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Newbee Gotchas

post #1 of 36
Thread Starter 
Every profession has its "Rights of Passage" stunts that are pulled on newbees. The type of stuff everyone who has been around for a while knows but loves to see the new guy "get his."

In the Navy we'd send the new guy out for a 100 yards of water line. The flyers send guys out to get a bucket of prop wash. Simple harmless stuff that as the guy leaves on his "journey of knowlege" everyone falls on the floor in hysterics.

Heard a great one this weekend from my nurse girlfriend. A new nurse got sent out looking for Dr. Billy Ruben.

OK, now its your turn. What are the good ones in your fields of endevor?
post #2 of 36
So you're saying it's the adult equivalent of a snipe hunt???
post #3 of 36
Thread Starter 
Snipe? Snipe? What's that?
post #4 of 36
I used to send my culinary school interns to the large hotel kitchen across the street to find the chef and ask if we could borrow the pea splitter.
post #5 of 36
Thread Starter 
Good one. I bet sharpening that little bitty blade on the pea splitter is difficult. :
post #6 of 36
My wife was a comunications geek in the Army.

They sent the new guy out to look for some land line.

Also an I.D 10 T. form and B.A. 1100 N.'s
post #7 of 36
We sent a young man with a dustbuster to the main bus yard and told him his job was to suck the farts out of the bus seats.
post #8 of 36
There has to be something like that for ski instructors, like go round up all the snow snakes or get a 100 yards of fall line.
post #9 of 36
The new guys when I was in the sound business got to wrap the feeder. Feeder cable is *extremely* heavy and absolutely exhausting to work with, esp. if you don't know what you're doing.

Rite of passage. Not nearly as fun as rounding up snow snakes, that's for sure, but good for plenty of laughs amongst those who once had to wrap the feeder themselves...
post #10 of 36
In high school I worked at a summer camp. We sent kids out to get a can of plaid paint. We also sent one new staff member who seemed like a real geek out to find "hurken rope" and he returned with a short piece of line that was used to moor ships. It was HUGE. He was on to us the whole time.
post #11 of 36
Military:

" Get the key the the parade square"

On the job site:

"Go get me a sky hook, or a metel stretcher."

In the kitchen:

" Get me a can/pot of steam, or better yet; peeling strawberries!!"
post #12 of 36
we used to send new boy scouts out to look for a left handed smoke shifter and a 100 yards of shoreline.
post #13 of 36
we had a guy bouncing from contractor to contractor looking for pipe stretchers, toe nails, a bucket of steam, the sky hook. each contractor would just say that the rented it form so and so, it was on loan to this guy. you can have mine if you can me a...

on whole week, before he caught on...
post #14 of 36
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Originally Posted by mountaingirl1961
The new guys when I was in the sound business got to wrap the feeder. Feeder cable is *extremely* heavy and absolutely exhausting to work with, esp. if you don't know what you're doing.
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For real ones, we used to have newbies be our gate lackies, and haul huge bundles of rapid gates and boo.

Another good one for skiing would be to ask rookies to get you 100 yards of lift line. Hopefully they won't return with the ropes that define the lanes in the lift maze.
post #15 of 36
We used to send noobs out for the ID 10 Tee diodes when I worked in electronic prototype engineering. Sometimes it would last a few days if we asked them to find the Capacitor Decharging Fixture.

Almost forgot the Neutral Ion Air Purifier.......
post #16 of 36
Thread Starter 
I got nailed in the Navy when my Chiefs had me looking for B-1-RD and GU-ll aircraft. I was a fresh caught Lieutenant at the the time and they did this in front of my company. Took me two weeks to catch on. (Can you say SLOOOWWW. Man, was I dumb.)

When I found out I promoted them each to Builder Eleventh Class because they were full of BU-11. I even made up stripes for them. (A builder emblem with 11 stripes under it.) Had a mock promotion party in the office. They loved it that the "kid" had a sence of humor.
post #17 of 36
When I taught in Sugarloaf years ago, we had a French guy arrive to teach for us. Since I spoke French, I helped him learn the teaching vocabulary. He asked how to say "bend the knees, and follow me". (In French, Pliez les genoux, et suivez moi.) I told him that pliez les genoux was "kiss my ass". For weeks he would tell his class, "Kiss my ass and follow me!" They loved him. He hated me.
post #18 of 36
Sent a girlfriend out to the local automotive parts store to pick up some spark plugs for a Volkswagon Diesel...
post #19 of 36
My first MBA-internship was at JP Morgan, an investment bank on Wall Street... first month there, I get a phone call from the "David Highlander from the SEC" regarding some e-mails I had sent out, and can I please meet him down in conference room A?

Here I go walking down the hall, sweating bullets, freaking out, imagining myself going down in flames and JPM being the next Enron, only to find the conference room full of laughing traders
post #20 of 36
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Originally Posted by warren
Sent a girlfriend out to the local automotive parts store to pick up some spark plugs for a Volkswagon Diesel...
Somehow I'm guessing that that relationship didn't last.... Or was that your way of intentionally getting rid of her?
post #21 of 36
We used to get girls to ask for a can of compression and speed slinkers at the local auto parts store.
post #22 of 36
When I was a hospital corpsman in the Navy, we would tell new corpsman to go to the ward across from us and ask the head nurse if we could borrow a fallopian tube.
post #23 of 36
I had a girlfriend who was a new bar waitress. She asked for our order, and we ordered a shot and a beer and a draw and a bud. She went to the bartender and ordered it.
post #24 of 36
Two minutes into my first day working on the number 1 paper machine out at Boise Cascade St. Helens, the supervisor told me that the paper sheet was too narrow and I was to go to the "wet end" and find the paper stretcher. I returned 2 minutes before the end of my shift and reported that no one in the mill knew where to find the paper stretcher.

That was the only easy day I had at the mill. What a nice first day. I spent most of it watching everyone else work. And I spent hour’s bsing with the digester operators.

The supervisor, however, did not think it was funny. He had to work my position just to keep caught up. Heh!

Mark
post #25 of 36
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Originally Posted by JohnH
Somehow I'm guessing that that relationship didn't last.... Or was that your way of intentionally getting rid of her?
Of course not! She's a friend, a grrrl friend, not a wife. A grease monkey who thought she knew it all. Hehe. Great skier too.
post #26 of 36
Hope this won't be too hard to follow.
On a submarine it was the Diving Officer's job to oversee keeping the ship trim (balanced) and on ordered course and depth. The way you keep a sub balanced is to pump hundreds or thousands of pounds/gallons of sea water between trim tanks located forward and aft and port and starboard.
When a new diving officer was qualifying we would hold a "Trim Party". Get ten guys each carrying a 70# box of TDU (Trash Disposal Unit) weights (combined weight about 2,500 lbs. +) and everyone moves as far forward as they can until the newbie dive realizes he is heavy forward, and when you hear him give the command to pump 2,000 lbs. aft, everyone moves aft along with the shift in water this guy just made the boat ass end heay by 6,000 lbs. Soon the helmsman/planesman can't keep the ship on depth so the dive orders maybe 1,000 lbs pumped forward, start the move again. Sometimes you would kepp the party amid ships until he thought he had control of the bubble and then begin all over again. Usually good for a couple hours of boredom and ball busting.
post #27 of 36
Thread Starter 
Stache, of course the skipper is standing there watching the new diving officer going nuts. You guys were vicious.
post #28 of 36
lol, here is one fresh from the floor (yesterday);
"Mike, go get me a 'left hand adjustable metric wrench.'" Good for 1/2 hr of fun.

Art
post #29 of 36
lol, here is one fresh from the floor (yesterday);
"Mike, go get me a 'left hand adjustable metric wrench.'" Good for 1/2 hr of fun.

Art
post #30 of 36
Everytime we get a new receptionist, we have someone call in and ask for driving directions to our office (Spokane, WA). When the receptionist asks were they are coming from, the answer is always Miami, FL
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