Archive for January, 2013

Board games and eugenics.

January 29, 2013 Leave a comment

I was talking with a customer yesterday and Mensa came up.  Mensa bugs me.

Let’s move forward with the idea that intelligence is, to a large degree, an inherited characteristic.

My question to members is how they feel about belonging to an organization whose entrance requirement is based on inherited characteristics.  For any snobby types I also ask about the  implication that this means any status (real or imagined) membership provides has more to do with what they are rather than any personal accomplishment.

I would also suggest looking at other organizations whose membership is based on inherited characteristics and ask if Mensa is in good company.

In spite of my Mensa bashing, I really do believe that it has its place in the world….mainly as a meat market for idiot savants.

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Telling things.

January 27, 2013 Leave a comment

The other day I saw a van with one of those stick figure family stickers on the back window showing a couple with a cat and five dogs.  I thought to myself that I don’t know them but probably have a good idea what the inside of their van smells like.  

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A neat old trick….and some reminiscing.

January 13, 2013 Leave a comment

Last week at work I ended up spending a day kneeling in a muddy hole and ended up getting filthy.  I ended up using a trick I learned many years ago that has served me well:  Going into the shower fully clothed.  Why hose off or undress outside in the cold?  I needed to get the sand and clay off my clothes before putting them in the laundry machine….so I just get in the shower and start cleaning/stripping.  

Chances are good you fall into one of these two categories: 

1) You’ve worked for National Defence and this is familiar and perfectly normal.

2) You haven’t and you’re thinking it’s a good idea…You’re welcome.

We’d go in with boots, backpacks, everything…which made me think….

A friend used to take his weapon into the shower with him even though he was told not to (hot soapy water does wonders, by the way).  He’d give it a quick strip and scrubbing then hose everything down with tons of CLP; quick and easy.  One day he was accused by an instructor of taking his weapon into the shower and of course he denied it.  When pressed about having everything so clean so quickly he just said, “magic.”  The matter was dropped. 


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There are operators and there are operators.

January 12, 2013 Leave a comment

I was recently talking to a fellow who owns a road building company (logging roads).  I spent a good chunk of my apprenticeship working on road building equipment and thought how their work differs from other types of excavation work; the main one is that you’re usually cutting into a hillside so you spend your days working on a ledge.

I’ve said before that if you can do a job on a plank one foot off the ground without falling then you can do it on a plank at any height as long as the height is the only variable that changes but a lot of people can’t handle it.  Road building is like that; if your tracks have good footing then you’re fairly safe; it just doesn’t forgive mistakes.  A fellow might be an ace at moving dirt around a construction site but when they do nearly identical work on the mountainside, they’ll loose their nerve and quit.

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Earrings aren’t enough anymore.

January 9, 2013 Leave a comment

Remember when you only saw plugs in National Geographic?  Today I saw someone working at Costco who had their plugs out….their earlobes looked like an aging porno star’s girly bits.

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