Beau Weston, over at the Gruntled Center had an interesting posting on Sysadmin Appreciation Day as it relates to some arcane sociological concept. Arcane, at least to me.
A friend send me an email pointing this high holy day to me, and I basked in the thought that there are some people who appreciate the behind-the-scenes things we do to keep the packets flowing.
At 9:03 pm I received a phone call from the data center -- there had been a University-wide power outage and the UPS systems had kicked in as they should have. The only problem was the backup generator did not, and the UPSes drained after a few minutes, and the data center went dark. I met the two other sysadmins for our group, and we managed to get everything going in a little under an hour.
I guess this was an appropriate day to get called in after hours. It really doesn't happen that often, but when it does, it's a doozy.