Be sure to check out self-professed "695 Newbie" Hanna Collins' article about her foray into boom operating. Snip:
On my very first take in the “ business” I held the
boom upside down, it’s been quite a learning experience
Dan started counting how many times my
mic hit the ceiling, “ three... four... come on Hanna.”
Ah, I remember it like it was yesterday (well, because the same thing happened to me yesterday).