It turns out that whatever Tam's got is not what I had earlier -- and now I've got it, too. I woke several times during the night, coughing, and had trouble getting back to sleep. It's a nasty, insistent, near-dry, wheezing cough that tastes metallic, not easy to ignore.
So, call in sick, right? Wrong. We've got a tech out on vacation, the third day-shift tech is only on days Tues-Thurs, and that leaves exactly one genuine Engineering Technician on duty after the early-morning tech departs: me. So if I can possibly haul my wheezing self out of the house, I need to proceed onward to work. It's not dedication -- I don't trust the technical managerial types* to not make a mess of whatever will break today. Nice fellows, but they don't hardly sling solder and haven't for years.
* From 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., there will be three (3) Engineering managers to one maintenance tech. In fairness, there will also be one or two operating techs and a technical assistant, so at worst it's a 1:1 ratio. I have absolutely no opinion to share about this.
4 weeks ago