What I think happened, actually, is I hit a bug in mysql. I just don't know what bug or why.
Hm. Back when the "programmer" bit of my job title had things like "junior" and "intern" and "temporary" and "half-assed" modifying it, and George Bush version 1 was in the White House, and 640k of RAM was still a hell of a lot, and people still ran Desqview, and a gigabyte hard drive was generally considered overkill for home users, and people were convinced Macs were more user-friendly, and I was wondering if I'd get drafted to serve in Desert Storm, and my cable company only offered 79 channels, I think I got away with the "found a bug in" excuse for totally screwing stuff up/not doing something on schedule. Once. Thank God your boss puts up with that stuff, rusty, mine wouldn't.
Of course, in my case, I was able to back up the assertion with a msft kb article and reproducing it, and knew better than to just expect people to believe me if my chi was telling me it was a bug...it must be nice not to have that sort of pressure. But I have carried that experience with me: if something is due today, and it's yours to do, come hell or high water you get it done today or die trying. If you find a showstopping bug in something that's preventing you from fulfilling your obligations, when 5:00 rolls around and the whistle blows and your co-workers are jumping out the windows yelling "YABBA-DABBA-DOO!" you continue doing what you have to do to make it work, and do not leave until you can look your superiors in the eyes and said "I continued working on this until I exhausted every course of action I and my collegues could think of that could correct the problem" and await your punishment, or say "I apologize for not completing this task on time. I was unable to resolve (whatever issue) within the window due to (whatever reasons). In the future, I will try to plan more thoroughly and effiently so that if similiar issues present themselves in the future the decision tree is simpler."
In other words, if there's no wind, you warp, rather than waiting for your water and rations to run out and hoping Aeolus takes pity and gives you stronger winds tomorrow to make up for lost time.
"You can get a lot more done with a kind word and a gun, than with a kind word alone." -- Al Capone
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