The five-second itch

Let me begin this entry with one word: aaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!

It’s just happened again, and I hate it. The infernal (substitute that with a fruitier word if you will) five-second wait while I sit here twiddling my thumbs waiting for a web application to do its thing.

I say five seconds, but I don’t know how long it’s going to be. Might be two seconds. Twenty. It could even be longer than a minute. It doesn’t matter that I’ve got a dual-core CPU in this machine, all I can do is wait, for an unspecified time, forthe task on some distant server to complete.

And what am I meant to do while I’m waiting? Make a cup of coffee. I’ve got one. Just there. Make a phone call? Could do, but she already believes I’m stalking her. Write an email? I’ve written all the emails that can be done quickly.

The simple fact is I don’t have any five-second (20-second, minute-long) tasks that need to be done. And even if I did, it distracts me from what I’m meant to be doing in the first place.

Right. I feel a little better now. And I think the web app has finally done it’s thing so back to work.

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