Jun 1, 2024

No Sense of Direction

We don't need a sense of direction or a back seat driver nearly as much these days since we all have GPS now.  In the old days, GPS was a paper map bought at the corner gas station or torn from a phone book and the back seat driver was responsible for holding the map and saying things like, "You just missed our exit!" or, "I see the problem now--had the map upside down."

A backseat driver and paper map would have come in handy several years ago when I left a meeting and used GPS to navigate to my next meeting.  I drove for miles blindly following the GPS directions, finally arriving 20 minutes later at my destination: the building right next door to the one I just left!

May 1, 2024

Not Like I Did Anything

 




They say that laziness is really just resting before you get tired.

Did you hear about the lazy engineer who was fired from his engineering job so he opened a medical clinic?  He put a sign above his door that said, "Any ailment cured for $500 or we pay you $1,000."

One day, the director of a competing clinic decides to expose the engineer as a charlatan and pays him a visit. 

Director: "I've lost my sense of taste"
Engineer: "Nurse, put 3 drops from that pink vial on the patient's tongue."
Director: "This is gasoline!"
Engineer: "Congratulations!  Your taste has been restored!  That'll be $500."

A few days later, the director comes back and tries again, this time claiming that he has memory loss.

Engineer: "Nurse, put 3 drops from that pink vial on the patient's tongue."
Director: "But that's gasoline!"
Engineer: "Congratulations!  Your memory loss has been cured!  That'll be $500."

The director returns again several days later determined to get his money back.  "I've lost my vision," he says.
Engineer: "I've got no medicine for that, so here's your $1,000," and he hands the director a one dollar bill.
Director: "But this is only $1!"
Engineer: "Congratulations! Your vision is back! That'll be $500."






Apr 1, 2024

Just Too Sick


This guy's got the idea.  So does his boss.  We all need to find a healthy balance between work and play.   

Reminds me of the tweet by @samuel_pollen about how some of us treat personal time away from the office: 

European out-of-offices: “I’m away camping for the summer. Email again in September.”
American out-of-offices: “I have left the office for two hours to undergo kidney surgery but you can reach me on my cell anytime.”

Mar 1, 2024

Quick with a Shootin' Iron

 


Reminds me of a help wanted ad for volunteer firefighters: 

Help Wanted
No Pay.
Odd Hours
Cool Hat

This cowpoke may be a bit confused, but he is enthusiastic and looks to be trainable.  They should hire him. 

Everyone knows it's a challenge these days to find the right people.  Seems like the good ones are all happily employed somewhere else.  Desperation can sometimes lead businesses to make questionable hires of people whose only skills are from watching a YouTube tutorial.  To those businesses, Jim Collins, author of Good to Great, offers this wisdom: "When in doubt, don't hire. Keep looking."


Feb 13, 2024

Affordable Home



Finally, something affordable!

Rising prices combined with higher interest rates and a shortage of available homes have made it incredibly challenging for prospective buyersparticularly first-time buyersto afford a home.  This poor house hunter looks a lot like the current state of the economy: his hair is in recession and his stomach is a victim of inflation.


Jan 1, 2024

Can't Tell You How Much That Meant


In business and in life, keeping confidences is critical to build and maintain trust, and those who can be trusted to keep confidences are valuable.  The person who says, "I promised to keep this confidential, but..." can't be trusted with a secret, and everyone knows it.  Reminds me of a song lyric from my grandpa's favorite TV show, Hee Haw: "You'll never hear one of us repeating gossip, so you better be sure and listen close the first time!"

Dec 4, 2023

At Your Age...

 


Old people are just young people who've been alive for a long time.  And if you live long enough, some parts are going to wear out.  Reminds me of the line from the hilarious I'm In Love With The Walmart Greeter song: "She may be a hundred and five, but she's got a new hip!"

To all Santa's helpers young and old, Merry Christmas!

Nov 1, 2023

Thank You That Daddy's Boss Could Join Us

 

Thankful people are happy people.  This dad's probably not too thankful or happy for his kid's honesty right now.

There is always something to be thankful for--air to breathe, sunshine, to be alive.  We can be thankful we're the ones eating Thanksgiving dinner and not the main course.  And even though we may not have everything we want, most of us can be grateful that we don't get what we deserve.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Oct 2, 2023

Paperless


Maybe he can find an app for that?  

Our office uses only a small fraction of the paper we used to.  Virtually all communication is electronic.  Almost everything we do is prepared and submitted and filed electronically.  Our plotters and copiers mostly just collect dust.  There are lots of  reasons why this is an improvement, and yet, there are still times when you need some good old-fashioned paper.  This is one of them.

Sep 12, 2023

Con Artist

 


At least he's being honest.  Or is he?

When he was a kid, this guy got a pass to leave school early because he claimed his mom was in the hospital and his dad was at the police station.  His mom was a nurse and his dad was a police officer.


Aug 8, 2023

Couldn't Resist

 Add this one to the list of jobsite safety hazards.


Jul 1, 2023

That There's the Horn



Engineers have a knack for overthinking things.  Wait 'til this guy learns about the accelerator and the brakes.  No doubt he'll spend the next hour pondering potential performance upgrades.  

Reminds me of a keen observation by Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert: "To the engineer, all matter in the universe can be placed into one of two categories: (1) things that need to be fixed, and (2) things that will need to be fixed after you’ve had a few minutes to play with them. Engineers like to solve problems. If there are no problems handily available, they will create their own problems.”

Jun 1, 2023

Preliminary Not For Construction

 

With the quantity and frequency of revisions on some projects, it's not hard to see how occasionally some things aren't built from the latest drawings.  

I've never seen quite like this, but I was sent a picture a few years ago of a large cloud-shaped hole that had been cut in a concrete floor slab.  The contractor had scaled the delta cloud on the plans and then duplicated it on the floor.  Click here for a cartoon commemorating that event.

May 16, 2023

Encrypted

We all have a good laugh at someone's embarrassing auto-correct typo (or maybe you've turned red by one of your own).  But careful, concise writing that communicates exactly the intended message is critical, especially when the consequences for miscommunication are considerable.  In the old days, poor communication could be blamed on bad handwriting.  That's not an issue today since almost everyone types instead.  But careless writing that is ambiguous, wandering, jargon-laden, or peppered with typos, is the new bad handwriting--and also just as unreadable.  

Apr 1, 2023

You Don't Look It


This guy still feels young on the inside--it's just that no one can tell.  They say with age comes wisdom, so he's probably a genius by now.  At the very least, as each day passes, he understands the statement, "I'm too old for this crap" on a deeper level.


Mar 1, 2023

Super Bad

 


A good coach understands that mastery of any skill requires much effort and perseverance, and that positive reinforcement encourages the desired improvement.

But the benefits of being positive go far beyond motivating learners.  Positive thinking leads to better mental and physical health, increased resilience, better coping skills, and longer life span.

Benjamin Franklin, who lived to be 84 at a time when the average life expectancy of his peers was around 35, believed in the power of positive thinking combined with hard work and diligence.  "I haven't failed," he said of his repeated attempts to invent an electric light bulb.  "I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work!"



 

Feb 8, 2023

Out of Business


You can't do good work for your customers if you can't keep yourself in business.  And you can't keep yourself in business unless you charge enough to make a reasonable profit.  Most people understand this.  

A few though, like this guy, have yet to learn that there's nothing more expensive than cheap design professionals. 

Jan 2, 2023

Double His Pay

 

This fuzzy math reminds me of the two engineers who argued over which of them was the smartest. One tells the other, "You don't know anything--I know at least twice as much as you!"

Dec 1, 2022

Santa and His Elves

This Santa act said they were high class, but that was just a lie.  I imagine the kids were all shook up.

Merry Christmas.

Nov 1, 2022

In The 70s

Some people wear weather-inappropriate clothes, but this guy has taken it to a whole new level.

Reminds me of me in junior high--always out of sync with the current fashion.  When bell bottoms were cool, all I had were straight leg Toughskins jeans from Sears.  The next year I showed up to school with bell bottoms only to discover everyone was now wearing baggies.  One summer, my mom made me a super awesome disco shirt that I couldn't wait to wear the first day of school, only to show up and find all the cool guys wearing "Disco Sucks" t-shirts.  I never wore that shirt again.  Tragedy.