April 26, 2006

Hanging by the PDF File

It's the last issue of the Setonian for the year. Something has to go wrong, right?

It did.

Tomorrow the 16-page edition is supposed to come out, but it was all in jeopardy this morning.

My foot was in an earthquake. A .2 on the Richter, so I knew it wasn't tectonic plates beneath Seton Hill shifting, just my sanity about to crumble. Anxiously, I watched the phone blink blue, blue, blue, until the voicemail picked up the dastardly message. My printer's smooth voice began, but something was wrong--very wrong, something like, "You have to give me a call RIGHT AWAY. We did not receive one of your layouts!" spewed forth from my track phone that seems to deliver two things: death messages and more bad news.

Anyway, Oh MY FREAKING COW. My trusty printer. My trusty printer, calm under every circumstance, was freaking out before my very stinging ears. His voice high and deep on different syllables of each digitized word of the urgent voicemail. This was serious. A PR sales person did not know what to do! Stop the presses! I mean start them...START THEM QUICK!

I sent and resent our files to the printer, but it could not recognize the username and password. PDF files take a while to process, even on the superfast, yet schizo Macs, so I spent a considerable amount of time praying to God, and the Great IT Department in the sky. Nothing seemed to work.

After four calls with the customer service rep and three passwords later, she called to tell me that she hated to admit a mistake, but they had made one--they found the file on the original upload I sent yesterday.

No bitterness--I think...Just relief. Blessed, blessed relief.

So we are getting our 16-page issue. I am not losing my mind. I've also seriously contemplated that I am developing an ulcer the size of Rhode Island in my stomach. I also need some outdoor exercise...

Just one more adventure in the life of an editor-in-chief. I love this job. Thank God it's almost done for this year. :-D

Posted by Amanda Cochran at April 26, 2006 3:30 PM | TrackBack

Woah! That was a squeaker.

Amanda, you've taken on a huge responsibility, and I'm very impressed with how you're handling it.

I figured it would turn out OK in the end, or I wouldn't first be hearing about this on your blog, but... woah!

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at April 26, 2006 5:21 PM
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