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Two Things that Happened to Me - Qualified Perceptions
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Two Things that Happened to Me
  • The other day, I went to Fresco's (the little place on Mass Ave right by MIT that has good fish and chips). The woman who works the cash register was firmly embedded in conversation by a woman on my side - the cashier clearly noticed me, but was having a very hard time breaking free to take my order. She'd open her mouth, about to say "Can I-" or "There's a-" or something to try and divert, and then the Talky Woman would say something like "And then my mother died..." and that would clearly be an Inappropriate Moment for her to say "I can't talk to you", so it kept going. I wasn't really in a hurry, so I figured I'd wait for her to finish her story and then order.

    Then, the guy who makes the food started cooking things. This clearly startled the cashier, and she turned and looked at him, and then looked at me. "He's making fish and chips! Are those for you?" "Er, yes, probably - that was what I wanted."

  • Today, my machine, geskekelud, started becoming Very Unhappy. It wouldn't let me through the screensaver after lunch, it had thrown off everyone else on it, things were timing out left and right... finally, the second time I rebooted it, things were more clear: someone else was stealing my IP address! Happily, my co-workers are good at figuring out the exact location of a stolen IP address, so they formed a posse (I couldn't find my dart gun! Woe! But the others had guns) and we stomped through the building to shoot the culprit. That was very gratifying. And it's the closest I've ever come to being a Network Security Black Helicopter.

Current Mood: amused amused

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firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: July 16th, 2005 01:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yup, dart guns. Much of my group is armed. Heck, the N42 receptionist is armed! :)
merastra From: merastra Date: July 16th, 2005 01:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hee! I like that, both stories! :)
ricedog From: ricedog Date: July 16th, 2005 03:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Serves them right for making the God of Chaos very unhappy. People should know better. :)
dcltdw From: dcltdw Date: July 16th, 2005 09:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
And it's the closest I've ever come to being a Network Security Black Helicopter.

"Helicopter"?

As in... a bunch of co-workers attached zip lines to you and ... you raced down the corridors, came to a sudden halt, flapped your arms a lot, and then ... they... um...

I mean, the door-gunner puts one hand on your shoulder and fires the disc gun with his other hand, right? But what did the rest of the team do?

:)
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: July 17th, 2005 02:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, no, more like, a machine in, say, East Campus, starts sending viruses out, and the Network Security Black Helicopter takes off and flies over to EC and hovers overhead. Guys in black suits attach themselves to zip lines and slide down to the roof of the building and run to the edge, shouting "Go! Go! Go!" They flip over the edge of the roof and through the window in a shower of broken glass, and array themselves around the guy at the machine, pointing heavy weapons. One of them flips up his mask to say "We're with Network Security. Eighteen dot two-forty-eight dot zero dot one one five. Off the network. Now."

That's what a Network Security Black Helicopter would do. But we don't have one, alas.
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