Humor on the Job Site!

Always ask “Why Light?” - Bill Locklin told me this story many years ago. During in his career as an electrical contractor, Bill had designed a lighting job for a customer who was rarely present. The weekend before the job started, Bill and his family went to see the 1957 film A Boy on a Dolphinstarring Sofia Loren. The property had a beautiful fountain with a bronze dolphin in the center. Without asking Bill took it upon himself to light the fountain. After a week went by Bill finally was able to meet with his client to receive the final payment and discuss the job. Bill asked the customer how he liked the job. The customer explained that all was fantastic except for that darn dolphin fountain! Bill was puzzled, the fountain had been illuminated perfectly. The customer explained, “My mother-in-law had the fountain installed when I was away and spent a rather large sum of money .MY MONEY!”.  The customer told Bill that he never really cared for his mother-in-law and the fountain was something he never wanted! That is why Bill would always stress during classes to ask, “Why Light?”


Please the Pooch - An associate of mine was once working with a designer in Toronto. The designer explained to him that the reason the customer wanted lighting was for their dog. They wanted the dog to be able to see in the backyard and talk to the neighbor’s dog through the fence. It was also expressed that the dog had to like the lighting, or it would need to be changed to its liking. Although this was a rather unusual request, my associate went to work on a fantastic design. When the job was completed and adjusted the dog was let out into its newly lit yard. After a short walk around and a few bragging barks to the neighbor dogs, the dog turned and ran to my associate. He jumped up into his arms and began to lick his face. The customers were ecstatic! My associate was then awarded another job at their summer home! It pays to ‘Please the Pooch’!


The Hell Hole – Back in the day, I went out to a job with a contractor. We were to design a backyard for a Pentecostal pastor. The pastor was a great guy with a very loud voice and a profound sense of humor. Walking the property, he decided on the effects on all areas of the backyard except one. He had a corridor along the west side of the house where the trash cans were stored. He told us that he was not sure what he wanted in that area. We suggested that cable should be installed in the area with a switch on the wall for control.  He agreed, and the job was installed. The pastor was very pleased with the result. After the final night adjustment, the pastor asked us about the side. “I still don’t know what to do in that area”, he said.  Looking at me he said, “Can you think of anything?”.  I asked him to go inside and we would call him out shortly. Deciding to play to the pastor’s sense of humor, we installed 2 up lights with very bright 50w MR16 lamps. The fixtures were lensed with red and amber lenses. Upon cross lighting the two, the illusion of the fire of Hell was seen down the corridor. Both of us were snickering when we called him out throw the switch. “Ok Pastor, turn on the switch!” I said with a big grin on my face. Upon turning the switch on, the corridor became illuminated with the colors of hellfire!  I said, “Pastor here is your HELL Hole!” The pastor roared with laughter “I Love THE HELL HOLE! This is going to get a lot of people back to church!”, Pastor exclaimed! The Hell Hole is still up and running today!


I hope you all were able to get warmed up with a little humor. If you have any funny stories you would like to share, please send them in and I will put them in another article. Remember to smile and laugh often!

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