Though today at least I was watching the G5s do stuff and then doing it myself. I was right, it is all rote. Well, it’s mostly rote. Some of it’s more like sympathetic magic. When the red light goes on over there, toggle these switches over here in different combinations until it goes off.
I asked what the red light means, and I was told that it means we have to flip the switches around until it goes off. I asked what will happen if we don’t, and was told that the red light will stay on. I asked what would happen if we let the red light stay on and tried to proceed with the experiment, and was told we wouldn’t be able to proceed until the red light goes off.
Dr. Li came up to me when no one else was around and said something like, “So you’re curious as well as ambitious. That can be good. Just make sure you’re asking the right questions, to the right people.”
I asked him what the right questions were, and he said, “That’s one of them.” and walked away.
I’m going to level with all of you: I still don’t have a clue what I’m doing, but it’s not crawling around in ventilation ducts or climbing maintenance ladders in elevator shafts, or playing hide-and-seek in the dark with… whatever. Plus, it’s cool. There’s this giant machine and it makes giant crashing showers of sparks and plasma arcs. It’s like playing with a bunch of Tesla coils: even if we are just playing around, it’s still pretty awesome.
And despite his kind of creepy manner, I think maybe Dr. Li’s point was that unlike the techs above me, I am curious about what we’re doing. So maybe by the time I reach their grade, I’ll have a better idea what’s going on.
P.S.: It’s still happening. Tonight, I “accidentally” broke the glass that’s been left out on the counter and threw the pieces away. Your move, maintenance gremlins.