I saw the 'work stories' beginning to accumulate over in the "LongLongHoneymoon Install #LoLoHo"
thread, and thought that we might have some fun telling of days gone by.
Or maybe just last week.
I'm on a couple other forums, and these threads tend to be a lot of fun. I'll start with one that the above thread brought to mind:
I worked for over two decades in Corporate Television, and our company was a leader in measurement technology. Often we'd get prototypes of equipment in to videotape as we produced video presentations for use pretty much worldwide.
Going way back into the past, there was a type of signal analyzer that used these huge hard disks with removable cartridges for storage. The program being shot that day was a maintenance and troubleshooting tape for this hard disk drive.
Our expert had free run of my shop as he did all his preliminary checks, had the drives up and running, everything looked good. He said, 'cross your fingers...' and shut it down properly with it working well. We wheeled the equipment racks out into the studio and completed our lighting setup and made ready to record the guy going through all the maintenance steps.
We walked through the lines a few times, and then when he was confident, we rolled tape.
He talked about the proper start-up procedure, then leaned across and flipped the correct switch.
It went click... a pause, then this loud ...TUHHH!!!
sound. He tried the switch a couple times more, and then proceeded to ad-lib. "Well, sometimes, more often than not, this happens. That's why we recommend that once the system is running, you leave the power on. Meanwhile, when this kind of thing happens, we've packed some handy reference material for you."
And then he pulled out a big thick book, pulled up a chair, and started to read... "Well, Prince, so Genoa and Lucca are now just family estates of the Buonapartes....
He looked up and said, "You'll need this while you're waiting for replacement parts."