The Coping Thread

  • That's a tough place to be.

    I feel that a bit as I'm one of the much older people at Redgate, who are often in their 20s. I do try to stoke some conversations, and understand what is important to the younger ones, but the chats tend to be short.

    Hope you find a way to engage with some others.

  • On a side note: I see there is some relation between Red Gate and SQL SERVER CENTRAL but I'm just not connecting the dots. Can you explain what the correlation is? (briefly)

    Also, I see a "Write for us" section. Is there a recommended path to take or is it simply an act of submitting an article?

    Thanks.

  • Redgate owns SQLServerCentral. They purchased the site about 13-14 years ago. I now work for Redgate, though they give me a lot of independent editorial control.

    Just submit an article and we'll get you feedback. Usually takes about a week.

  • Thanks. I'll put together an article and submit it to see how things tic along.

    I read the contributor pages, seems fairly straight forward.

     

  • pailwriter wrote:

    Jeff,

    I just love that quote. "Dear Lord... I'm a DBA so please give me patience because, if you give me strength, I'm going to need bail money too!"  

    It took me a while, but I finally got back in my chair (having fallen out laughing so hard) to send you this reply and say thank you for making my day.

    (Still laughing and my co-workers are wondering what's up.) Let 'em wonder.

    I'm sorry... I totally missed your reply.  I have to admit, I laughed at you laughing about it.  Now it's you that have made mine.  I'm going to have to put that quote back into my signature line.  Glad to "meet" you.

    Heh... almost forgot... "Seatbelts save lives" (at least people laughing so hard) 😀

    --Jeff Moden


    RBAR is pronounced "ree-bar" and is a "Modenism" for Row-By-Agonizing-Row.
    First step towards the paradigm shift of writing Set Based code:
    ________Stop thinking about what you want to do to a ROW... think, instead, of what you want to do to a COLUMN.
    "Change is inevitable... change for the better is not".
    "Dear Lord... I'm a DBA so please give me patience because, if you give me strength, I'm going to need bail money too!"

    Helpful Links:
    How to post code problems
    How to Post Performance Problems
    Create a Tally Function (fnTally)

  • Heh... almost forgot... "Seatbelts save lives" (at least people laughing so hard)

     

    Alas, my office chair is not equipped with a seat belt, just a couple of retainer rails, but I mostly use them as arm rests.

    Nice to "virtually meet" you as well.

  • pailwriter wrote:

    Jeff,

    I just love that quote. "Dear Lord... I'm a DBA so please give me patience because, if you give me strength, I'm going to need bail money too!"  

    It took me a while, but I finally got back in my chair (having fallen out laughing so hard) to send you this reply and say thank you for making my day.

    (Still laughing and my co-workers are wondering what's up.) Let 'em wonder.

    looool!!

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    A SQL query walks into a bar and sees two tables. He walks up to them and asks, "Can I join you?"
    Ref.: http://tkyte.blogspot.com/2009/02/sql-joke.html

  • We were informed a little while ago that we will probably be working from home until at least 31st March 2021 so I have started planning for the long haul over the winter now.

    Offices are being refitted to enable social distancing and our more customer facing  staff will be using them and given the number of people we have a seriously doubt we will have the physical room for us all to be in the offices again for the foreseeable future.

    On the upside I find I have more time to exercise so rather than putting weight on I have actually lost it, I have also finally succeeded in baking a really nice sourdough loaf and am looking at doing bagels next.

    My team had all previously worked from home at various points in the week so they are pretty cool with it as well and we have a regular coffee break Teams or Skype meeting to chat in general.

    As for the weather - summer here has been pretty fickle - we were lucky in the early lockdown as the weather was warm and sunny but July and August were quite frankly crap and September has not started any better.

     

     

     

  • Today's tip: Look at photos from a time with happy memories

    My screensaver is a slideshow of favourite personal photos of places we've been and ranges from Malmo to Barcelona, Mizen Head to Prague. On the laptop in the office it generates interest when I walk away from my desk and at home on the big pc screen, I often find hubby just happily sitting watching the show and reliving the moment.

  • I have a folder under "Pictures" that syncs across devices. I use that for the same reason.

    On my desktop, I've started to use the multiple desktop background feature and pick 3 photos + the month's coping calendar. I think change the pix every month when a new calendar comes out.

  • It took awhile but I'm really struggling now. I'm in the US and it feels really bad. 200,000 plus dead from COVID-19. Our leadership is lacking at the national and state level. I'm feeling fatigued, have trouble sleeping, high anxiety. I'm a member of a minority group targeted for hate by our president and others.

  • I am right there with you. My day to day life is great, but I'm struggling a bit with the weight of the world. I live in a very conservative area, and while people in general are pleasant, I am a little wary every time I go to town. I've taken to avoiding things in my county most of the time and driving to the next one over, which isn't further, but is a little less disconcerting.

    Hopefully some of my coping tips are helping. They certainly help me to work through them on a regular basis.

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