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09-28-2008, 01:21 PM
Being an engineer by trade I am always looking for the underlying physics that drive basic observed phenomina. For instance can someone please explain why it is that you can work on a boat all summer and the weekend you plan to splash it it rains.
I'm thinking its due to all the paint and epoxy outgassing that infuses the atmosphere with particles. It is the same for my old Harleys...
09-28-2008, 01:36 PM
It's a basic law of nature. There are many correlaries that have been applicable over the years. If you end up in the emergency room, you will always be wearing dirty underwear. If you light up a cigarette while waiting for a streetcar, it will always come immediately thereafter, requiring that you throw away the barely smoked butt. Women only come on to you when you are with another woman. No matter how many fasteners you need, they will always be packaged in lots with just a couple less than you require... so you have to buy another hundred to get the last two. The list goes on and on.
09-28-2008, 01:58 PM
Murphy's Law of chance. If it can go wrong , it will. 50 / 50 chance = it'll be wrong 100 % of the time :D
09-28-2008, 02:02 PM
Murphy was an optimist...
For instance...4 wheel drive just means getting stuck in more inaccessible places...
and the corellary....the better the 4 wheel drive...the farther out you get stuck.
09-28-2008, 03:38 PM
Try picking a good week to paint your boat in the northwest.
It may be nice everywhere else, but it will rain over the yard. However, it will usually hold off until after all the prep work is done and you are putting on the top coats. Frequently, it will be nice enough until after the top coat has been applied, but before it has flashed off.
This follows the usual pattern though. As soon as a fresh coat of varnish has been tipped off, birds and gnats will arrive, along with gusty winds that kick up dust.
One remedy that sometimes works is to announce a week that will be dedicated to outside work, then take the week before that off without any prior notice. Unfortunately and just as often, that week will turn sour, and the one originally planned for will be glorious.
You were trying to get your boat wet?just mother nature giving you a hand.
09-28-2008, 11:36 PM
The Perversity Of The Universe Tends To The Maximum At All Times.
Whatever Can Go Wrong Already Has.... You Just Haven't Discovered The Detritus As Yet.
The Best Planned Lays Of Mice And Men Most Often Gang A'glee!
Thoughts.... He wants Thoughts??? From THIS crew???
09-29-2008, 05:46 AM
Have you tried branching out into metaphysics?
09-29-2008, 07:16 AM
Perhaps this helps support the string theory?...butterfly effect maybe??...most likely Murphy's Law.
My life typically conforms with the rules of Murphy's law...:)
09-29-2008, 08:48 AM
The Law of Conservation of Anergy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Systemantics)
09-30-2008, 12:06 AM
If you don't have bad days, you would never know what a good day is:)
Never plan ahead, just ignore all the other pressing issues, stuff work, drop everything and go boating any day that suits:)
09-30-2008, 12:33 AM
Rain is just another way of nature saying howdy. You were lucky to be there.
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