A busy life at the machine workplace often gives us a chance to observe situations seen with regular frequency.
So here are some observations I have collected from various people over the years.
One of my favorites is Murphy's Law: Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong. This is only one "rule" I have seen in operation in machine shops over the years. To add levity to the day, here are some favorites:
Management's view of "machine workplace training"
* These guys should learn machining in two to three weeks, even though it only took me four years to get my degree.
* Murphy's Law--Whatever can go wrong, will.
* Peter's Law--People are promoted to their level of incompetence.
* Parkinson's Law--Work expands to fill the time available.
* SNAFU--situation normal, all fouled up
* FUBAR--fouled up beyond all recognition
* SWAG--scientific wild-ass guess
* TEGO--the eyes glaze over (seen when running one job too long)
* The impossible is performed daily; miracles take a little longer.
* We never have time to do it right, but we always have time to do it over.
* A mistake? Well, that's the first one I've made since the last one.
* Things go bad; then they get worse.
* Good experiences promote change; bad experiences demand it.
* Definition of expert: Anyone more than 50 miles from home.
* Ten years experience = ten years of making mistakes.
* Pay rate--We all get paid the same--not enough.
* Wishful thinking does not get the job done.
* I don't like thinking--it hurts.
* There are no clean deals.
* If analytical skill fails, what do we use? Brute force and ignorance.
* You never remember who helped you out, but you always remember who stood in your way.
* The machinist's theme song: "I Did It My Way."
* Our best customer is the scrap man--he never sends anything back.
* The best job is always the one you are going to or the one you left. It is never the one you have.
* How do we learn? Through pain.
* Keep in mind when learning programming: The machine thinks we know what we are doing.