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Time to go back to the land: Planning to be as off-grid as I can - in the process there'll be music, guns, guitars, a smattering of politics (really kind of over that), CNC routing, yeah - a bunch of other stuff, too. Conservative with libertarian leanings - no wookie suit, yet. Μολὼν λαβέ - ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒE

Tag: Teh Funny

Of Farts and Bubble Suits…

Back in the day – all good stories start that way, right? – I worked in the nuclear power industry as a Senior RadCon tech. (Radiation Protection/ Radiation Control/Health Physics – all the same-same).

We monitored the workers that did maintenance in high radiation/high contamination areas. On this particular job, we were covering steam generator jumpers that were crawling into the hot side of the steam generators to plug tubes that had developed leaks. They were suited up in canvas protective clothing and plastic “bubble suits” like the guy in this pic…

We had a steady flow of contract boilermakers coming down to the staging area, dressed for success in their PCs and partially suited up in the plastics – no bubble hoods at this point. They were all sittin’ on the Group W bench waiting their turn. This one boilermaker apparently had some pretty severe intestinal issues – that or he ate a roadkill possum for dinner the night before. Flatulent did not begin to describe this guy. He was in serious violation of all known chemical warfare rules. The rest of the guys were sitting as far away as possible, but he kept firing ‘em off.

Gawd, it was nasty…

The manway they used for access to the genny was 18 inches in diameter, so no SCBAs for them. Their bubble hoods had an airline pigtail that we hooked up to an air whip bringing in nice clean filtered air. When it was his turn to jump, I was working on finishing his suit-up. Just as I’m tucking the hood in and taping up the seams on his suit, he rips the loudest, longest one yet.

The other RPT at the jump station calmly grabbed the jumper’s air hose (which vented in around the top of his head), and kinked it – thus stopping the air pressure. Now, there’s plenty of air in the suit for several minutes of breathing – in fact the guys would climb up to the genny platform without being connected – but now Ol’ Cuz had effectively gassed himself. When the cool flow of air stopped, and the realization of just how screwed he was hit him, the look on his face was priceless.

His face went several glorious shades of green, and my coworker looked at him with an evil grin, “Pretty effin’ nasty, ain’t it?”

The jumper nodded.

“Gonna walk around the corner next time you need to, right?”

Jumper agreed – and there was a huge round of applause from the rest of the boilermakers. He did wander off around the corner for the next several days he was on our job…

Moral of the story? Don’t screw with the guy that controls the air supply…

Ain’t that the truth!


9 Chickweed Lane by Brooke McEldowney


Quote of the day

“Thanking Obama for killing Bin Laden is like going into McDonald’s and thanking Ronald McDonald for the hamburger. It’s the guy cooking the burger that should get the credit, not the clown.”

         –drjim in comments at Old NFO’s place

That’s a classic…

News of the weird

Woman’s protest delays tree removal in Asheville –

Seriously? A Bradford Pear? The Southern Urban Plague? Moonbats have never been known for their sound judgement – but couldn’t you at least pick a tree with a life expectancy of greater than 20-25 years? Say an oak or a maple?

I love it when hippies cry…

So – how many drugs has Charlie Sheen taken, anyway?

…enough to kill Two and a Half Men…

Biteypants is stewed

Cats, “cooking” and percussion don’t mix

Warning: May cause short term oxygen deprivation.

Johnny Virgil – Wins teh Internetz Again

15 Minute Lunch: At least I wasn’t naked.

“I started breathing through my mouth and reading (and guessing answers) faster. I also found the one movement that made my chair squeak slightly, and I kept doing it over and over. So sue me — I’m a little passive-aggressive.” – Johnny Virgil

I’m still getting funny looks from my coworkers* – apparently giggling uncontrollably at your desk is not conducive to the productivity of others. Set your beverage down and click on the linky and RTWT.

*TIFIFM (There I fixed it for me) – I forwarded the link to all of my coworkers and they are now giggling, too.

It’s the recycling…

…and “no” on global warming.

You are 10% hippie.
Ok, you conservative soul. Do you even believe in global warming? Loosen that necktie a little, and try some organic food. It actually does taste better. And go to a farmer’s market–they’re fun.

Are you a hippie?
Take More Quizzes

H/T Breda, Alan, MaddMedic

Had to share appropriate

From – Excels at Nothing

“I thought the asinine uselessness of this administration had reached ‘8’, but I was holding the report sideways.”

Damn, I wish I’d said that – bet you do too!

Saturday Work Avoidance Reading

Johnny Virgil over at 15 Minute Lunch riffs on poorly thought out brand names…

No, Johnny – it’s not just you. 

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