Smile of the Day

Life is getting much too serious, yes? Who doesn't need a daily smile?

Saturday, January 28

Open season

A truck driver hauling a tractor-trailer load of computers stops at a bar for a coffee. (It is a Chevy Chase moment.) As he approaches the bar he sees a big sign on the door saying "Nerds Not Allowed - Enter At Your Own Risk!"

He goes in and sits down. The bartender comes over to him, sniffs, says, "You smell kind of nerdy. What do you do for a living?"

The truck driver says, "I drive a truck, and the smell is just from the computers I am hauling."

The bartender says, "Okay, truck drivers are not nerds," and serves him his coffee. As he is sipping it, a skinny guy walks in with tape around his glasses, a pocket protector with twelve kinds of pens and pencils, and a belt at least a foot too long. The bartender, without saying a word, pulls out a shotgun and blows the guy away.

Totally shocked, the truck driver asks why ...? The bartender answers that it is not to worry, the nerds were overpopulating Silicon Valley and thus were in season: "You don't even need a license."

Finishing his coffee, the truck driver gets back in his truck and heads back onto the freeway. Suddenly, as he veers to avoid an accident and the load shifts, the back door breaks open and computers spill out all over the freeway.

Even as he jumps out he sees a crowd already forming, grabbing up the loose computers: engineers, accountants, programmers wearing the nerdiest clothes he has ever seen. He can't let them steal his whole load ... so, remembering what had happened in the bar, he pulls out his gun and starts blasting away, felling several of them instantly. A highway patrol officer quickly comes zooming up, screaming at him to stop. The truck driver wants to know what was wrong? "I thought nerds were in season?"

"Well, sure," answers the patrolman. "But you can't bait 'em."


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