Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Speed Of Thought

It took me three minutes to cross the bridge this morning. Before I'd reached the other side I had already plunged my imaginary self over the guardrail, taken inventory of my car, and calculated ways in which I could Macgyver my way to safety. Three minutes! None of the ideas I came up with were actually feasible mind you.

But my initial inventory left me with a cell phone, a wallet, a coke can, and a tampon to work with. I had to get creative. Luckily, the stick-figure-self my brain created on short notice was light enough to fit on the gigantic tampon floating device it created later on. Which was much better than the cell-phone-crowbar it used to jimmy the window open with.

In Other News: It's my Mom's birthday today. Last night she'd resigned herself to not celebrating it this year. Fortunately, the cosmos decided to have it without her consent. Not only has she received dozens of heartfelt birthday wishes from friends and family, but she's been contacted by a college textbook company that would like to use some of her business articles in their book! How's that for a birthday present? Today's post is going to be a shorty as I catch up on everyone's blogs and get some work done. Until tomorrow!

21 Comments:

At 12 December, 2006, Blogger Mike Y said...

When I was in the Navy, we really did have to be Macgyverish. We had to be able to work ourselves out of so many different scenarios that someone could come up with. They used to remind us that it was a fine line between test depth and crush depth.

Thus was the life of a Navy Nuke on a sub.

But I have to admit your imagination is far better than mine. I used to come up with scenarios where I'd be in a 7-11 getting robbed and I would pull wiz-bang stuff to take care of the bad guys ;)

 
At 12 December, 2006, Blogger Chris said...

Happy Birthday to your mom!!

I'm not sure I'm alert enough in the morning to do anything other than sit in a stupor in that situation...

 
At 12 December, 2006, Blogger Newt said...

Up here you have to factor in freezing water to that scenario. We cross the Mississippi every morning to get to work. I have thought about that several times during my ride across. Though I totally forgot about the tampon in my inventory. Thanks for reminding me. Maybe if I carry enough of them they can absorb all of the water in the river and save myself that way. Sort of like when Marge Simpson empties a quarry full of water with Burly paper towels.

And I don't know if it still exists or not but MIT had a class dedicated to MacGyvering things. At least I think it was MIT. Anyway, I probably just dated myself. I had such a crush on MacGyver.

 
At 12 December, 2006, Blogger Jay said...

The wallet is pretty useless I guess. Maybe be sure to wear shoes that have laces. I'm not sure why, but it always seens that shoe laces would come in handy to tie things together.

Of course, you could always put a scuba tank and some flippers in the car. But, that would take the challenge away.

Happy Birthday Mother Tink! Or is it the Tink Mother? or Ma Tink?

 
At 12 December, 2006, Blogger Gracey said...

What did you get your mom for her birthday present???

To answer your question on my blog, I do think I may be hooked to the weekend words. I think it will get my brain juices going to think of what pictures I need or want to take to get the point across. I used to never take pictures only because I never remembered to take my camera, but now I just might!

 
At 12 December, 2006, Blogger EE said...

It's MY mom's bday too!!! :) Happy Birthday to our mom's.

 
At 12 December, 2006, Blogger Tink said...

Mike Y: Papa Bear (the retired Navy Seal) used to have all these issue handbooks and guides. I say USED to have because I stole them. Ok, ok. BORROWED them. Now I know how to find land in open water and which direction to paint camouflage according to the terrain. Nothing on how to get out of a drowning car though...

Chris: It pretty much runs on autopilot.

Newt: Freezing water? Yikes! Do they make thermal life jackets? ;)

Jay: Ma Tink *snort*. That's cute!

Gracey: I got her the new Sarah Mclachlan Christmas CD, a computer game, and the book "The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane Setterfield.

EE: That's awesome! Well happy birthday to your Mom too then. :)

 
At 12 December, 2006, Blogger Chelle Y. said...

Happy Birthday to your mom, Tink!

Have a great day!

 
At 12 December, 2006, Anonymous TB said...

I would love to spend 15 minutes inside your brain, like in Being John Malkovich. It would be a total blast!

 
At 12 December, 2006, Blogger Arabella said...

Happy Birthday to your Mom!!!

 
At 12 December, 2006, Anonymous mamatulip said...

Happy Birthday to your mom!!

(I loved MacGyver. Not as much as Patty and Selma, but I really did love him for a while there.)

 
At 13 December, 2006, Blogger Tawcan said...

Happy bday to your mom. MacGyver is an awesome show, used to watch it all the time when I was young.

 
At 13 December, 2006, Anonymous susan said...

Great, now I won't be able to go over the floating bridge without trying to formulate a plan...and I'm so bad at making plans.

Happy Birthday to your Mom!

 
At 13 December, 2006, Blogger mjd said...

Ah,ha Tink,
Your creative mind is always at work. Happy birthday to Ma Tink.

 
At 13 December, 2006, Blogger Sunshine said...

I reference Macguyver in every day life as much as possible. I think we should have those bracelets made up but instead it would say "WWMD?" Yes??
And happy birthday Mama Tink!

 
At 13 December, 2006, Anonymous OddMix said...

Happy Birthday, Mom!

I thought you'd use the tampons to force open the window as they swelled with the water. You have been tagged.

 
At 13 December, 2006, Blogger mrspao said...

Happy Birthday, Mommy Tink :)!!!

Hope you have a great day!

 
At 13 December, 2006, Blogger Tink said...

Forgive my lack of post today!! Things have blown up at work. Hopefully things will smooth out tomorrow. Uf only I could invent something that would read my mind and post for me...

 
At 13 December, 2006, Anonymous wordgirl said...

"Tink's Brain". I agree. It would be a fascinating place to be. Happy Birthday to your mom.

 
At 14 December, 2006, Anonymous Ch3ll3 said...

Happy Birthday Tink's Momma! Thank you for having her and raising her to be the delightful, talented and lovely woman we know. You done good!

Hope it's a great day for her, Tink. :)

 
At 14 December, 2006, Blogger Tawcan said...

Oh yeah, I added you on my blogroll, hopefully you could do the same. Thanx.

 

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