Sunday, November 01, 2009

You Never Lose The Knack

I was done working on a big satellite dish at the Skunk Works and had walked across the parking to our warehouse to put away some anti-seize compound and other interesting items, having left a box with a high-zoot LNB in it out by the dish, to be returned to the main building.

Got the Useful Chemicals back where they belonged and walked back towards the big overhead door. Framed in it, not half a block away, two men in front of the satellite dish, one of the suited-professional types holding up the LNB box and shaking it while one of my peers was obviously Denying All Knowledge.

Blame thing is worth several hundred dollars! Without even thinking, I shifted into big sister/babysitter mode and gave them my best Stern Yell: "You put that down Right Now!"

The warehouse and its ramp acted like a huge megaphone; the darkness within kept them from seeing me. They looked around, saw nothing, and abashedly set the box down and hurried away, doing their best to look innocent.

Heh. It's like riding a bicycle, isn't it?

6 comments:

reflectoscope said...

Its all fun til you have an ND with it. That takes some apologizing.

Jim

JohnMXL said...

I drove a school bus for about 3 years. It was over 10 years ago now, but I can still fire off a "Sit down and be quiet" that makes the airport call and complain about the noise!

WV - 'demilli': purging your music collection of '80s lip-syncers?

Lorimor said...

It's a guy thing.

Guy 1Whutizzit?
Guy 2I dunno.
In unison Let's shake the snot outta it!

Which reminds me of a joke.

Man Test

You are given a box by a very advanced alien being. You are told that it will end world hunger, rid the Earth of all disease and end all war.

Being a man, You:

A) Immediately head to NYC to hand it over to the UN.
B) Immediately make a beeline to DC to hand the box over to the President.
C) Take it apart to see how it works.

John B said...

Well C of course.

If I did A, a bunch of clueless feckwits who think world government would work, would take it apart with stone knives and bearskins.

B the prez would probably have me taken apart at the same time.

Sam said...

What, you didn't have a LNA lying around?

If I need to yell, I can flash-back to my NCO days. With an extra helping of menace, if my voice will hold out.

Ride Fast said...

A friend was taking his 80+ year old mother to the doctors office in downtown San Francisco.

Protesters demanding more pay to empty the trash were yelling through megaphones and banging drums very loudly.

She stopped and said in a loud stern voice "Stop that noise this instant!"

They did. She still has it.