I donated blood today! The American Red Cross now has an extra pint of A- blood in their inventory, but more importantly, I now have license to eat whatever I want for the rest of the day.
Once they had the needle in me, they instructed me to squeeze a stress ball every 5-10 seconds with my right hand. The squeezing ensures my blood keeps flowing and making its way into the bag. So the whole time I talked to the nurse about defragging harddrives (she wanted to know if she should be logged on to her own Internet account or her husband’s Internet account to do this), I had a background process running:
I finished up, partook in guilt-free soda and Cheetos and headed home.
There I had to VPN into a client-site and remote into their server to archive about 26,000 PDFs. I commenced my Cut and Paste operation and as the hourglass struggled, I would flick my mouse every 5-10 seconds with my right hand. The flicking ensures my files keep flowing and making their way into the new directory (In the past I’ve had the frustrating discovery that when the server’s screen saver comes on, Windows Explorer crashes). So the whole time I stared at the screen (just about as captivating as the defrag conversation), I had a background process running:
And suddenly, I had a bit of déjà vu!
P.S. For a great blood donation story, be sure to read The Thrill of Losing a Pint of Blood.