Sunday, August 20, 2017

Shop Antics V1

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There are countless articles and books written about the importance of creating and nurturing a distinct culture (or atmosphere) in the work place. Thankfully, we are lucky to have one of those distinct workplace cultures. In fact, it arose quite organically, with no poking or prodding from yours truly.

Several guys (and the one gal) at the shop are comical by nature, and that side of their personality tends to manifest itself in non-stop puns. Yes, they are as cheesy as you might think, but it never fails to put a smile on my face. The other antic that is alive and well at the shop (and much more easily shared via this blog) is what I will refer to as Easter Eggs; the random items I come across that make me chuckle.

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A stack of red oak, tagged “RO”, quickly became a shout out to Lord of the Rings nerd culture (For those less-versed in J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic tale, Rohan is the kingdom of Men, located in northwest Middle Earth).

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Star Wars references are also very prevalent. This note was found on the face of our air-assisted airless sprayer.

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Many years ago, I built this cart to store and transport cabinet parts from one operation to the next.

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Due to its slow, lumbering nature, it very quickly reminded someone of the Jawa Sandcrawler in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

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The simple labeling of a glue bottle becomes an opportunity to generate a laugh…

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…as does a visit to the shop bathroom.

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The unofficial mascot of the shop is a younger Arnold Schwarzenegger, circa mid-80’s, and the official shop movie is one of his “best”, Commando. This poster was hung up on the break room door in his honor.

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The arrival of our Felder CNC machine did not bring with it any additional professionalism.

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We have a substantial leak in a certain section of our roof. So, whenever it rains, we throw down a pile of sawdust to keep the water contained. In the eyes of one particular employee, the sawdust was not only there to capture the rain but also to hold up “headstones”, dedicated as little monuments to all that is punny.

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Making a plain old stick to grab parts off the CNC table would be too boring, so it gets dressed up. And, of course, wood puns are plentiful.

Will there be a second installment? I think you already know the answer to that one!