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Nearly 4 am and over 1 Million events

1143536 events at the second I started typing this, to be exact. We are currently operating a portion of the detector again for a week, with many goals, but the biggest is to run as many parts of the detector together as possible. The RCT is in this one, working well, helping collect data. At about this point you start counting the hours until you can go home and crawl into your bed. Shift ends at 7am. Its a bit like flying overseas, and when you only do one day, it is tough. I have had coffee, diet coke and sugar…and I’ve just run out of coffee. There is a machine here, but at some point you have to stop, or you won’t sleep, or at least I won’t. It might take a lot for that now, though. Smooth running is super, but a bit boring. The room is a little cold, which probably doesn’t help the sleepiness either. But it is mostly empty:

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Though there are a few of us dedicated souls here, including Jessica, a Wisconsin graduate student:

TriggerShift

I will not think about warm beds, or that my husband and cat are in my warm bed…until later.

P.S. I apologize for the lack of clarity – my cell phone was used to take the pictures.

P.P.S. Just read Monica’s blog, and I now know how I can fill the last few hours: I can write documentation!

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One Response to “Nearly 4 am and over 1 Million events”

  1. twobyte says:

    Great post! I almost felt for a microsecond I was there too – sleepless and miserable but full of duty. Thanks.

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