If you're opening a new connection to some external service for each request maybe make sure it gets closed too.
This actually goes double for configuration management systems.
If you are making changes to configuration you should at least verify that it works. Don't just leave chef-client failing every 30 minutes for days until someone else needs it to work and they have to fix your typos.
Nothing like wanting to make a simple change only to discover the CM was broken for days before you made any changes.
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