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Hey Kyle, what did you do this summer?

It has been a busy one.

We started out by replacing the DBA that left us 4 months earlier with a data analyst. With us being in a mess of an environment, I was not excited with the thought of losing my DBA partner in crime and replacing him with someone who’s not ready to just walk into that role and continue helping me grow. We hired a good guy though and he seems interested in getting to where I am someday.

3 weeks later, find me completely unplugged in the middle of the Wild and Wonderful woods with the fiancee’s family. It was the first time in 3 or 4 years that I didn’t take a laptop on vacation and had no internet on my phone. I made everyone aware at work that I would be of no use starting at 2:30 on a Monday and I’d be unreachable for the next 8 days. They managed to sneak a call in riiiiiight before I was out of cell range, but thankfully out was an easy problem I could walk them through.

I leave that vacation and jump right into another 3 days later for a long weekend in Baltimore for a golf outing. Dad and I went and stayed with a friend of his down there. First night we are some crab cakes, 2nd day was the outing and we played best ball. Finished 3rd in our division so not a bad day! Celebrated by heading to some dive bar with about 10 other golfers a couple hours then headed back to my dad’s friend’s house. His wife surprised us with a BUSHEL of crab. 8 of us sat at a table for about 3-4 hours drinking and BSing the night away while HOUSING crab. I miss that night dearly lol.

Get back to work, concentrating hard on getting the new guy up to speed. Faster he gets moving, faster I get to do cool DBA things and less data fixes and day to day fires. Theeeeeen my director put his 2 weeks in, and I felt lost. Being part of such a small operations team, I had really gotten close to him over the previous 2 years. He went to bat for me with C level employees time and time again for promotions, raises, bonuses, and education expenses. Only positive I was given was that the new director would be an internal hire. Bad news, my manager ends up getting promoted. Well, bad news for selfish me. I’m back to where I was a year ago. My manager moves to a new position and I’m left in limbo with no leadership and I gotta make some lemonade.

SQL Saturday Columbus finally comes and Lacey and I venture a couple hours west jamming in the car the whole way. I took some more PowerShell classes, a compression class, finally learned the ins and outs of reading an execution plan, and I met a ton of cool people and saw some familiar faces. Best part of the whole day was the very end when they did a couple charity auctions for the Huckleberry House. I won a year subscription to Brent Ozar’s online classes!

Next up in this crazy summer was my first SAN migration. Pulled a 24 shift and migrated about 20TB of data manually. The rest of the data was able to be moved automatically through syncing the data to both SANs then cutting over. Exhausting but I learned a ton with moving database files, directory permissions, and tools used by our datacenter to move some stuff for us.

Getting closer to current, BIRTHDAY WEEK. I had a wonderful time with Lacey who treats me way better than I could possibly deserve. Dad met me for an afternoon of Top Golf on my birthday. My friends took me to Top Golf and a local bar the next day which was a blast. Nothing work related here, just doing some quick bragging about the people I surround myself with being stupid awesome.

Now we come to the end of August, I realize I’ve spent about half my summer in a pity party about all the change above me at work and it’s time to change. I took a step back, evaluated all my tickets and projects and realized I just have to put my head down and get stuff done so I can feel accomplished at the end of the day instead of empty. Started getting into pluralsite again, picking up more PowerShell and even trying out some PostgreSQL and python to “spice it up” and try something new.

Basically this summer was fun, but as much as I am a creature of habit, I am realizing more each day that I need to reset and re-motivate myself with new experiences every couple months at a minimum in order to keep myself happy and into my career.