While visiting a construction site this week during their lunch break, I found myself in the middle of a conversation about a recent highly publicized raid in Pakistan.
Despite being a construction worker (recently removed from the field to mange projects, ) I try not to engage in too many personal conversations since my sarcasm can sometimes end with a fist being placed in my face.
But…I was trapped.
The person I was there to see was sitting in the group. Thankfully, though, he was not the “Plumber” you are about to read about in the next few paragraphs.
But, before I get started, let me commend this plumber, who looks about 23 years old, for doing something other than drinking beer, smoking pot and beating his wife during his free time. I am sure he engages in those activities in addition to what he discussed in front of the group…
Electrician 1: I hear that they have footage of the raid last week.
Electrician 2: I wish I could see it.
Supervisor: It’ll just be a matter of time before someone sells it for $100K.
(Supervisor is the guy I was coming to see…and he beat me to this comment.)
Electrician 1: Those guys are amazing.
Plumber: It isn’t that incredible.
Plumber: I talked to a recruiter this week about joining the Navy Seals.
Electrician 2: Y0u?!?!
Plumber: I could do it.
Supervisor: You can’ even get HERE on time.
Plumber: I just have a hard time waking up in the morning.
Supervisor: That is an important skill.
Plumber: Not really. They have someone wake you up before they go out.
Supervisor (sarcasm): See. They have everything covered.
Electrician 1: You really think you can be dedicated enough to be a Navy Seal?
Supervisor: You weren’t even here two days last week.
Plumber: That’s my point. I was in a paintball tournament.
Electrician 1: Cool.
Plumber (boasting): Yeah. I am in a tournament about every two weeks. We do the same kind of stuff the Seals do.
(This is where I couldn’t resist joining the conversation.)
Me: Do you win any if these tournaments?
Plumber: We did finish second in one of them.
Me: Second place in a “tournament” the Seals participate in gets you a plot in Arlington.