a few fries short of a happy meal

Ahhh the employee lunchroom. Over the past 20 years or so of my “adult” (working) life, I’ve sat in a few of them. The Calvin College Faculty/Staff cafeteria is one that stands out because it seemed to me you could pile all kinds of things on your plate or only a few celery sticks, and the cash register only fluctuated between $1 and $1.75. Another lunchroom at a nameless company played propaganda videos on a TV that did not have an “off” button. Being the extrovert that I am, I’ve always found the people more interesting than the cuisine.

Once upon a time I worked in a factory environment. If you’ve never worked in a factory, I recommend it. The people there are relatively happy, and have the same passion or lack thereof for their work that people in offices do. There are some people who stand out as rather clever, and others are not the sharpest knife in the drawer. It’s the same everywhere. One day I told a joke in the lunchroom, and it went like this:

Two guys went to truck driving school, they graduated and got their first job together driving a big-rig. On their first trip out, they had to take a detour and along the way passed a sign that read:
Danger Low Bridge Ahead – 10′ 11″
They continued driving until they came to another sign.
Danger Low Bridge Ahead – 10′ 11″
They drove on until they came to the bridge itself, it had a sign too, it read:
Danger Low Bridge – 10′ 11″
They got out of the truck and measured the height of the trailer at 11′ 3″.
“What do we do?” one said to the other.
The second young trucker looked around a bit and finally said, “Not a cop in sight, let’s go for it!”

This is not the funniest joke in the world. The delivery, was pretty good, but not hilarious. A ripple of laughter passed through the people eating their sandwiches and fast food.

However, one of my coworkers looked puzzled.

After a few moments passed, he looked up at me and said, “There’s no way that truck is getting under that bridge!”

That was much funnier than my joke.

maybe it’s just me…

Brian Atkinson

Brian is an international and inspirational speaker, consultant, and voice artist. Brian has served as the Director of Digital Communications at American Bible Society, and the Director of Digital Media at The Bible Gateway (Gospel Communications International). He has worked as a communications director, technology manager, church-planter, radio announcer, welder, and ice cream man. He has a lot of t-shirts.

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