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Understanding Engineers 101Posted Thursday, March 26, 2009, at 5:03 PM
Here's a good example of an engineer, standing with his mom and his sister in the Mariott Hotel lobby in Memphis, where he was giving a presentation on "Membrane Technology" (water filtration) at a symposium there. (See my "Adventure in Memphis" blog) Yes, we narrowly escaped death the day before!
He is the typical engineer with three degrees - bachelor's in civil engineering, masters in environmental engineering, and doctorate in environmental engineering. With all the education that engineers have to have, is it any wonder that a woman has to hit them over the head to get them into a relationship?? My daughter-in-law told me that they had been out on three dates before my son realized that they were dating. He thought they were just friends, hanging out! She had to do some major engineering just to get him alone!
He will admit himself that engineers are a breed unto themselves. Why else would Dilbert be his favorite cartoon character?
For all those of us who find ourselves having to deal with members of this puzzling profession, here's your guide:
Understanding Engineers - One
Two engineering students were walking across a university campus when one said, "Where did you get such a great bike?"
Understanding Engineers - Two
To the optimist, the glass is half-full. To the pessimist, the glass is half-empty. To the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.
Understanding Engineers - Three
A priest, a doctor, and an engineer were waiting one morning for a particularly slow group of golfers.
there's anything he can do for them."
Understanding Engineers - Four
What is the difference between mechanical engineers and civil engineers?
The frog spoke up again and said, "If you kiss me I'll turn back into a beautiful princess and stay with you for one week."
From the green hills of rural Tillman, Missouri, this is your roving reporter, Madeline, thanking God for all those wonderful engineers!
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Madeline (Giles) DeJournett is the Advance writer for the North Stoddard Countian. A retired high school English/history teacher, she spent 32 years teaching in 5 schools in Missouri and Alaska. These days, she lives quietly with a menagerie of wild and domestic animals on 52 secluded acres in the remote Tillman hills south of Advance. She graduated from Dexter High School in 1960 and Southeast Missouri State in 1964. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.