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Discussion on: Lend your voice to an episode of the DevDiscuss podcast by telling us your WORST on-call horror story 😱

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Oracle Sean ♠️

Friday afternoon on Labor Day weekend, 2003-ish, getting ready to enjoy a long weekend getaway with my family, a tech in an adjacent cage at the CoLo spilled a Big Gulp into our SAN, wiping out 8 databases. It also shorted out the tape carousel. We borrowed a tape drive—a manual unit—and spent the weekend running restores, serially. I had it easy, all I had to do was sit at home and call the sysadmin to let him know when to switch the tapes. The sysadmin spent the weekend at the CoLo, wrapped in a blanket.

We finished around 4PM on Monday and I had just sat down on the couch and turned on the TV when my wife and kids got home... "Is this what you've been doing all weekend? Watching TV??"

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Gracie Gregory (she/her) Author

Oh my goodness!!