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A $50000 mistake

About two months ago, I made a mistake while programming invoicing system that was causing about $50,000 lost to my company. My boss was very angry about it and shouted to one of the accounting staff saying we should not ever stick with computer result and human check is always required before processing in the real world.

I was also been called to have a private talk to her. Surprisingly, she was being nice to me. she said human errors cannot be avoided before I tried to explain myself. There was a lot of bla..bla.. during the conversation but overall the tension was lower than I expected. I was quite happy about it however when I looked back at the different experiences between me and the accounting guy, I was confused a little bit. She said we can’t trust the computer result to him but she also comforted me with “unavoided human mistakes”. So human vs computer, which side was she? Was it because I am a better employee who needs to be treated nicer than the poor accountant? I am not sure. Maybe the accountant was the first person she met and when it’s my turn, she had already cooled down a lot, was becoming a nice, elegant lady again.

A few days later after the conversation, I was caught by our CEO, he smoldered with the lost money and we had a long long time argument in his office. People admired me because they can hear my fightback from two rooms always but It was still a terrible memory that I still don’t want to recall, even he apologized when the day finished.

I talked with my friend back in China. “It is very unwisely to fight back with your boss. Stupid! I rather call it stupid”, He replied to me in the WeChat app. I was about to explain to him the differences in workplace culture but he stopped me.

“No matter which country you are, the nature of human remains the same”, he insisted.

以宁

还有四十五天就是女儿以宁的预产期。
我的心里一直有很多个名字,但是真的要用上的时候都觉得不好听。亏得老祖宗的遗泽,看到道德经三十九章里面有云:

昔之得一者。天得一以清。地得一以宁。神得一以灵。谷得一以盈。万物得一以生。侯王得一以为天下贞。

女子为地坤,那就叫以宁好了。将来如果有儿子了,就叫以清,正好凑上天地一对。
我好朋友说,你是准备让女儿修道吗?当然没有!这个年岁里,清净安宁难道不是最好的祝愿吗?我妈说小孩子还没有出生,得等到出生之后再按照生辰八字取名才好。我们夫妻俩人都不以为然,况且在一个英语国家,这个名字注定只能像小名一样在家里喊一喊了。如果让算命先生依照生辰取英文大名,太难为他们了。

妻子怀孕并没有什么大不了的不适,除了早期孕吐乃至今时的腰疼以外,她似乎并没有其他大的不适。好笑的是,随着孕期渐晚,她开始漏尿了。大笑,尿几滴;喷嚏,尿几滴…但凡牵扯到全身性的肌肉瞬间运动,都会漏尿。医生说这是怀孕的正常现象,我自己也Google了不少,也觉得医生似乎并没有敷衍我们,也就笑笑而过,坦然以对。

在我们这里,可以去免费的公立医院生产,弊端是没有单独的产房,没有特殊情况只能在医院待一两天。我们随大流,早早地买了私人保险。保险公司的定点医院是一家非常有名的私立医院,迄今已经有一百三十多年的历史。私立医院有独立的产房,而作为准爸爸的我则可以从临盆开始就参与分娩的全过程,分娩后我得以在医院陪护五天,期间医生护士会教我基本的护理知识。

因为疫情的原因,爷爷奶奶外公外婆几乎没可能过来帮我们,我们只能靠自己度过月子。照顾孩子和老婆,我自信自己能做好。倒是妻子本人显得有点焦虑,四处打听月嫂。这边的月嫂基本都是华人半路出家,而且我本人比较反对一个外人住进家里跟我们同吃喝。所幸老婆同事的妈妈是一位退休的妇产科医生,她答应我们月子里白天来家里帮忙照顾,算是帮我们打消了最大的顾虑。

我从来没有认认真真想过生孩子的事情,一切都是妻子在操心,我打定主意做好工具人的角色。现在孩子快要出生了,心中反而是忐忑中带着不安。

希望一切都好。