You Know your instrument is a piece of junk when…
1. You know the service guy on a first-name basis and have even considered inviting him over for beers sometime.
2. You know the serial number of your instrument by heart from reciting it to tech support so many times.
3. You have actually physically assaulted the instrument while no one was looking.
4. Everyone knows you physically assault the instrument but they never tell anyone about it.
5. You’ve been in your supervisors office more than once threatening to quit – (“It’s either Me or that piece of S#@T!!!”)
6. Other lab techs gather and egg you on, as you physically assault the helpless instrument.
7. After troubleshooting the instrument for hours, you’ve had to go to a storeroom or office and close the door to calm down for awhile.
8. It becomes routine for you to spend the first thirty minutes of the next shifts time explaining and apologizing for unresolved problems with the instrument.
9. You’ve come close to tears when explaining the instruments quirks to new employees or students.
10. While training new employees their eyes glaze over as you try to make impossibly complex troubleshooting techniques as straightforward as possible.
11. Your supervisor will not let you take vacation until you’ve trained a new hire enough that they feel ‘comfortable with it’.
12. The more the new hire learns about the instrument the quieter and more distant he/she gets.
13. You frequently notice the new hire browsing online job sites and working on his/her resume’.
14. You go to a training event for the instrument and the question-answer session at the end of class ends up being more like a town-hall meeting.
15. You inexplicably lash out at a friend from another lab when they mention that their instrument is ‘pretty easy to maintain.’
17. Overhearing the name of the instrument triggers a facial tic.
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