I’m genuinely horrified: I found this list on the internet today, and instead of skipping over it as usual, I had Pause For Thought. Although this is headed ‘You’re an Engineer If…’, I’m scoring more than a few hits on this list (in bold). Could I have had what it takes*?
- You have a habit of destroying things in order to see how they work.
- Your IQ number is bigger than your weight.
- The microphone or visual aids at a meeting don’t work and you rush up to the front to fix it.
- You can remember 7 computer passwords but not your anniversary.
- You have memorized the program schedule for the Discovery channel and have seen most of the shows already.
- You have owned a calculator with no equal key and know what RPN stands for.
- Your father sat 2 inches in front of your family’s first color TV with a magnifying lens to see how they made the colors, and you grew up thinking that was normal.
- You know how to take the cover off of your computer, and what size screw driver to use.
- You can type 70 words a minute but can’t read your own handwriting.
- People groan at the party when you pick out the music.
- You can’t remember where you parked your car for the 3rd time this week.
- You did the sound system for your senior prom.
- Your checkbook always balances.
- Your wristwatch has more buttons than a telephone.
- You have more friends on the Internet than in real life.
- You thought the real heroes of “Apollo 13” were the mission controllers.
- You think that when people around you yawn, it’s because they didn’t get enough sleep.
- You spend more on your home computer than your car.
- You Know what http:/ stands for.
- You’ve tried to repair a $5.00 radio.
- You have a neatly sorted collection of old bolts and nuts in your garage.
- Your three year old asks why the sky is blue and you try to explain atmospheric absorption theory. Augh! It’s True!
- Your lap-top computer costs more than your car.
- Your 4 basic food groups are: 1. Caffeine 2. Fat 3. Sugar 4. Chocolate
- You’re mad because this list didn’t end on a round number.
* If what it takes involves emptying the contents of fire extinguishers anwhere but actually on a fire, then why yes, sir!