The NASA teleconference system always asks for the same thing before joining you to the call: “Please state your name, followed by the pound sign.” No, most mornings, since we’re a staff meeting, I say, “Teledyne Brown, Huntsville” or “Huntsville” or “TBE Huntsville”, because we’re the only group from our company and city tying in. As you’re joined to the conference, some of the numbers ring out, “[recording of what you’ve said] is now joining.”
This morning, I responded, “Puddintane! Ask me again, I’ll tell you the same.”
There was a brief delay, and then everyone laughed. But I could tell that they really wanted to throw shit at me.
I have considered other options:
- “James Tiberius Kirk, captain of the starship Enterprise.”
- Various politicians. Were I Frank Caliendo, I’d do it with impressions.
- “Who has two thumbs and doesn’t give a crap?” Only to see if someone responded, “Bob Kelso“.
The nuclear option is, of course, “YOUR MOM.”
Some days, it’s a wonder that they put me in positions of responsibility.