From time to time I am reminded by postings on the OTN database forum of a sequence from the move Annie Hall which shows Diane Keaton and Woody Allen being interviewed (separately) by their therapists:
DK’s Therapist: “Do you have sex often? ”
Diane Keaton: “Constantly, I’d say three times a week”
WA’s Therapist: “How often do you sleep together?”
Woody Allen: “Hardly ever, maybe three times a week”
This dislocation appears in a similar fashion with Oracle – though the dialogue goes something like this:
User: “This query takes forever to run.”
DBA: “Can you give me a rough idea of how long ?”
User: “Nearly 10 seconds”.
Advice to DBAs – remember to ask for facts, not opinions.