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I asked our ChatGPT to create a dialog between two network engineers in the style of the absurdist playwright Eugene Ionesco, author of The Bald Soprano.  It’s not even close to the original, but I do think it captures our existence quite nicely.  “We are the clowns of the digital realm” is perhaps my favorite line:

Engineer 1: Good evening. Have you ever stopped to wonder why networks are like mazes?

Engineer 2: Ah, the eternal question! Networks are like mazes because, well, because mazes are like networks!

Engineer 1: But what purpose do they serve? These intricate paths leading us nowhere. It’s all so absurd!

Engineer 2: Absurd indeed! We tirelessly configure routers and switches, creating connections that resemble a tangled web. Yet, do we ever truly reach our destination?

Engineer 1: No, my friend, we simply pass through endless loops, like Sisyphus rolling the boulder up the hill, only to have it roll back down.

Engineer 2: And what about those cryptic error messages we encounter? They mock us, like whispers of an elusive truth we can never grasp.

Engineer 1: Indeed, they are the whispers of a madman, taunting us with their indecipherable codes. “Error 404: Page not found.” How fitting!

Engineer 2: Ah, the irony! We seek connectivity, yet we are trapped in a world of disconnections and network outages.

Engineer 1: Our lives revolve around troubleshooting, forever trapped in an endless cycle of pinging and tracert-ing.

Engineer 2: It’s a tragic comedy, my friend. We are the clowns of the digital realm, forever chasing packets that vanish into thin air.

Engineer 1: And yet, we persist, day in and day out, our minds slowly unraveling like a faulty Ethernet cable.

Engineer 2: We are but players in this grand theater of network engineering, destined to forever dance to the rhythm of broken connections and elusive solutions.

Engineer 1: So, my friend, let us raise our glasses to the absurdity of it all. To the networks that confound us and the mysteries we strive to unravel!

Engineer 2: Cheers to that, my comrade! May we forever find solace in the chaos and laughter in the face of the inexplicable!

(They clink their glasses together, lost in the absurdity of their network engineer existence.)