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I've had a difficult time even getting a look-see at what has been going on with the forum lately.  Beginning in early August I was assigned as the lead engineer on a data and voice over IP network installation for a company with 90 plus sites in Florida, Texas, and Colorado.  I've been working long hours and through the weekends to get this cut over.  I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.  

I didn't realize how much I would miss participating in the BassResource.com forum.  It's good to "mingle" with other like-minded fishermen.  I've been able to make a rare post now and then but that's it.  Last weekend was the first time in over a month that I was able to get out and fish.  Just wanted to let you guys know BassResource.com is special and it's good to be back.   8-)

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Well, welcome back Bro.  I know what you mean about like minded people.  I really enjoy coming here and posting.  I learn so much.  

So come on in and get your talk on!

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Its good to have you back senile1! I can relate with your job, being in the telecommunications field myself! Was a tech for 10 years, moved to the supervisor role about 3-4 years ago for our service center. One of the technicians that works for me has to go out in the field for fiber characterization from time to time. Hours are long and the time he's out in the field varies.

Glad you were able to get out and do a little fishing last weekend and hopefully you can get some more in yet this year!

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I'm actually not a field tech.  I configure all the servers, routers, and switches at my office.  I then ship them to the sites. The field techs have to rack 'em and wire 'em but that's about it.  Once the equipment is in place I vpn into the systems for anything else that is needed.  The Cisco AVVID VoIP systems require alot of configuration before and after they are racked.  Customers often decide after the equipment is installed that what they originally asked for isn't what they want.  Then there is after cut support.  

Yeah, I prefer fishing.  

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Welcome home!

Kinda scary I actually understand everything you're saying too!  I don't know if that's good OR bad!  :P

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Ya me too Glenn.  Are we supposed to admit we understand??  Computer geek isnt what it used to be though!!  The pay is good and then there's all those cyber women!!   Err... I heard there were cyber women... dont know first hand!

Welcome back senile and good to meet ya.  I'm the network manager for a National Guard base.  So I'm only about 3 years behind whatever you are doing now.

B

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It's good to be back.  I thought I'd get a conversation going about work interfering with the most important activity known to humankind. (Well, let's leave sex out of it.)   ;)  I'm sure alot of you have experienced the same thing at one time or another.  When I'm not fishing I get irritable, kind of like PMS for men.  

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Senile1, that's good to hear you're not a field tech! I've done very limited field work in the past (and wasn't real fond of it). While the pay is typically better for the field side, the only time I want to travel is if the boat is attached to the truck!  ;D

bshaner, being in the military you may use so of the test equipment that we manufacture. I work for JDSU (formerly Acterna, formerly TTC, the home of the T-BERD and Fireberd products).

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basser89,

Very few field techs in our field make more.  The Cisco VoIP stuff is very difficult and without the engineers, most, but not all of them, would be lost, so our base pay is much better than theirs, but we are salaried and they do get overtime.  The success rate for the CCIE Voice certification is only 3 percent on the first attempt.  And, relatively speaking,  there aren't many CCNP/CCVP certified Cisco engineers, of which, I am one.  So we do Ok.  But enough about that.  Let's talk fishing.

My PMS is subsiding.  

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Man , I studied 6 years computer/network engineering and now I have 2 become Cisco Certified engineer 2.  >:(

U r right ,lets talk fishing

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Oh NO  I'm in the Air Guard.  We dont use test equipment.  We get outdated stuff brand new.  By the time we get technology there's already a newer version out.

B

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I didn't realize how much I would miss participating in the BassResource.com forum.

I was only gone 13 days on my pike trip, and couldn't believe all the new names!

Congratulations Senile1 on your recent promotion and good luck in your new position.

I noticed that you mentioned Florida in your site range. Geez, I wish you were installing

9,000 new sites, because Lake Wales is in dire need of revamped IP networking

Welcome back senile1, I'll be looking forward to your thoughtful insight.

Roger

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Thanks for the kind words, Roger.  To clarify, I wasn't promoted.  I've been doing installations and support.  This was just a much larger one.  

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