all through the house
> not a program was working,
> there clicked not a mouse
> The users were nestled all snug in their beds
> with visions of systems alive in their heads.
> The programmers slumped round their screens in despair
> and felt that a miracle now would be fair.
> Then from the back office there rose such a chatter
> I sprang from my desk to see what was the matter
> and there to my marveling eyes did appear
> a wonder programmer  with a six pack of beer.
> His resume glowed with experience so rare
> he turned out great code with that bit-pusher's flair.
> He spoke not a word but went straight to his work,
> turning specs into code like a sitcom berserk.
> A wink of his eye and a nod of his head
> soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.
> More smoothly than salesmen his programs they come;
> he whistled and shouted and called them by name.
> On update, on add, on inquire and delete,
> on batch jobs, on closing on functions complete.
> His eyes all glazed over, hands nimble and lean,
> from long days and nights spent in front of a screen.
> He tapped and he hammered, he nothing did shirk,
> turning specs into code; then he turned with a smirk,
> and laying his finger upon Enter key,
> the system came up and worked perfectly.
> The updates updated, the deletes all deleted,
> the inquiries inquired and the closing completed.
> He tested each whistle, he tested each bell,
> and with nary an append it all had gone well.
> The system was finished, the tests were concluded,
> the client's last changes were even included.
> Then the user explained in apocalypt font,
> "It's just what I asked for, but not what I want."
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