I’m starting The Cursed Project today at work. Why is it cursed, you ask? It is cursed because every person who has been involved in running this particular project has not been around to run it a second time, and has either left voluntarily or been let go within the year. That tends to make it difficult to figure out exactly how to run this sucker.
It’s a project that spans approximately two months in run time. It’s terribly complex, easy to screw up, and so tightly scheduled that there isn’t time for screwups. It’s Day One, and things didn’t start well. I had problems with 3 of the 28 input files. The client resent those three, of which only 2 were good. I’m still waiting on the last one.
Of course, I also had to spend the first half of my day doing completely unrelated work. My co-irker had her furnace crap out, and it’s still very, very cold here, so she had to be hope to get the repair work done. That meant I had to do her usual Monday tasks. I can’t blame her, it’s just absolutely the wrong day for this kind of stuff to go down.
I’m currently processing my first file. It’s an hour before the official end of my day. I’m planning on being here for 3 more. Did I mention that I’m on reduced hours and have an hour less a day to process this stuff?
At this point I’m almost glad of the curse. It gives me hope that I’ll be out of this place sometime before another year is up.