Tuesday, October 31, 2006

a few years ago, i applied for a Ranger I position with the park services. I really wanted to become a Ranger I and hammer things into the ground and drive around in a green truck with rakes and shovels in the back but there were a few tests i had to take first. one involved marking out a fence with posts. I was given a tape measure and four minutes to calculate how many posts would be needed while three Ranger IIIs observed, holding clipboards and checking their watches every so often.

"You can start anytime," one of the Ranger IIIs said as i stared at the blades of grass beneath my feet, the dew on the blades of glass, the sun reflected in the dew on the blades of grass. "three minutes twenty seconds," they kindly reminded me. finally i figured i better look like I knew what I was doing so i paced back and forth like some high-stepping nazi, prentending to count out posts.

The Ranger IIIs gazed at me like "what have we here?"

So...all this to say i can imagine how much work and planning and calculating it must take to set up these cross courses and let me know if you need help for Surf City #3.

thanks for a great weekend.

5 comments:

X Bunny said...

#2 was easier than #1

so i think we can sleep in until noon for #3

Ippoc Amic said...

no wonder we don't have a fence at our house?

you forgot to mention that you just wanted to be a ranger one for the outfit...

Miss Mary said...

don't scare me like that bunny


-mm

bbelf (a.k.a. panda) said...

You have to do that to be a ranger? Shoot!

Lilly Bella said...

I thought you just had to know cool stuff like spitting on a stick and pulling out tarantulas from the ground.