Well, I Think It’s Getting Better


I don’t hurt as much today.

As much.

I have a blister on the ball of my foot threatening to manifest.  It’s tender but not painful; just enough to make me aware of its presence.  Changing shoes at the office has been beneficial in keeping it from blossoming full-on.

I got a lot of stuff done on my top priority document today.  And the database they’ve asked me to build is at least underway.  It’s got a looonng way to go, but I started it today.  I got the raw data in there, now I have to normalize it.  Ask in the comments if you care what that means, and I’ll tell ya.

There is a shuttle bus that runs from the train station (more or less) to the office.  I haven’t seen it, of course, but I know it’s there because everyone says it is.  I’ve seen the other two shuttles — which don’t go to the train station — sitting there, tempting me with their wiles and wares.  But the one I need doesn’t seem to appear.  It’s like a UFO — I know people have seen ’em but damned if I ever have.  Like the Flying Dutchman, it supposedly materializes from the mist to take its passengers to their destination.  I could sit and wait for it, but I’m afraid by the time I catch it, it’ll be too late for my normal train, and God knows I don’t want to get home any later than I do.  Getting up at the ass-crack of dawn hasn’t been a lot of fun.  It hasn’t been awful, but it’s not the most fun I’ve ever had either.

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5 thoughts on “Well, I Think It’s Getting Better

  1. I, also, am invested in the plight of this protagonist. Midwest? OH, Yer a Chick-gah-gow boyuh. For some reason I had you as a New Yowik guy.

    Your mundane is pretty interesting so far, Dark.

  2. Sherri — I’m glad to have you along on this journey, hon! It’ll make it more fun!

    “Normalizing” data means getting into such a state so that the table (think Excel spreadsheet) is nice and neat. All the data only exists ONCE (that is, in one table ONLY, not the same data across LOTS of tables), that it’s all consistent (spelling, spaces, etc.), that the numbers are really numbers, the text is only text, and that there are NO blanks anywhere. (That’s an over-simplification, but you get the idea.) The data in those discreet units is then RELATED to each other by the database system, and nothing is repeated or redundant. Each piece of data only exists in one place where it can be updated and queried and manipulated without having to do it in lots of other places, inducing the error of missing one somewhere (even though that’s what “cascading updates” are for).

    Hope that makes sense; let me know if it’s not clear. I’ll try something analogous.

    Dwight — Well, thanks for bein’ interested an’ stuff, bud! I’m happy to have you in my corner!

    Truth is, though, I’m neither a Chicagah guy nor a Noo Yawk guy (even though I love to say “LawnGUYland” for Long Island). Nope … I’m actually a California kid stuck in the Midwest. Yes, STUCK. That’s a whole OTHER story, though. πŸ™‚

    Thanks again, D, and I’m glad you’re enjoying the mundaneness. πŸ™‚ I’ll try to keep it up … uh, I guess. πŸ˜€

  3. Blisters are a real annoyance. But they are just annoyances and that’s all.

    Looks like you’re going to have a handful normalizing the data. What software do you use?

  4. Leafless — True, dat. Just annoying. I think I’ve averted it, though. Whew!

    Normalizing the data will be a challenge. I’m using Microsoft Access for this database. It’s plenty powerful for what they need done. It’s only a departmental database, not an enterprise tool, so that’s easy. πŸ™‚

    On the other hand, if it were an enterprise tool, they’d have programmers and DBAs to do it for them! πŸ™‚

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