Category: Geeks Rule

Emperor Trumpatine

| Norfolk, VA, USA | Bosses & Owners, Coworkers, Geeks Rule, Politics

Warning: This story contains potential spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens!

(Every morning my boss comes into the office to chat with me and coworkers. It’s a very relaxed environment and the conversation varies widely between entertainment and politics. I am the youngest person in the room and my boss and coworkers were my age when the first Star Wars movie came out. This happened about a month after Star Wars: Episode 7 came out and my boss has finally seen the movie.)

Boss: *joking* “What is it with these movies and people getting killed on bridges. You know, I’m all for light-saber control laws.”

Coworker: “But if they had light-saber control then only The dark side would have light-sabers!”

“There Is Another” Way To Spend Lunch

| Sweden | Bosses & Owners, Geeks Rule

(Several coworkers including our CEO are at lunch, and we happen to start discussing the ‘Star Wars’ movies. After coffee…)

Me: “Oh, well, I guess we need to get back.”

CEO: “No! We are not moving from this table until we determine if Yoda’s line “No, there is another” refers to Leia or Anakin!”

(We ended up with a 90-minute lunch that day, on company time.)

Their IT Request Is Mount Doomed

| Arlington, VA, USA | Coworkers, Geeks Rule, Technology

(My company requires access to another entity which has their own user account requirements. I and three others were granted access in about a month’s time… but those other three people either left or let their accounts lapse. I’ve been trying for six months now to get other people access but I’m still the only one with access at this point.)

Program Director: “I see you sent an email out that I was cc’d on about getting our guys access. On the subject line you said this was a ‘User access quest.’ Did you mean quest or request?”

Me: “Considering that it took Frodo about six months to travel from the Shire to Mount Doom, I think we can safely classify this as a quest.”

That Is The Droid You Are Looking For

| Seattle, WA, USA | Coworkers, Geeks Rule, Movies & TV

(This whole conversation happened over the walkies we use to communicate across the sales floor.)

Coworker #1: “Toys, you have a call on [extension]”

Coworker #2: “Can you explain what it is they’re looking for?”

Coworker #1: “That’s the problem. I don’t understand what they’re asking for. A BB-8? Apparently it’s round with an antenna?”

Coworker #2: “Oh, I got the call.”

Me: “It’s basically the new R2D2.”

Coworker #1: “I’m not up to date on the Star Wars stuff.”

Coworker #3: “I’ll come back there and teach you.”

Brought A Bat’leth To A Phaser Fight

| AB, Canada | Geeks Rule, Movies & TV, New Hires

(My love of Star Trek is renowned among my friends and coworkers. This happened many years ago, back when VHS was beginning to give way to DVD. A new hire at the grocery store where I worked tried to show me up.)

Cashier: “Hey, [My Name], I bet I’m a bigger Trekkie than you!”

Me: “Oh? How so?

Cashier: “Well, I own all the movies on video.”

Me: “I own them all on DVD.”

Cashier: “I have two Star Trek pins.”

Me: “I have a dozen.”

Cashier: “I went to a Star Trek convention once, and I met Scotty.”

Me: “I’ve been to several, and I’ve met Scotty, Uhura, PIcard, Riker, Worf, and Major Kira.”

Cashier: “Do you have any of the action figures?”

Me: “A few.”

Cashier: “Are they still in the box?”

Me: “Of course!”

(The store manager’s been in earshot and listening to this whole exchange.)

Store Manager: “YOU’RE NOT WINNING!”

Cashier: “Yeah, well, I also collect hockey cards.”

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