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Too Many Chiefs
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New-Gen    Posted 09-10-2004 at 14:38:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Some places just seem to have more chiefs than indians. When this situation exists, efficiency naturally suffers. The left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing and the right knows what the left hand is doing but doesn't approve.

Such was the case with a company I used to transport a lot of equipment for. I was about 200 miles from home picking up some equipment one friday prior to memorial day weekend. There wasn't anything oversize to haul, and I didn't have any plans til Sunday, so I wasn't particularily concerned. The only thing that had to be disassembled to make the load legal was a New Holland haybine. This is normally a simple task of removing a small bolt and driving a big pin out, then sliding the hitch out of it's channel. Only problem was, this haybine had never seen the inside of a machine shed in its 25 or so years of existance. The little bolt came right out, but the big pin refused to budge, despite earnest efforts on my part with a 10# sledge hammer and big long bar.

I called the office and got Lloyd, one of the chiefs and explained the situation to him. He said just take the torch and cut off the hitch. No problem there, that gas ax made quick work of the hitch, the haybine was loaded, I got home for the weekend, then delivered it on Tuesday. J.B., {one of the chiefs} said. "Why in the ##@$ did you cut that hitch off?? Upon hearing my explaination he calmed down a little and said next time on a salvage machine like that to cut the frame, as they were able to sell hitches. I said ok, no problem.

On Wednesday I got a call from Dale, another chief,asking,( in a rather agitated tone of voice} what the @#%& I had done with the hitch I'd cut off. I told him where I thought their yard man had tossed it (in the junkpile} and said why? He said "BECAUSE I HAD THE @@@#% SOLD!!! THAT'S WHY!!!" My explanation that Lloyd had told me to didn't impress him much, nor did my comment that it was a good thing J.B. hadn't answered the phone the day I called in, or I'd have cut the frame instead of the hitch!! Fortunatly for everybody involved, they had a good welder and an understanding customer, because a few days later I happened to be pulling in the gate and met the farmer heading out with that haybine, complete with welded hitch!

Also fortunately for me, I was never faced with that dilemma again. To this day I still wouldn't know which to cut, the hitch or the frame. Guess it would just have to depend on who answered the phone that day!!

Patria    Posted 09-10-2004 at 19:52:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good one, New-Gen..

George in TX    Posted 09-10-2004 at 16:19:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've been in that situation many times and can feel your pain. I spent a whole bunch of years working in a natural gas refinery as a maintenance electrician. One saying the electricians and mechanics always adhered to was, "Let the dumbazzes have it the way they want it. Then sit back and laugh your azz off when they have to choke on their stupid decision."

big al    Posted 09-10-2004 at 15:29:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
that title is starting to sound like our church.

mojo    Posted 09-10-2004 at 15:00:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
There are times when you just can't win. One advantage of being an indian is when cuts come the chiefs get narrowed down cuz you gotta have at least ONE indian but chiefs are disposable!

LOL new gen    Posted 09-10-2004 at 14:49:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good tale. I liked it.

Chas, just bein an Indian, up here in Maine.

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