View Full Version : I felt so dumb!

Cecil Walker
02-25-2004, 03:48 PM
Went to the shop last night to get my cordless drill to do some work in wife's greenhouse. Naturally both batteries are dead, so put batteries in chargers. Got ladder, climbed up to top storeage shelf and retrieved 30 year old sears 1/2 elec drill. It to is dead, will not even growl. While I amworking on said drill, wife walks in and wants to know what's taking so long, I proceed to show her that the drill won't work. Wife looks down and says, plug it in. I do as i am told. It's going to take a long time to live that one down

02-25-2004, 03:52 PM
LOL , I've been there Cecil, my wife has alot on me, thank God she keeps quiet.

Mike W
02-25-2004, 04:14 PM
Hmmmn......that one will take a long time to recover from.

02-25-2004, 05:49 PM
Likewise. This past weekend wife came out into the garage whining about the vacuum cleaner being dead. She said she'd tried it in two different outlets. So I go in and ask her which two outlets. Now, I have a fleeting thought about both outlets being on the same ciruit, but then dismiss the idea.
Yep, after getting well down the path of dismantling the thing I decide to try another outlet...you guessed it.
However, in defense of my laziness, I will say that I had a bunch of plywood stacked in front of the service panel out in the garage. So I wasn't real eager to check the circuit breaker first.

02-25-2004, 08:46 PM
Cece. At least yor man enough to admit it.

02-25-2004, 11:12 PM
That`s about as bad as forgetting to strap on your spurs before you try to climb a pole. You stand in front of the pole, grab it with both hands and lift your leg high to take a good step and power yourself up...without spurs all that happens is your foot slams into the ground and you throw yourself off balance and slam your forehead into the pole....hard. Don't ask me how I know.

02-25-2004, 11:22 PM
My buddy hs the same thing happen to him on a regular basis,only he says "she can't be too smart,after all she married me" http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

02-25-2004, 11:54 PM
I have these electromagnetic safety switches and combo e-switch re-sets on all of my machines. I keep forgetting to reset them through the e-switch unlocked first, electro switch re-set second method (otherwise, the machine just sits there, still unpowered, I turn on the switch, and presto-nothing).

One night, after the fourth time I did this on a turning and threading demo night for an adult class, I noticed four students paying a buck each to yet another student who was quite happy. Seems they had a pool on the times this would happen in a night.

I laughed, for even I had joked that "I am surprised you don't have a pool on this yet". They tend to listen to everything I say.....

Gads, I hate it when I am walking in the shop (large shop, 7000sq ft) to get something for a student, and I forget what it was. I tend to walk a lap or two checking on other projects when this happens. usually though, the students see the dumb look I have when this happens, and they laugh. I remind them that someday they will to become grumpy old forgetful buggers....

charlie coghill
02-26-2004, 12:05 AM
There was an artical on the news tonight that some time in the future they will develope a pill to help forget fullness, something like viagra. For me it can't happen to soon.

Monday I am in the parts house buying some filters for the 93 dodge truck and for the life of me I could not remember what year the truck is. I purchased the truck last Aug. or at least I think I did.

02-26-2004, 12:21 AM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Arcane:
That`s about as bad as forgetting to strap on your spurs before you try to climb a pole. You stand in front of the pole, grab it with both hands and lift your leg high to take a good step and power yourself up...without spurs all that happens is your foot slams into the ground and you throw yourself off balance and slam your forehead into the pole....hard. Don't ask me how I know.</font>
How about decending a pole in the middle of a field, unbelting and stepping off into 3feet of 3foot high johnsen grass...oooooh shhhheeeeet.....

02-26-2004, 01:43 AM
Here`s an MPEG that you might find interesting.... http://www.powerlineman.com/downloads/Breaking%20load.MPG

02-26-2004, 03:28 AM
Yeah.. There is the time I took a guy up in my plane for his first time and made a big deal of showing him how to lock the door latch after he got in. We took off and it was immediately apparent that I had not locked mine properly. Not a hazard but the wind whistles pretty good. Try opening the door so you can slam it shut at 120 knots. Not going to happen. Had to make a quick circuit and land. Very impressive.

02-26-2004, 09:23 AM
My girlfriend asked me if i had mailed a rather big package over the past couple of days. Confused i said yes, but i did it from work and it was to my dad, a couple of hundred kms away.

Well she said, next time you should try putting a stamp on it. It really does help, and if you still have problems call the daycare where i work. Any one of the kids can help you. They know mail takes a stamp.

It is going to be a long week http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//wink.gif

Rob http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif

Paul Gauthier
02-26-2004, 01:22 PM
A pill to help forgetfullness? What forgetfullness.?

Paul G.

02-26-2004, 01:27 PM
Now, where did I put those pills?...

02-26-2004, 01:30 PM
Time to take my forgetfullness pill...wish I rememered where I put them.
You beat me to that one Evan. Almost simultaneous posting.

[This message has been edited by Carl (edited 02-26-2004).]

02-26-2004, 01:43 PM
I always forget to take my forgetfulness pills.
There is a small store that I often walk to.
Walking home one day I saw that my car was not in the garage.
I remembered I left it at the store when I stopped by after work.
I did not tell my wife about this.
She allready thinks she married a retard.
Oops, I mean a mentally challanged person.

Tom M.

02-26-2004, 02:24 PM
Did you ever get into your car to go somewhere, and after you get seated, realize you've gotten into the back seat?

(I always sit there for a few minutes so it'll look like I intended to do that. ...just in case someone's watching.)

Jerry B
02-26-2004, 04:51 PM
Memory is the second thing to go. I forgot what the first one was.

02-26-2004, 05:58 PM
What about "The Trance". You know...that dumb look on your face when you can't remember what you where doing...so you just stand there in a trance until memory (hopefully) returns. And please don't tell me that I'm the only one with the all elusive coffee cup that I can never find.

02-26-2004, 08:53 PM
lynnl, several years ago I had a rather obtuse foreman who liked to yell. One day he chewed all of us out for not paying attention to what we were doing. He outdid his usual rant that day and then turned on his heel, stomped across the parking lot, jumped into his truck to drive away, slammed the door...and sat there...in the rearseat of the crewcab.

02-26-2004, 09:25 PM
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.

One day in a busy accounting office the main printer quit printing so they called me over. This is one of those blue-bar printers that goes through a box or more per day, so it is a real workhorse. I immediately start into it to removing panels to check fuses etc. Right when I am up to my neck in screws covers and test meters and fuses someone points out that it is unplugged!

This isn't rocket science anymore, is it?
When an Accountant out troubleshoots you, it's time to quit.


02-26-2004, 09:49 PM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by torker:
What about "The Trance". You know...that dumb look on your face when you can't remember what you where doing...so you just stand there in a trance until memory (hopefully) returns. And please don't tell me that I'm the only one with the all elusive coffee cup that I can never find.</font>

Ya,xcept I sit there and slip like an automatic tranny until I drop into gear with a bang http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

John Stevenson
02-26-2004, 10:03 PM
Walked into town one day with the dawg, as soon as you entered a store the dog would lay across the doorway and wait, out the store and into another one and the dog would follow and wait.
Go home and ower Gert say's "Where's the dog "?
Went back into town and the dog is still laid outside one door of a double entry doored shop.
That dog was that laid back it was on last years daylight saving time http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

John S.

02-26-2004, 10:26 PM
I hear the best thing about getting older is you keep hearing new jokes and meeting new people.

L Webb
02-27-2004, 12:04 AM
I hate calling somebody on the phone and just as they pick it up, I forget who I was calling. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//confused.gif


J Tiers
02-27-2004, 01:32 AM
I dunno if its the brain or the hand at fault....I'll be taking the drill out of the DP, and realize I don't have the next one I want.

Into the toolroom I go, and out I come with the next drill. Now where is that dang chuck key?

Sometimes it's in the toolroom, sometimes its wherever my hand reached out and put it on my way in there for the drill. It has taken me up to 5 min to find it.

Same with the wrench I had while I go over to get the one nut I'm short to put something together (or screwdriver, etc, you get the picture). There's a lot of horizontal surfaces, and my hand knows it's gotta let go of that wrench somewhere to pull open the drawer.....

Can't tie everything down to where it's supposed to stay.

I've almost got my hand trained to hang the key back in a slot on the DP table, but sometimes.....

02-27-2004, 01:34 AM
Yes, I get "the trance" on a regular basis now.

I would for get to take my memory pill.

I have held long conversations with people I have known for years, and could not for the life of me remember their names.

I do a roll call of all my kids and the grand kid when I need one of them. Heck, I even add my wife some times. It must work, the right one always answers.

I never seem to forget to go to work.

I never seem to forget payday.

I never seem to forget how many beers I have in the fridge.

I never forget my safety glasses, or to roll up my sleeves.

I sometimes forget to tell my wife when I get an extra check for extra work I have done.

She never seems to forget that I did extra work, and has a general internal clock that tells her when 7, 15, 30, and 60 days have passed so she can ask me if the check came in.

Pat Miles
02-27-2004, 02:22 AM
What's the sense in being stupid if you can't show it once in a while

02-27-2004, 02:43 AM
In defense of all of you, I only want to say that of those few men whom I have been lucky enough to know and who were the most knowledgeable men, these were also the most humble men that I have ever met.

Those who deny their own failings are usually the ones with the most to deny.

The more you know, the more you realize how much there is to learn. Knowledge doesn't teach pride as much as it does humility.

My best teachers have been the most humble of men, and I love them for it. They would never make me feel like a question exposed my stupidity. These men were so secure in themselves that they didn't need to put a novice down. They are dead now, but they enriched me in a way that I value in a special way but I was never able to repay. If I can help someone like they helped me, I will die a happy man.

02-27-2004, 02:31 PM
Got home one afternoon from work, was more tired than usual. Took a shower and laid down on bed. When I woke and saw the sunlight barely comming in window I panicked.

I had overslept and now I was going to be late for work. I never do that. Gotta go, gotta hurry.

Thrw on my pants grabbed a shirt and tore out of the house. Got down the road and kept thinking to myself it sure is dark for 6AM.

Then, slowly other things seemed to be odd. Why was my brother up and sitting on the couch at 6AM as I raced out the door? Why were there so many people on the road this morning?

Yep, it was 6PM. Took me about 2 miles to put it together. But.. this happened when I was in my 20s.

02-27-2004, 03:51 PM
Do you know that there is more money spent on breast implants and Viagra each year than on Alzheimer's research?
This means that in the near future there will be a large elderly population with perky breasts and stiff erections and not the faintest idea of what to do with either of them.

charlie coghill
02-28-2004, 11:54 PM
There was another blurp on the news about developing the pill to help your memory. Sure hope that they hurry and get the pill developed.
Than when I take my viagra I can remember what it was for.

Rich Carlstedt
02-29-2004, 08:25 PM
Many years ago, my wonderful mother-in-law passed away and my wifes dad came to live with us.He was a retired tool maker, and I had a full shop to keep his mind off of things.What a wonderful time we had together, but at first he drove me crazy with his "requirements".
He demanded (my shop mind you) that all tools be put back as soon as they were no longer used ..
It went like this..taking a drill press head apart,.. use the 1/4 allen wrench..set it down..he picks it up and puts it away...2 minites later I need the 1/4"wrench again and look around.."where is it? says I.."where it belongs " says he..
And so it would continue. Since he spent a good deal of time in Job Shops,he taught me more about skinning cats (term only !) than tool storage and I was greatful to learn all I could .
The other day,I was looking for a 1/4" Allen wrench and "found it" in the rack ...and i don't remember putting it there and then realised that he could not remember where the tools were, unless they were in their rightful place ...a method to his madness !