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Monday, January 17, 2005 10:00 AM
Work With a Sense of Humor
Kevin Salwen on Creativity

Who knows how many of these emails are actually true? But a friend, Alan Joel, sent this along and either way, I think this is a fun example of keeping things light even in a serious biz (aircraft maintenance). (Besides, it's a holiday -- so smile a little.)

After every flight, Delta pilots fill out a form, called a 'gripe sheet,' which tells mechanics about problems with the aircraft. The mechanics correct the problems, document their repairs on the form, & then pilots review the gripe sheets before the next flight.

(P= Problem logged by the pilot.)
(S= Solution and action taken by mechanics.)

P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.
S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.
P: Something loose in cockpit.
S: Something tightened in cockpit.
P: Dead bugs on windshield.
S: Live bugs on back-order.

----------------------------------------\n P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200 feet per minute\ndescent.\n S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground.\n ----------------------------------------\n P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.\n S: Evidence removed.\n ----------------------------------------\n P: DME volume unbelievably loud.\n S: DME volume set to more believable level.\n ----------------------------------------\n P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.\n S: That's what they're for.\n ----------------------------------------\n P: IFF inoperative.\n S: IFF always inoperative in OFF mode.\n ----------------------------------------\n P: Number 3 engine missing.\n S: Engine found on right wing after brief search.\n ----------------------------------------\n P: Aircraft handles funny.\n S: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right, & be serious.\n ----------------------------------------\n P: Target radar hums.\n S: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.\n ----------------------------------------\n P: Mouse in cockpit.\n S: Cat installed.\n


Joan - 1/17/2005 10:18:43 PM
It's kinda interesting to look at these email exchanges through the lens of corporate heirarchy. The mechanic sporting blue-collar overalls is the humorist in these emails. The Captain, who flies at much higher altitude on the corporate food chain is shown as alternately stating the obvious, taking him/herself too seriously, and having no clue.
Andertoons - 1/17/2005 5:03:02 PM
LOL! That's funny stuff! Good to see while searching my luggage that they found a sense of humor.
Kevin - 1/17/2005 2:09:33 PM
Great line, Mindwalker. Maybe you need to find a boss with more joie de vivre...
Mindwalker - 1/17/2005 12:30:41 PM
Every day, my co-workers and I are supposed to fill out a daily status report. Our instructions are to detail what we accomplished that day and to list out the deadlines we're facing tomorrow.

No feedback is ever given for this, so one time my mind got to wondering, 'Who's actually reading this?'

With a sense of the irreverant, I wrote this one day:

1. Delivered Core2 e-mail to Responsys
2. Edited subject lines
3. Wrote copy for site spotlight
4. Wondered aloud if anyone actually reads this.
5. Figured out a way to solve global warming.
6. Forgot solution to global warming.

Needless to say, I had an e-mail from my boss waiting for me the next morning, 'Actually, I read these every day.' She was not amused.

But I was. :)


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