Okay, enough with the doom and gloom........there are deep purple wildflowers on the south side of my house and my blue hydrangea is beginning to sprout leaves again, so spring can't be too far behind
What came to mind just now as I was reading another thread was some of the funny things that have happened on the job over the course of my working lifetime. I thought back to the wild days of youth when I worked in a printed-circuit board factory, whose owner not only allowed, but actually sponsored, beer and pot parties on Friday afternoons. (Well, this *was* back in the late '70s.....) Of course, being a party girl at the time, I loved working there, even if there wasn't enough in the actual WORK to keep the mind occupied.
Which was why, one long, hot afternoon, my mind was wandering and suddenly hit upon the idea of spiking the water cooler with vodka. A quick conference with my co-workers confirmed that this was, in fact, a brilliant idea; that evening after work the vodka was purchased, and I came in early the next morning to do the deed. Now, it's not easy upending an entire 5-gallon-sized water bottle, but with the assistance of a male co-worker who was in on our little scheme, I poured in the booze and replaced the jug on the dispenser.
Horror of horrors, the plant's biggest customer just happened to come in that day to check on his latest order........a batch of some 5000 boards with which we'd had nothing but trouble during the entire production cycle. And that was when we were SOBER. By the middle of the afternoon, however, half the workers were tipsy from repeated trips to the water cooler, and some of us downright giddy. Now, as mentioned before, the boss was a firm believer in partying when the time was right.......but this was definitely NOT the right time, and he had no idea what we'd done or why we were doing stupid things like dropping entire racks of this customer's boards practically on his feet, or silk-screening them upside-down, or generally acting like blithering idiots.
Well, it took him only one sip of the adulterated H20 to know what our problem was.......and was he PISSED! After the customer left, he rounded up everyone and began yelling at us, demanding to know who had spiked the water cooler and threatening to fire everybody. Fortunately for me, I was the last employee he would've suspected.....I drank as much as everyone else when we had those Friday-afternoon beer bashes, but I was also one of the hardest workers he had. My other saving grace was having half the plant in cahoots with me......nobody was willing to give me up, because I could've just as easily named everyone else who was in on it and we'd ALL have gotten fired.
He never did find out who did it, either. Now, looking back at that near-disastrous prank, I wonder how the hell I got away with it. Of course, I would NEVER do anything like that now........although I have been known to emit a snicker or two whenever someone (can't imagine who) puts a huge fake spider in the 21-year-old's shoe, or sneaks up the stairs and dumps a bucket of snow all over my husband as he emerges from the bathroom to avenge a slushball upside the head 20 years ago!
So, what are some of YOUR funniest pranks and practical jokes? Let's forget about the late-winter blues for awhile and share some funny stories!