Posted by: Ignorethebucklesonmyjacket | May 15, 2011

Paintball and Plumbers

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?

Plumber:  Sure. 

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.


  1. Ha! The sad part is I doubt he even knew what the hell you were talking about.

  2. Paintball skills. Navy Seal skills. Yep. Same thing. (Head shaking….)

  3. My son wants to be a navy seal….he plays paintball….I’ll inform him he met the first requirement…..

    Great post! Sarcasm is my middle name….

  4. Seriously, you make this stuff up, don’t you? It’s too good to be true.

    • You need to hang out around construction workers more often. We provide amazing natural entertainment…especially plumbers.

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