I came accross a link to the System Administrator Appreciation Day website today and realised that I had just missed it by a few days, more to the point others have missed it by a few days and I didn’t get any appreciation as a result, still there is always next year and I’m not a big time sys admin at the best of times anyway.
Still, it is food for thought; these websites we spend hours on every day, or at least every week for those who use the net less, are maintained and run be people working tirelessly and without thanks to make sure you get the same high quality experience you expect 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Yes, if there is an error in the middle of the night they really do get woken up and the job never really comes to an end.
We really should appreciate our systems administrators, not just on one day a year, but all the time. After all, high on caffine they may be, but they keep us grounded by making sure our systems work in the best way possible so we have one less thing to worry about. A virtual beer and a pat on the back to all the sys admins I know.