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    reading through some of today's posts
    an old saying i'd hear around a plant
    i once worked came to mind:

    If you want something done,
    Talk to a Mechanic
    If you want something done RIGHT,
    Talk to a Machinist.

    for what its worth,

  • #2
    You forgot one.

    If you want lots of BS and no action,
    Talk to an Engineer.



    • #3
      There are three classification of people.

      Those that make things happen.
      Those that watch things happen.
      Those that wondered what happened.

      There are people from all walks of life that fall into each of the groups.


      • #4
        You guys heard the one about the priest the lawyer and the engineer that were facing the quiotine,the priest went up first the blade dropped and hung up half way down the rails and the king said you are free to go,the lawyer went up and the same thing happened and the king said your free to go,the engineer went up and before he stuck his head in the hole he stopped and said"wait a minute I think I see your problem"
        I just need one more tool,just one!


        • #5
          Oooops, incoming!

          Neil Peters
          Neil Peters

          When on the hunt, a broken part is better than no part at all.


          • #6
            Some people see the glass as half full.
            Some people see the glass as half empty.
            An engineer sees a glass that's twice as big as it needs to be.



            • #7
              There are IO kinds of people in this world... those that understand binary and those that don't. They can change, but it's an on-again off-again proposition.


              • #8
                If you want something done right instead of cheap or quick don't talk to a mechanic, You will give the poor bugger a heart attack.


                • #9
                  Extracted from an e-mail a friend sent me....

                  Go for the one where the sole proprietor has a unbelievably filthy apron, a beat up Stude truck, thick glasses, gray arm hair, a caliper in his pocket which says 'Luke' on it, one son in jail and a daughter on Wall Street. He's got a tattoo on his left forearm from his Army Aircorps days, and no ring finger on the left hand. There'll be some Ford Y-blocks and an entire graymarine flathead six over in the heap (the one you have to wade through to get to the 'office') and there'll be a Sun distributor machine over in the corner with crap all over it, and the specification roller turned to 'Kaiser', next to the Champion sparkplug cleaner.

                  Don't knock the acetylene tanks over.

                  The air compressor is a dangerous looking two stage affair which was metallic green for the last time during the Truman administration. It has a three phase motor that's running on its original bearings. Don't foul your pants leg in the centrifugal blower on the floor if it's summer, and don't catch your pant leg on fire on the crankcase oil-fired wood stove if it's winter.

                  There's a vile looking machine out back with some kind of pump stirring a brew of carburetor cleaner (the kind that even Reagan's EPA secretary might have banned) and crank case crud. There are a row of animal cages along the side of the shed, most of 'em empty, but one has a few rabbits in it. Speaking of animals, the dog (do not step on its tail) is nearly as feeble looking as the goat tied to the Graham-Paige he's gonna fix up.

                  There's also a lot of four valve Nipponese heads around, and a gravely 'T' head block, next to the three dozen or so small block chevy heads.

                  Drop your BMW stuff with a xerox of the factory dimensions, and above all else, DO NOT ask him when it will be ready. Save your questions. He's a mechanic, not a counselor. Don't let the half pint bother you.
                  Try to make a living, not a killing. -- Utah Phillips
                  Don't believe everything you know. -- Bumper sticker
                  Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects. -- Will Rogers
                  There are lots of people who mistake their imagination for their memory. - Josh Billings
                  Law of Logical Argument - Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about.
                  Don't own anything you have to feed or paint. - Hood River Blackie


                  • #10
                    If you want something done fairly quickly, give the job to a busy man.
                    I seldom do anything within the scope of logical reason and calculated cost/benefit, etc- I'm following my passion-


                    • #11
                      Actually two kinds.. the talkers & Dreamers and the Dreamers and do-ers