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“Tilt, tilt, tilt, that's Profesional Engineer. As in, the ones who are licensed to protect life and safety of the public for items that are built. Enjoy driving to work? I mean, enjoy the ability to drive to work? Thank an engineer.
“oh, duh, i feel so dumb!”
“Sorry, SG, that was your final test question, too... (j/k).”
“Congrats Smiley Girl
Name a TV SITCOM based on/in an engineering environment?”
“I am sorry I didnt see this beofre.
YOU RCOK, HUGE BIG GRANDE HUGS TO YOU!!!”
“Saw the thread title. Congrats and hugs. Now go build something that's environmentally friendly.”
“Well, I found out my salary will get adjusted, but that's simply because they will no longer pay me overtime. They take the amt. of OT they think you'll work and add it to your base salary.
I do get a cash bonus for passing the test. Plus, since my bonuses have been so far out of line over the last couple of years, I'm expecting a large mid-year bonus as well. I still think that our salaries here are horrible, but I"m kinda stuck here for a while longer. Ug!”
“What, those freeways smiley's been building to handle all those SUV's aren't environmentally friendly?!”
“Will do, Geo! I'm trying to get us more involved in wetland protection and streambank stabilization work. So, its all good!”
“SG, we have big plans at our school to turn our front acreage, formerly a big farm site, into an "eco-village" demonstration project. We already have a solar installation and a wind generator in place. Geothermal is on the drawing boards, along with energy efficient construction demos. Will your grad school degree be in education or science education? Some day we'll need a new physical science instructor...”
“My grad degree will be in education, I"ll have a general science certification.
But, I doubt I'll be leaving Michigan!”
“That's what I said, lol.”
“Well, at least WI isn't a bad place to relocate!!”
“Sorta Michigan in a funhouse mirror.”
“Yes, I know, John.... I nearly busted my ass in that Art Deco movie theatre last week..... I'M JUST KIDDING..... LOL
Engineers on a TV show...
"Quincy M.E" starring Jack Klugman!
(okay, so it wasn't a sitcom...)”
“"My Three Sons". The dad (Fred MacMurray) was an engineer.”
“Tilt, I thought you were joking.
Most folks don't know that Pres. Carter was a nuclear engineer.
At some of the eng. conf, some at the national level, the talk of making engineers more visible comes up. One of the things I've heard mentioned is to have a show similar to LA Law. I keep thinking, "Please don't do that, I wouldn't even watch it."”
“Very good on the My Three Sons answer.(Would of accepted Mr. Brady was an Architect) But no true sitcom with laughs and jokes. If they made a sitcom it WOULD be slam dunk hit.(Just having a character Called "Smiley Girl, P.E." is Funny) Just ask yourself How Funny is Dilbert!”
“If Mr. Brady was such a good Architect, why was there only one bathroom for all of those kids?”
“Dude, architects and engingeers are NOT the same.....”
“Not even close to the same. Think apples and oranges. I just LOVE it when people introduce me as an Architect***sarcasm off.”
“Gosh, could you even imagine an engineering drama on TV? Cripes, the CAD guys would be shown playing computer games at lunch, and the engineers could be seen in their cubicles red-lining some plans. Whoo, hold me back! THe excitement is too much!
But at least you'd be able to show the "drama" of the crazy people who always show up to public hearings!! Wouldn't that be fun to put on TV! ;)”
“9:00 - CBS: Smiley Girl, P.E.
After a rousing discussion of sewage flow rates around the water cooler, Jake and Patsy get into an argument about survey calculations, which Smiley has to settle using only an AISC Steel Manual. Zany antics follow. (30 min., drama/comedy)”
“What, you engineers don't just drive trains anymore? Here I thought the show nimrod was looking for was "Petticoat Junction."
Had a chance to see behind the scenes at an old pal's high tech engineering/fabricating operation in the Twin Cities a couple years ago. Found it fascinating as long as we stayed away from the cubicle floor and wandered the testing and development area.”
“Holy Bejeezus! Are you about done patting yourself on the back? Four days ought to be plenty. Big frigging deal, I have a Ph.D., my own radio show and naked pictures on the web.”
“Dr. Laura, the difference is that Smiley just accomplished something in the field that she actually went to school in. I don't think you can say that. Isn't your PhD. in basket weaving or something as opposed to counseling or psychology?”
“he he! i'll admit, i like listening to Dr. Laura, and she wouldn't say somethign like that. besides, i'm no longer patting myself on the back, b!tch! we're talking about TV now!”
“That's the spirit, Smiley! There's more $$ in TV anyway!!”
“I am curious though; does having the P.E. enable you to spend more or less time stealing from your employer by posting on the web for hours at a time?”
“Usually more. Especially when you're a partner, so I'm only stealing from myself, thank you very much.”
“Yeah, definitly more. I'm now a "valuable" employee, so screwing off is not watched as closely. :)”
I remember when my results came back. I was out of town at a party at a friends house who took the PE with me. After the test we compared notes and came to the conclusion that one of us had failed LOL. At the party his mail came in and he had his passing results. I was very worried that I was that failed, but I called back home and had my neighbor run over and check my mail. Whoohooo, I had passed tooo. Felt good, as I am sure you know.”
“I dono't know why I didn't read this thread up until now. Anyway...CONGRATS!!! Remember how worried you was back then?? We knew all along you would pass it this time!!”
“A Smiley Girl sitcom works for me!!
I envision it something like "Office Space", only updated.”
“Thank goodness I'm not attached to my stapler. :)”
“How many times have they moved your office, smiley girl? ;-)”
I can't believe how frickin' complicated the paperwork for my license is. #&%!$ty part is I've already filled it out, but the State lost most of it, so I'm just re-doing all of it and hopefully there won't be any complications. A one page application, a two-page work history report (including DETAILED experience - they wanted specific projects!!!), and then I have to have 5 people send recommendations, but I have to fill out a whole page for each of them as well. Who is really going to read all of this paper?”
“You do know the secret handshake, right?”
“Yes, John Ashcroft reads them between 2 and 4 AM every night... <G>”
“Yeah, but he doesn't know the secret handshake!”
“Smiley Girl - Forget the paperwork. Just tell them you are the famous "Smiley Girl" on TrailTalk and they will waive those requirements. It will make a great episode on your sitcom. Next stop: Oprah!!!
LOL. I remember the paperwork. Make everything as clear and understandable as possible. They didn't understand mine and I had to resubmit and appeal!!!”
“The tricky part on the application is where you have to diagram out the secret handshake....”
“BowlderMan - When do you think we can show her the handshake and go through the initiation?”
“The thing that's a pain is that every state has different forms and requirements. Our secretary cringes every time I have to get licensed in a new state. I'm currently filling out a NCEES record to try and simplify the process.”
“I dunno, Phil. How long d'ya think it'll take us to assemble the "supplies"?”
“Congrats!! I remember after I passed I was ready to seal my Christmas cards.
It's cool - one day your just an engineer, and the next your a credible expert.
Dont forget to begin all your responses with "In my PROFESSIONAL opinion..."”
“Oh, don't tell ANYONE I'm a credible expert! I don't want to get in trouble!!
PHil, I have submitted all of this paperwork before. The State lost my paperowrk and had no record of me ever taking the test. THen they had me submit part of it again because I was originally under the "old process" even though they had no record of me. I'm just doing it all again so there is no question.
BUt, I'm guessing if I've filled something out differently this time, they'll probably question it. Ug! Freakin' beaucracy!!”
"Do you have a set of plans for building a really great outdoor crapper?"Or a thundermug with an automatic wiper?”
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