Most database professional recognize they have a good career path, and mostly enjoy the work they do. It’s possible to cross the line of enjoying it a little too much though. Here’s some guidelines to asses your situation:
1. Instead of being excited for the weekend, you’re anxious for Monday to get here to see the stats on index maintenance.
2. You seek out co-workers and ask them if there are any on call weeks you can take for them – no payback necessary.
3. You view production issues as a good thing, because you love having unexpected problems fall onto your plate.
4. You advocate for having a non-production, off-hours call out process.
5. A nightly hobby of yours is restoring databases, hoping to find a bug with the ‘RESTORE VERIFYONLY’ check.
6. You’re constantly changing the words your kids spell with refrigerator magnets to SQL themed words.
7. Your dog is named Trigger.
8. On the center of your coffee table is a SQL Server book that you use as a ‘conversation piece’ when guests are over.
9. You bring a video camera to major production implementations, because you want to cherish the moment forever.
10. You refer to to your kids as ‘Node 1’ and ‘Node 2’.