Friday the 13th is living up to its reputation today.

It’s been a fun day so far. First I tried to check in on SEB this morning and couldn’t pull the site up cause it was slower than molasses in January. Front end, back end, it was damn near impossible to get in so I sent off a ticket to the good folks at EngineHosting and they got right on it. Turns out we’re getting nailed with traffic at the moment, something I had noticed yesterday, and it was using up all the resources allocated to us. We jumped from an average rate of visitors of about 850-1000 a day to suddenly getting 2400+ in the past two days. Most of that traffic appears to be coming from StumbleUpon and is hitting an entry from back in January of 2006 where I posted a Doonesbury cartoon making fun of creationists. For some reason it’s very popular at the moment. So if you tried to access SEB earlier today and found that you couldn’t, now you know why.

The second thing that’s making this Friday the 13th memorable happened when I pulled into the parking lot at work. Everyone was standing around outside and lots of cars were coming and going. As it turns out someone from the contract house I work was fired recently and decided it would be funny to call in a bomb threat on the building. So they did they only thing they could do and sent most of us, including me, home to get an early start on the weekend. As far as I know it’s just a hoax, but they decided not to take any chances on it.

If you were superstitious then given the day and these two events you’d think it’d be a bad day to let two black cats meet face to face for the first time, but after I dropped Anne off at her job this afternoon I decided it was time Melvin and Beanie come to grips with each other. When I got back Melvin was looking particularly relaxed laying in his favorite spot next to a sunny window which seemed like an ideal time to try it and so I let Beanie out of Courtney’s room and then stood back. She took awhile coming downstairs and it took a while longer after that before Melvin saw her from his perch and when he did he handled it better than I expected him to. No hissing, no growling, just sat there and stared at her as she meandered about. She was clearly not interested in him at all and he was content to sit and watch her as she explored. Some two hours later Melvin was sleeping on his perch and Beanie was still checking the place out. He got up when I got my cup of coffee to come down to the basement and he sat and watched her some more and then he joined me downstairs. He’s still not hissing or growling so I’m hoping this is a sign that he’s going to be OK with this, though I suspect there’ll be a confrontation at some point. For the moment, though, things are going well.

So that’s how my Friday’s been going. Though I do have a fun new entry in the SEB Mailbag I’ll be posting in a bit. How about you guys? Your day going OK?

5 thoughts on “Friday the 13th is living up to its reputation today.

  1. So they did they only thing they could do and sent most of us, including me, home to get an early start on the weekend. As far as I know it’s just a hoax, but they decided not to take any chances on it.

    Is (often) the wrong answer. Hoaxer Wins.  Is there any credible threat? Have the staff looked for anything? (Better the staff- they know what’s out of place). Has there been previous actual attacks that make this credible?

    In the UK large shops have a series of codes to alert staff to things without arousing suspicion- sometime “Supervisor code 6 to tills” or just “Mr Johnson to managers office” etc.  They use this for things such as shoplifters spotted etc, as well as a code that tells staff look for unusual packages- this way you don’t panic the public (which is dangerous- 500 people all trying to leave).

    Surely after 7 years of WAR! ON! TERROR! US switchboard operators have been trained onto how to respond to bomb threats.

  2. Surely after 7 years of WAR! ON! TERROR! US switchboard operators have been trained onto how to respond to bomb threats.

    Of course. “OHMYGOD IT’S DA TERRORISTS, IF YOU VOTE DEMOCRATS WE WILL ALL DIE!!!”

    The brainwashing didn’t QUITE take though.

  3. Meant to respond to this last week, but better late than never I suppose.

    LH writes:

    In the UK large shops have a series of codes to alert staff to things without arousing suspicion- sometime “Supervisor code 6 to tills” or just “Mr Johnson to managers office” etc.  They use this for things such as shoplifters spotted etc, as well as a code that tells staff look for unusual packages- this way you don’t panic the public (which is dangerous- 500 people all trying to leave).

    It’s the same at most stores here in the U.S. as well. I used to know all of Meijer’s codes because I used to work for them. They were numeric based as I recall. Stuff like “Department 66 to aisle 29 please.”

    Surely after 7 years of WAR! ON! TERROR! US switchboard operators have been trained onto how to respond to bomb threats.

    There’s no switchboard here and, technically, they didn’t call the building. They called the contract house I work for and told them who then contacted the company contracting them and went from there.

    Was it a credible threat? The building is still here this morning so the answer is obvious, but that’s not going to stop them from taking it seriously. With as sue happy as we are here in America the one time they were wrong and it was credible would be the end of them as a company.

  4. Surely after 7 years of WAR! ON! TERROR! US switchboard operators have been trained onto how to respond to bomb threats.

    Yes: “THIS IS NOT A DRILL! ALL JOIN HANDS – NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP . . .”  tongue wink

  5. Taking every threat seriously ultimately means taking no threats seriously.  Case in point: I have been through probably a couple hundred fire drills in my life, and never once a real fire.  Sounds good, right?  I’m trained!  Trained to respond very slowly and lackadaisically to fire alarms. That might get me killed someday.

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