Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Fun with throwing things

For the last few days, there has been a challenge going on between Musketeers #1 and #3. Musketeer #1 said he thought if they went up on the roof of our building, and threw a ball hard enough, that they could hit the building across the street. Personally, I think they're on crack if they think they're going to throw a ball and hit a builidng across a five lane road. The building isn't even right on the street. Well, the pre-holiday atmosphere (read: practically no one is here) got Musketeer #1's gears turning in his head.

Musketeer #1: How far do you think it is anyway?

Musketeer #3: Oh, 150 yards, easy.

Musketeer #1: We could get a range rifle! No, wait, we can build a catapult!

Musketeer #3: How are you going to build a catapult?

Musketeer #1: I have PVC pipe at home, we could use that. I have so much dog poop around, I need to build a catapult at home anyway. Gotta get rid of the poop anyway, might as well launch it into the street when cars are coming.

Musketeer #3: You're going to do what?!

Musketeer #1: Yeah... Smalls (a former admin here) had the perfect opportunity, her house was right off of SuperMainTown Road. I told her if you get a long handled shovel it can go pretty far. But girls just don't get the fun in stuff like that.

PartnerInCrime: How big do you need to build it to get the ball over there?

Musketeer #1: I have to go look up some physics stuff to see how it will work.

I think Musketeer #1 had a touch of ADD this morning, because at this point he noticed the tomato-shaped stress ball on Muskteer #3's desk. I saw the light bulb blink on over his head.

Musketeer #1: Hey... do you think I could throw that all the way down to Joe's office without hitting the ceiling? (We have a long narrow hallway in this area)

He and Musketeer #3 spent about 5 minutes throwing the tomato down the hall, periodically finding a moving target at the end. One of these moving targets thought this looked like great fun, so he came down to join them. So now we have three grown men, launching a tomato down the hall, trying to hit the office at the end without hitting the ceiling or the walls.

Musketeer #1: I wish we had a frisbee. That would work a lot better. {frightening pause} Hey.... I have an idea!

Off he went into the kitchen, and returned with a very large round bagel tray, left over from some catering event. Since the thing is made of tin of some sort, it is not only very large, but very loud when it hits things, as we discovered. Musketeer #1 took great delight in throwing it like a frisbee and watching it clatter to the ground, bouncing off cubicles and office windows. At this point, the few people
who are actually here starting poking their heads up over the cubicle walls to see what the hell was going on. Shortly after that (thankfully!) the novelty of throwing the bagel tray wore off, and the Musketeers retreated to their office and cube. The bagel tray is still out here though, tilted up against the side of a cube, all bent and forlorn. That's probably the most fun it ever had.

Happy Thanksgiving.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's fantastic! If my boss's boss wasn't in, we'd have no one here but my level of employees, and then we could have our own fireworks, but alas, it is not meant to be.

But hey, I only have another two hours, and I'm out of here for four whole days - kinda hard to complain with that befor me.

Happy Gobble Gobble-

Mr. Ring of Stuffing

11:51 AM  
Blogger Craig said...

You co-workers ROCK.

6:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You could use the PVC piping to build a potato-gun, which could also fire the ball-tomato thing. You would use lysol or some other cleaner/air freshner as the accelerant and buy a grill starter switch to ignite it. - Ross

3:01 PM  

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